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Saharan Challenge Route

The Adventure begins in Marrakech where the group meet and transfer over the Atlas Mountains to our exclusive Bedouin Camp - our Moroccan home! Nestled amoungst palm trees in the valley of the Draa river bed, our start line is in the shadows of Mount Kissane - from here we will follow the Draa Valley south. About 52 miles later, with a few up's & downs we'll cross the finish line at the stunning Nakhla Dunes near Zagora on the edge of the imposing Sahara Desert.

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Friday 11 October: Day 2 - 0-42 km

Stage 1: Afra to Taakil ~ 21km 

Setting off early this morning, the group will leave the river and begin trekking through an incredible lunar landscape before reaching the first rest stop to refuel. Continuing south we re-join the river and skirt along the edge of the date palm plantations, passing through small mud brick villages as we go to our lunch stop.

Stage 2: Taakil to Akhellouf ~ 20km

Our next leg takes us through one of the narrowest parts of the Draa Valley as we pass between 1,500m peaks. We leave the river again and re-entre the lunar landscape before veering back towards the river and our overnight Bedouin Camp.

Meals included: B, L, D 

Saturday 12 October: Day 3 - 42-84km

Stage 3: Akhellouf to Beni Zoli ~ 23km

Starting early in the morning cool, we begin our trek by passing through a number of small villages and palm plantations. Here we'll find our next rest stop with snacks and drinks. Continuing our trek we veer away from the river, we'll walk through desert landscapes before arriving at the fortress of Beni Zoli for lunch.

Stage 4: Beni Zoli  to Nakhla Dunes ~ 20km

Our route follows a network of irrigation canals through a patchwork of fields growing a profusion of fruit and vegetables. The last 6 miles of the trek sees us leave the fertile fields and head out into the Nakhla sand dunes.  Cross the finish line and celebrate our fantastic achievement with a glass of fizz and a medal. We transfer back to camp, for a final night in dunes & an epic celebration dinner.

Meals included: B, L, D

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