Take on impressive peaks and mountain passes in the remote but stunning homeland of the Berber tribes people.

Starting and finishing in bustling Marrakech this six day 200km cycle takes you to the central peaks of Mgoun Massif and through the dramatic Atlas Mountains. Sleep under the star studded North African sky.


DAY 1 - International departure from London

  • When you arrive in Marrakech, your guide will brief the group about the challenge ahead at the hotel, before heading out for your first team dinner together.

DAY 2 - Drive to Demnate, then cycle to Tilsekhte, 1,565m (approximately 21kms)

  • The landscape quickly changes on the first day as you head towards Demante, nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. There's no turning back as you pedal into the mountains, towards the natural arch of Ini Nifri.
  • After lunch, it's back in the saddle for a steady climb up the mountain path. Team spirit will inspire you to push through to camp, where a sumptuous feast awaits.

DAY 3 - Tilsekhte to Tirghist via the Tizi n’Tirghist Pass, 2,293m (approximately 30kms)

  • Think of the dazzling view at the top as you battle your way up the steady ascent to the first pass.
  • From here it's an exhilarating downhill ride past tiny mountain villages.
  • The terrain becomes trickier as the ride passes through a small gorge and up to Tizi n'Tirghist (2,626m).
  • Exhausted but energised by the ride through the Ait Bpou Goumez Valley, enjoy the thrilling descent into camp.

DAY 4 - Cycle through the Ait Bou Goumez Valley, 1,880m (approximately 45km)

  • Expect today to be tough. The easy downhill will lull you into a false sense of security, before the hard ascent through fields and Berber villages.
  • After lunch, it's time to dig deep for a huge 830m climb on dirt tracks to the foothills of the Mgoun Massif.
  • This will be your first night in a traditional auberge, complete with Berber hospitality.

DAY 5 - Ait Bou Goumez to Amezrai, 1,650m (approximately 68km)

  • Today is the longest and toughest day of the challenge – but also the most magnificent. Once again, you will tackle the 13km ascent up to the Tizi n'Tirghist pass.
  • From here you can freewheel down 300m, taking in the mountain vistas before beginning another ascent to the Tizi n'Ilissi pass at 2,530m.
  • Finally, a 1,000m downhill slope leads you into the village of Amerzai.

DAY 6 - Amezrai to La Cathédrale, 1,150m (approximately 47km)

  • The final day of the challenge follows the course of the Ahançal Valley, passing farms and Berber villages.
  • Expect a hard ride out of the valley onto a dirt road through dense pine forests.
  • Your efforts will be well worth it as the night will be spent in the shadows of the imposing cliffs of the Cathédrale, besides the sparkling Ahançal River.

DAY 7 - Drive back to Marrakech via Lake Bin el Ouidane

  • Feeling triumphant, the group will head back to Marrakech via Morocco’s largest reservoir, the carp-filled Lake Bin el Ouidane.
  • From here, you drive back to Marrakech arriving in the early afternoon.
  • Share a drink or two with newfound friends and trekking partners in your final team dinner.

DAY 8 - Return to UK

Before heading home, there's some free time to explore the city and partake in some last minute souvenir shopping in the frenzied souks of Marrakech.

Download an information pack here

For more information please email challenges@sthelena.org.uk with your full name, telephone number and address.

Contact Information

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email fundraising@sthelena.org.uk , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.


To contact the St Helena Retail team, for enquiries about our shops, donation centre and house clearance service please telephone 01206 890 165.


24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360

SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.

The Hospice

To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU

Telephone: 01206 845 566

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Telephone: 01206 848 163

Fax: 01206 752 245

You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222

Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464

Patient Referrals

If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560


To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.

Comment, compliment or complaint

Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566