Jebel Toubkal Morocco. Graded CHALLENGING

Location

Atlas Mountains

Altitude

4167

Duration

4 days

Weather

10 Day Forecast

Information

At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. It is a non-technical summit requiring only a reasonable degree of fitness and determination. Toubkal is easily reached from Marrakech and offers striking high altitude mountain scenery, lush valleys and relatively untouched Berber communities.

Dates
Date Start
27 May, 2022
Date End
30 May, 2022
Duration
4 days
Price (exc. accommodation)
£350
Price (exc. flights)
£350
Extra information
What's included?
Included

1.Transport from Marrakech to the mountains for the start of the trek
2. Food for the group at guest house
3. All Food during the trek – lunch, dinner and Breakfast
4. Mules and muleteers for trekking
5. Gites and refuge
6. Qualified UK mountain guide
7. Cook
8.  Transport from the mountains to Marrakech from the end of the trek

Excluded

1. Flights & baggage
2. Accommodation, food and drinks before and after trek
3. Sightseeing/local tours
4. Travel insurance, passports, visas, inoculations
5. Bottled water on trek (this may be purchased at refuges but is limited, iodine or purification tablets are recommended)
6. Other ad hoc costs such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
7. Tips

We would recommend bringing some cash to cover meals not provided and snacks etc.  You can change GBP to local currency at the airport and hotels and cash machines are widely available.

Itinerary
Day 1 – Marrakech – Imlil — Aazib Tamsoult

Set out from Marrakech on a one hour drive to Imlil where we will set off from an altitude of 1,740m heading for Azib Tamsoult (2250m). We will either stop along the route for lunch or continue on to our camp site and eat when we arrive. We will camp overnight here, high above the Assif n’Ouarzane Valley. (Included meals: B, L,D).

Day 2 – Aazib Tamsoult – Tizi Aguelzim – Toubkal Refuge

Today will be the hardest day but you will break the back of the trek. After breakfast, we set off past some epic waterfalls towards the Tizi Aguelzim pass (3,104m) with a great view of the ‘the 100 zig-zags’, which we will climb to summit Aguelzim South (3,650m) for some stunning views over to our goal, Mt Toubkal, and it’s surrounding peaks.  We will have lunch around here before we make our way to the Toubkal refuge at 3,207m, where we shall have our evening meal, the nights accommodation will either be camping around the refuge or in the refuge itself. (Included meals: B, L, D).

Day 3 – Toubkal Refuge – Summit Jebel Toubkal – Arroumd Village

A very early start and a very early breakfast as you’ll be heading out the door at 0500h, but by rising at this early hour you’ll get to enjoy the lure of a spectacular sunrise. After a steep climb, you’ll reach your goal, the highest peak in Northern Africa, Toubkal (4,167m). Once we have reached the summit of Jebel Toubkal we will return back to the refuge for lunch and then walk back to the beautiful and traditional village house in Arroumd. Total walking for the summit day will be approx. 9 hrs. Everyone will spend the last night in a comfortable hostel in a traditional Berber village. (included meals: B, L, D).

Day 4 – Arroumd Village – Imlil – Marrakech

Your final day with us involves a short walk down to Imlil where you’ll be collected for your return journey back to Marrakesh. Upon arrival you will have some free time to explore the city’s colourful souks and its celebrated Djemma El Fna Square.

A feast for the senses, the area is a chaotic confusion of noise and colour, where you will find the streets alive with storytellers, musicians, jugglers and watersellers. There is the option (at additional cost) to take a morning walking tour around the souks with a local guide, also visiting the museum and the elegant Koutoubia mosque and tower, reputed to be the most perfect Islamic monument in North Africa. Marrakesh is divided into two distinct parts, the Gueliz (or modern French-built city) and the Medina (the Old City) and you may prefer to spend your final afternoon independently exploring its maze of narrow streets, filled with the sounds, colours and smells of the exotic, perhaps haggling for some last minute presents, or just sitting in a café and watching the street tableaux unfold before you.

Kit

Bags

  • 100 – 120L water resistant duffel bag with carry straps. Wheeled bags and suitcases are not suitable due to the way in which they will be carried by our porters
  • Day pack – 30 – 40L rucksack which is either waterproof or has an attachable waterproof cover. Big enough to carry your personal medicines, snacks and plenty of water
  • Dry stuff sacks which contain your necessary items within your day pack – ensuring all is kept safe and dry

Sleeping

  • A 4 season sleeping back which conforms to comfort levels of -20 degrees C
  • A sleeping bag liner can provide extra warmth on those chilly evenings. We recommend a silk sleeping bag liner

