QEGS School Morocco Desert Explorer. Feb '16

By Adventure Peaks
February 19, 2016

Morocco really does have so much to offer to the adventurous visitor! Nowadays Marrakech is a very popular destination for the ‘short break’ visitor, many of whom will not venture far beyond the walls of their hotel, let alone Marrakech. This journey takes you into the heart of the city, and then far, far away from it, right over the snow covered High Atlas Mountains (the backbone of Morocco) and out into the true wilderness of the fringes of the mighty Sahara. Out here your imagination will be free to wander across the endless desert sky, star-studded at night like nothing you have seen before. A true feeling of remoteness will be experienced as you walk for three days across the desert to some of the highest sand dunes in the country, which you can sit on top of as the sun goes down in the west.

The return to Marrakech takes you via the spectacular sites of Ait ben Haddou and Telouet, steeped in the history of the film industry in Morocco and of Morocco’s fearsome past.

Group 1 – Nat Wilson
Group 2 – Helen Stoker

Tuesday 16 February 2016
Yesterday Group 2 were crossing the High Atlas Mountains on the way to the desert found that the pass was blocked by snow. They had to turn back to Marrakesh and drive the long way round by Agadir to Taroudant where they spent the night in a hotel before continuing to work all tonight.

Both groups will be together at Chez le Pacha tonight and be able to exchange experiences of the their adventures so far before Group 1 to returns towards Marrakesh tomorrow and group 1 set off on a three day trek.

Group 1 are all back at La Pacha. It was a good trek despite day long sandstorm from night 2 camp all the way to Chegagga. Group did really well in difficult circumstances.

Friday 19 February 2016 – Nat Wilson – Group 1
Arrived back at Foucauld about 5pm yesterday. All is well here. Trip to gite was great. Tichka pass open today but road to Telouet not in great condition for the minibus so returned via Alt Bei Haddou for an explore which we didn’t have time to do the other day.


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