Gloucestershire Young Carers supports children and young people whose lives are affected by having family members who are long-term ill, disabled, experiencing mental ill health or who are affected by substance misuse. We work with young carers from 8 years old upwards to reduce the impact of their caring role.
This year we are encouraging you, our supporters, to step outside of your comfort zone – just like young carers do on a daily basis. Rise to the challenge of: The Sahara Desert Challenge.
A 100km trek over 5 days through the plateaus, dunes and stunning oases of the Sahara Desert.
We aim to raise a total of £6,000 which would fund one of our respite support groups for young carers for a year, giving these young people an opportunity to take a break from their adult-sized challenges at home, meet with other young carers and have access to youth workers trained in young carer issues.
For this reason we ask each participant on this Challenge to commit to fundraising between £250 and £500 each. We appreciate that the amount individuals are able to raise may vary but we will help to publicise your involvement in this exciting challenge set for February next year.
Day 1 Marrakech – Ouarzazate
Arrive and met by our guide at the airport. We transfer via Tichka Pass, the highest and most beautiful road pass in Morocco, to the south of Morocco, to Ait Ben Haddou and onto Ouarzazate. Overnight in a 4 Star hotel in Ouarzazate, lunch and dinner.
Day 2 Faija to Amda Noumssafi
After an early start we transfer to the start of our trek at Plateau Faija where we will have lunch and then trek through Jebel Bani, Col Umm Laachar and finish at Amda Noumssafi. Approx. 3 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Amda Noumssafi, full board.
Day 3 Amda Noumssafi – Chegaga
Passing by Lmhasser, we will set out along a dry riverbed taking us out into the desert sands. From there, we will start at a rocky plateau, just after the pass at El Abbes we head to Chegaga, taking in the deep desert’s stunning views and atmosphere. 8 -9 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Chegaga, full board.
Day 4 – Chegaga – Bougarn
Today will take us out of the multitude of small dunes in Chegaga toward the direction of Mhamid and Oued Draa. We will have lunch under the trees at Tamarist and then head on to the dunes of Bougarn. Today will be arduous on our feet as we trek over hard, rocky terrain and hot sand. 7 – 8 hours trekking. Overnight at desert camp Bourgarn, full board. Day 5 – Bougarn – Wadi NaamAn early start so we can appreciate a spectacular desert morning. The small shrubs, small dunes, Tamarist trees and desert acacia create a wonderful atmosphere as the sun rises in the east. We will then head out across the dunes and desert plain to camp at Oued Naam. 7 – 8 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Oued Naam, full board.
Day 6 – Oued Naam – Mhamid – Ait Ben Haddou
On final day of our challenge we trek towards to Mhamid, we will take a well-earned rest before returning to Ait Ben Haddou just after lunch. Tonight we can celebrate our achievements. 3 – 4 hours trekking. Overnight 4 Star hotel in Ait Ben Haddou, full board.
Day 7 – Transfer to Marrakech
After breakfast we will transfer back to Marrakech for our flight home. Breakfast and lunch.