GET READY FOR SOME TIME TRAVEL IN MOROCCO

Atlas To Sahara

We are going Off-the-grid, no place for hot water showers  or wifi.

14 runners and 3 expedition leaders will become Berbers for a week, crossing the Atlas mountains from north to south.

 

what is this about?

For 6 days starting from the Northern side of the Atlas Mountains we’ll cross the Tizi’n’Timit pass towards the remote heart of the Atlas, following deep canyon south towards the Sahara desert.

On Day 5 we will be transferred to a place close to the Merzouga Dunes where we’ll spend the next two days running South through the Sahara Desert towards the Algerian border (no we won’t cross it). When we say we are going remote we say are talking about time travel.

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We are going to remote places were people live like centuries ago

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Trip info

Warning: Definitely not to be confused with a “vacation” or a “tour”, don’t expect 21st-century comfort, we are going to remote places were people live like centuries ago, if this still sound good, you might be one of us.

15 to 18 miles per day

Total distance

Adventure Run

This is not an expedition, is more about the enjoyment than the physical challenge

Terrain

Some of the terrain is technical, but no worries, this is not a race

May 29th - June 5th

8 days in total, we'll need one day to leave the area where will be finishing our adventure.

The itinerary

Ok so lets talk about this, those of you who know me will tell you that I try to keep must of it as a secret, but here's a bit of it.
We'll be meeting in a nice hotel in San Jose close to the airport, where Sergio and I will give you a speech about the itinerary, We'll go to sleep early.

1. GOING EAST INSTEAD OF SOUTH

* First running day, the day before we will all sleep in a nice hotel in Marrakesh Tourist buses departure South from Marrakesh, we’ll drive East for about 3 hours towards Abdu Oukioud house in Azilal where his family is going to receive us in their house and prepare a typical Berber lunch. Then we’ll keep going two hours more to our running starting point. Our destination is a place known, for a very good reason, as the Happy People Valley.

2. SNOW IN MOROCCO?

What I like more about our trips is that we always run for a reason, and this day will about meeting Doña Noire and Don Orlando and their family, the'll be our host that nigh. But to get to them we will first need to connect to places that are not connected to each other, unless you take a path that few know. This day will be another day of descend, with some "short" steep hills at the end. Don't worry don't Orlando's son Nelson will be ready to help us in the last section.

3. THROUGH THE BERBER VILLAGES AND INTO THE CANYON

What the hell is all this people doing here in the middle of nowhere? That question will come into your mind when we start running in the morning by this extremely remote valley. Well, they’ve been living this way for hundreds and hundreds of years, free, independent from the outside world, so getting to know them, running their paths and accepting their hospitality is the highlight of this whole thing, a privilege. In the middle of the day, we’ll find ourselves into a river, running and getting into a dramatic deep canyon. We won’t be swimming but depending on the level of the river it could get too technical or even dangerous, in that case, we can also have the option of taking a different path. We’ll spend the night at our friend Ali place, in the middle of high cliffs by the river. Please don’t ask if there’s going to be cell signal or hot water.

4. MAKING IT OUT OF THE ATLAS

Our day will take us out from the canyon and back to fields and bigger villages. Close to the end, we’ll be climbing to the top of a mountain to see the views of the beautiful Berber Villages. We will sleep in Hussein’s place. Nice little warm hotel in the middle of the village. Free evening to all of you to explore the village or just rest into your room. Be ready for the dinner.

5. FIRST DAY IN THE SAHARA

In the previous 4 days, we’ve crossed the whole Atlas mountain from North to South and now you will be noticing that somehow everything is starting to look desertic, this is because we’ll be getting close to our two desert run days. Today we will have a drive around 4.30 hours plus differents stops we make as for lunchtime. These hours will take us to an undetermined place in the Sahara where we will have to find our way running to our camp in the middle of the Merzouga Dunes. Today we will have 10 explosive and intesive kms to be run on the desert and dunes. You may think now this is too short, but believe us, 10 kms in the desert are not short!

6. WE GO FULL SAHARA MODE

When you open your eyes in the morning, you’ll find yourself surrounded by 200m height dunes, and we’ll ask you to follow us running South towards the Algerian border, crossing the whole Merzouga Dunes area to get to see stuff that is unreachable for most people visiting this specific zone. After a good lunch, the adventure arrives now in his end.

Some questions you might have

01.

What is included in the price?

The cost includes all accommodation, all transfers (not from the airport to hotel or hotel airport), experienced leaders along the route with local support crew and a driver. Some of the meals are included, others are not. Those included are when we are located remote into the mountains: day 2, 3, 4, 5 and dinner at the Sahara on the 6.

02.

What is excluded?

It does not include personal travel insurance, tips for the guides (which are optional). It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

03.

What kind of food we will get?

Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we will be in remote areas and among people of different culture who may not understand your requirements, however, they are willing to help. If you know there are plenty of food you cannot eat, you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Moroccan food is delicious, with a big variety of vegetables and meat. We encourage you to bring your own energetic bars If you are used to them while running or feel you would need them. Travelling to others countries with a completely different type of food may give you some lingering GI (tummy) symptoms, be prepared for that.

04.

Can I bring all the luggage I want?

No. Luggage is limited to 1 soft rucksack per person. Unfortunately, we can not allow any trolley or hard suitcase (please, don’t ask us to make an exception). Space is very limited for each of us. You should also bring a very small backpack to carry your items for one day because that particular day the car won’t be able to access the place where we will overnight but a donkey will! We will not ask you to carry your rucksack while running.

Sergio is race director at Coastal Challenge for the last 10 years.

Sergio Sanchez had organized adventure events in multiple locations all over Latin America, he’s known to be the best expert in the area and a former adventure racer.

Sergio is also responsible for the organization all the X-Terra events in Costa Rica and other triathlon events in the area.

Also know as the mountain goat, is former professional triathlete who has turned his passion for running into his job.

In 2011 he founded Running Costa Brava and later Run The World Adventures in an effort to take running back to it’s origins, as he would say turn it back into a mean of transportation.

We’ve lead running adventures in France, Catalonia, Costa Rica and Morocco.