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!
Running: no organized run
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 picnic lunch and a relaxed evening in a luxurious restored kasbah.
Running: up to 10 miles, dirt road and single track.
Fell in love with Imlil? Good, because you get to stay a bit longer! Begin the day with a morning trail run in the surrounding mountains. Prepare to be challenged by the terrain (you’re at altitude!) and amazed by the spectacular views. Bring a camera! The rest of the day is spent exploring the village, learning about Berber culture and kicking back.
Running: up to 16 miles, technical trail & altitude
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 spectacular mountain views and passing through tiny, remote villages along the way. After a picnic in the palm oasis, we'll head to Taroudant where you can relax poolside or in the gardens while dinner is prepared.
Running: Up to 9 miles, dirt road
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.
Running: no organized run
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 waterfalls, canyons and swimming holes! The rest of the evening will be for soaking in the laid-back vibes of Taghazout and enjoying our final dinner together.
Running: Up to 13 miles, dirt road & technical trail
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.
Running: no organized run
PRICING & DETAILS
Sunday, October 21 through Saturday, October 27, 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:
Standard Pricing (through June 21): $2250
Late Pricing (after June 21: $2400
Private Room Upgrade: $350 - gives you your own room every night
Early Arrival package: $175/$250 (single/double) - Arrive a day early for extra time to sleep off the jet lag and explore Marrakech! Includes private airport pickup, accommodation, dinner and breakfast the following morning.
Balance due by June 21, 2018. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip guidance + communication
Transfers to/from airport
Transportation: Well-maintained 4×4 vehicles, fuel and drivers
Six nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star accommodation (double occupancy)
Experienced Moroccan team (guides, drivers, chefs)
Experienced Rogue Expeditions trip leaders
All meals + snacks
All water + coffee/tea/juice with breakfast
Rogue Expeditions shirt
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Alcohol or beverages other than water (though coffee, tea and juice are included with breakfasts)
Personal purchases/souvenirs or extra activities
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!
Participants will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity left. No visas or vaccinations are required for US citizens in Morocco, though you may want to consider some standard vaccinations if you are a first-time traveler. Please keep in mind that Morocco is a developing country – though we will be comfortable and well taken care of, an adventurous and flexible attitude is a must!
You may arrive at any time on October 21, but please book departure flights from Marrakech no earlier than 12 noon on October 27.
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 (broke your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip!).
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