ENDURANCE ADVENTURE: MOROCCO FAQS
Morocco is a little-known running paradise. Sweeping views, towering peaks, dramatic desertscapes, stunningly green palm oases and enough trails to keep you exploring for a lifetime. The culture is exotic and the hospitality overwhelming, the food is fresh, local, organic and delicious. Time seems to stand still in Morocco: you will see, learn and experience more than you ever imagined, and come away with not only physical accomplishments, but also memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
How far do I have to be able to run?
Endurance Adventure participants will cover approximately 75mi/120km in 5 days on challenging terrain and at altitude (expect 12-17 miles each day). Though an ultra running background is not necessarily required, you will want to ensure that you have strong distance running abilities and some experience on trail. Some routes are very simple but others are quite complicated and participants will need to pay attention and use the tools provided for navigation (ex: light marking, written directions, and/or verbal instructions). Experienced marathoners should be able to handle the volume with no problems, but should also bring along a strong sense of adventure. There are no time restrictions and all paces are welcome.
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
The terrain will vary, but the footing will largely be dirt road and single track trail. You’ll find sublime meadows, rocky descents, big climbs and probably a river crossing or two.
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals/snacks, coffee/tea/juice with breakfasts, water, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized, supported runs, gear transfer, cultural immersion experiences, a shirt and awards for those who complete everything. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, alcohol, tips or personal purchases (and trust us, you will find things to buy in Morocco!)
What time of day will be be running?
The time of day will vary depending on where we are and where we’re headed. Most days will involve some amount of drive time; and start times will vary between first thing in the morning and early afternoon. Meals and snacks are planned accordingly.
What will we do when we aren’t running?
These are very full days: When we aren’t running, you’ll learn firsthand about Berber mountain culture, pitch in on village tasks, explore the markets, indulge in huge traditional meals and will be able to squeeze in just enough time for relaxation and recovery before your next big day.
What will the hotels be like?
Five nights will be spent in 3 and 4-star guesthouses, riads or restored kasbahs. You can expect clean, comfortable rooms, private bathrooms with hot showers, gorgeous Moroccan decor, phenomenal hospitality, tons of character and big views. These are family-run establishments and we will often fill the entire place. One night will be spent at a gite (traveler shelter) in a remote High Atlas village. There is a large, cozy indoor space for gathering and eating with fireplace and toilet, and participants will sleep right outside in comfortable tents with mattresses and sleeping bags (all gear provided).
What is the weather like?
Beautiful! In the mountains you can expect cooler temps (70s F/ 20s C during the day, 40-50 F/4-10 C at night) and dry air. Arrival and departure days in Marrakech as generally warmer as it is at lower elevations. This trip is all in and around the Atlas Mountains which can have unpredictable weather much like any mountains. Rain, hail and late spring snow can occur.
Can I have my own room at hotels?
Yep! The trip cost is based on double occupancy, but you are welcome to upgrade to a private room. Just select “Private Room Upgrade” during the signup process and enjoy your own room (or tent) each night. If you are a solo traveler who doesn’t mind sharing a room, we will arrange roommates prior to the trip (you’ll have separate beds). Please note that private room availability is limited.
What sort of food will we be eating?
Food is one of the biggest highlights when visiting Morocco! Our own Moroccan chef team travels with us and will provide healthy, fresh, traditional meals throughout the trip. A typical breakfast will include a spread of just-baked, clay-oven bread, pastries, local fruit jam, butter, cheese, eggs, coffee, mint tea and (literally) fresh-squeezed OJ. Lunches will typically be pre- and post-run spreads of fresh fruit, nuts, dates, bread, salads and grilled meat. Dinner is likely to feature couscous or a tajine – chicken, beef and lamb simmered in a clay vessel with an assortment of vegetables and spices – along with fresh bread, olives, light soup and fresh fruit. You won’t go hungry! Vegetarian/vegan meals can be accommodated.
What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be traveling in well-maintained 4×4 vehicles (Toyota Land Cruisers) with professional drivers.
Is it safe?
Very. Morocco is an extremely welcoming and friendly place, and one of the most relaxed and accepting Islamic countries in the world. As long as you exercise the same common sense you’d use anywhere (ie don’t flash lots of cash or expensive items while wandering around the city), you’ll be fine. Hospitality is king in Morocco; our local team has worked with us for many years and they take the utmost care of our runners belongings and well-being.
What should I pack?
Packing light will make everything easier for you, but there are some key things to bring along, Several sets of running clothes, trail running shoes, a few sets of non-running clothes, flip flops, one warm jacket, rain gear, sunglasses, sunblock, reading material and a CAMERA are all recommended. A hydration pack is required. Conservative dress for both men and women is respectful and encouraged; a detailed packing list will be provided after you sign up!
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes, alcohol is allowed. Though most Moroccans do not drink alcohol and it can be difficult to find outside of the cities, it is by no means a banned substance and it is plenty acceptable for foreigners to imbibe at guesthouses. You will have the opportunity to ‘stock up’ before we depart Marrakech – the supermarkets have a great selection of liquor, beer and wine.
What are the tipping customs?
We will provide country-specific guidance and take a group collection when it comes to the local team (ie drivers, cooks, etc) involved with your trip. Tips for Rogue Expeditions guides are always appreciated, and are at your discretion.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips.
If you cancel:
Within 30 days of signup: Full refund
90+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, your deposit is non-refundable.
Can I switch to another trip?
If you wish to transfer your deposit from one trip to another you must notify us at least 90 days prior to your original departure date. A fee of $150 per person will apply and will be deducted from your original deposit. If you notify us less than 90 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Deposit transfers may only be made once, and must be made to another trip departing within 12 months of your original departure date.
I have more questions. Who can answer them?
Allison can answer them! Feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com.
How do I sign up?
A $600 deposit holds your spot and balances are due no later than December 28, 2019. Registrations after that date will be due in full. You can sign up using the button below.