Mount Toubkal Trek

Days

8

Price per couple

$1,200 USD

Theme 

Walking & Trekking

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.

 

Start: Marrakech, Morocco

Finish: Marrakech, Morocco

Countries: Morocco

Theme: Walking & Trekking 

Physical Rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • In 2018, Ramadan will take place from 15 May to 14 June. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.
  • This is a trekking trip, so the physical demands are higher here than for other trips. To reach the summit of Mount Toubkal, you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. Previous mountain climbing or walking experience will help you during this trip.
  • The summit of Mt. Toubkal is 4,167 metres (13,671 feet) above sea level. However unlikely, at this height you may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more information about altitude sickness.
  • On days 2-5 of the trip you'll be staying in typical Moroccan mountain accommodation, which may include sharing rooms and basic facilities. This is a great way to experience the Berber culture of the High Atlas Mountains.

Departure Dates

Start: 09-Jun-2018 Finish: 16-Jun-2018 Trip Code: MAM-GUSI180609
Start: 23-Jun-2018 Finish: 30-Jun-2018 Trip Code: MAM-GUSI180623
Start: 07-Jul-2018 Finish: 14-Jul-2018 Trip Code: MAM-GUSI180707
Start: 21-Jul-2018 Finish: 28-Jul-2018 Trip Code: MAM-GUSI180721
Start: 18-Aug-2018 Finish: 25-Aug-2018 Trip Code: MAM-GUSI180818

How to book

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What we need to complete your booking: 

  • Full name, as per passport
  • Personal E-mail & telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number and nationality
  • Passport issue and expiry dates
  • Emergency contact name and telephone number
  • Dietary and/or medical needs

Gallery

Marrakech
Mt Toubkal
Marrakech Market

 

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6PM, where you'll meet your fellow travelers 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 center 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.
 

Accommodation Style – Hotel

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 5,709 feet 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 (6,562 feet 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.
 

Accommodation Style – Mountain Gite

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 (10,522 feet 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.
 

Accommodation Style – Mountain Refuge

Early in the morning set off for Jebel Toubkal along rocky terrain, and appreciate the rugged beauty of the surroundings. At 13,671 feet 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.
 

Accommodation Style – Mountain Refuge

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.
 

Accommodation Style – Mountain Gite

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 (approx. three hours). 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.
 

Accommodation Style – Hotel

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.
 

Accommodation Style – Hotel

There are no activities planned for the final day and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

More about your trip

Accommodation

  • Hotel – 3 nights
  • Gite – 2 nights
  • Refuge – 2 nights

 

Meals not included

  • Host Couples are responsible for the full cost of group meals, not included in the itinerary, and will be reimbursed by WinShape Marriage upon return from their trip.
  • Additionally, Host Couples are responsible for billing all meal time non-alcoholic drinks to a separate tab which will also be reimbursed upon return.

Transport

  • Private vehicle transfers

 

Leader/Guide

  • English Speaking Leader throughout
  • Local Guide in Marrakech

 

Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis. Those arriving outside the group can purchase private transfers at an additional cost.

Exclusions

  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Host Couples will be reimbursed for all additional expenses upon return*

 

 

Package Price

In order to book, a non-refundable deposit of USD 800 per couple is required and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. All transfers, pre-trip and post-trip accommodations must be requested 90 days prior to departure.

Pricing per couple: $1,200 USD

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This trip is a private departure and is exempt from any promotions, sales and discounts advertised. 

 

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