Morocco
Get ready for some time travelling
Atlas to sahara

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

Get ready for some time travelling in Morocco
Atlas to sahara

6 days crossing the Atlas Mountains towards the Sahara desert

A few reasons why

You should join this trip… 

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Ready to Time travel?

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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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.
  • EVENT TYPE

    Adventure
  • DURATION

    8 days – 9 nights
  • RUNNING DAYS

    6 DAYS
  • DATES

    Nov 6 2021
  • COST

    1490 €
  • DISTANCE

    130KM Approx.
  • EDITIONS

    5 – Since 2017

Runners reviews

Their experience taking part in this adventure

2017 – 2018 – 2019

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.

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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?

High into the Atlas Hussein, our last night host, will prepare us the best Moroccan breakfast we could imagine. Once a week happens to be the local market where all the nomads go to sell their products, if lucky enough that is happening that specific day, we will visit it. Today we will be facing one of the biggest challenges of this adventure, the ascension to the Tizi’n’Timit pass 2901 m high, we might or might not face some sections with snow. After getting to the top we will descend towards a valley that first looks desert but will turn into an Oasis away from everything.

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.

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