In the early hours of a cold morning in October 2019, a team of intrepid trekkers arrived at Luton Airport to kick off their Sahara challenge for Thames Hospice.
The team comprised of sixteen amazing people who have personal and professional connections to the hospice, including Thames Hospice's very own CEO Debbie Raven (also check out Debbie's Desert Diaries for Debbie's updates direct from the trek!). The gang arrived at Marrakesh Airport and travelled by bus five hours away along the windy ancient caravan route through the High Atlas Mountains to the city known as 'the door of the desert,' Ouzarate. After a night's rest at Ouzarate, the group travelled a further five hours south east into the desert (Algerian direction) and kicked off their challenge, helped by their amazing local guides, Abdul and Said, plus a support crew and some camels! Watch our film about the Sahara trek below!
Over the next two and a half days, the team covered 28 miles across challenging terrain ranging from rocky riverbeds to steep sandy dunes between them ranking up more than 2.1 million steps! The gang were lucky enough to camp under the desert stars and experience the local Berber culture, nomadic lifestyle and cuisine. The group battled sandstorms, heat and a few blisters, but happily all completed the trek comfortably and collectively the amazing gang raised over £30,000 for Thames Hospice!
Well done to you all and thank you so much! We'll be posting some more updates about the Sahara trek and next year's overseas challenge soon, so please keep your eyes peeled!