“Och Aye M’Goun” – A Moroccan Adventure

19th – 25th June 2022

If you aspire to a Moroccan adventure, look no further than the Atlas Mountains. Mt. M’Goun is the second highest point in North Africa and a peak for true adventurers aspiring to get well off the beaten track, set in a spectacular spine of mountain ridges and sculpted valleys.

You will follow ancient caravan routes as we trek through the valley and high plateau, before reaching Mount M’Goun peak, which is the valley’s crowning glory. The Massif is surrounded by fragrant orchards, dramatic gorges, lush pastures and we discover a hidden pocket of Morocco where travellers are rarely seen. By day, you will trek through this amazing scenery while at night, we camp on the beautiful high pastures used by nomadic shepherds.

The remote and less-travelled Ait Bougamez Valley, otherwise known as ‘The Happiness Valley’, is appropriately named after the cheerful and welcoming local people.

This is a unique opportunity to share a fantastic experience with fellow charity supporters while challenging yourself and raising all-important funds.

Moroccan Adventure highlights

  • A six-day adventurous trip to a little-known area of Morocco.
  • Journey through vast wide valleys, across dramatic gorges and over steep passes, encountering authentic Berber villages.
  • Explore the stunning high-altitude landscapes and unspoilt Central Atlas Mountains.
  • A real adventure in the heart of Morocco Berber, far from the normal tourist paths; a secret gem.
  • Conquer a peak at altitude, on a unique ridge leads to the summit with 360◦ views of breath-taking landscape.
  • Enjoy the final night celebration of your achievement.

Why ABF The Soldiers’ Charity?

Taking part in the Moroccan Adventure will help us raise vital funds so that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families can have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.

The overall scale, breath and range of the charity’s support is vast. We help serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss; provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come; provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages; we are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

Dates & group size

The maximum group size is 18 people. You will be accompanied by a Tribal Tracks UK leader, who is Mountain Leader qualified, as well as supported by local, in-country guides. Due to the limited places, these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The planned dates for this challenge are from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th June 2022.

Interested in entering as a corporate or company team?

Do you know people interested in entering a team from your company, contact the team or call 0131 376 4008/07900 707 659 to find out more.

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Moroccan Adventure Itinerary 

Day 1 – Edinburgh to London

We leave Scotland in the early evening for our flight to London Gatwick and overnight in an airport hotel. We need to
get a good rest tonight before boarding our early flight to Marrakech the following morning.
Overnight in a hotel London Gatwick in twin share rooms.

Day 2 – London – Marrakech – Damnat

It will be an early departure from London to Marrakech. On arrival in Marrakech, the team will be met by our guide
at the airport and transfer to the village of Damnat, approximately two and half hours from Marrakech. Tonight will
be spent in a guesthouse in Damnat.
Overnight in a Guesthouse in twin share rooms, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Damnat to Timit village

After breakfast, the team transfers to the start of the trek in the village of Timit, you will be welcomed by your trek
support crew and mules. Our adventure begins along the Aarous Valley, passing through the mountain villages
providing an opportunity to meet the local Berber communities. Berber history dates back to prehistoric times, their
way of life still remains blissfully simple, it is like stepping back in time hundreds of years. Our camp for the night will
be in the valley of Aarous. 4 hours trekking – 9km/1800m
Camping in twin share tents with full board supported by our trek crew.

Day 4 – Tarkedit Plateau

After breakfast we continue our ascent, enjoying the wild landscape as the route heads over the Aghouri Pass at
3450m. Descending to the wind-eroded and high plateau of Tarkedit, 2900m. After a well deserved lunch break the
team will continue to climb up to the southern side of the plateau to the campsite at 3400m, found directly below
M’Goun West. 7-8 hours trekking – 13km/3400m
Camping in twin share tents with full board supported by our trek crew.

Day 5 – Summit day!

Today is the big day! Summiting one of the highest mountains in Northern Africa. It will be an early start and a long day, the trek to reach the summit and return the campsite will be up to 10 hours of
trekking. This is a steady, non-technical trek with plenty of stops. This trek takes us over and through the landscape,
through deep winding gorges and up onto a high open ridge. The climb follows a long ridge, all at or above 4,000m,
which typically takes between 4 and 5 hours to the summit. From the top, there are impressive views across the Draa
valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. The decent back to Oulimit will take between 4 – 5 hours. 10 hours trekking – 15km/4071m.
Camping in twin share tents with full board supported by our trek crew.

