Sahara Challenge 2018
Why not join up for our Sahara Challenge to push yourself to your limits?
What is it?
At the beginning of November, jump on a flight from London and touch down in the North African city of Morocco to begin a trek like no other. The 8 day adventure will allow you to experience life as the indigenous Berber people of North Africa do through trekking across the Sahara desert, camping under the stars and sampling the traditional cuisine.
Your first night will be spent in a local hotel in the town of Ouarzazate which is around a 5 hour drive from Morocco. Here you will enjoy dinner and a good night’s rest before your journey begins…
On your second day you will travel south from Ouarzazate, following a 4-5 hour route typically taken by the indigenous people across the Sahara desert. Local Berber guides will accompany you alongside the trek and, if the weather allows it, you will spend the night bivouacking (resting in a shelter without full cover) and enjoying the night sky.
The next 2 days will throw you out of your comfort zone and give you a full experience of the Sahara desert. It is expected you will walk 15-20km per day on average but trekking won’t be the only activity you will engage in. Skills such as setting up a Berber tent, cooking bread in the sand and collecting water will come naturally to you by the end of the trek, ensuring you have a truly authentic experience. The camels will be carrying the team’s luggage and equipment, allowing you to fully enjoy the idyllic landscape of the Sahara desert and its varying landscapes.
Following a trek back to Oulaid Driss, a village around 9 hours from Marrakech, you will make your way back to the city and enjoy lunch on the way. A well-deserved dinner will be waiting for you in Marrakech. After a good night’s rest in a local hotel the last two days will be spent assisting with a local community project. This can range from redecoration, refurbishment and painting to general improvement of the environment, don’t worry here no experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved.
Before flying back to London on the 10th November, there may be time to explore Marrakech where you could experience the bustling square of Jemaa el-Fnaa, visit the 19th century Bahia Palace or pick up some souvenirs in the souks.
You must be 18+ to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined, open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.
The Sahara Trek is part of our Platinum Life List challenges, this means we ask that you set yourself a fundraising target of £3000.
£275 of this will cover your registration fee, plus the first £1,180 sponsorship will go towards paying for the costs of the trip. All profits from this event will go towards helping St Oswald’s continue to provide our specialist care services for patients and families from across the North East.
Join our team of trekkers
Sounds good? Call our Fundraising team on 0191 246 9123 for more information.