Clothing

  • Base layers – these are extremely important for keeping you warm. Made from wicking material (non-cotton), designed to keep moisture (such as sweat) away from the skin.
  • Mid layers to be worn over your base layers. Ideally light-weight micro-fleece which can be layered on / taken off as the temperature / exertion changes. Suitable mid layers will be carried within your day pack for easy access when required
  • Light insulated jacket which can be worn at lower altitudes to keep you warm
  • Trekking trousers which will ideally be quick dry material
  • Underwear, similar to your clothing should ideally be wicking to reduce moisture (and to keep you smelling as fresh as you can!)
  • Hard shell jacket which provides both waterproof and windproof protection from the elements (there’s nothing worse than getting cold and wet on the trail without an overnight drying room to restore your kit)
  • Waterproof trousers to be carried in your day pack for easy access and can be quickly and easily worn over your trekking trousers
  • Down jacket which can be used at higher altitudes to keep you worn and can be used on chilly evenings at the tea houses. Down jackets should be rated to -20 degrees C so ask the assistant for advice when buying (these can also be rented or bought in Kathmandu for a low cost – your leader will be able to assist you)
  • Warm gloves or mitts. Consider thinner gloves or glove liners for lower altitudes and ski gloves for higher altitudes (thick gloves can also be rented or bought in Kathmandu for a low cost – your leader will be able to assist you)
  • Trekking socks should be just that – made for trekking. Everyday socks will cause blisters as moisture builds up and no-one wants to have to abandon their trip for uncomfortable blisters! We recommend thinner socks for lower altitude and thick socks for higher altitudes. 5 pairs will be sufficient
  • Warm hat to reduce the loss of heat from your head
  • A wide brimmed hat to keep the sun from your face and the back of your neck
  • Sunglasses rated to Cat 4 for UV filters needed at higher altitude to protect your eyes
  • Walking boots should be 4 season to protect you from the elements, provide ankle support and should be well worn in to prevent you getting blisters on the trip. Spare laces should also be packed

Hydration

We recommend you bring both a hydration bladder for easy access to water along the trip and 2 rigid water bottles which can be additionally used or to replace the hydration bladder should any accidents happen

Hydration salts are also a good idea along the trip

All water provided will be boiled drinking water but feel free to bring water purification tablets if you wish

Additional kit

  • lip balm UV to protect your lips in the thinner atmosphere
  • sun cream – we recommend factor 50
  • Personal medication – upon booking you will be asked regarding your personal medication and if requested, please keep relevant medication in your day sack within easy access of the guides if needed in an emergency situation
  • Small first aid kit including paracetamol / ibuprofen / plasters and blister patches. Your leader will hold a group first aid kit but access will be limited to emergency situations only
  • Wash kit including wet wipes and / or dry shower gels which can be used on the trail when no showers are available. This may also include a travel towel
  • Alcohol gel is required, particularly when considering Covid. Although the mountains are remote, we need to maintain high levels of sanitisation
  • Toilet paper will be provided but cannot always be guaranteed in tea houses and you never know when nature may call on the trek!
  • Decomposable dog poo or nappy bags which can be carried to each tea house. We operate a strict “leave no trace” policy on the trail
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Snacks – plenty of snacks which you will carry through the trip to keep those energy levels stocked up. Trail mixes containing nuts and chocolate are a favourite of ours
  • Money – we recommend you bring some extra cash with you
  • Trekking cheer! Some days will be easier than others but if we all bring some trekking cheer, there should be enough to go around on days which may be tough!
FAQ

I’ve little or no experience in the hills / international expeditions, are these trips suitable for me?

Yes absolutely! We cater for novice walkers who want to explore something new and for those who are regular explorers of the upland environment. Each trip is planned according to the abilities of those within the group to ensure all will be able to fully participate

My friends and I have something specific in mind, can you arrange private events?

Oh absolutely and we would be honoured to do so! A group navigation day or a birthday to remember… get in touch!

I’m raising money for charity, can you run our event?

We have a wealth of experience working with charities and have been a part of many charity events ourselves and as something close to our hearts, we would LOVE to work with you

We’re thinking of something different for our corporate event, what can you cater for?

We have backgrounds working within the corporate world so your day is safe with us. We have many options for your corporate day with clients or internally. Check out the corporate page on our website or get in touch

Will the trip be cancelled if bad weather is forecast?

Our leaders will always try to accommodate the group on the original booking date. This may mean the itinerary or the route changes. For circumstances outside of our control, some dates may need to be postponed but we will be in contact with you as soon as an issue arises

Can my dog come along?

Oh yes, please do bring your woofer friend if we are heading out on a dog friendly trip – the more the merrier! Please check with your leader whether the route is doggo-friendly

I cannot make the date of the trip, what are my options?

If you wish to cancel your place, you will be entitled to a full refund up to 21 days before the event date. Any cancellation after this point is subject to charge but in many circumstances the value can be retained as credit for another event of equal value. Please let us know as soon as your plans change and we will do our best to work with you

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