Our trek goes through the High Atlas Mountains to the summit of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak at 4167m. It's not just a great challenge, it's an immersion into the culture of the Berber people, Morocco's original inhabitants. Few roads penetrate this craggy mountain stronghold, where the way of life has changed little over centuries.
Our journey takes us from the exotic sights of Marrakech to the remote, barren and dry High Atlas Mountain range. The route is on a mixture of rocky and sandy paths as we pass grassy meadows, towering limestone peaks to sheer red-rock canyons, isolated patches of snow and flowing rivers. We pass through traditional Berber villages which cling to the side of mountains, seemingly carved into the rock in layers of terraces that appear to defy gravity. You'll also see Berber women in brightly coloured dresses tending fields, and higher up, we meet nomadic shepherds in summer pastures.
We will be there every step of the way to help you with your fundraising and ensure you smash your target!
There are two ways of funding your place on this trip. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £74.25 (Special offer - 25% off)
Sponsorship option 1
You commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £1,400 per person. £1,120 of this amount must be sent to the charity ten weeks prior to the trip and out of this we pay the balance of your trip costs. The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
Self-funding option 2
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. If you wish to do this we will send you a payment form three months before the trip to collect the balance of the costs of £700. This needs to be paid ten weeks prior to the trip date. You also pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £700 and to aim to get as much as possible in before the trip and within six weeks of your return.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
We would expect to fill most of our places so the final group size should be between 20 and 40 trekkers.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?
This trek requires a very high level of physical fitness. The terrain and length of time you spend walking and extremes of temperatures could present a tough, physical and mental challenge. The amount of training you will require depends on your current overall fitness levels.
Once you have registered, we will provide you with a training programme and will also be in regular contact to make sure that things are going to plan.
Can I join if I am over 65 years old?
If you are over 65, the only additional requirement is that you provide a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that you are fit and healthy to participate in the challenge.
Is the fundraising target per person?
In order to cover the cost of your place, you will need to individually raise the target. We do encourage teams to sign up, but each individual team member will be required to hit the overall target.
What is the age limit?
You will need to be 18 prior to the departure of the trip.
What support will Alzheimer's Society provide?
Before the trip
We will support you with both challenges of raising your sponsorship money and getting fit. We provide fundraising support, sponsor forms and publicity tips.
Our training plan will help you achieve the level of fitness you'll need and we'll keep in touch regularly to hear how you are getting on. We also organise a pre-event information day which is a great opportunity to find out more about the challenge, meet fellow participants and share tips on fundraising and training.
On the trip
You will be travelling with experienced guides and support staff, and a doctor will be with you throughout the journey. All luggage is transported by vehicle to the next overnight stop. All you need to carry are the items you need during the day. These should be carried in a 25 litre day pack.
What will the weather be like?
In October it should be hot and dry with temperatures averaging 25ºC in the day, and cooler evenings.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You should contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice and you must have had a tetanus vaccination in the last ten years. It is advisable to be up to date with typhoid, polio, and hepatitis A. If you are coming from an infected area you will need a vaccination certificate for yellow fever.
What will the trekking be like?
We trek on a mixture of rocky and sandy paths as we pass grassy meadows, towering limestone peaks to sheer red-rock canyons, isolated patches of snow and flowing rivers. There are some steep climbs and descents.
Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?
Please bring your luggage in a soft sailing bag or rucksack.
Do I need insurance?
You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this trip.
You must let the tour operator have your insurance details by at least eight weeks before the departure date. Do also make sure you declare any pre-existing conditions otherwise your insurance company will not pay up should you need to make a claim.
What is included in the trip and what else do I need to pay for?
What is included in the trip?
- Return flights from London
- All accommodation and transfers
- Leader, local guides and doctor
- Luggage transfer
- All meals, except lunch and dinner on day 10.
What is not included?
- Travel insurance (approximately £80)
- £100 - £150 for personal expenses
- Tips for local guides (£25 - £30 per participant)
- Any optional sightseeing
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation is either basic hotels or camping in two person tents while we trek.
*Some flight options return to London on 25 June 2019.