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 scheduled run
Meals: Dinner (D)
Depart from Marrakech by 4×4 vehicles towards the High Atlas mountains. After a beautiful journey over the pass and a fresh picnic prepared by our chef, we'll drive a bit more before beginning our afternoon run. Beginning with a long descent into the Ounila Valley, this run rolls along miles of lush green gardens and ultimately finishes at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO-preserved casbah that has served as the set for The Mummy and Gladiator, among many other films. Spend the evening soaking your legs in the pool and enjoying a big dinner at our guesthouse. Running: Up to 15 miles, pavement
After breakfast we'll head towards Ouarzazate (the "Hollywood" of Morocco) and then on through the Rose Valley with a light picnic along the way. The afternoon run takes us through a surreal, Mars-like landscape dotted with Berber nomad camps, eventually finishing in the fertile Dades Valley with a challenging climb to our hotel. Spend the evening strolling the gardens, checking out a secret waterfall or simply enjoying some drinks on the cliffside terrace.
Running: up to 13 miles, dirt road/trail with a bit of pavement
Today's destination is the Todra Gorge, a dramatic canyon that offers prime rock climbing - and running! - opportunities. Our run offers a bit of everything - a big descent, a bit of rocky jeep track, desert beauty, quiet pavement and increasingly spectacular views as you get deeper and deeper into the gorge. The finish line is a restored kasbah set deep in the oases that we will call home for the next two nights; you've got to climb a lot of stairs to get there, but the reward is a big lunch and a sparkling swimming pool with a view.
Running: up to 21 miles, some dirt road but mostly pavement
Rest day! Sleep in as much as you'd like, then enjoy a relaxed day where you can do - or not do - whatever you'd like. There are hiking and Via Ferrata opportunities and chances to do a bit of shopping if you'd like, or you can simply wander around kasbah ruins and enjoy time by the pool.
Running: No scheduled run
After an early morning run in the gorge you will have a chance to shower and enjoy breakfast before we hit the road again. This drive takes us through one of the largest palm oases in Africa, the Draa Valley, famous for its many kasbahs and for the many varieties of dates (and this is harvest season!). We'll spend the night in Zagora at a beautiful guesthouse hidden in magical gardens. Running: Up to 12 miles, pavement
Today we head over the Anti-Atlas mountains to the village of M'Hamid, where we'll share a meal (and a lot of mint tea) at the family home of one of our Moroccan team members. Afterward, it's time for the Sahara! After leaving the pavement way behind, the run will begin over rolling, rocky terrain and head towards the dunes, getting softer and softer as you go. Finish at our private camp set among towering sand dunes, then immediately go exploring so that you can pick your perfect sunset spot. Later on, enjoy a huge feast, traditional music around the campfire and more stars than you've ever seen before. Sleep comfortably in traditional nomad tents, complete with queen beds and solar lights - this is where "glamping" began!
Running: Up to 15 miles, jeep track and some sand
Today begins with two classic Saharan activities: watch the sunrise, then take a camel ride through the dunes! We'll depart the camp mid-morning and take a short drive to Lake Iriki where our run will begin. This lake no longer has any water, but it does have mirages galore - though pancake flat, this is a challenging and very memorable run! Finish with another big picnic then continue to Foum Z'guide, a town located on the edge of the desert. Enjoy the pool, a nice shower and the bar! Running: Up to 15 miles, hard-packed dirt
If you're still craving a few more miles, then get up early for a low-key shakeout from the hotel. Otherwise, get some rest! We'll embark on the long (but very scenic) journey back to Marrakech after breakfast with plenty of breaks along the way. After we arrive you'll have time to get out and explore the city (or hit the hammam!) before a big farewell dinner.
Running: optional out/back as you wish, pavement
This is it! Enjoy a final breakfast and then we will get you to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight.
PRICING & DETAILS
Wednesday, October 25 - Friday, November 3, 2017
A $500 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Standard Pricing (through June 25): $2595
Late Pricing (after June 25): $2750
Private Room Upgrade: $450 - gives you your own room for 8 nights. A private tent is not guaranteed in the Sahara.
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 25, 2017. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip guidance + communication
Transfers to/from Marrakech airport
Transportation: well-maintained 4×4 vehicles, fuel and drivers
Eight nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star hotels or riads (double occupancy)
One night in our private Sahara camp (fully equipped with traditional tents, comfortable beds and a bathhouse)
Seven organized, vehicle-supported runs
Experienced Moroccan logistics team
Experienced Rogue Expeditions trip leaders
All meals + snacks
All water + coffee/tea/juice with breakfast
Rogue Expeditions shirt + buff
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Alcohol or beverages other than water (though coffee, tea and juice are included with breakfasts)
Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)
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 you will be comfortable and very well taken care of, an adventurous and flexible attitude is a must!
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