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Highlights
  • Hike amongst snowy mountain scenery
  • Summit two peaks in the high atlas mountains
  • Experience moroccan village life in winter

Climbing a mountain in the summertime is tough. Climbing one in the winter? That’s for adventurers only. While the climb up Mount Toubkal is the undisputed centrepiece of this week-long escapade in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, it’s not the only once-in-a-lifetime encounter you’ll have. Beginning in captivating Marrakech, you’ll trek deep into the hills (no prior experience required – promise!), happening upon snowbound Berber communities and' along the way, enjoy some of the most majestic mountainscapes you’ll ever see along the way. Prepare to return home a completely different person than when you left.

Trip Description
Winter Toubkal Ascent
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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4.8 Lodging
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4.8 Meals
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Winter Toubkal Ascent

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I really enjoyed the trip. I thought it was well organized, I liked that the tour could be easily fit into other independent travel arrangements. January 2015

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It was a great experience. The scenery was beautiful and the routes were well planned to allow us to enjoy the great views and to have some fun playing in the mountains! The group was really fun and energetic. It was a great holiday, a complete escape from my normal routine.
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Nice overview of the whole country for a trip of 1 week. December 2015

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Awesome Trip! Mountains with snow in the morning and sand dunes in the afternoon!

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This was the tenth leg we have done with G December 2015

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Good experience and would rate it 10th out of the 10

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This is our tenth leg with g December 2015

5.0
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Good tour would rate it 10th out of the 10 we took

Operator G Adventures

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I like the small group and friendliness of the guide. November 2015

5.0
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  • Meals 5.0
Morocco was amazing, extremely safe, and has and some of the most open and inviting people you can imagine. If someone is considering a trip to an Islamic destination Morocco is an ideal destination. -Adam Crispo
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Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech (1D)

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Marrakech/Aroumd (1B, 1D)

This morning, depart Marrakech and journey to Imlil in the Toubkal region – where the adventure begins! Start off with a short trek from Imlil to the small village of Aroumd. Settle into the simple mountain gîte where we will spend the night, then head out with the CEO and explore this Berber community. Additional Notes: Accommodation is multi-share with 3 or 4 beds in each dormitory/room. Bedding is provided but it is necessary that you bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth, seeing that it is winter time. You will also need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are unisex and shared. Luggage will be transported by mules. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Aroumd/Jebel Toubkal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike along the mountain slopes to Sidi Chamharouch. From there the trail continues to climb steeply towards the refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3,207m (10,521 ft). After arriving, take time to relax, review equipment, and practice your technique on the surrounding snow. The CEO will give you instructions on the use of ice axes and crampons. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 1,200m (3,937 ft) Included Activities: High Atlas Trek: Sidi Chamharouch

Day 4 Jebel Toubkal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set out early for the summit of Mt. Ouanakrim. Enjoy stunning views from the top before heading back to the refuge. This afternoon, there is time to relax and get ready to ascend Mt Toubkal. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 900m (2952 ft) Descent: 900m (2952 ft) Included Activities: Mount Ouanakrim Trek (Winter)

Day 5 Jebel Toubkal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Rise early this morning and begin the ascent of Mt Toubkal—the highest mountain in North Africa. Enjoy lunch upon arriving back at the refuge and spend the rest of the day relaxing. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6-7hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 960m (3149 ft) Descent: 960m (3149 ft) Included Activities: Mount Toubkal Trek (Winter)

Day 6 Jebel Toubkal/Aroumd (1B, 1L, 1D)

Descend to the village of Aroumd via Tizi Ouanoums Pass. It may be possible to catch a view of Lake D'ifni en route. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 7hr Ascent: 457m (1,500 ft) Decent: 1,664m (5,459 ft) Included Activities: Aroumd Trek (Winter)

Day 7 Aroumd/Marrakech (1B)

Hike back to Imlil before transferring back to Marrakech, tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: Please book any ongoing travel after 14:00 to allow for travel time back to Marrakech. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 799

Price Per Day:

