The trip will take place between 12-21 September 2014.
Simply pay a non-refundable £350 registration fee
and return this with a completed application form.
The group will be made up of around 40-50 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. While some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it's a great way to meet new people. You'll find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.
Throughout the hike we'll be staying in two-man tents and basic mountain huts.
At the start and end of the trek we will stay in a 3* hotel in Marrakech.
We'll be accompanied by support vehicles and camels which will carry all our equipment and supplies between each campsite. You will carry a day pack to hold any equipment you might need during the day.
Macmillan challenges are designed to suit people of average fitness. However, this is a particularly tough challenge so if you do not already walk on a regular basis you'll need to commit to a considerable amount of training during the preceding months. A full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack.
Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form that must be signed by your GP. Medical forms will be provided in your fundraising packs and individual surgeries may charge for this service.
At least 65% of the £2,800 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £2,800 the entire surplus will benefit the charity.
What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?Back to top
We'll provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK. However, if you do not manage to raise £1,000 four months prior to departure you'll have the choice of making up the shortfall yourself or transferring to a later challenge - giving yourself longer to fundraise.
It’s usually clear, pleasantly warm and sunny during the trek until nearer the summit where the elevation has an impact on temperature. Mornings and evenings can be very cold – there may even be frost on the tents in the morning. Though rain is unlikely, there is always a possibility we’ll get a wet or stormy day, so be prepared!
- Return flight: London-Marrakech-London.
Accommodation: six nights in basic mountain huts or guesthouses, three nights in a Marrakech hotel.
All food other than two meals on your free day.
All camping equipment other than a sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
Full support with local guides, cooks, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors.
Macmillan Cancer Support representative.
- Insurance: our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you'll be undertaking.
- Celebration meal on the final night, plus one other meal.
- A discretionary tip for the local crew who look after us.
Can I extend my stay in Morocco?Back to top
Yes. If you’d like to stay out in Morocco after the challenge our tour operator, Discover Adventure, will be happy to organise this for you. An administrative fee of £75 applies.
Each participant will need to carry a day pack for items needed during the day: water, sunscreen, camera, waterproofs etc. Trekking time varies from five to twelve hours per day.
The terrain is mainly up or downhill on dry, rocky tracks. There are some gravel and shale sections which can be loose underfoot and there may be some snow as we reach high elevations. Some sections of our route are very steep and there are a few stream crossings to tackle. The itinerary is designed to allow for good acclimatisation to the altitude and we ascend slowly on summit days, but you may still feel the effects of being at altitude such as headaches and shortness of breath when trekking.
Because of the varied and mountainous terrain, and the lack of accurate maps, it’s not possible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for!
How do I convince my friends that this is not a holiday?Back to top
While you are sure to have an incredible time on the challenge, our challenges can never be described as holidays. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge. The days on the challenge will be long, facilities will be basic and the conditions tough. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday.
Of course, if you would prefer to cover the costs of the challenge in order to ensure that 100% of your sponsorship goes towards the work of the charity we would be delighted to discuss this option with you.
This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.
One of the key determining criteria Macmillan looks for when selecting a tour operator to organise our events is a demonstrable appreciation of environmental concerns. Our tour operator Discover Adventure has links with 'Climate Care', a service that enables participants to neutralise the carbon emissions caused by taking long-haul flights.
For full details of how to offset your carbon emissions visit the Discover Adventure website.
If you have any more questions, please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7840 7887