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Team ARTHUR Sahara Challenge


Riding high on the enormous success of the October 2014 and March 2016 Hospice Sahara Treks we are planning a third adventure into the desert. 

We are looking for adventurers from any and all backgrounds to join Team ARTHUR as we embark on the Sahara Challenge. Are you looking an event to train towards? Or a challenge to get your teeth into? The Sahara is calling.

Experience the wonder of the Sahara as we trek across sand dunes and rocky terrain with experienced local Berber guides. A caravan of camels trekking with you carry your tents and each night you will sleep under the stars and enjoy freshly prepared local cuisine. Working with our partners, Different Travel, we will provide the trip infrastructure for you allowing you to get on with your amazing challenge.

Every member of the Team ARTHUR trek team will be fundraising to support Arthur Rank Hospice! Join the team today and start making a difference to people living with life-limiting illnesses. 

There are three ways to take part in this challenge. For full details please contact here.

  • Pay the £275 deposit and raise the minimum sponsorship of £1690 to cover the cost of your challenge.
  • Self-fund the challenge costs and raise as much sponsorship as you can.
  • Partly self-fund the challenge costs and raise the remaining in sponsorship

Joining Team ARTHUR will give you access to a wealth of fundraising experience as we will support you along the way with our fundraising tools, promotional items and media coverage.

Remember, any UK taxpayer can increase their gift by 25p for every pound donated through Gift Aid. (If your sponsorship is covering the cost of your challenge we are unable to claim gift aid on any donation received from family members. Please refer to the Fundraising Team for further information.)

Dates for upcoming trips are: 15 - 21 March 2018

Example Itinerary - the following gives you a brief taste of the challenge ahead.
Day 1 : London - Marrakech - Ouarzazate, for an overnight stay in a local hotel
Day 2:  Ouarzazate - Sahara Desert - an early start to your first day of trekking

Day 3 : Sahara Desert
Day 4 : Sahara Desert

Day 5:  Sahara Desert
Day 6 : Oulaid Driss - Marrakech, final leg of the trek before transfers back to Marrakech
Day 7 : Marrakech - London, some free time to explore the souks of Marrakech before flying home

If you would like to find out more, please contact Amy in the fundraising office on 01223 675883 or email

Morocco, North Africa

Sahara Challengers 2018

Meet the 2018 team by clicking HERE


Group trekking


Luggage carts!

Beautiful sights

Delicious local food

Palmtree oasis


Once in a lifetime adventure


Sahara Trek 2016

Eight intrepid and adventurous challengers jetted to the Moroccan Sahara Desert on 17 March 2016 for a 5 day, 70km trek across sand dunes and rock outlays all for hospice care. 

The team consisted of our very own CEO Dr Lynn Morgan, The Cambridge Building Society CEO Stephen Mitcham and his wife Sandra, Jen Little, Luke Upshall, David Waters, Jacqui James and Stuart Lloyd-Beavis. They were guided by Different Travel's own experienced guide plus native Berbers and a caravan of camels who carried the heavier items such as tents, water and cooking supplies.

With no running water, no shade and only a beautiful canopy of stars for light at night the group have had a once in a lifetime experience.

Stephen Mitcham from The Cambridge Building Society spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about his experience in the Sahara.


The group managed to smash their target of £16,000 and raised just over £22,000. If you would like to be part of the next Sahara Challenge, please contact Amy in the fundraising office on 01223 675883.

Air Travel Organiser's Licensing (ATOL)

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is acting as agent for The Different Travel Company 6706. The flight-inclusive
challenge on this website is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay your deposit you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate.

Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL
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