THE SAHARAN CHALLENGE

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7 - 11 October 2021

Walk, Jog or Run…

2 Marathons in 2 Days

Unique 5 Day Adventure

Bedouin style Base Camp

For You or for a Charity

Covid-Secure format for 2021

Push yourself further and take on The Saharan Challenge! It’s 2 marathon distances over 2 days, with a fantastic route through the lush Draa Valley down to sun baked dunes on the desert edge, with rugged mountain scenery, and sleeping under the stars in our Bedouin style base camp.

This 5 day trip has it all – a tough challenge, stunning scenery, luxury camping, sun, full support, a night in Marrakech – an unforgettable adventure!

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The Adventure

The UNESCO World Heritage Draa Valley provides a dramatic backdrop for our double marathon distance challenge, across baked rocky trails, through red clay Berber villages, and palmeries, down to the sandy dunes of the mighty Sahara. After a tough day under the Moroccan sun, relax in our private Bedouin campsite with hot showers, dining tents, a bar with cold drinks, entertainment, and luscious local food.

2021 is the time for a new adventure – to invigorate & re-energise – so why not join us and do something amazing!

We fly from London to Marrakech on Thursday and transfer across the Atlas Mountains to our Base Camp beyond Ouarzazate. 3  unforgettable nights at our Bedouin camp – with 2 tough marathons in between, before a welcome Marrakech hotel room and a bit of a celebration.

Home for 3 memorable nights, and the ‘home-comforts’ may surprise you! There’s proper plumed in toilets, hot showers, single occupancy tents, a massive dining area, entertainment, a bar, medical tent, and fantastic freshly prepared food by our local chefs.

Two 26 mile marathon distance challenges – at your pace. early starts on the both Friday and the scenery is varied & unforgettable. On Saturday we set off from base Camp and head down to the dunes on the edge of the Sahara, where a big cheer, a medal, and a cold drink await. If we have the energy – there’s plenty of time for a celebration meal & beer back at camp!

It’s your challenge, and our support is geared up to handle leisurely walkers, seasoned Ultra runners, and all in between. The route is fully signed, our fully stocked rest stops will keep you going, and we have pace walkers & runners out on the course to team up with.

Just like our UK Ultra Challenges – you’ll find our support is second to none:

 

  • Rest stops (am & pm)  with snacks, drinks, toilets, medics
  • Lunch stop at half way – cold buffet
  • UK trip leader and core staff.
  • Signed route & local guides
  • Showers & evening medical surgery + podiatrists
  • Vehicle support all the way
  • Medal & T-shirt 
  • Challenge App & training material

 

On Sunday morning it’s an early transfer back to Marrakesh where a comfortable hotel bed awaits! There’s time to explore some of the highlights of this magical medieval city, or to just relax & recover in the sun by the hotel’s swimming pool.

The challenge is fine for all levels of athletic ability – and you can join as an individual and meet up with others, or as a team of friends or work colleagues and make it a group adventure to remember. You can self fund – just like a holiday – or support a charity of your choice. There’s a ‘land only’ option if you want to organise your flight or maybe to stay in Morocco for extra days.

The Details

If you’ve done one of our UK Ultra Challenges – you’ll love this unique adventure! There’s the same first class support & hospitality, combined with a great feeling of camaraderie from a group of 150 or so like-minded adventures who are all up for a challenge. Whether you’re a keen walker, or even a would-be ‘Marathon des Sables’ runner, you can join as an individual, with a friend, or as a group, and take the marathons on at your pace. It’s a great value ‘all inclusive’ package – for an unforgettable 2021 adventure!

  • Return flights (full package)
  • Transfers (on flights package)
  • 3 nights camping 
  • Camping equipment (exc sleeping bag)
  • 1 night in Marrakesh hotel
  • 2 days tough trekking
  • All meals, snacks & drinks
  • Celebratory dinner & party at Camp
  • Cold beer / drink, t shirt & medal at the finish
  • Regular rest stops
  • Guided & mapped route
  • Medics & Podiatrists
  • Baggage transfer (runners)
  • Challenge App
  • Kit List & Training Plans
  • FREE place on a 2021 50 km Ultra Challenge 
  • Transfers to camp for ‘Land Only’ participants (£35 extra if you are able to join our group bus transfer – or £250 for private 4×4 transfer)
  • Personal kit & equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic & fizzy drinks from camp bar / hotel 
  • Tips for local camp crew (we recommend Euro 20/head) 

Day 1: Thur 7 Oct – Arrive Morocco & camp

  • Depart London for Marrakech
  • Transfer to camp 7-8hr

Day 2: Fri 8 Oct – 42km & overnight camp

  • 1hr transfer to start
  • Rest stops & lunch en-route
  • Finish at camp

Day 3: Sat 9 Oct – 42km & overnight camp

  • Early start from our camp
  • Rest stops & lunch en-route
  • Finish line medals & cold beer!
  • Celebratory dinner & party @ camp!

Day 4: Sun 10 Oct – Marrakech & hotel

  • Transfer to Marrakech 7-8hrs
  • Lunch en-route
  • Group meal & free evening in Marrakech
  • Hotel overnight

Day 5: Mon 11 Oct – Return to UK

  • Depart Marrakech for London

Win a place on the Saharan Challenge!

We are giving away a place on the 2021 Saharan Challenge to one lucky winner! All you need to do is complete our short online form answering one Saharan related question! Our competition will run until 30th November midnight – good luck! 

Sign Up Online

Do it for yourself – or support a charity of your choice – sign up online and pay an initial deposit to secure your place. All participants get a free place on a 50 km Ultra Challenge of their choice to use as a ‘warm up’.

Self Funding
for You

Pay for your event place in full, with no fundraising required.

Full Sponsorship for Charity

Pay a small registration fee & commit to fundraise for a charity of your choice.

Mixed Funding for Charity

Pay half your place, & fundraise a smaller target for your chosen charity.

Your financial protection: The packages & flights shown are ATOL protected by the CAA in the UK – ATOL number 6296. See booking conditions for more information.

Corporate Team Packages

Are you looking for a new Challenge and a fantastic way to reward & bond a group? Perhaps you have a charity of the year you’d also love to support?

If so, a Saharan Challenge could be perfect for your Team – to re-energise, get fit, and to enjoy an unforgettable adventure together! We provide flexible payment & fundraising options. Push yourselves further in 2021. 

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SELF FUNDING

PAY FOR YOUR PLACE,

NO FUNDRAISING TARGET

Flights Included

£1,195 total – 

£250 deposit & £995 balance

Land Only

£975 total – 

£250 deposit & £725 balance

SPONSORSHIP FOR CHARITY

PAY A SMALL REGISTRATION FEE,

& FUNDRAISE FOR CHARITY

Flights Included

£250 deposit &

£1890 fundraising target

Land Only

£250 deposit &

£1450 fundraising target

MIXED FUNDING

PAY HALF OF YOUR PLACE,

& FUNDRAISE A SMALLER TARGET

Flights Included

£250 deposit 

& £945 fundraising target 

& £473 balance

Land Only

£250 deposit 

& £755 fundraising target 

& £348 balance

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Thank You,

 

The Ultra Challenge Team