Thursday, 05 September 2019 – Monday, 16 September 2019
Friday, 03 May 2019
£1,715 [GBP] (participants from United Kingdom)
The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness, funds, and prayer support for vulnerable, marginalized, and exploited women and children throughout Africa, while identifying with enslaved people and the long climb they have to find freedom.
The participants will hike through a stunning part the High Atlas mountains in North Africa. During this 11 day adventure, participants will raise their voices and prayers while identifying with those trapped in modern day slavery, who have a long and hard climb to freedom, both physically and spiritually.
The challenge to get up every morning and to climb the highest mountain in North Africa is a test of any hiker's ability and will challenge your hearts for the vulnerable and marginalized of the world.
An exciting 11-day High Atlas adventure, starting and ending in the historic city of Marrakesh, taking in the valleys and the passes of the High Atlas mountain range, staying in a mix of traditional home-stays, refuges, camping and guest houses; this back-to-basics, mule and porter supported expedition is a fantastic insight into daily Berber life with a healthy dose of adventure. The pinnacle of this adventure is reaching the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northern Africa. This will be an enriching, enticing, and adventurous expedition that supports the local communities and the people who open to us their villages, homes and share the environment with us. The challenge begins months before the actual climb by being a light and voice for the injustice of modern day slavery. Prior to your arrival for the challenge, you will be asked to raise awareness and funds for Freedom Challenge projects within Africa. The exact amount will vary based on your home country.
Are you passionate about the gospel and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children in Africa? Freedom Challenge Africa wants to see vulnerable, oppressed, and enslaved women and children set on a path to freedom and become vibrant communities of Jesus followers. In joining this challenge you will make this vision become a reality. Are you willing to raise funds, mobilize prayer, and raise awareness in your local community? Then the Atlas Mountains Challenge is for YOU!!
On this trip we use a mix of local home-stays and Gites which are typically very simple family homes opened up to guests during the hiking seasons; rooms can be double, triples , quads or dorms, standards vary throughout the mountains mostly you’ll find a mattress on the floor with local materials, showers and shared ablution facilities are common. There will also be some camping along the way, along with guest house stays. The first and last day, while in Marrakesh, will be in a basic hotel or guest house.
A local cook will accompany the climbers. Food will be local. Some examples of meal options include:
Breakfast – a protein such as eggs, filter coffee, porridge/oats, breads and jams, fruit where possible
Lunch- Soup and or salad and veggies, occasional meat dishes and breads
Dinner- Stewed chicken/beef – veggies and couscous
Climbers must make their own arrangements to arrive in Marrakesh by the afternoon of 5 September and leave 16 Sept. They will be fetched at the airport. If they choose to arrive earlier or stay later, they are responsible for transport to/from the airport.
Participants MUST have travel and health insurance from their departure from home country to the date of their return. Proof must be shown before being allowed to do the hike.
Climbers must be in good health and physically fit. Training must take place leading up to the challenge.
Climbers will be responsible for obtaining their own visa, if they come from a country which requires it.
Please note a 25% non-refundable deposit is due 17 May 2019. If you apply after that date you will have 7 days to pay the deposit.
Price includes the following:
Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
Meals as per itinerary i.e excludes lunch on day 1 and dinner on day 9
Filtered water on the hike
Tea, coffee, filtered water at camp / home stays
Sleeping tent for the hike where necessary
Mess tent with cushions and small tables
Mules, porters (12kg weight limit per bag)
Adventure International senior trip leader
All park fees and permit costs
Group road transfers
Gratuities and Tips for your crew and leaders ($125-200)
Price does not include the following:
Items of a personal nature Beverages except tea, coffee and filter water in camp or at home stays
International and domestic flights
Individual transfers outside of the group transfer
Rescue, medical and hospital fees, transportation costs
Town tour guides, extra transfers to and from the Medina
Sleeping bag - 3 season sleeping bag needed (can be hired locally although quality varies; we suggest to
bring your own from home)
Mattress - Purchase low cost self inflating or foam closed cell mattress
Pillow - Use dry bags