Highlights
  • Ascend the dizzying heights of mighty Mount Toubkal, climbing to the highest peak in North Africa. With unequalled views of the Moroccan landscape, this is one thing you can tick off your bucket list
  • Wander along forest paths and experience a traditional homestay in the Atlas Mountains. This is a great way to better understand Morocco’s traditional Berber people and their customs
  • Embrace the vibrant souqs, sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech on a guided walking tour. Dine on tagine and couscous in Marrakesh’s biggest outdoor food market and watch from a rooftop cafe as the Djemaa el-Fna comes alive at dusk
  • Plenty of free time in Marrakech allows you to really get under the skin of this vibrant city. This means you'll get to see everything you want, as well as having time to relax

From the heart of Marrakech’s Medina to the top of Mt Toubkal, this Moroccan adventure offers you a sublime combination of city sights and mountain trekking. Learn some basic Arabic or Berber from the local villagers in the Atlas Mountains, while experiencing the friendly hospitality of the Berber people, and ascend to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak. Prepare for a sensory overload as you encounter the Djemaa el-Fna for the first time, get lost in Marrakech’s maze of covered market streets and feel those tastebuds tingle over a traditional Moroccan tajine.

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Mount Toubkal Trek

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Well put together trip, our guide was September 2015

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Well put together trip, our guide was fantastic, good amount of free time and flexibility

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The trip was fabulous, was as described. September 2015

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The trip was fabulous, was as described.

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Excellent Option for First-Time Travellers to Morocco January 2017

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I visited Morocco with the Intrepid Travel group in November of 2012. I had never traveled to any continents besides the U.S. and Europe, and was hesitant to visit Africa as a single woman, alone. The Intrepid Best of Morocco trip was absolutely perfect. It was a wonderful mix of couples and single travelers, older and younger folks from several different countries. The group got along extremely well and had a great time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Morocco, but hesitant to go alone. The small group dynamic allows for plenty of company without feeling lost in the shuffle by a larger group.
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The organisation of this adventure was truly October 2015

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The organisation of this adventure was truly amazing. Myself and my friend arrived a few days early into Casablanca before the tour started. Then moved to the hotel of meeting the group. The guide Yahya Bouziti should be commended, he integrated into the group, encouraged and participated in group activities. Even when off duty "we" took him under our wings. A true sport and Gentleman. Lot's of laughs and fond memories I will never forget. Intrepid should be proud of this remarkable individual. Without a doubt a peoples person with great skills.
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The combination of seeing Morocco with our October 2015

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The combination of seeing Morocco with our guide Khalid Lamlih. He was very knowledgeable, and able to provide a great overall interpretation of the history, religion and culture. He had an ideal personality, very helpful and good sense of humour and fun.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6pm, where you'll meet your fellow travellers and group leader – check with reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. After the meeting you have the option to join your leader on a jaunt to Djemaa el Fna, the square in the centre of the Medina. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, snake charmers (although we do not support this, please see more on our stand on animal welfare here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/animal-welfare), fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men and dentists come together in what has been called the 'greatest spectacle on earth'. An al fresco dinner at one of the many stalls is a real experience.

Day 2 Aroumd

This morning will start with breakfast and a group meeting at 8am. Your leader will go through everything you need to know about the trek before you set off into the mountains. Leave Marrakech behind and drive across the plains towards the ancient marketplace of Tahanaoute, photographing valleys in full flower and the High Atlas Mountains looming ahead along the way. Arrive into Imlil village, which is 1,740 metres above sea level (approximately 1.5 hours). Walk into traditional mountain village life with a 50-minute walk to your mountain base in the village of Aroumd (2,000 metres above sea level) with views towards Toubkal. In the afternoon stretch your legs with a gentle orientation walk around Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Tonight is spent in a 'gite', a traditional village house with dormitory rooms sleeping around eight people. Rooms are furnished in traditional Berber style with low couches (which can be used as beds), tables, carpets and cushions. On warm nights it’s often possible to sleep out on the terrace under the stars. Showers and toilets are usually shared.