$ 114 per person
 
Usually included in flight tickets.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 5 days trekking in the High Atlas Mountains with a qualified mountain guide
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, walkingOn this trip we will travel by private van between Marrakech and Aremd and on foot in the mountains on trekking days.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Max 12, Avg. 8.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotel (1 nt), village houses (2 nts multi-share), mountain refuges (3 nts multi-share)
Mountain Refuges: The mountain refuges are extremely basic sleeping facilities used pre and post summit. The dormitories here are set up to sleep up to 20 people per dormitory. You will need to have your own sleeping bag and sleeping sheet. Bathroom facilities are very basic and shared, expect no hot water. In the winter months November to February also expect very cold temperatures. Village Houses: This is accommodation in family homes, usually in mountain villages and are very, very simple. If you have this expectation in mind we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised. Sleeping arrangements are multi-share. Mattresses are provided. You will need to have your own sleeping bag and sleeping sheet, and bath towel. Bathroom facilities are basic and shared. Hot water is often not available. You will enjoy delicious homemade dinners of local produce, dining in a traditional manner, often sitting on the floor in a cozy salon. Don't forget your flashlight/torch. Those worn as "headlamps" are especially useful. Hotel: In Marrakech we will stay in a local hotel in the new town. This is approximately a 25 minute walk to the central medina. Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!
Start City
Marrakech
End City
Marrakech
Guides Certified mountain guide as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Please note - this is winter trekking. Use of crampons and ice axes is essential to be able to make the summit attempt. Experience is not essential, but would be helpful. The guide will give assistance to those who have little or no experience. You do not need any previous experience of using this equipment, but please be aware that you are walking over snow and ice on the way to the summit. This equipment is not provided, and we recommend that you bring this with you for the trip. It may be possible to hire ice axes and crampons in Morocco, but availability of the equipment is limited, so we cannot guarantee this. You should be able to purchase or hire crampons and ice axes in mountain equipment stores near you. Crampon Requirements: Crampons come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as do the boots that come with them. For this trip you require crampons that are suitable for mountaineering. The best crampons would be 10 or 12 point crampons with semi-rigid steel frames. These can be either strap-on, step-in or hybrid crampons, with fixed horizontal front points. For more information, consult with your favourite outdoor equipment store if you are unsure of the best crampons for you. Our trekking mules will carry your larger bags as well as tents and equipment. Luggage is limited to 12kg per person for the trek, and bags must be soft duffle bags or frameless backpacks. Any additional luggage you bring with you can be left in storage at the hotel in Marrakech (at your own risk) – come prepared with an additional bag for this. You will carry only your daypack when trekking - for water, camera, jacket, sunscreen, etc. It can be that sometimes the mules take a slightly different track at some points, or go faster, and you might not see them for long stretches so it is best not to rely on mules carrying the things you need with them between stops. Foam mattresses are provided for you to sleep on during our camping. If you would like more comfort please bring a light weight self inflating mattress such as a thermarest. Pillows are not provided so you may also wish to bring an inflatable pillow. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3–4 season) and we recommend a lightweight sleeping sheet as well (for extra warmth). As you will be trekking through remote areas, washing and toilet facilities are basic and may be limited, if non-existent. The toilet facilities are usually squat toilets, and in two locations it's back to nature for the bathroom facilities. Most often only cold water is available. Should heating facilities be available, you may have to pay a small additional charge for this to cover costs of the gas used to heat the water. Weather: Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50°C) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6°C). Summer months, from April to September are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gîte, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too. According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 27th and June 25th, 2017. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

Meals

On this tour many of your meals are included. You can expect simple, healthy seasonal food. Breakfast is typically bread, jam, cheese, sometimes eggs, accompanied by tea/coffee. Lunches are usually salads sometimes with eggs or tinned fish, always with bread. Dinners usually start with a soup followed by tagine,rice or pasta dishes, again with plenty of bread. We are able to cater for vegetarians. Please advise us of any other special dietary issues at time of booking. You are accompanied by a cook who, together with your CEO and mule handlers, will prepare your hearty meals during your trek. If you’d like to lend a hand and learn some of the local techniques, you are more than welcome! Water and other drinks are at your own expense. Your CEO will give advice about the quantity of water to take at the start of the tour, and availability of additional supplies during the trek.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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