Saharan Challenge

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Details

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.

Preparation

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

  • Participant area on website- kit lists/training plans
  •  Saharan Challenge App
  • Return Flights – London to Marrakech (not Land Only)
  • 3 nights camping & 1 hotel (twin share)
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag)
  • All meals, snacks & drink
  • Full support team incl rest stops & medics
  • Doctors & Podiatrists throughou
  • Rest stop
  • Mapped & guided route
  • Fizz & finishers meda
  • Celebration dinner & party at Camp
  • FREE 50km place on one of our 2022 UK Ultra Challenges!

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You can book our flights included package for a seat on our return group flights from London to Marrakech. Alternatively you can also book a land only package to book your own flights.

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There’s no denying it – this is a tough challenge by anyone’s standards. It will be physically and emotionally demanding! You will have to combat fatigue and tiring limbs as you battle through the challenge!

On top the two marathons in two days – you’ll also be up against rocky terrain and the heat!

You will need to prepare – and should read the training advice issued carefully. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods the more comfortable you will be on the challenge.

A training plan will be issued in the participant’s area of the website to assist in your preparation for the event and we organise regular training walks to get you fitness levels up, as well as to give you the experience you require which will really help you to complete the challenge!

The Saharan Challenge is a a tough event and training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigors of the event.

It is very important for all competitors to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance and provide you with the ability to recover between stages during the challenge.

You will have access to an event specific training guide to aid with your training and preparation, it can be found on the Challenge App

It is easy to find your way as there is a clear trail to follow with pink flags, plus you’ll have a route map to follow and guides to help show you the way.

3 nights of the challenge are spent in our private Bedouin Camp. At the heart of the camp we have three open plan mess tents carpeted with Moroccan rugs for seated buffet dining and water stations. Accommodation is based on two people sharing comfortable tents with an single supplement option available for an additional £120. The camp also has large shower and toilet tents.

Food and drink is fully included in your challenge! Approximately every 12-13 km there are manned checkpoints and replenishment stops where water, fruits and snacks are provided!

The event catering will be mixed, varied, delicious and plentiful, with calorific intake a priority. Both Western and local foods will be available.

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We go above and beyond to make sure you have all the support you need so that you can concentrate on completing the challenge. This includes regular rest stops with shade and refreshments, support vehicles, guides, signed route, medics and podiatrists.

You’ll need to be comfortable walking in heats in the high twenties. Do your best to stay hydrated, wear approraite clothing and use sun protection!

Yes – you’ll pay a £250 registration fee and commit to a set minimum fundraising target. 80% of the target is due 10 weeks before the challenge when the charity will pay for your place on the challenge and your remaining 20% is due no later than 4 weeks afterwards. Just give us the name and contact details of the charity you’d like to fundraise for in your registration and we will contact them for you. We suggest you wait to start fundraising until you have had confirmation that they will accept your place on to the challenge.

No – all correspondence from Action Challenge is done by email and app updates. You may, however, receive a fundraising pack directly from your charity. If you are waiting for a pack from them, it is best to contact them directly.

There is plenty of food, water and sun cream at the rest stops so you need only carry a small bag with your vital pieces of kit such as water supply and personal first aid kit.

Our Brochure

The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details. 

Dates & Prices