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Toubkal Climb

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • Africa
  • Morocco

Price:

From $1,030

Stay:

7 nights

Travel Dates:

Sunday 3rd of May 2020 until Saturday 17th of October 2020

Description:

Toubkal Climb - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $1030* per person (with Explore Worldwide).

This week long trekking trip in Morocco culminates in the ascent of North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Trek through the valley of Imlil, past Berber villages and over beautiful passes surrounded by panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains.

  • The Atlas Mountains - Get away from it all trekking through the untouched landscapes of the High Atlas
  • Berber Villages - Stay in village houses, learning about the culture of the friendly people
  • Marrakech - A chance to explore the maze of soucks and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Djemma El Fna Square

Itinerary:

DAY 1 - Join tour Marrakech

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Hotel Almas (or similar)

Grade: Premium Hotel

SINGLE ROOM AVAILABLE

SWIMMING POOL AVAILABLE

MEALS PROVIDED: NONE

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Tizi Oussem Gite (or similar)

Grade: Simple Village House

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Aremd Village House (or similar)

Grade: Simple Village House

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Neltner Mountain Refuge (or similar)

Grade: Simple Mountain Refuge

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Neltner Mountain Refuge (or similar)

Grade: Simple Mountain Refuge

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

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

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 - 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 - 13.5 kilometre walk is expected to take around seven hours with a total ascent of 393 metres and a descent of 1650 metres.

ACCOMMODATION:

Aremd Village House (or similar)

Grade: Simple Village House

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

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

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.

Today's one-and-a-half kilometre walk is expected to take around 45 minutes with 210 metres of descent.

ACCOMMODATION:

Hotel Almas (or similar)

Grade: Premium Hotel

SINGLE ROOM AVAILABLE

SWIMMING POOL AVAILABLE

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST

DAY 8 - Tour ends Marrakech

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.

MEALS PROVIDED: BREAKFAST

Departs: Selected departures from 03 May to 17 Oct 2020

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