Acorns Sahara Trek 2023 

Join #TeamAcorns and take on this challenge of a lifetime! Trekking as a group through the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and camping under the stars. 

This is far from a stroll on the beach! Take on this iconic challenge, hiking through the ever-changing landscape of the Sahara Desert where you’ll discover breath-taking views. Trek through sand dunes and desert oasis’ alongside camels and camp under the stars in this once in a lifetime challenge. 

At the end of the Trek, you’ll take part in a project that, like Acorns, helps to support those that are vulnerable and require care outside of a hospital environment. 

By taking part in this event and joining #TeamAcorns you will be raising money for life-limited and life-threatened babies, children, and young people across the West Midlands. 

Participants are required to pay a £320 registration fee to secure your place, and with the help and support of the Acorns events team raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,300 (part of which is used to cover the cost of your trip). 

Please read the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Day 1 (Sat 14 Oct): UK / MARRAKECH – Depart for Marrakech. On arrival transfer to a central hotel for the night or, if flight times permit, we will commence the journey south, stopping for the night at a hotel in Ouazazarte.  

Day 2 (Sun 15 Oct): MARRAKECH / SAHARA DESERT – An early start to travel south, crossing the stunning Atlas Mountains and following ancient caravan routes into the arid scenery of the Sahara Desert (journey time approx. 7 hours). Late this afternoon we will meet up with our trekking team, consisting of local Berber guides and their camels, and start the trek. Overnight under the stars in bivouacs or tents (weather permitting) (approx distance covered 5km). 

Days 3 (Mon 16 Oct) & 4 (Tue 17 Oct): SAHARA DESERT – Spend two complete days out in the Sahara, with only your other trekkers and the support team for the company! Each day you will walk at the pace of the camels, passing sand dunes, the occasional oasis, and mile after mile of natural beauty; a million miles away from daily life in the UK! Each night camp is set up under the stars. (approx distance covered 20kms per day)  

Day 5 (Wed 18 Oct): SAHARA DESERT/OULAID DRISS/MARRAKECH – This morning will be a final trek back to the village where you will bid farewell to your team of camels and the local Berbers, and head back overland to Marrakech (journey time approx. 7 hours) (approx. distance covered 5km).

Days 6 (Thu 19 Oct) & 7 (Fri 20 Oct): MARRAKECH – Spend two days assisting at a local project. We have close links with a residential home accommodating adults and teenagers who are unable to live at home. The centre provides 24-hour support, including education, training, and various supplementary therapies, often for a short time whilst receiving treatment at the nearby hospital. Possible tasks include redecorating and painting, creating a garden and relaxation areas, or generally working to improve the environment. 

Day 8 (Sat 21 Oct): MARRAKECH / UK – Some free time to explore the exotic city of Marrakech (subject to flight times) before transferring to the airport to fly back to the UK.

What’s Included? 

Trip Cost Includes:  

  • Flights from the UK (including all airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges) 
  • All transfers & transport in Morocco 
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (4 nights), tents on trek (3 nights) 
  • All meals throughout 
  • Welcome dinner 
  • Celebration farewell dinner with certificates 
  • Local trek guides, camels for porters, and full support crew on trek 
  • 24-hour emergency support in Morocco and the UK 
  • Trekking permits 
  • Local project materials and project coordination 
  • Different Travel Tour Leader 
  • Full admin and pre-departure support 
  • Presentation evening and pre-departure trek briefing 
  • Full fundraising support from Acorns Events Team 
Making every day count for local children
We can only continue providing care, support, fun and laughter for local life limited and life threatened children with your support. 
Did you know? When you fundraise £500 it could fund the role of a Sibling Support Worker for a week. Being the sibling of a life limited child can be difficult and isolating. Siblings have a dedicated support worker and the opportunity to be involved in workshops, outings 
and projects that allow them to share their views and feelings whilst having fun. 

Kick start your fundraising

We’re here to support you all the way! By signing up for the event you will receive an Acorns Fundraising Pack in the post from our Events team to help with your fundraising and the amazing feeling you’ll get from knowing you’re making a real difference to local children! Here are some simple ways to give your fundraising a boost, if you need more support, we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch at events@acorns.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be accompanied by professional English-speaking Berber guides who have an excellent knowledge of culture and hiking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied by a team of support staff including cooks and camel handlers and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager and a member of the Acorns Events team.

It’s not just sand! The terrain is a mixture of hard, flat sun-dried plains, dried up ancient river beds, wide sandy dune fields and hard rocky outcrops.

Temperatures tend to range from 25°C to 35°C during the day, and drop to around 0°C at night however you must be prepared for climate variations, which are out of our control. The climate will be dry and there may be some strong winds. Rain, although very rare, is not impossible. 

Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate for this time of year but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. Should this happen the guide will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and ultimately safety of the group as a whole. 

Meals are cooked by your trek chef who will prepare hearty, delicious Moroccan meals that will keep your energy levels high for each day’s trek. Breakfast and lunch will be taken alfresco, and evening meals will be taken in a mess tent at camp. Plates, mugs, cutlery and other equipment are provided for you.

During the trek you will sleep in tents (two to a tent), or if the weather is good you can sleep outside under the stars (recommended!). You need to bring a sleeping bag but sleeping mats and tents are provided. While in Marrakech (and Ouarzazate, if applicable) you will stay in hotels with en-suite facilities. 

Toilet facilities consist of a small toilet ‘tent’ covering a hole in the ground. There are no showers or bathing facilities so you must ensure you bring a pack of wet wipes (ideally biodegradable).

You must be 18+ to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined – open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.

The trek is rated moderately challenging for someone of a good fitness level. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes representing the biggest variation in gradient; however the temperatures pose a specific challenge with temperatures historically reaching 40°C. You are advised to be of a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s exertions.

Details
Starts
14 October 2023
Ends
21 October 2023
Category
Events
Venue
Sahara Desert
Sahara Desert,
Morocco