Please note that all listed run distances can be shortened or lengthened - all abilities accommodated! - and that itinerary is subject to minor adjustments due to weather, logistical considerations, etc
Arrive in Marrakech, where we will pick you up at the airport and take you to our beautiful riad (traditional courtyard house). That evening you will get your first taste of Moroccan tagine as we dine on the rooftop, relax, and unwind. Those who manage to hold off the jet lag can experience the Djemaa El-fna and the surrounding souks: sample local treats, bargain for scarves, charm a cobra, jump into a drum circle or simply wander around and take it all in!
No running / Meals: D
Depart from Marrakech by 4×4 vehicles towards the High Atlas mountain town of Imlil with views of terraced valleys, blooming almond trees, flowing creeks and the highest mountain in northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal (13,670ft). From here we begin our run on a quiet dirt road that takes us along a gorgeous valley with non-stop views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Finish with a fresh picnic lunch and a relaxed evening in a luxurious family-run guesthouse.
Running: Up to 8 miles, dirt road and some single track / Meals: BLD
Fell in love with Imlil? Good, because you get to stay a bit longer! Begin the day with a morning trail run towards the base camp of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain. Prepare to be challenged by the terrain, amazed by the spectacular views and - for those who go the full distance - a long day on the trail and a high point of over 10,000 ft. (yes, you'll probably get to play in some snow!). The rest of the day is spent exploring the village, learning about local argan oil production and relaxing on the sunny rooftop terrace.
Running: up to 16 miles, technical high altitude trail / Meals: BLD
After breakfast we will head towards the Tizi n’ Test mountain pass, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Morocco. As we begin to descend we will leave the pavement behind and take the road less traveled. From here we will run down into the Souss Valley, taking in sweeping mountain views and passing through tiny, remote villages along the way. Prepare to be joined by local kids! After a picnic in the palm oasis, we'll head to Taroudant where you can relax poolside or go out and explore the 9th century medina while dinner is prepared.
Running: Up to 9 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
Today we head for the Anti Atlas mountains and the picturesque village of Tafaroute. This is a land of soaring red cliffs, crumbling kasbahs and soft, magical sunlight. After getting settled into the hotel we'll head out for an easy evening shakeout run amid surreal rock formations and the famous painted rocks; once again, bring a camera! After that, get some rest - tomorrow is the long run!
Running: Up to 10 miles, pavement and dirt road / Meals: BLD
After a light breakfast we'll head out for the long run. Those who choose to run the full 18 miles will begin with a loooong climb accompanied by sweeping views of the Ameln Valley. The reward comes as you descend into a deep canyon and a thick, endless river of date palms - it's magical! Finish with a picnic in the oasis before heading back to the hotel for an easy afternoon of recovery by the pool.
Running: Up to 18 miles, pavement / Meals: BLD
Rest day! After a relaxed morning we will head for the coast and the quaint fishing village-turning-surfing-mecca of Taghazout. Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish: take surfing lessons, explore the village or simply indulge in a book and the sound of the ocean.
No organized run / Meals: BLD
After waking up to the sound of the ocean, we’ll set out for the trails of a very special mountain valley and our final run. Expect rugged terrain and photo opps galore with canyons, palms and swimming holes! The rest of the evening will be for soaking in the laid-back vibes of Taghazout and enjoying a very special final dinner together.
Running: Up to 13 miles, dirt road and technical trail / Meals: BLD
Wake up to a tasty breakfast and get packed up before departing for Marrakech. We’ll arrive with plenty of time to board flights home, or to connect to further travel./ Meals: B
PRICING & DETAILS
Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 13, 2018
All levels welcome! Daily run maximums are listed on the itinerary and there are no minimums nor time restrictions.
A $500 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Early Pricing (through January 5): $2650
Standard Pricing (after January 5): $2800
Private Room Upgrade: $500 - gives you your own room all eight nights (limited availability)
Early Arrival package: $175/$250(single/double) - Arrive a day early for extra time to sleep off the jet lag and explore Marrakech! Includes airport pickup, accommodation, and breakfast the following morning
Balance due by January 5, 2019. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip guidance + communication
Transfers to/from airport
Transportation: 4×4 vehicles, fuel and drivers
Eight nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star hotels or riads (double occupancy)
Organized, supported runs
Experienced, expert Moroccan logistics team
Experienced, expert Rogue Expeditions trip leaders
All meals + snacks
Rogue Expeditions shirt
An experience that you'll never forget!
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Alcohol or beverages other than water (coffee, mint tea are included with breakfasts)
Personal purchases/souvenirs or extra activities
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 runners.
Though we don't anticipate any problems hitting the minimum, please do not book flights until we confirm that it has been met.
- US citizens will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity upon entering Morocco; no visas or vaccinations are required. Participants from other countries should check with their consulate for entry requirements.
- Please ensure that you arrive in Marrakech no later than 3pm on April 5 and depart Marrakech no earlier than 12pm on April 13 (departures between 2-5pm are ideal). If you arrive/depart outside of those parameters then you will be responsible for your own airport transfers (we can help you make arrangements but there will be added cost).
- Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (break your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance can cover the entire cost of your trip! Flight delay causes you to miss the first day? Insurance can cover the cost of transport to meet up with the group!).
- Please keep in mind that Morocco is a developing country. Though you will be very comfortable and well taken care of, an adventurous and adaptable attitude is a must!
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