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Toubkal Climb

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
From: $ 580 $ 73 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Jebel Toubkal - Ascend to the summit of the highest peak in North Africa
  • The Atlas Mountains - Hike among the stunning landscapes of the High Atlas
  • Berber Villages - Discover remote villages and learn about the tradition and culture of the friendly local people
  • Marrakech - A chance to explore Morocco's captivating Red City

Short Description

This walking trip in the High Atlas culminates in the ascent of North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Begin in the valley of Imlil, trekking through juniper forests, past Berber villages and over passes climbing steadily to a refuge at Neltner. From Neltner set out to nearby peaks including Toubkal, a rewarding climb with views of the whole Atlas chain.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Marrakech

Destinations

Morocco

Cities & Attractions

Marrakech

Activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour Marrakech

Description

Morocco's famous Red City, Marrakech is the spiritual heart of the country, a cultural melting pot of the mountain Berbers and the desert peoples of the south.
Blessed with some of the most stunning architecture in Morocco, its mix of tradition, colour and history makes it the ideal starting point for this incredible journey into
the High Atlas strongholds of the Berber tribes.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Trek to Tizi Oussem via the Matate and Azaden Valleys

Description

Leaving Marrakech behind this morning we drive south, towards the Imlil Valley and the craggy peaks of the Toubkal Massif. At the village of Aquersioul (1,600 m) we begin our climb, hiking up into the Matate Valley and then on to Tizi n'Oudite (2,200 m), where we stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. Descending through a juniper forest into the Azaden Valley, we then continue towards Id Aissa, enjoying the views out towards the colourful mountain villages of Tizi Zougaghen and Tizaine as we make our way towards our final stop in Tizi Oussem (1,850 m).

Today's eight and a half kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 750 metres and a descent of 500 metres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Trek to Aremd via the Tizi n’Mzik Pass

Description

After breakfast this morning we continue walking along the valley, before beginning a steady ascent up towards Tizi Mzik (2,489 metres). From this high mountain pass we then begin our descent towards the village of Aremd (1,950 m). Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides us with a fascinating insight into Berber life. This afternoon we have a chance to take a walk around the village, taking in its captivating mix of terraced farming, traditional gites and mountain landscapes.

Today's seven kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with a total ascent of 429 metres and a descent of 539 metres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Trek from Aremd to Neltner Refuge via Sidi Chamharouch

Description

Continuing along the Mizane Valley we cross the flood plain and follow the mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, set beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of village houses clinging to the rock face. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up towards the snow-line and the welcoming sight of the Neltner Refuge (3,207 m).

Today's nine and a half kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with a total ascent of 1,257 metres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167m)

Description

Early this morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167 m). Our route takes us up the south cirque, a steep climb across scree and rock that leads eventually to the Tizi n'Toukbal (3,975 m). Cresting the ridge it is then just a short walk to the summit. On a clear day the views from up here take in the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains and stretch as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. From the summit we head back down to the refuge for a second night.

Today's four and a half kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 967 metres and a descent of 967 metres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Optional ascent of Ouanoukrim (4,089m) : trek to Aremd

Description

If conditions proved unfavourable yesterday, we have a chance to make a second attempt on Jebel Toubkal this morning. Alternatively there is an option for us to try an ascent of Ouanoukrim (4,089 metres) or to take a short walk out to Tizi Ouanoums to take in the views of Lake Ifni. This afternoon we then head back down to Aremd to spend another night in the village before we leave these mountain landscapes behind.

Option a's 15.5 kilometre walk is expected to take around 10-11 hours with a total ascent of 882 metres and a descent of 2139 metres.
Option b's 13.5 kilometre walk is expected to take around seven hours with a total ascent of 393 metres and a descent of 1650 metres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Walk to Imlil and drive to Marrakech; free afternoon

Description

Returning on foot to Imlil this morning, we then drive back to Marrakesh where, on arrival, we have some free time to explore the city's colourful souks and perhaps take a stroll around its celebrated Djemma El Fna Square. A feast for the senses, the square is a wonderful confusion of noise and colour, where you will find the streets alive with storytellers, musicians, jugglers and water-sellers: the perfect place to haggle for some last minute presents, or just sit at a cafe and watch the spectacle unfold before you.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Tour ends Marrakech

Description

Your trip ends today in Marrakech after breakfast. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may have some additional time to wander in the souks of Marrakech or buy your last souvenirs before departure.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

Marrakech - A guided tour through the vibrant city of Marrakech, the iconic Djemma El Fna, the souks and medina £6 (dependant on the schedule of your flights).

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

Morocco is a developing country and as such, the accommodation standards are not equivalent to those in Europe and can be more basic. We generally choose our properties because of their location, cleanliness, traditional style or for their welcoming atmosphere, as we endeavour to provide an authentic Moroccan experience. However, some of the properties might have some outdated or simple furniture and the level of service may vary depending on the location. You may find that availability of hot water is variable or limited in certain locations. Breakfasts are generally continental style. A swimming pool may be available in the cities. Day two you stay at the The Tizi Oussem Gite which is on the edge of the village nestled in amongst other houses and buildings. Its built into a hillside so you enter on the second floor with a communal room, where you eat. The rooms are two-four bed/dorms. They have a large and very thick mattress on the floor. It’s a rustic property with one shared bathroom (rwo showers and four toilets) but it is charming and the staff are lovely. On days three and six you stay at The Armd village house. This has a number of twin or triple rooms with shared facilities and a communal area for eating/socialising and roof terrace. All is bedding provided. These are a fantastic way to meet the local Berber people and gain an insight into their lives. On days four and five you stay at Neltner refuge. The rooms are basic dorm rooms with bunk beds (ear plugs recommended!). There is no bedding provided. There are shared toilet facilities (take your own toilet roll). There are showers, which may or may not be hot. There’s a dining room and large lounge area with a wood burning stove (wood is extra), where everyone gathers and socialises in the evening. Please be prepared to pay extra for the hot showers, wood and bottles of water. It’s a great way to meet like-minded trekkers from all over the world.

Accommodation Overview

In rural areas accommodation is often very simple. In village houses often several women or men will share a room. Sometimes there will be beds, sometimes mattresses on the floor, and the washing facilities are usually shared. Toilets may be European style or holes in the ground. In mountain refuges the sleeping arrangements are usually dormitory style with males and females sharing a large room and shared washing facilities. In these rural accommodations hot water may be available but limited in supply, and in some there will be a small local charge

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Cook, Muleteer(s)

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