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Morocco Atlantic Coast Challenge
Atlantic Coast Sep 20192018-12-28T16:20:40+00:00

Project Description

Atlantic Coast Charity Trek

Morocco, Atlantic Coast
Charity Trek

7 – 15 Sep 2019

Atlantic Coast Charity Trek

Morocco, Atlantic Coast
Charity Trek

7 – 15 Sep 2019

This Atlantic Coast trek follows an ancient Portuguese Camel route, discovering endless beaches and secluded coves. The variety of coastal terrain takes you high above the sea along cliff tops and through Argan forests and wild landscapes. The crashing Atlantic surf is a constant companion and provides breathtaking coastal views.

This section of coastline sits in the path of the vents alizés, or trade winds – strong north-easterlies that blow steadily through spring and summer. Whilst the route can be trekked throughout the year, it offers near perfect conditions from April to August.

The trek is fully supported by our camel crew. Clients only need to carry a day sac with personal necessities, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey. Walking between 4/5 hours a day so there is plenty of time to explore the dunes. Alternatively, take a dip in the sea or simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of the waves. The night camps will be either on the beach or close by. This affords plenty of opportunities to capture the sunsets across the Ocean and later, mesmerising stars across unending skies.

Once Sidi Kaouki has been reached, there are two nights in Essaouira. It is an ancient Portuguese port famous for its relaxed pace and easy lifestyle. Elsewhere in Morocco, the markets can be overwhelming, but here it is easy to browse without being pestered as local crafts blend into fine art and boutiques.

Then it’s back to Marrakech. There is time for a final evening exploring Jamaa el-Fnaa with its carnival atmosphere and enjoying some final shopping in the famous souks.

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Highlights

  • Dramatic coastline and endless beaches offering a breathtaking adventure.
  • A camel supported genuine “away from it all” trekking experience.
  • Explore the ancient white-washed town of Essaouira (UNESCO).
  • Suitable for inexperienced trekkers.
  • Explore Marrakech.

This Atlantic Coast trek follows an ancient Portuguese Camel route, discovering endless beaches and secluded coves. The variety of coastal terrain takes you high above the sea along cliff tops and through Argan forests and wild landscapes. The crashing Atlantic surf is a constant companion and provides breathtaking coastal views.

Highlights

  • Dramatic coastline and endless beaches offering a breathtaking adventure.
  • A camel supported genuine “away from it all” trekking experience.
  • Explore the ancient white-washed town of Essaouira (UNESCO).
  • Suitable for inexperienced trekkers.
  • Explore Marrakech.

This section of coastline sits in the path of the vents alizés, or trade winds – strong north-easterlies that blow steadily through spring and summer. Whilst the route can be trekked throughout the year, it offers near perfect conditions from April to August.

The trek is fully supported by our camel crew. Clients only need to carry a day sac with personal necessities, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey. Walking between 4/5 hours a day so there is plenty of time to explore the dunes. Alternatively, take a dip in the sea or simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of the waves. The night camps will be either on the beach or close by. This affords plenty of opportunities to capture the sunsets across the Ocean and later, mesmerising stars across unending skies.

Once Sidi Kaouki has been reached, there are two nights in Essaouira. It is an ancient Portuguese port famous for its relaxed pace and easy lifestyle. Elsewhere in Morocco, the markets can be overwhelming, but here it is easy to browse without being pestered as local crafts blend into fine art and boutiques.

Then it’s back to Marrakech. There is time for a final evening exploring Jamaa el-Fnaa with its carnival atmosphere and enjoying some final shopping in the famous souks.

Fundraising and Itinerary

FUNDRAISING

Self Fund

Deposit – £250 on booking
PLUS
Interim self payment – £250
payable 4 Feb 2019
PLUS
Final balance of £680 payable 29 Jun 2019

Total trip cost – £1180

PLUS
Raise as much as you can for your charity

Flexi Fund

Deposit – £250 on booking
PLUS
Balance payment – £250
payable 4 Feb 2019

Cost to client – deposit + balance = £500

PLUS
Fundraise £1360 in sponsorship
to be complete by 29 Jun 2019
£680 is retained by the charity
£680 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Min Sponsorship

Deposit – £250 on booking

PLUS
Fundraise £1860 in sponsorship
to be complete by 29 Jun 2019
£930 is retained by the charity
£930 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us on the dates stated.
You then raise at least the stated amount (as sponsorship) for the charity by 13 July. You can continue to fundraise after 13 Jul.

You pay us the deposit PLUS the stated balance on the stated dates.
In addition, you commit to raising the stated amount of sponsorship for the charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining fees for your trip will be paid to us by the charity.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity by 13 Jul 2019. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Atlantic Coast Charity Trek Itinerary

Day 1.  Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

On arrival in Marrakech, the group will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel/Riad. Once settled in and after the Guide briefing, experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. The first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion. There are entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Tamri and trek to Tidli Beach area

After breakfast, it is a drive out of Marrakech and towards Chicahaoua before turning towards the coast. Today’s drive is approximately 5 hours and there will be a lunch stop along the way. In the afternoon, once the village of Tamri  is reached, the trek begins. It’s approximately 2 hours to the first nights camp which is just south of Tidli beach.

Total journey time 5 hrs, Trek 6km – 2 hours (B,L,D)

Day 3. Trek from Tidli Beach to Amderdiz’in

After breakfast the trek is continued at a relaxed pace along the beach and onwards to the coast near Imsouane. Todays walking will be a mixture of beach walking and scrub trails above the coast. It is approximately 4-5 hours to the fishing village of Amderdiz’in. The camp for the night is located high on the cliffs with great ocean views. Before dinner, enjoy a stroll down to the beach below.

