sahara desert trek
Frequently Asked Questions
Full details & information about what you can expect in the lead up & during the challenge.
Costs & Fundraising
The balance for your trip cost, will be due to us 10 weeks before your departure. You will be sent a reminder & an invoice 12 weeks before, giving you 2 weeks to make the payment.
80% of your fundraising target is due to be with your charity 12 weeks before the challenge, meaning that it either needs to be banked with them, or sat against a Just Giving page. We will then invoice your charity for the remaining cost of your place on the challenge, it is important you make that 80% target otherwise your charity will not pay for your place, and your trip could be cancelled.
The remaining 20% of your balance will be due to be with your charity 4 weeks after your trip ends.
Our base cost is on a twin share room basis, if you are signing up as a couple of two friends – you can tell us when you register onto the challenge, so we ensure that you will be sharing a room.
If you are signing up to the challenge as an individual, we will match you with someone of the same gender and roughly the same age.
You can choose to pay an additional supplement to have your own room (and/or tent) on the challenge.
All of our groups are an average size of approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.
Yes as long as we know in advance of the trip, we can cater for all dietary requirements & requests.
Signing Up to the Challenge
Once you pay your deposit & have signed up to the challenge, you will recieve a confirmation email welcoming you onto the challenge.
You will also recieve instructions of how to download our challenge app which has in it all the information you need to start preparing for your challenge – from kit lists to training guides.
We will keep you updated with regular emails & newsletters in the lead up to the challenge, as well as information on training days & weekends.
If you need to cancel your challenge, your deposit is non-refundable – therefore we recommend you speak to our team to see what alternative options you may have.
Yes, if for whatever reason you need to push your departure back to a later one, or change your trip all together you can do so for a date change fee of £175, and subject to availability.
Country entry requirements can change as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, and it’s something our team constantly keep their eyes on. If we have to cancel the trip – you will be offered a transfer across to a future date/ departure or a full refund. However if you need to cancel your trip – e.g. you test positive, then you will need to seek reimbursement from your travel insurance.
Currently we do not have the accounting facility to take instalments, we can only take your payment in full at least 12 weeks before your departure.
Yes – in our challenge app, which you can download once you are fully registered onto the challenge we’ve a host of training materials, guides & advice for you to use. We also have training weekends, and days which you can sign up to meet others & test out not just your fitness, but your mental readiness for the challenge and your all important kit!
Closer to the challenge we will set up a Facebook group, so that you can meet online others whom are going to be on your trip. We also have a lively & dynamic Facebook group you can join at any time to meet other fellow challengers – past & present to share and swap training tips, advice & stories.
You will need a specific travel insurance, which covers the duration of your trip, along with full cover for any activities you will be doing (i.e. trekking, cycling) and also to cover you up to any altitude you may be trekking to. Once you are signed up to the challenge, we will send you full details of our recommended providers of appropriate cover.
Life on the Challenge
If you are booking a land-only package, we recommend booking flights directly to Ouarzazate, where you can meet the team. Alternatively, you can book a flight to Marrakech and join the team transfer south over the mountains, or arrange your own transfer to the team hotel in Ouarzazate.
Absolutely! Just let us know after you book and we can request a flight extension with the airline for you.
We will be walking for an average of 6 hours a day in the heat of the desert, across sandy and undulating terrain. To ensure that you get the most out of your challenge, you will need a reasonably good level of fitness to take part, which can be achieved with some aerobic / anaerobic and strength exercises prior to departure.
Our day begins before sunrise, with breakfast at camp. We will aim to set off at down for each day of trekking, so we can avoid the hot afternoon sun. As we trek through the desert, there will be regular stops to stock up on water, with a longer stop for lunch. On arrival into camp, there will be time to relax before dinner – with more downtime in the evening for conversation and socialising.
We will follow mostly the dried riverbeds and desert pavements, or “regs”. Here the ground will be firmer underfoot and mostly flat. Over some sections, we will be walking over sand and dunes, which are softer underfoot and present more of a challenge. For large parts of the route there will be little shade, so we will trek in the early mornings. You must bring a sunhat and suncream for this challenge!
All meals on the trek will be eaten in camp. A typical breakfast will consist of coffee, bread, butter, jam, soft cheese and either omelette, scrambled eggs, porridge or cereals and seasonal fruit. Lunches and dinners will include salads, soup, rice, pasta, couscous or potatoes with meat and vegetables, bread, cheese, water, tea and fresh fruit. On arrival into camp each day we will be provided with tea, coffee and biscuits.
Each day, you will carry your day pack, containing water, suncream and other personal effects. Your main bag will be carried by our camel team, which also transports the camp equipment and food.
You will cover an average of 10km each day, in hot desert heat. Our average pace will be around 3- 4 km per hour. Each days’ trek will have a cut off time, meaning that if members of the team are unable to meet this, they can jump on a camel to reach camp.
Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.
You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!
There will also be a local support crew consisting of a guide, assistant guide (for bigger groups) and a camel crew.
We have a full support team in country with daily contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.
Deserts are famed for their heat, and the Sahara is no different! We run these challenges in the Spring & Autumn, to avoid the very high temperatures of summer. Expect highs of 25°C, and lows of 13°C during the day, with temperatures dropping dramatically at night.
The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details.