Sahara Trek: The RoutePosted: March 29, 2015
“What on Earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.” – Bill Bryson
The 31st March 2015 will see myself join a 50 strong group of intrepid adventurers on a 10 day – 200 mile – trek across the Moroccan Sahara in an attempt to raise £100,000 for The EY Foundation and The Princes’ Trust. The camping is going to be primitive; with no washing facilities; no privacy; and very minimal protection from the elements, but this ‘roughing it’ style is sure to also be one of the most character building elements of the adventure ahead.
A typical trek day will consist of rising with the sun at approximately 5am to a breakfast of porridge, toast with honey/jam, and some coffee. We will then be required to dismantle our camp site which includes the glorified task of burning all the toilet waste produced the prior evening by 50 dodgy bowels. *Shotgun not me*
Setting off, our morning stint will be a 4 hour hike to a spot where we will put up a tent for shade and have a long 2 hour lunch; giving us some time to recover whilst avoiding the sweltering mid-day sun. Lunch will be slow release hydrating foods such as cold salads and fruit. It will then be a further 4 hour walk to our camp site for that evening where, having erecting the tents, we will tuck into vegetable-based pasta/rice dishes. The sleeping arrangements are 8 same-sex people to a tent and we’ll be able to mix and match who we share with throughout the trek depending on who snores/farts the least.
The distances covered in these above trekking times will vary substantially depending on the terrain encountered. With soft dunes, one might only be able to cover 10 miles in a day, whereas when crossing the more firm salt pans we can expect to cover 30+ miles a day. Below is our timetable for the week, and the the resting places for each night.
Day 1 – Fly from London to Marrakech (via Casablanca) and 4 hour bus journey over the Alas Mountains to Ouarzazate, a city known locally as ‘The Door of The Desert’
Day 2 – Ouarzazate to M’Hamid
Day 3 – M’Hamid to Wad Naam Camp
Day 4 – Wad Naam Camp to Bougrn Camp
Day 5 – Bougrn Camp to Chgaga Camp
Day 6 – Chgaga Camp to Erg Lghoul Camp
Day 7 – Erg Lghoul Camp to Iriki Saltpan Camp
Day 8 – Predawn trek to Saltpans and bus to Marrakech
Day 9 – Free day at Marrakech and a boozy dinner wearing Moroccan traditional dress
Day 10 – Depart to London