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N I S T H G I 21 N MOROCCO MOROCCO 21 NIGHT ITINERARY

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SEE THE WORLD Y! DIFFERENTL CASABLANCA

MOROCCO MARRAKECH

ERG CHEBBI

ESSAOUIRA AMIZMIZ TREK

OUARZAZATE

JEBEL SAHRO TREK

ALGERIA

We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

21 NIGHT EXPEDITION MOROCCO SAMPLE ONLY Camp in the High Atlas Mountains, discover Berber culture, and journey into the Sahara Desert. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAYS 1-2 ARRIVE IN MARRAKECH Sleep: Hotel/guesthouse

Touch down in Marrakech – welcome to North Africa! You’ll feel the energy of Morocco immediately, as you travel to your hostel past palaces, mosques, mopeds and donkey carts.

views of the High Atlas Mountains. As the sun sets and the city walls start to glow, you’ll understand why Marrakech is nicknamed ‘the Red City.’

Meet your ground team and jump straight into expedition life. Change some money into Moroccan dirhams and choose a team accountant. You’ll also need to confirm any bookings and make a list of supplies to buy.

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Take your shopping list to the city’s famous souks. These exotic marketplaces sell everything from spices to carpets. Next, head to a rooftop café and sip mint tea with

DAY 3 AMIZMIZ TREK Sleep: Local gîte Travel: Minibus 1hr to Imi-n-Tala

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IN THESE FIRST FEW DAYS, YOU’LL TAKE PART IN A RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WORKSHOP THAT HELPS YOU TO TRAVEL AND INTERACT IN AN ETHICAL WAY. APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN AND YOU’LL DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE MINDSET THAT YOU CAN CARRY THROUGH LIFE.

Travel to the High Atlas foothills and the Berber village of Imi-n-Tala. When you arrive, breathe in the crisp mountain air and marvel at the view across wide valleys, forests and snow-capped peaks. This is your chance to acclimatise to mountain life, experience Berber culture and pick up some trekking tips from these indigenous mountain people. Choose a team leader and set off with your local guide. If you did lots of pre-trip fitness training, you may wish to summit a nearby peak before returning to your gîte (guesthouse) in Imi-n-Tala. Get to know the locals, bring some games to play with the children, and enjoy the beauty of local mountain life.

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DAYS 4-9 COMMUNITY-LED PROJECT Sleep: Homestay/dorm rooms Travel: Minibus 5hrs to Ouarzazate

Travel to Ouarzazate (pronounced ‘Warzazat’) – a small city, surrounded by dry desert and barren landscapes. Here in rural Morocco, children often drop out of school at a young age, particularly females. To support these communities, you’ll join a local initiative that promotes cross-cultural understanding through foreign language learning and community development programmes such as health and sanitation, education and environmental protection. To get the most from this experience, you’ll need to be proactive: ask for help, listen to the locals, and work together as a team. As guests of a local community, you’ll also be cooking meals and learning

DAYS 10-14 JEBEL SAHRO TREK Sleep: Gite & camping Travel: Minibus 3hrs to Tagdilt Trek: 4 days

DAYS 15-16 SAHARA DESERT CAMEL TREK Sleep: Bivouac Travel: Minibus 4hrs to Merzouga

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Make your way to Tagdilt and spend a night here before your big trek in the remote Jebel Sahro mountains. To really push yourselves, you could climb one of the region’s highest peaks. Discuss this together and decide if you’re up for the challenge – it all depends on how much pre-trip training you did.

how to make traditional food. Engage with your hosts, learn about their lives, and become a temporary member of the community. Cultural exchange works both ways, so come prepared with games, photos and stories to share.

OUALLYWOODMOROCCO’S HOLLYWOOD GAME OF THRONES AND BLOCKBUSTER FILMS, LIKE LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, HAVE BEEN FILMED IN THE BARREN LANDSCAPES AROUND OUARZAZATE. WHILE YOU’RE HERE, ARRANGE A TRIP TO THE ATLAS FILM STUDIOS – IT’S ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD.

Continue to the flat-topped cliffs of the Amguis Valley before the final push to the village of Tifrit. Here, you can put down your trekking poles and relax at your gîte in the Berber village of Tifrit, where you’ll tuck into a welldeserved meal. You’ll sleep like a log tonight.

Your team just got bigger. Meet the expert guides, cooks and trusty mules who will help carry your gear. Volunteer to be group leader, pack your daysack, and set off for the Sahro Massif. Trek past jagged peaks and ancient volcanoes to reach Taggourt Plateau, then set up camp and sleep beneath the stars.

Journey to the town of Merzouga and meet your camels and guides on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Set off in the cool early evening and ride towards Erg Chebbi – a sea of sand with 150-metre high dunes.

the village of Tabarkhacht – your new base for the night.

Watch the sun set over the drifting sands, then spend the night in a Berber desert camp. After a traditional meal of tagine and couscous, gaze up at star-filled skies. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the Sahara, then ride back to Merzouga. Travel onwards to

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DAYS 17-18 MORE OF MARRAKECH Sleep: Guesthouse Travel: Minibus 6.5hrs to Marrakech

Travel to Marrakech via Ait Benhaddou – an ighrem (fortified village) where the movie Gladiator was filmed. Explore the winding streets and walk to the viewpoint for panoramic views over the ancient city and its World Heritage kasbah (fortress). When you reach Marrakech, head out for an evening meal. Check the team budget and choose between a night market or fancy restaurant. You’ve got a full day to experience more of Marrakech. Djemaa El Fna

Square is a great place to start, with its snake charmers, storytellers, musicians and medicine men. Feeling more adventurous? Go off-road biking through the palm grove – a megaoasis with tiny villages, ancient ruins and roaming camels. Or join a cookery workshop and make an authentic tagine. Keep on top of your expedition planning and make your travel arrangements for Essaouira. This is also a good time to do some laundry.

LEARN THE LINGO MOROCCANS SPEAK SEVERAL LANGUAGES, INCLUDING FRENCH, DARIJA AND BERBER. MOST PEOPLE SPEAK DARIJA, SO LEARN A FEW WORDS AND YOU’LL FIND IT EASIER TO CONNECT WITH THE LOCALS.

DAYS 19-21 DISCOVER ESSAOUIRA Sleep: Guesthouse Travel: Bus 3hrs to Essaouira

DAY 22 TRAVEL HOME

As you journey to the beach town of Essaouira, look out of the window at the tree-climbing goats. Essaouira is a magical place to unwind, with its fishing boats, Portuguese port and windswept sands. There’s so much to see here, so do some research in advance. Walk along the ramparts, explore the ancient medina (old town), and watch fishermen selling their catch at the market. Essaouira is famous for its crafts, so visit the woodworkers’ souk, watch artisans making trinkets, and haggle for a pair of babouches (slippers).

Time to go. Cram everything into your backpack and head to the airport. You can fly back from Casablanca or Marrakech, and you’ll need to plan your transport to the airport as a team. When the aeroplane takes off, look down on the desert, mountains and windswept coast you’ve spent

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You could also take part in a Moroccan music workshop, visit an argan oil cooperative, or go horse riding on a deserted beach. This is your expedition, so you decide.

the past three weeks exploring. You’ve achieved more than you ever imagined, and you’ve grown as a person because of it. Life will never seem quite the same again. It doesn’t stop here. Share your story with challengers from around the globe and continue the story at @weworldchallenge

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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