Day 6 – Descend from Oulimit to Tabant

The final day of the trek, we leave Oulimit and head towards Tabant, via Tizi Ait Imi, with stunning views of the Happiness Valley. We will be met by our transport at Tabant and transfer to Marrakech and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Tonight the team can celebrate their achievements with a hot shower and a celebration meal. 6-7 hours trekking – 13km Overnight in Riad in Marrakech in twin share rooms and full board.

Day 7 – Homeward bound

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Breakfast included

What does the cost include and exclude?

The Trip Includes:

Tribal Tracks UK Leader; Domestic economy flights between Edinburgh and London; International economy flights between London and Marrakech; UK international departure tax; Accommodation in London Gatwick hotel airport in shared rooms; Accommodation in shared rooms in Damnat and Marrakech; Accommodation in shared tents on trek;
Supporting In-country guides; Fully supported trek – Moroccan Mountain Guide, cooks and porters; All transfers by private minibus or bus as per itinerary; All meals from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day of departure; Vegetarian or other meal plan can be provided, please specify at time of booking.

The Trip Excludes:

Personal Travel Insurance, Immunisation costs; Personal equipment and clothing; Boots suitable for mountain trek, sleeping bag; Visa fees (currently not required for UK passport holders); Any locally paid international airport departure taxes; Items of a personal nature; Tipping for local guides and drivers; Single supplement.

Security of Booking – Payment and Financial Protection

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and has a trust account with the Protected Trust Service, member number 5566. This means that all client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe.  For more information please visit www.protectedtrustservices.com/services/consumer-protection/.  Flights booked for you by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected under our own ATOL certificate.Tribal Tracks is fully insured and carries public liability insurance up to £5 million.

Who are Tribal Tracks?

Charlie Richards, ex Army Officer, will be your dedicated Tribal Tracks advisor for this trip and will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that every single detail of the tour runs smoothly, from start to finish.Tribal Tracks will provide the following:

  • Dedicated Tribal Tracks Adviser to The Soldiers’ Charity and its supporters;
  • A full, detailed itinerary, trip notes and kit list;
  • Booking and terms and conditions;
  • 24-hour support when the team is in country;
  • Robust in country infrastructure with expert Moroccan team;
  • A suitably qualified UK based leader, who will be handpicked for expertise as well as an ability to bond the team and make the trip fun.

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Online fundraising

Join our Just Giving team page here.

We will also send you a fundraising pack in the post, full of top tips, sponsorship forms and more. We are here to support you every step of the way. Check out our Facebook Page to meet and connect with your fellow trekkers.

Fundraising support

We have got lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and information on Gift Aid. We can also post you resources such as sponsorship forms, collection tins, and posters and balloons for your fundraising events.  If you need anything simply contact the team or call 0131 376 4008.

Photo Gallery

Enjoy the photos from previous treks to the Atlas mountains below.

Photography ©Tribal Tracks

 

Fitness 

It is important that the team understand that this challenge requires a good degree of physical fitness.  Although it is not technical, the distances and conditions will require stamina and strength, which you should recognise and train for.  We don’t want to scare you – it’s just that you will have a much better time if you are fit and prepared.

Preparing for your Trek

The best way to build endurance fitness is to start with some gentle walks and gradually build up both the distance and duration over the next few months.  In the last 2 months, we would recommend to go out and do long days, ideally in the hills, to build up the strength in your legs. About a week before the trek, limit any training to short walks – you want to have fresh legs at the start!For the trek you should be comfortable trekking between six to eight hours per day, but remember we have all day to achieve the distances and will not be going at racing snake pace. It may sound obvious, but make sure that you are walking properly, hitting the ground with your heel first, then rolling onto your toe, which pushes you onto the next step (this will help reduce the risk of shin splints and tendon pulls). Walk with your head up, eyes forward and shoulders level.It is a good idea to develop a level of cardiovascular fitness (exercising and strengthening your heart and lungs). This comes from running, cycling or swimming for between 20 minutes and an hour, and will really help develop your endurance fitness. Three sessions a week is normally advised, increasing time and distance over time.On the trek you won’t be carrying your main pack, but you will need to carry a small day pack, packed with essentials like your camera, sunscreen and water. During your training, make sure you’re carrying the day pack that you will be using on the trek. Remember train hard trek easy.

