Offer including the bib for the HMDS adventure, 4 nights in the bivouac and 3 nights in a hotel in double or triple room.
IN THE HEART OF THE SAHARA
October 14 - October 21, 2023
Discover the mythical Sahara desert, following the tracks of the Marathon Des Sables.
On the program of the HMDS Morocco: 3 sublime stages which will transport you in the most beautiful places of the Moroccan Sahara. A total of 70, 100 or 120 kilometers, to be covered at your own pace, walking or running.
You will sleep 4 nights in the heart of the Sahara, on the HMDS bivouac, as well as 3 nights in a hotel located in the Province of Ouarzazate (1 night before, 2 nights after the race).
You will also discover the Ksar Aït-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can choose 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120km, divided into 3 stages.
Here is the breakdown:
The stages of the HMDS can be completed at your own pace: walking or running.
The HMDS Morocco is an amazing opportunity to discover the Sahara from the inside, playground of the legendary MARATHON DES SABLES.
With a total of 36 editions, the MDS fascinates many adventure and long-distance lovers.
The HMDS Morocco, it’s 70, 100 or 120km in exceptional landscapes, a total immersion in the Sahara desert, meetings and emotion, for an unforgettable adventure.
And, for those who, one day, plan to embark on the MARATHON DES SABLES adventure, it is also the perfect opportunity to train and test yourself in real conditions.
What is included in the offer:
It will be possible to book extra nights to arrive a day earlier, or stay 2 days longer in Ouarzazate.
You will share your room at the hotel with one or two other participants. Once you have registered, you will have the opportunity to fill in the name of the person(s) you wish to share the hotel with.
If you do not fill in anything, you will be randomly assigned with one or two other participants who speak the same language as you.
The rooms are not mixed, unless otherwise requested.
The companion offer allows you to live the HMDS Morocco adventure with friends and family who are not racing.
The companions will be with you the night before the start of the HMDS.
They will be able to attend the start of the first stage, support you every day on different points of the course, and attend the finish of the last stage.
They will experience the desert from the inside with 4 nights in a hostel in the Sahara and discover the most beautiful places. After the race, you will meet them again to spend the end of the journey together: discovery of the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou and 2 nights in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
The organisation of the HMDS does its best to ensure that the event takes place in the best conditions, and that participants who register don’t take any risk with adjusted cancellation and postponement conditions.
In case of doubt as the adventure approaches, you can postpone your participation free of charge to the next edition, up to 60 days before departure.
Our registration conditions allow you to cancel free of charge until May 15, 2023.
In case of cancellation of the event by the organization, you will be refunded 100% of the amount you paid within 60 days.
Details of cancellation and postponement conditions are available in the HMDS Marocco 2023 Regulations and Terms of Sales
The Sahara is the biggest hot desert in the world: covering 8 million km², it crosses 10 countries and has an incredible variety of landscapes: plains, hills, sand, rocks, oases... The Sahara is both mysterious, captivating and peaceful.
It is not surprising that the MARATHON DES SABLES, whose first edition was held in 1986, has quickly become one of the most mythical rendezvous for the adventure and challenge lovers.
With the HMDS Morocco, we offer an adventure accessible to all kind of walkers and runners. A unique journey in the heart of the Sahara, where you will cross breathtaking landscapes. Far from any form of civilization, this is a unique opportunity to refocus on yourself and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
In addition to your experience into the desert, this unforgettable week of adventure will take you to discover Morocco, a country extremely rich in traditions, architecture, colors and for its people.
You will start the HMDS week in the province of Ouarzazate, in the south of the country, at the edge of the Sahara. It’s in this region, located in the middle of the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains, that you will live a unique experience during the HMDS Morocco.
After discovering the desert, your HMDS adventure will continue with a visit of the Ksar of Ait-ben-Haddou, a wonderful site that has marked the history of the region - a testimony of the southern Moroccan culture. The Ksar of Ait-ben-Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been the decor of outstanding films and series, such as "Gladiator", "Game of Thrones", "Lawrence of Arabia", and many others.
You can also, if you wish, complete your discovery of Morocco by spending a few more days in Marrakech or Ouarzazate, before or after the HMDS week.
