With Lahcen Ahansal,
10 times champion of the Marathon des Sables
Oct. to April
Trail - 3 levels :
hike & trail /advanced training / ultra-trail
Desert & oasis
Meeting with the nomads
Fast pace :
trail bivouacking with dromedary caravan
6 to 10 people
A 8-day immersion course in the Sahara to discover Morocco and train in desert.
Meet the Berbers of the South, and have a break with them.
An individual coaching by our Moroccan Marathon des Sables champions from the region.
EXPECTED DEPARTURES IN GROUPS :
From 13th to 20th Oct. 2018 - From Ouarzazate
From 24th Nov. to 1st Dec. 2018 - From Marrakech
Why booking this tour
Learn about the life in the desert with a famous professional runner from Zagora: Lahcen Ahansal or the Elmorabity brothers
A very varied terrain, similar to the Marathon des Sables one: large sand dunes, dry wadis, sandy and stony plateaus, mountain pass ...
A tour in the heart of breathtaking landscapes: palm groves of the Draa Valley, Bani Mountains, and Chegaga Dunes.
Real moments of sharing with the local population and cultural visits
Let off steam and enjoy the silence of the desert
flight not included- based on 10 people
20 to 35 km per day - about 125 km in total
Drop + : 500 m
3 levels : hike & trail / advanced training / ultra-trail
Accommodation : hotel, riad or homestay & bivouac
Full-board except D1, D7 & D8
Your trip, 3 options
With a small group of friends (from 4 people), privatize your trail course.
You can also travel with your family, we organize a program dedicated to them during the day and everyone gets together in the evening.
CORPORATE DAYS AWAY
Suggest to your colleagues tours tailor made for the company.
*If 9 people booked, the course is free for the 10th person (except flight)!
DAY 1 - Arrival in Morocco
Flight to Marrakech (or Ouarzazate with a flight connection in Casablanca).
Transfert from the airport to your accommodation in Marrakech. Free time in the medina.
Dinner (not included) with your coach to prepare your trail course.
Night in a 3-star family hotel, in double room (shared room).
DAY 2 - Leave for Ouarzazate & immersion in the heart of an oasis
After breakfast, ride to Ouarzazate by 4x4 or minibus. Pass through the Tizi n'chika pass, which rises 2200 m altitude: breathtaking view guaranteed ! Picnic lunch (included). About 4 hours drive.
Arrival at the oasis of Fint, 10 km away from Ouarzazate: a green paradise lost in the middle of nowhere on the edge of the mountains.
Rachid and his family welcome you to their traditional home. Visit the village and learn more about the functioning of an oasis. Small run of 10 km in the oasis along the wadi.
Traditional meal and evening to the sound of djembes and Berber songs.
Homestay, simple comfort, shared room.
DAY 3 - Draa valley to start the course
After breakfast, your driver takes you to Zagora: kasbahs and palm groves all along the road.
Lunch in Zagora in a small local restaurant (not included). About 3 hours drive.
Arrival at the plateau of Elfaïja, where we meet your camel drivers, your cook and your dromedaries to carry baggage.
The first stage takes you to the pass of Djebel Bani, at 1070 m altitude, then continue through mountainous lunar landscapes, cross the plateau of Aferdou dotted with acacia trees to reach your camp at the oasis Diabi. Meet the nomads who often settle there. Between 15 and 25 km of trail.
Dinner and first night in your nomadic bivouac under tent (or under the stars!).
DAY 4 TO 6 - Gorges, reg & dunes
You will appreciate the incredible variety of landscapes of the Moroccan desert and especially its colors.
Program: descent of gorges, huge and superb valley, end of the Bani djebal between hills blackened by the sun and regs, succession of small and big dunes in Chegaga, dry wadis and palm grove.
Between 20 and 35 km per day.
Technical modules & tips: everyday in late afternoon, a theme to define together. Examples: survival and orientation in a desert environment, nutrition & hydration during the race, recovery, sand racing techniques ...
Nights in bivouac, every night different. Warm atmosphere, bread of the sand and songs around the fire!
Full board: breakfast, picnic, snack, typical Moroccan hot dinner
DAY 7 - Mhamid palm grove & kasbahs road
Recovery footing, about 10 km, in the palm grove and the village of Mhamid.
After breakfast, return journey to Marrakech or Ouarzazate (depending on your flight ). On the road, stop at Tamegrout, a village known for its pottery of green clay and for its zaouia (religious center). Lunch break in Agdz & visit of his old kasbah, tea break at the inhabitant.
Free time for dinner. not included. Night in Marrakech in a beautiful family hotel, in a double room OR night in Ait Benhaddou in a traditional hostel at the foot of the Kasbah classified UNESCO World Heritage OR night in a riad in Ouarzazate.
About 7h drive to Marrakech & 4h30 to Ouarzazate.
DAY 8 - End of the trip
After breakfast, transfert to the airport.
Return flight to France.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP
You want to rest a couple of days after your course?
We offer you a 2-day tour tailored to your budget and your desires.
EXTENSION 1 : 2 days in Marrakech
Visit the red city, its madrassah, the souks, the Majorelle garden ... Stroll and go for a traditional hammam.
You can ask for a guided walk in Marrakech (a day or half day) : meeting with real craftsmen, visit secret places and popular area ...
Night in a traditional riad in the medina, breakfast included.
EXTENSION 2 : 2 days in the Draa valley
Enjoy a charming ecolodge in the heart of the palm grove, half board.
Rest by the pool, walk in the gardens, visit the old kasbah, hammam & massage ...
UNE SEMAINE AVEC LES CHAMPIONS MAROCAINS
Une expérience inoubliable avec l'un de ces ultra-runners professionnels
comme coach pour votre stage
10 fois champion du Marathon des Sables
et un palmarès fait de records.
Un enfant du désert, né dans la tribu des Ait Atta, qui a forcé le destin pour réaliser son rêve.
Une rencontre inoubliable...
Rachid et Mohamed
Nos champions trail du moment.
Rachid, 5 fois vaiqueur du Marathon des Sables.
Mohamed, 2e pour sa 1ère participation.
On ne vous parle même pas de leur moyenne au km...
Promis, ils vous laisseront les dépasser.
A WEEK WITH OUR MOROCCAN CHAMPIONS
An unforgettable experience with one of these professional ultra-runners
as a coach for your trail course!