Trekking in the Acacus

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Mountain Trekking in the Acacus

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Trekking in the Acacus (Tadrart)
11 days Grade B  Vehicle Supported
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This trip combines seeing some of the natural and archeological treasures in Libya with a few days trekking in the Acacus or more correctly Tadrart mountains, an area rich in sites with magnificent prehistoric cave art, set amongst grand rugged mountains and gentle sand dunes. Walking through this area we will have plenty of time to explore the wadis and see many of the paintings and carvings.

You will almost never camp within sight of other people and often in pristine countryside. All meals are cooked for you and evenings are spent round campfires under a starry sky. A support vehicle will have the main luggage and meet us at each campsite. The walking varies - some is along sandy or stony wadis, but much is over mountain trails and paths used only by the local Tuareg. We will keep away from the popular trekking routes and visit some the less accesible and more spectacular regions of the Tadrart.

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Tripoli, afternoon and evening to visit town, night in 3* hotel.
Day 2After breakfast we drive along the coast to Leptis Magna, arguably the best-preserved Roman town on the Mediterranean. After lunch at Leptis we drive back to Tripoli then fly to Ghat, night in desert camp in dunes below the Acacus mountain walls.
Day 3 Drive to the Acacus National Park. For the next few days we will be camping in sand dunes and wadis amidst the rocky walls, towers and summits of the Acacus. Our meals will be prepared by a cook and taken at the campsites except for lunches, some of these will be picnic style others will be near the support vehicles provided by the cook.
Day 4 to 8 We will trek with a local Tuareg guide through this magnificent wilderness with plenty of time to explore the wadis, mountain trails and beautiful cave art. The most famous of these is Wadi Tashwinet which is almost 60 kilometers long. On most days we will get up at sunrise, have an early breakfast and pack our belongings which will be taken by vehicle to the next campsite while we walk for 3 to 4 hours to the lunch spot. On hot days we will take a longer lunch break, on cooler ones we may start walking earlier in the afternoon and walk for 2 to 3 hours before our evening camp. Our last camp on this section will be in the beautiful Wan Caza dunes.
Day 9 Drive over the deserts to Germa, visit the local museum of prehistory and of life in the Garamantian times. Then a short drive to camp in the Ubari dunes near the oasis lake Umm al-Maa.
Day 10 Walk over the dunes to the lake. Swim in the lake or walk on the dunes then return to Sebha for a shower or swim followed by an evening meal before we fly back to Tripoli. Night in *** hotel.
Day 11 There may be free time to explore the network of streets in the medina or visit the excellent Jamahiriya museum before driving to airport.

Wadi Tashwinet
Wadi Tashwinet

Natural Arches
Natural Arches

Tuareg Children
Tuareg Children

Tuareg trader
Tuareg trader
 
waterhole
waterhole
 
Ubari Oasis
Ubari Oasis
Important Information
As you will be travelling through Ghat in Libya, which lies near to the border of Algeria, you should be advised that this area is currently on the Foreign Office website as 'Essential Travel' only. Our insurance conditions require you to be advised of this formally prior to taking your trip.
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? Please be advised that the current situation in the area is considered to be safe by our Guides. Should this situation change prior to your departure date you will be advised accordingly.

 Trip cost
The scheduled trip costing is based on a minimum group size of two people. Groups of 5 or more will be accompanied by an EWP representative. If you wish to have a private trip this may be arranged at any date to suit you (subject to guide availability). Please contact us for details and costs.

Included in Cost:
All transfers, transport, food and accommodation, internal flights, guides and entry fees to museums etc. Camp equipment, tents, mattress, blanket. Cook and catering equipment. English speaking guide and for group size 5 or more an EWP representative

Not Included:
Visas, tips, international flights (unless requested from UK), personal spending, personal insurance and photography fees in museums etc.

Historical Note: This programme, with modifications, was researched and designed for the BBC 2 television programme "Extreme Dreams" with Ben Fogle.See Extreme Dream photo gallery


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