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Join us on a sponsored trip to the Atlas Mountains - May 7th to 14th 2013
Posted: Jan 9, 2013
Tourism Concern has confirmed the dates for our one week walking tour in the Atlas Mountains culminating in an ascent of North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4165m) for May 7th - 14th 2013. The 8 day trip will be organised by one of our ethical tour operators, Explore Worldwide Ltd and will be organised as an exclusive trip for Tourism Concern staff and supporters.
The aim of the trip is to promote ethical tourism, increase Tourism Concerns profile and raise funds so we can develop an online interactive map to help tourists make ethical decisions about tourism by giving them up-to-date information on their holiday destinations. This will be gathered by expanding our ethical tourism network which gives voice to people affected by tourism in destinations.
In order to promote ethical tourism participants will be encouraged to travel to Morocco via train, although there are daily flights if people prefer.
This one week walking tour in the High Atlas Mountains culminates in an ascent of North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4165m). The trek begins in the valley of Imlil trekking through juniper forests, past Berber villages and over passes climbing steadily to a refuge at Neltner. From Neltner the trek will set out to nearby peaks including an attempt on Toubkal, a rewarding climb with views of the whole Atlas chain.
Whilst in Morocco there will also be an opportunity to visit a community project supported by tourism - the Education for All project. Very few girls from rural communities in the High Atlas get the chance to continue their education after primary school. To help tackle this, Education for All has constructed the first girls’ boarding house for 24 girls which was opened in 2008. The cost of the trip includes a donation that will go directly to this project.
The trip will be organised by Explore Worldwide Ltd exclusively for Tourism Concern supporters at a special rate, however participants will be responsible for their own costs which will be paid directly to Explore. No sponsorship money will be used to subsidise the trip.
Costs are anticipated at around £195 for the 8 day trip, excluding travel. In order to promote more sustainable forms of tourism participants will be encouraged to travel to Morocco via train, although there are daily flights if people prefer.
This is a reduced rate trip with limited numbers so we ask each participant to commit to raise £500 through sponsorship to help us develop our online guide.
A fundraising pack will be available and we encourage participants to raise money via sponsorship, either through Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving, which will be used by Tourism Concern to produce an interactive map to help tourists make informed choices about their holidays.
If you wish to fundraise but do not believe you will be able to make the trip please do not hesitate to contact us.
Participants can opt for flights organised via Explore, arrange their own flights or travel in a group via train from London's Kings Cross.
The cost of the train and plane is similar with the train estimated at around £300 and the plane £200, depending on the airline. However the train will obviously take longer and may include an additional overnight stay on the way. The decision on the transport is down to the individual and we understand that many people are too busy to take the train and therefore would rather fly.
This special trip is for friends and supporters of Tourism Concern and more information will follow soon.
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