In early 2009 I was offered the opportunity to go on a World Challenge expedition to Central Morocco in October 2010. I was extremely excited to be able to travel to this part of the world as I had never been anywhere as different before. After a year and a half of fundraising and training nine school friends and I got into a minibus and headed to Gatwick airport to start our 10 day adventure.
We flew to Casablanca then onto Marrakesh. When we arrived into the centre of the city we found our hotel which was very picturesque and charming with tiling all throughout the building. When we all ready we headed out into the main square. It was very surreal walking into this packed market square filled with people speaking French and selling a whole range of things. I loved it, it was so busy and different to my sleepy village in England. We found somewhere to eat a delicious Moroccan meal then went back to the hotel. When we woke up we got a minibus to a small group of mud wall house. We were treated with buckets full of hospitality by the families, we spent the rest of the day playing football with the kids who lived there, they beat us every game.
The next day we started our trek. We walked for 8 hours that day through beautiful scenery, rocky river cliffs and sandy river. We crossed a river trying not to fall over before setting up camp that evening. We were lucky on the trek because we had mules to carry our main packs which made the treks easier despite the unrelenting heat. That night was the only night that it rained and the tent got soaked outside and in. The next day we walked 4 hours but it seemed more because it was very hilly and rocky underfoot. Day 3 of walking consisted of loads of river crossings so despite our best efforts to make foot bridges out of rocks our feet still got soaked. The last day of trekking was one of the longest but seemed to go much quicker than the rest as we walked though lots of different terrains. Throughout our trek we visited schools and villages and gave them school supplies and toys that we had brought from England.
Our trek being complete we drove to the edge of the Sahara. On camels we trekked to a section of dunes called Erg Chebbi. The camels smelled but it was still fun to ride on them. As the sun was about to set a few of us went to the top of the highest dune and watched it set, I will never forget that sight. That night we set up our sleeping bags and mats and slept under a sky full of shooting stars and beautiful constellations. Our last day was spent in Marrakesh exploring and bartering in the markets. This was a once in a lifetime trip and I would recommend everyone who is offered to travel should jump at the chance.