Together with its partners, FOSIS brings you the once in a lifetime opportunity of scaling the highest peak of North Africa, whilst also experiencing some of the most stunning, historic cities of Morocco.
This summer, we are taking a group of young, energetic ISoccers to trek Mount Toubkal, the highest peak of the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, in aid of the first ever orphanage being built in Jerusalem.
This three day trekking challenge explores the very best of the Atlas Mountains with a challenging circuit around and up Mount Toubkal, which stands 4167m high (three times the size of Ben Nevis!). Our route on Day 1 will take us through the High Atlas and over high passes to Camp Aroumd, where we will meet our mule teams and mules, which will be hired to carry our equipment during the climb. Day 2 sees us begin our climb up to the Toubkal Base Camp, otherwise known as the Neltner Refuge, where we will spend a night camping on the mountain under the stars. The following day, Day 3, is summit day! We will have an early start to begin the long climb through the rugged trail that leads up to the summit. Upon reaching the summit, breathtaking views await us which span the Atlas Mountains range across Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, and southwards to the Sahara.
The ultimate objective of this long and enduring trek is to raise money for Human Appeal International’s Jerusalem Orphanage Project. Human Appeal are busy building Jerusalem’s first every orphanage that will house 60 orphans, provide schooling for 200 more, and benefit 6,000 children through its welfare centre. This life-saving building will provide safety and prosperity to 6,000 Palestinian orphans and will be used as a blueprint for further orphanages to be duplicated elsewhere in Palestine.
The individual target for participants in this challenge will be to raise a minimum of £1,500 to go towards this project. The fundraising element is mandatory and all registrants must be prepared to raise the minimum target. With Ramadan coming up in a few months time however, the month of giving and charity, this should not be too difficult to accomplish!
After completing the trek, you will be rewarded with four days worth of exploration of the historical city of Morocco. We will visit the calming coastal Masjid of Casablanca, a place perfect to reflect upon the grandeur of Allah’s creation and connect with the Islamic history of the land. A trip to Meknes, the former capital of Morocco, follows shortly after, which was home to the second ruler of Morocco, Moulay Ismail, as well as a trip back in time as we visit the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Needless to say, we will also visit one of the most famous cities in Morocco - the rich city of Fes, known for its largest and oldest market place.
The dates for this trip are 24th - 31st July, where half the days will be spent on the challenge itself and the other half visiting the sights in Morocco. The trip will cost a total of £630, which covers flights, accommodation, camping equipment, tents, as well as food on the trekking days cooked by our very own chef (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
A deposit of £250 is required to reserve your place on this trip.