HOW TO GET THERE?
There are 2 options to reach us at HMDS Morocco: Marrakech or Ouarzazate. Indeed, you can choose to arrive to the airport of Marrakech, hosting many flights at affordable prices from all over Europe, located at 5 to 6 hours transfer from Ouarzazate. On the other hand, you can directly arrive to the airport of Ouarzazate, the city where the participants are sleeping before and after the adventure.
To simplify the arrival of everyone, we offer you the possibility to arrive at the airport that suits you best. You must arrive on Saturday, October 14th, before 1pm.
If you arrive at Marrakech airport: transfers to Ouarzazate will be organized on Saturday, October 14 (5-6 hours drive).
If you arrive at the airport of Ouarzazate: The hotels are located less than 10 minutes away by cab, you will have to go there by your own means. The participants will be accommodated in different hotels according to the groups and nationalities. They will be informed a few weeks before the start in which hotel they will be staying. All hotels are located 5 minutes walk away from each other.
WHICH FLIGHTS TO CHOOSE?
If you arrive and leave from Marrakech:
If you arrive and leave from Ouarzazate:
You can extend your stay in Morocco by booking an accommodation in Marrakech after Saturday, October 21.
You can also take an extra night or several nights in Ouarzazate (October 13 and/or 21), if you wish to extend your stay.
If you have any doubts about booking your flight, don’t hesitate to call us (+33 1 47 05 12 06).
Find our flight recommendations in our Frequently Asked Questions.
It is necessary to take flight tickets with cancellation and modification insurance, considering the restrictions that may be applied by the countries.
PROGRAM OF THE WEEK
Saturday: Arrival in Morocco, transfers from Marrakech to the hotel in Ouarzazate, technical/medical checks, night in the hotel.
Sunday: End of the technical/medical checks, transfer to the desert, start of self-sufficiency, first night at the bivouac.
Monday: First stage, night at the bivouac.
Tuesday: Second stage, night at the bivouac.
Wednesday: Rest day, night at the bivouac.
Thursday: Third stage, night at the hotel.
Friday: Day at the hotel, discovery of the Ksar of Aït-ben-Haddou, awards ceremony and gala dinner.
Saturday: Return transfers to the airport of Marrakech, end of the HMDS adventure.
WHAT DO I TAKE WITH ME?
If it’s your first HMDS, you probably have a lot of questions. Once you register, we'll send you a full checklist of the material, but here is the principal to have per person:
You can bring a large suitcase with more clothes, which you will leave at the hotel and find after the HMDS adventure.
A total of 12 meals will be required as follows:
The equivalent to 2000KCAL per day is recommended by the organization.
Prices for the HMDS Maroc 2023 are as follows:
Additional nights: 60€ per night
INCLUDED IN THE OFFER
ULTRA-FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION CONDITIONS
Cancellation is possible without charge until May, 15, 2023.
From May 16, 2023 to July 15, 2023 included, 25% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.
From July 16 to August 15, 2023 included, 50% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.
After August 15, 2023, no refund is possible, however it will still be possible to postpone your registration according to the conditions detailed below.
Up to and including August 15, 2023, postponement possible to the next edition free of charge.
From August 16, 2023 to September 15, 2023 included: 250€ fee for a postponement.
From September 16, 2023: no postponement possible.
You can choose between 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120 km, divided into 3 stages.
These distances are given as an indication and are likely to be adjusted according to the type of terrain and the difference in elevation of the routes.
During the race, you will be surrounded by the medical and organization teams from the beginning to the end of the stages.
The courses are marked with stakes every 50/100m, so it is almost impossible to get lost.
You will all be equipped with a GPS beacon with an alarm button, allowing the organization to locate you at any time.
A medical tent is present at the bivouac where you can go at any time.
You can pay by:
The number of instalments may vary depending on the date of registration. The registration will be 100% validated once the total amount of the registration is paid.
The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is an event that took place for the first time in 2017 in Fuerteventura, and in 2018 in Peru. In 2022, we introduce 2 new destinations: Morocco and Jordan.
The event is organized by WAA.
WAA Ultra has been developing specialized products for HMDS participants since 2009.