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Trek the Sahara

Take on a true adventure by trekking through a multi-day trek through the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert. See the sunrise over the desert, make new friends and raise vital funds for a great cause.

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 16th October 2024
End: Monday 21st October 2024
Event type: Overseas trek
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What to expect:

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

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. You’ll get to know each other before you set off, as we’ll be arranging a Facebook group and training walks that you can get involved with. Your challenge will last 6 days in total – Wednesday to Monday – giving you an opportunity to get to know Morocco as well as this iconic desert.

Details on your overseas trek
  • Day 1: Fly to 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 the trek, fundraising or how to get involved – get in touch with our friendly and experienced events team.

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Why your fundraising is important

At just six weeks old, Tiger-Lily was fitted with a tracheostomy after doctors discovered she had a condition which means she stops breathing as soon as she falls asleep and needs constant supervision. The condition is so rare that it’s thought to only affect 100 families in the UK. It’s been a journey the whole family never expected to go on. With the support of Chestnut Tree House they live life to the full and enjoy every moment with their cheeky, sociable and fun-loving little girl.

How your sponsorship makes all the difference

1.2k

could give a child a 24-hour stay at the House; relaxing, getting messy & having fun while complex medical needs are taken care of.

2.4k

could pay for 10 nurses to support families following the death of their child, helping them to say their final goodbyes.