Day 3 Neltner Hut/Mt Toubkal Summit

Today embark on the first day of your ascent of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. From Armoud the trail crosses the floodplain of the Ait Mizane Valley, before climbing steeply in a zigzag up the mountainside. All baggage and provisions are carried by mule. Used to plough fields, carry loads, turn threshing machines and ferry people between villages, mules are an indispensable part of Berber life. Along the way, pass the pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamarouch, home to the tomb of the local marabout (Muslim holy man). See the shrine from across the gorge, as it’s forbidden for non-Muslims to cross the bridge to the other side. From here climb steeply through a series of switchbacks and traverse the flank of the valley above the river. Arrive into Toubkal Base Camp at Neltner (3,207 metres above sea level), where you'll spend the next night. Enjoy hearty dinner and make sure you get plenty of sleep before the big ascent day tomorrow.

Day 4 Neltner Hut/Mt Toubkal Summit

Early on in the morning set off for Jebel Toubkal along rocky terrain, and appreciate the rugged beauty of the surroundings. At 4,167 metres above sea level, this is the roof of North Africa. Take in the beautiful silence of the morning, and make the final steep climb, which can involve some scrambling. The effort is however rewarded by superb views from the summit of the entire Atlas range. On a clear day it’s even possible to make out the Atlantic coast to the west and the Sahara Desert to the east. After a rest at the summit and time spent marvelling at the view, make your way back to Neltner. In total there should be approximately 8 hours of walking. Notes: The ascent is usually only possible during the summer (June to September) as there is too much snow on the high slopes at other times of year. This demanding two-day walk should only be considered by those who are fit and have plenty of mountain-walking experience.

Day 5 Aroumd

Pack up and head back to Aroumd, the now familiar village where you already spent some time before heading into the heights of Atlas Mountains. This region is a mix of fertile valleys, snowy peaks almost touching the sky and Berber villages constructed using local materials. If you wish, explore the surroundings with afternoon walks in this picturesque set-up, or relax after few strenuous days on the highest peak of Morocco. End your day surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, and enjoy Berber hospitality and food.

Day 6 Marrakech

Wake up to the ‘call for the prayer’ voice coming out from the minaret of local mosque. After breakfast, pack up and head back down to Imlil (approximately one hour). From here it's a one-and-a-half hour drive back across the plains to Marrakech. The vibrant city of Marrakech is a feast for the senses. After checking in to your hotel, you'll have plenty of time to explore. Head out on to colourful square of Djemaa El-Fna and start your city adventure with the glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, famous drink of Marrakech. Head out to the photographic museum to see the past of Morocco captured in amazing pictures and end your day on the one of many rooftop restaurants surrounding the square.

Day 7 Marrakech

After breakfast, take a guided walking tour through the souqs of the Medina, each devoted to a different trade such as pottery, woodwork, carpets or spices. For the rest of your time in the city you'll be free to make your own discoveries. Visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the 19th century for the Grand Vizier of Soultan Moulay al Hassan. Only part of the palace is open, as the royal family still uses the building. Another possibility is the former royal townhouse of Dar Si Said, which now houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts. If you’d like to experience the relaxation of a traditional Moroccan bath, your leader can advise where to find the nearest hammam. Perhaps indulge your inner foodie with a 'Taste of Marrakech' Urban Adventure day tour, or take part in a cooking class to create the perfect tajine. In the evening, why not head back to Djemaa El-Fna for the final celebration before the end of your adventure.

Day 8 Marrakech

Your Mount Toubkal Trek adventure ends today morning. There are no activities planned for your final day and you are free to leave at any time. If you decide to stay on longer, perhaps tour the impressive Saadian Tombs or relax in a hammam (Moroccan bath).

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$ 78 per day
 
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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Hotel (3 nights),Mountain Gite (2 nights),Mountain Refuge (2 nights)
Start City
Marrakech
End City
Marrakech
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Hotel Gomassine
  • 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz
  • Marrakech
  • MOROCCO
  • Phone: +212 524433086

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