Moroccan Adventure – SUGGESTED KIT

It is important to pack good quality and hard-wearing kit, this can make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one.

Luggage

  • Large expedition bag for carrying clothing and equipment by mule – rucksack or soft bag (no suitcases) – 15kg weight limit
  • Day pack – 25 litres in size for the trek (preferably with a waist band for extra support)

Feet

  • Trekking boots with decent ankle support (to be worn on the flight)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking socks (x 4)
  • Trainers – for evenings around camp and when travelling by vehicle
  • Foot powder
  • Blister plasters (Compeed plasters are highly recommended)

Your boots will be crucial to the comfort of the trek and ensure you use these to train, we would suggest a proper trekking boot with ankle support.  Wool socks are good and we would recommend this over synthetic ones. The most important advice we can give is to ensure they are worn in and have been tried and tested.  If you don’t have boots already the outdoor shops are normally really helpful as their staff are trained on recommending the right footwear e.g. Cotswold Outdoors, Blacks and Millets.

Legs

  • 2 x Lightweight trousers for trekking (zip off trousers are ideal and can double up as shorts)
  • 1 x Shorts

Body

  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Fleece x 2
  • T- Shirts (quick dry) x 2 – wicking tops are recommended rather than cotton
  • Long sleeved wicking top x 2
  • Lightweight scarf (ideal for sun protection)
  • Down Jacket – very warm jacket is required for the evenings whilst camping
  • Thermal top and bottoms for sleeping

Head/hands

  • Warm Hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sun hat – wide brimmed to protect back of neck
  • Sun glasses
  • Head torch (spare batteries)
  • Warm gloves

Other

  • Sun protection minimum 30 Factor
  • Lip salve with sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle or bladder (two litre minimum) – if you are bringing a bladder ensure you have a rigid bottle as well in case it punctures
  • 3 season sleeping bag and pillow (we will provide mattresses)
  • Wash-bag and toiletries – travel size bottles recommended
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Trek towel – quick dry material
  • First aid kit with prescription drugs if required (take extra) – plasters, zinc oxide tape, Vaseline, painkillers, antiseptic cream, dioralyte sachets- one per trek day
  • Baby wipes
  • Favourite sweets/snacks (nuts and dried fruit will be provided on trek)
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • A good book
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Passport
  • Two passport size photos
  • Watch
  • Copies of your travel insurance document, passport and e-ticket
  • Set of casual clothing for hotels
  • Ear plugs just in case there are a few snorers in camp

Booking Procedure and Payment terms

Option 1 – Self Funding Payment Option

Self Funding Payment Option. How to sign up…It’s easy! Complete the online booking form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £400 to Tribal Tracks (account details are on the online booking form).
The total cost of the trip is £1495 per person. The final payment of £1095 is due 10 weeks before departure – you will be invoiced by Tribal Tracks.
In addition ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity asks you to aim for an additional fundraising amount of at least £1000 per person.
A minimum of 80% (£800) of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum must be received, in clear funds, by ABF The Soldiers’
Charity at least ten weeks before you depart. If you do this, your place on the challenge is secured. The balance of the fundraising sum (a minimum of £200 (£1000 less £800) is due no later than 4 weeks after the Mount M’Goun Summit Challenge team return.

Option 2 – Minimum Fundraising Payment Option

How to sign up…It’s easy! Complete the online booking form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £400 to Tribal Tracks (account details are on the online booking form).
Then, in addition to the payment of the non-refundable registration fee of £400, you must also pledge to raise a minimum of £2095 sponsorship for The Soldiers’ Charity. A minimum of 80% (£1675) of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum must be received, in clear funds, by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at least ten weeks before you depart. If you do this,your place on the challenge is secured. The balance of the fundraising sum (a minimum of £420 (£2095 minus £1675) is due no later than 4 weeks after the Mount M’Goun Summit Challenge team return.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity , Scotland will be setting up a Mount M’Goun Summit Challenge fundraising team page which can be used for fundraising and for the depositing of the funds, just to make life easy for you.

Insurance 

It is a requirement of Tribal Tracks booking terms and conditions that each supporter must hold their own travel insurance which covers the trip and the activities they are doing. We may require evidence of this.  Tribal Tracks is fully insured and carries public liability insurance up to £5 million.

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about this event, after that it is up to you. Registration allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email scotland@soldierscharity.org or call 0131 376 4008.

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