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Morocco 3 Peaks Hiking Challenge

Tackle the three highest peaks in the Atlas Mountains.

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When does the trek take place?

The trek will take place from 12 - 21 September 2014.
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How do I take part?

Simply sign up online and pay your £350 registration fee at the point of registration. If you would prefer to receive a paper version of the registration form please email hiking@macmillan.org.uk.
We'll then ask you to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,800 of which you should aim to send £1,100 to Macmillan four months prior to departure. The outstanding amount must be with us within one month of the event taking place.  
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Who takes part?

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.
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Where will we stay while hiking?

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. 
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Do I have to carry my own kit?

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. 
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Am I fit enough?

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.
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Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

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. 

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How does Macmillan benefit?

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. 
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What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?

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 you longer to fundraise. 
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What will the weather be like?

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.
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What's included?

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. 

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What isn't included?

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. 

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What else do I need?

A valid 10-year passport with at least six months to run is essential. 
It's essential for you to consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations. 
We also recommend around £150 for personal expenses. 
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Can I extend my stay in Morocco?

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. 
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What is the hiking like?

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.

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How do I convince my friends that this is not a holiday?

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. 

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Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.
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Can I offset my carbon footprint?

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.  
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