This is the trip that started it all!
Get ready to see, hear, taste and RUN one of the most beautiful, welcoming & magical areas of North Africa. We'll wander Marrakech markets, pass over the snow-capped High Atlas mountains, explore ancient kasbahs, learn about the traditional Berber way of life and play on the giant sand dunes surrounding our private camp in the Sahara.
Run along lush river valleys, through dramatic gorges and palm oases and in the Sahara, catching glimpses of village life that are never seen from the highways. Enjoy full run support from our team, who are always on hand with water, rides and plenty of high fives, no matter your pace.
Finish each day with a beautiful desert sunset, a delicious Moroccan feast, endless stories and mind-blowing views of the stars.
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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN MARRAKECH
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 organized run / Meals: D
DAY 2 - AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH
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 kasbah that has served as the set for Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many other films. Spend the evening soaking your legs in the pool and enjoying a big dinner at our guesthouse.
Running: Up to 13 miles, pavement / Meals: BLD
DAY 3 - DESERT OASIS
Up early? Walk back over to Ait Ben Haddou for sunrise exploration & photos before a big breakfast. Later we'll head to the nearby oases of Skoura, where the run begins - this is a great day for your long run! Get way off the tourist track as you weave through immense palm groves, a couple of small villages and lush gardens before finishing with a poolside picnic at the beautifully restored kasbah that we'll call home for the night. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and recovering amid the gardens.
Running: Up to 18 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 4 - AN OCEAN OF DATE PALMS
After breakfast we’ll continue south towards the Draa Valley, home to one of the largest palm oases on the planet. Our run follows a dirt road along the oases with nonstop views of small villages, ruined kasbahs and a sea of date palms. Finish with a fresh picnic in the groves before a short drive to our accommodation in lush Zagora and an evening visit to a village pottery cooperative.
Running: up to 10 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 5 - SAHARAN SAND DUNES
Today we head over the Anti-Atlas mountains to the village of M'Hamid, where we'll experience that legendary Moroccan hospitality with snacks and tea at the family home of one of our 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 where lunch - and sandboards! - await. A bit later we'll head out for a sunset camel ride before returning to camp for 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 10 miles, jeep track and sand
DAY 6 - MIRAGES ON LAKE IRIKI
Begin with a relaxed morning around the camp; sleep in, take in sunrise over the dunes, enjoy breakfast. We’ll pack up and head to nearby Lake Iriki where the run will begin. Head across this massive dry lake bed, surrounded by mirages and a surreal sense of space. Finish with a picnic lunch and a last desert driving push to the town of Foum Z’guide. Back in civilization you’ll find a beautiful hotel complete with cabanas, a sparkling pool and a bar. Enjoy!
Running: Up to 10 miles, hard packed dirt / Meals: BLD
DAY 7 - TRAVEL TO MARRAKECH
Up for another run? Those who are will begin early, covering an out/back route from the hotel that will take you through several sleepy villages at the base of the beautiful Anti Atlas Mountains (or, opt to sleep in!). Return for a shower and breakfast before hitting the long, scenic drive back to Marrakech. That evening we'll celebrate the adventure with a farewell dinner at a beautiful rooftop restaurant in the city.
Running: Up to 8 miles, pavement / Meals: BLD
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE
That's it! Wake up to one last breakfast on the rooftop and a chance to pick up any last minute souvenirs from the market before packing up and heading to the airport.
Running: No organized run / Meals: B
PRICING & DETAILS
Sunday, March 10 - Sunday, March 17, 2019
Daily distance maximums are listed on the itinerary, and there is no minimum - vehicle support will always be available for those running (or run/walking) less!
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 runners on this trip.
Though we don't anticipate any problems hitting the minimum, please do not book flights until we confirm that it has been met.
A $500 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Early price (through December 10): $2360 per person (double occupancy)
Standard price (after December 10): $2500
Private Room Upgrade: $400 (gives you your own room for 6 nights; a private tent is not guaranteed in the Sahara camp though we will try to make it happen. 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 private airport pickup, accommodation and breakfast the following morning.
Balances due by December 10, 2018. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip guidance and communication
Transfers to/from Marrakech airport
Transportation: 4x4 vehicles, fuel and drivers
Six nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star hotels, guesthouses or riads (double occupancy)
One night in private camp in the Sahara
Camel ride in the Sahara
Five organized, vehicle-supported runs
An experienced team of Rogue Expeditions trip leaders and Moroccan logistics experts
All meals + snacks + drinking water
Rogue Expeditions shirt
An experience that you'll never forget!
Alcohol or beverages other than water (coffee, tea & OJ will be provided with breakfast)
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 March 10 and depart Marrakech no earlier than March 17 (any departure time is fine). 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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**Sorry, this trip is sold out!**