posted on Fri 1st June 2018
Announcing the details of our desert bike ride and climb in Morocco. Register now to guarantee a place.
Our Virgin Morocco adventure this year has everything.
If you have always wanted to go to Marrakech or visit Kasbah Tamadot and do an adventure, look no further. It may be the last year we run this adventure!
It is an exciting all-comers Desert bike ride combined with the challenge climb of North Africa's highest mountain and then finishing in style, in Virgin territory, at Richard Branson's amazing property, Kasbah Tamadot.
Building on our hugely successful climbs of Mt Toubkal in 2015/16 and 2017, this year we want to go a step further and combine an adventure on bicycles. We'll cycle from Marrakech and into the desert where we will spend the night in an exclusive camp under the stars. From there we'll cycle into the Atlas Mountains to our base camp at the picturesque town of Imlil, and the next day begin a 2 day climb of the highest mountain in The Atlas. We will finish in style, with an exclusive stay for the adventurers at The Kasbah Tamadot for 2 nights.
Our exclusive stay at the Kasbah Tamadot will include one of our legendary Adventure parties, but we will also visit the local Berber community, a highlight for many, to donate our bicycles and join in the inauguration and opening of a multi use football pitch (games area) our previous adventures paid for.
The bike ride will take place over 2 days and you will be riding local bikes that you have fundraised for and will donate to the community. The bike ride will start with the challenge of leaving the city of Marrakech and then relatively smooth roads into the desert. Day one will be approximately 50km. Day two, about 90km, will be more of a challenge as we leave the desert and head into the foothills of the Atlas mountains and our nights stay at Imlil.
The next morning, we begin our 2 day climb challenge of Mt Toubkal, at 4167m, the highest in North Africa.
The challenge of climbing with crampons, sometimes on icy ground, combined with cold and altitude will stretch you. Having said that, with our excellent team of guides and support staff, almost everyone made it to the top on both years and so with some fitness and real determination we still think this is an all comers climb.
The climb itself is lead and supported by an amazing team of guides and cooks. In fact we will have ten guides and approximately 5 cooks for our 3 day climb. Many people have said one of the best parts of the climb was the amazing support and kindness of the guides. The food is also one of the highlights of the climb!
So get into training and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!
We will have some places available for previous adventurers who have done the climb and want only to come at the end to the Kasbah Tamadot to celebrate the opening of the multi-use games area they fundraised for.
THE MOROCCO ADVENTURE OUTLINE
The trip and itinerary will span 6 days.
MARRAKECH GATHERING 10th
Marrakech is too beautiful a city to miss.
We will all gather in Marrakech, latest on the 10th for a gala dinner to enjoy before the challenge itself. Last year more than half the group took advantage of being in Marrakech and arrived a day or two early.
RIDE MOROCCO 11-12th
On the 11th, after a morning brief and bike allocation we begin our bike ride as a group leaving the city of Marrakech, heading for the near desert and the Terre des Etoiles desert Camp for a night under the stars. A relatively easy days riding along flat ground covering about 50km.
An early start on the 12th as we have a full days riding ahead. We leave the desert and make our way over 90 kms and into the foothills of the Atlas mountains to finish at the pretty town of Imlil.
CLIMB MOROCCO 13-14th
Switching from our bikes to our climbing boots, today we meet our amazing team of guides and cooks. In fact we will have ten guides and approximately 5 cooks for our 2 day climb. Many people have said one of the best parts of the climb was the amazing support and kindness of the guides. The food is also one of the highlights of the climb.
The 13th will begin with a brief from our Guides and then a 6-8 hour walk Initially through winding valleys, past Berber villages and then up and up, past stunning scenery of the High Atlas to reach our stone refuge that will be our home for 1 night. Its dormitory style accommodation on bunk beds with fire places for warmth. Its early to bed to prepare for an early start for the summit.
Our second days climb is the biggest challenge to reach the summit and descend in one day. The group will be well supported and motivated as we check in at the end to the Kasbah Tamadot.
Its a long day, particularly challenging will be the scree, ice and altitude. It requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic views from the summit makes the hard work worthwhile. The group will be well prepared with crampons (used only if required) provided as we climb above the snow line and with layers to cope with a temperature range of +15 in the daytime to around -5 degrees (sometimes lower) first thing in the morning. The climbers will finish in Imlil in the late afternoon and then its just a 10 minute transfer to a well deserved end of adventure celebration.
KASBAH TAMADOT CELEBRATION 14 -15th
An amazing two nights fully hosted by the Kasbah Tamadot. The highlight will be a Gala dinner party on 15th and probably the best party ever!