SNOW AND SAND
All details for both treks are on this page
Snow and Sand Charity Challenge Trek
From Mt Toubkal – over 13,000 feet and 0°C
To the Sahara Desert – sea level and 40°C
transition in just 36hrs!
Our Snow and Sand Charity Challenge captures Morocco’s diverse environments beautifully by trekking to the snow on the highest, and potentially the coldest, point in North Africa (Jbel Toubkal, 4167m) to one of the lowest and hottest; the sand of the vast Sahara Desert. A true contrast of snow to sand in just 36hrs.
Snow and Sand Charity Challenge Highlights:
- A small weather window of opportunity – 11 day trip UK – UK
- Transition of high mountain summit (snow), to mountain lake to desert; in 36hrs
- Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
- Very experienced Guides
- Full support pre-trek, explore Marrakech
This Snow and Sand Charity Challenge is something different; something unusual and a great way to see Morocco. Good for all abilities with full mule and camel support if required.
Our unique Snow and Sand Charity Challenge has a small window of opportunity; just as the summer temperatures start to fall away in the desert and just before the winter snows fall heavily in the mountains.
Having flown into Marrakech, overnight, the Snow and Sand Charity Challenge commences with the mountain phase. We drive to Imlil, meet the Support Crew before steadily ascending up to the imposing alpine refuge at Neltner. Early next morning, you will set off for the summit. The views from the infamous Triangle structure (with or without snow!) are amazing and weather permitting, you can see from the Atlantic to the Sahara.
After descending you will camp beside the turquoise shores of Lac D’Ifni before your road transfer the following day through Ouarzazate, the Draa Valley and the dramatic scenery en-route to the desert. You will soon start to feel the warmth of the sand!
By the time you hit the desert, you will have dropped over 12,000 feet and felt the temperature rise by about 40°C in less than 36hrs! The contrast from snow to sand will be immediately apparent and the sheer open space and remoteness becomes a reality. There is nothing here except sand and the tranquil sound of silence. Hovering on the horizon you will see Erg Zaher, a huge sand dune towering majestically over the Chigaga region. Reaching Erg Zaher is your goal and watching the sun set from this naturally moving monument is for most people, a moment to reflect on the purpose of your challenge and your amazing achievement.
After completing the Snow and Sand Charity Challenge, we head to the hotel in Ouarzazate for a well earned hot shower, overnight, before heading back to Marrakech and the chance explore this colourful and captivating city. Of note are the famous Djemma El Fna (Marrakech’s main square), the endless maze of markets in the Medina and perhaps a Spa.
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