Climb a mountain in Morocco

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A trek to the top of the highest peak in North Africa is this year’s big fundraising adventure challenge being organised by The Children’s Centre.

Every year the charity for families and children organises an overseas event designed to be a once in a lifetime experience for participants.

Picture taken by Mark Eastham during a trek to the top of Mount Toubkal

Picture taken by Mark Eastham during a trek to the top of Mount Toubkal

This year it’s a trip to Mount Toubkal in Morocco from October 14 to 20.

The top of the mountain stands at 4,167 metres (around 13,600 feet) above sea level and offers breathtaking views across the Atlas Mountains.

Two launch events are being held in February for anyone who wants to find out more about the trek.

Mark Eastham, fundraising co-ordinator at The Children’s Centre, said: ‘I took part in a recce for the trek last year and the views on the climb and at the summit of the surrounding peaks, hazy desert and of Marrakech, or most like a mirage in the far distance, are fantastic.

‘It’s a challenging adventure, but one that’s well within the capabilities of most people, and is a must for anyone considering trying Kilimanjaro in the future but who can’t afford the 12 days away from home.

‘No mountaineering experience is necessary and everyone who takes part will have the benefit of the wealth of experience we have at The Children’s Centre in organising this type of event.

‘Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the two launch evenings to speak to me and our adventure events team, and some participants who have taken part in our other adventure challenges in recent years.’

The two launch events are on Wednesday, February 5, at 6pm at the Noa Bakehouse, Fort Street, Douglas, and on Thursday, February 13, at 6pm at The Children’s Centre main offices, Woodbourne Road, Douglas.

Trekkers will fly from London Heathrow to Marrakech, with day one of the trip being a transfer by road to the tiny village of Imlil.

The walking begins on the following day with a four to five hour hike through the foothills and along the Ait Mizane Valley up to the Toubkal Refuge at a height of 3,206m.

Day three starts early as the trekkers make their attempt to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal via the South Col route. There will be plenty of time to admire the views at the top and for the team to take photos to record their achievement.

On day four the walkers head down the mountain to Imlil and then a transfer to Marrakech, where the group get the chance to marvel in the sights and sounds and explore the labyrinth of souks before relaxing with a well-earned celebratory meal.

The following morning the group will go to the airport to begin the journey home.

The trip costs £175 to register, with a commitment to raise a further £750 in sponsorship. All money raised from this charity challenge will go to supporting The Children’s Centre’s projects which help families and children across the Isle of Man.

For more information contact Mark on 631917 or email or go to this link

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