Trek the Sahara

Take on a true adventure by trekking through a multi-day trek through the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert.

Event details

A long-weekend trek over varying desert terrain, experiencing dramatic changes in scenery and temperature, with desert wild camping. Dunes to mountains, wadis to stony plateau, this challenge is tough, but accessible.

Location: Sahara Desert
When: Wednesday 30th October 2024
End: Monday 4th November 2024
Activity type: Overseas treks, Walks and treks
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What to expect:

đź’™ Trekking up to 21 hours across four days
đź’™ Wild camping - sleeping out under the desert stars
đź’™ Reaching the top of Chegaga - the largest dunes of the desert
đź’™ Trek support from: local guides, a UK doctor and event professionals

What does the trip cost?

Option A; Registration Fee ÂŁ199 + Min Sponsorship ÂŁ2070
Option B: Registration Fee ÂŁ199 + Self Funding ÂŁ1035

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Create memories and new friendships you’ll never forget

Your chance to explore the famous Sahara Desert on foot. You’ll be taken on a challenge of a lifetime, with local Berbers as your guide you’ll get to see the wonders of the desert first hand. The group camaraderie will keep you going through the heat – cheering each other on when the challenge gets tough and laughing together besides the campfire at night. Your challenge lasts 6 days in total – Wednesday to Monday – giving you an opportunity to get to know Morocco as well as this iconic desert.

Frequently asked questions
  • Day 1: Fly to Morocco – departing from UK airport (TBC). We arrive and are transferred to our hotel in Ouarzazate.
  • Day 2:  1st trek day! We’ll travel to M’hamid via the Draa Valley. Start trekking in the afternoon, to Bougharn Dunes. Trekking distance – approx. 4km / 2 – 3 hours.
  • Day 3: Follow the ever changing landscape and trek to foot of Chigaga Dunes. Trekking distance – approx. 10 – 12km / 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 4: Climb the Chigaga Dunes and witness the sun-rise over the Sahara – trust us – this will move you! Chigaga Dunes to Erg Aghoual. Trekking distance – approx. 10 – 12km/7 – 8hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Sidi Ab Nbi and then transfer to Ouarzazate. You’ll have the opportunity to relax at our celebratory dinner! Trekking distance – approx. 4km/ 2hrs
  • Day 6: Goodbyes and travel back to the UK

This is a challenging trek across the ever changing terrain of the desert . There’s lots of tricky descents and steep inclines and you’ll be required to walk for up to 8 hours in one day in very hot temperatures. We highly recommend you undergo training to make sure your endurance and fitness levels are up to the trek.

We recognise that an overseas trek has implications for our carbon footprint, and have chosen to work with Global Adventures to bring you this trek because of their commitment to battle climate change. For every person who takes on the challenge, Global Adventures will be planting 15 trees. You can read more about their commitment to climate care and responsible tourism on their website.

We’ll also promise to do everything we can to help reduce the impact of the trek on the environment. We promise not only send out paper copies of our communications when necessary, limit the use of single-use plastics and utilise public transport as much as possible.

If you have any questions about fundraising or how to get involved – get in touch with our friendly and experienced events team.

If you have a question about the trip, make sure to read Global Adventure’s FAQS, and you can contact them directly if needed.

You’ll be trekking with a small group of other intrepid explorers! You’ll be with fundraisers raising money for a variety of charities, as well as local guides, representatives from Global Adventures and medical staff.

The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the trek. It’s important to do the training as you need to be able to do long walks over back-to-back days. It’s more stamina than anything, as it’ll be a slower but steadier walk over several hours each day.

Most important one for this trek is your boots…they need to be up to your ankle with good support, that you’ve worn in enough before trek, that they feel comfortable, If buying new boots, get a half size or to a size up as feet will swell during the trek.

Trekking socks are important too! So bring an extra set in your day pack which you can swap to at lunch if needed. Ankle gaiters are needed too to stop sand getting in your boots, it’s sand rubbing inside boots that cause most feet issues.

No. Main trek luggage is transported for you between camps and lunch stops.

Your big suitcase (with maybe your flying cloths / last day in Marrakesh cloths / bigger toiletries, etc.) will stay at the hotel during the trek. We’d recommend you bring a smaller duffle type bag for your on-trek items (sleeping bag, change of clothes, etc.)

The thing you’ll need to carry on the trek is a backpack/day pack (no bigger than 35L), which will have your water, snacks, phone, sun cream, insect repellent, medication, passport and important documents, spare socks, sun hat/buff.

You should always have at least 2 litres with you. This can be via camel pack or bottle (or both). You can top up water at start of day and lunch time. You will bet tea, juice, water to drink at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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