10th November – 17th November 2018
Our team of 20 marvellous trekkers begin their challenge of a lifetime by trekking across the Sahara desert against a stunning backdrop of sand dunes, the occasional oasis and with only camels for company! After completing the 50km trek they'll be spend two days helping out at a local community project in Marrakech.
If you're feeling inspired by this year's challenge, why not sign up for our 2019 trek, where we'll be heading to India!
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We'll have all the latest updates (phone signal permitting) on what they get up to in the desert...
Day 5 - Sand absolutely everywhere! (...well it is the desert after all)
A desert storm hit all last night and today! We had to abandon at lunchtime - it was really hard going, but still managed 10 miles this morning. Sand absolutely everywhere!
We've been hunkered-down in a tent playing games to pass the time and stay safe. The wind is so strong and makes the landscape look like a wasteland.
Will have to make up the distance tomorrow but spirits have been high, especially thanks to video messages from the Hospice!
Day 4 - How would you describe the desert?
Our fantastic trekkers share their opinion of the desert so far!
Day 3 - 24,000 steps...
11 miles, 24,000 steps into the beautiful sand dunes. We survived our first night in the desert and our camel friends and local guides are doing a fab job of keeping us fed and watered!
Mixed terrain of dunes, rocky sand beds and crunchy clay - roll on day 4!
Day 2 - "...like something from another planet!"
Started the day with a long drive over the Atlas Mountains. Stunning scenery! Heading further into the desert to start our walk today. Breakfast of chapatis was delicious. Everyone in high spirits (including the team mascot Chantelle - named after the injured trekker who was unable to join us. You can read here about Chantelle's amazing wing-walk which she did after finding out she couldn't make the Trek)
Finished our first day in the desert. A gentle 4 miles to get us in the swing of things; it's hot! The scenery is fabulous, like something from another planet! We're waiting for our camel friends to bring the camp gear, whilst enjoying the sunset from the top of a dune!
Day 1 - And they're off!!
After a (very!) early start at Stansted the team are on they're way to Morocco and the Sahara desert... sand dunes, camels and a 50km challenge of a lifetime await.
Good luck guys!
So far the trekkers have collectively raised over £60,000 for The Hospice of St Francis! They've had a summer full of fundraising and training...
You can still show your support for their incredible challenge and donate using their Just Giving Pages below. Every penny goes towards helping patients and their families to live their precious lives well.
Jennifer Nikki and Catherine Kath and Geoff Gill D Erin and Sam H Simon Sam L Angela Ellen Chris Rose Rebecca Ingerlise Tan Mark Gill W
If this has inspired you please come and trek with us in 2019 when we will heading off to India!
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