Trek 12km – 4-5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 4. Walk above hidden bays to the fishing village of Tafeda

Hospice trek4life - Classic night stop on this hospice trekThis is a splendid days walk often high above the sea looking down on hidden bays and the crashing waves. Continuing at the relaxed pace, the group heads to Tafeda where the Atlas mountains meet the sea. Tafeda was once an important Portuguese sea port but today it is a small fishing village. The camp is just outside the village. After arriving, there will be time to stroll along the beach which seems to extend for miles.

Trek 18km – 5-6 hours (B,L,D)

Day 5. Walk deserted beaches to Sidi Ahmed Essayeh

The trek today moves into a wild landscape of Argan forest, where goats graze on the scrubby plants. The route eventually drops down alongside the waves and the deserted beaches to the camp at Sidi Ahmed Assayh. There is a stop en route for a picnic lunch, meeting the camels again at the night camp located next to the sea.

After watching the sun set over the Atlantic, enjoy an evening surrounded by the star filled sky above the sea.

Trek 17km – 6 hours (B,L,D)

Day 6. Coastal paths to Bizergane Bay

Today’s trek is an impressive trail above the Atlantic Ocean passing through several Berber villages. In the afternoon, the group will arrive at Bizergane where the towering dunes are divided by the River Boud. It is a small river (assif) leading to the sea where small colourful fishing boats drawn onto the sand are often seen. Nearby are the waterfalls of Sidi M’barek where if the weather permits, you can enjoy a fresh water shower.

This is where the camp is tonight; beautiful location.

Trek 10km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 7. Sidi Kaouki beach and transfer to Essaouira

Hospice trek4life - Essaouria's portIt’s the final leg of the trek. It is an incredibly scenic walk from one deserted beach to the next with spectacular wide ocean views. Finally, the wide expanse of Sidi Kaouki comes into view, which is popular among wind surfers. It is here that the camel drivers and the camels say their farewells. The group board a minibus for a 40 minute drive to Essaouira.

There is some free time during the afternoon. Wander through the spice-scented lanes and palm-lined avenues of the fortified medina. Or browse the many art galleries and boutiques, and watch fishing nets being mended. Traditional boats are routinely constructed in the hugely atmospheric port.

Tonight, there is a celebration meal.

Trek 11km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 8. Essaouira to Marrakech

After breakfast, transfer back to the city of Marrakech (3 hrs). Enjoy the remainder of the day experiencing the famous Jamaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech’s medina. Explore the souks or simply enjoy the day relaxing before the return journey home (B&B).

Day 9. Depart for London

The transport will transfer the group back to the airport at the appropriate time. (B)

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

What the Price Includes

  • International flights and airport transfers in Morocco (flight inclusive)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 11 days UK – UK.
>  Trip length – 5 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – the weather generally in this changeable environment.
>  All meals on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Marrakech, Essaouira and tents on trek.

Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your visit. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required. You need to complete an immigration form on arrival.

Flight Tickets – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. In the majority of cases, we check you in and supply your Boarding Passes by email. If you are required to check in yourself, we will inform you of the process.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size for this Hospice trek is 6.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

If you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

You will be walking between 4 – 6 hours per day.

The weather can change rapidly along the coast and temperatures can be high in the summer months, kept cool by the sea breeze. It is unlikely to be cold but you will need the full range of protective clothing in case.

The tracks are typical coastal paths, undulating.

This trek would be considered moderately challenging.

We recommend a reasonable level of fitness and adopt a regular training regime well before you depart.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are usually buffet style, lunches a mix of salads, breads, fruit and the evening meals are 3 courses.
  • In addition, tea/coffee/biscuits are severed on arrival at the campsite.
  • The food is of excellent quality and there is no lacking quantity; you won’t go hungry!

Accommodation

  • Hotels – Twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation entitles you to sole occupation of all hotel rooms plus a tent to yourself.
  • Sole occupation cost – £150

Our default flights are London Gatwick (LGW) – Marrakech (RAK) but we may use other airports. We use direct flights if at all possible.

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional non London airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Flights from regional airports are highly likely to be indirect (ie involve at least 1 stop). Please ask for advice.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Morocco:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid.
  • Consider: Hepatitis B; Rabies.
  • Yellow Fever – No Yellow Fever certificate is required for Morocco.
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco.aspx
  • Malaria – Malaria not normally present unless the illness was contracted abroad.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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Optional 2 Night Extension In Essaouria

Just 2 additional nights post trek – just £155 per person*.

This includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a 3* Riad with private bathroom, including breakfast.
  • Transfer back to Marrakech by CTM Supratour bus, a clean reliable service operating between major towns in Morocco.
  • On arrival back in Marrakech, you will have 1 night in a hotel and transfers back to the airport, as per your itinerary had you not had the extension.

*The price is based on 2 people sharing.

We do not charge admin fees for using different return flights. But we do need to know you are going to extend at the time of booking.

Hospice trek4life Challenge 2018, Essaouria

Optional 2 Night Extension In Essaouria

Just 2 additional nights post trek – just £155 per person*.

This includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a 3* Riad with private bathroom, including breakfast.
  • Transfer back to Marrakech by CTM Supratour bus, a clean reliable service operating between major towns in Morocco.
  • On arrival back in Marrakech, you will have 1 night in a hotel and transfers back to the airport, as per your itinerary had you not had the extension.

*The price is based on 2 people sharing.

We do not charge admin fees for using different return flights. But we do need to know you are going to extend at the time of booking.

Hospice trek4life Challenge 2018, Essaouria

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