ENDURANCE ADVENTURE: MOROCCO ITINERARY

DAY 1 - (Saturday, April 9, 2016)
Arrive in Marrakech, picked up at airport and transferred to a beautiful Riad (traditional courtyard house) within the medina. Spend the afternoon & evening exploring the famous Djemaa El-fna and the surrounding souks (markets) before enjoying your first big Moroccan dinner and turning in for the night. No Running

DAY 2 - (Sunday, April 10, 2016)
Depart from Marrakech by 4×4, heading over the High Atlas mountain pass Tizi n Tichka then into the Ounila Valley. After a roadside picnic you’ll begin running through this beautiful river valley, where you’ll pass by small villages, terraced fields and the caves that still serve as shelter to the nomadic tribes. The run finishes with a big climb up to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO-preserved Kasbah that has served as the set for The Mummy and Gladiator, among many others. Take in the commanding views from the top, then head down to our comfortable guest house for dinner & drinks. Running: 20-25km

DAY 3 - (Monday, April 11, 2016)
After breakfast we will continue south by 4×4. The run begins on a quiet paved road, alongside a beautiful river, before turning onto a dirt piste, heading through a small village and then out into a surreal desert-scape with the snowcapped High Atlas mountains visible on the horizon. Eventually the dirt track will reach another village, where you’ll have a 5km climb to the finish. Our guesthouse sits on the edge of the stunningly beautiful Dades Valley, and the evening will be enjoyed with sweeping views from the terrace. Running: 20-30km

DAY 4 - (Tuesday, April 12, 2016)
After a big breakfast we’ll head towards the Dades Gorge by vehicle, but don’t get too comfortable – we’ve got a fun challenge along the way involving Morocco’s craziest stretch of pavement, “Cadillac Road.” We then drive over another pass and onto an exciting, rugged dirt track that will take us into areas that few tourists reach. The run begins at the top of yet another mountain pass, descends dramatically towards a small village and then follows a quiet, narrow road into the heart of the Todra Gorge. Expect towering rock walls, a flowing river and encounters with local nomads and their herds. Finish your run at our hotel, which occupies a restored Kasbah set back within a lush garden oasis. Running: 30-40km

DAY 5 - (Wednesday, April 13, 2016)
Today we hit the trails. The run takes us from the pass at Tizi n Tichka down a gorgeous singletrack trail towards the Zat Valley. You’ll pass through small villages that are only accessible on foot, and are sure to garner plenty of cheers from local kids. Our crew will meet us at the finish with a nice dinner and a camp set up for us in traditional nomadic style. Running: 20km

DAY 6 - (Thursday, April 14, 2016)
Set out after breakfast to run epically beautiful single track trail towards the lush Ourika Valley, where almond and cherry trees will be in full bloom. From there we’ll transfer to Imlil, a remote mountain town where the road ends and the trail up Jebel Toubkal (4,167m / 13671ft) begins. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon and evening spent at a gorgeous Riad with huge views of the surrounding peaks. Running: 20-30km

DAY 7 - (Friday, April 15, 2016)
Today we set out for Jebel Toubkal, heading up a steep, technical trail towards the summit. Expect to do more hiking than running! The distance will be kept relatively short, and we’ll spend the night en route at Refuge Toubkal (3,207 m / 10,522 ft), a comfortable mountain refuge with dorm-style rooms. Sleeping bags and food will be brought up by our crew via pack animal. Running: 12km

DAY 8 - (Saturday, April 16, 2016)
The grand finale: summit the highest peak in North Africa! We’ll wake up before sunrise to begin our summit attempt, which typically takes about 3 hours of hiking. Take in the unbelievable views at the top, then head down – allll the way down – to Imlil. There we’ll again stay at a beautiful riad and raise a toast to an epic adventure and experience of a lifetime. Running: 20km

DAY 9 - (Sunday, April 17, 2016)
Enjoy a final Moroccan breakfast before heading back to Marrakech to connect to flights home, or any additional travel.