Toubkal

Toubkal

This trip starts in Marrakesh which is a colourful, bustling and lively city. Get a taste for the local culture, with markets, food and live music, before the trek up the Atlas mountains begins. You will be immersed in the friendly villages during your trek and enjoy an overnight stay in the Mouflons Refuge. There are plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the local fruit juices, made fresh on the path. The views on the way up are spectacular, the Atlas Mountains offer a unique experience. The summit of Toubkal will be a challenge, with a snow-topped peak during the winter months.  

Dates & Prices


This is a 4 day expedition. Our 2021 expedition is due to run 11th - 14th March. (1 Place left) The total cost is £490* Secure your place with a deposit and pay the remainder monthly *A full refund will be offered is this trip is cancelled due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions.




What's Included


What's included during your expedition - UK Expedition Leader - All meals during the Trek - Beautiful hotel in Marrakesh - Celebratory meal after the trek - Accomodation at the Mouflon Refuge - Fully supported local guides and muleteer team - Transfers to/from Marrakesh airport - Online support and advice - Training plans (if required) What's not included - Flights - Personal insurance (We recommend sorting your insurance out as soon as you book) - Lunch and evening meals in Marrakesh - Beverages - Porter tips - Additional excursions




Itinerary


Day 1 - This is a travel day, everyone will meet and grab an evening meal in our hotel. Day 2 - We will set off in the morning from Marrakesh and travel for approx 1 1/2 hours to Imlil. We will then load up our kit and meet our local guides. After a cup of local tea, it's time to start climbing. We will stop for the evening in a refuge after an 8 hour walk. Day 3 - An early rise. We will grab some breakfast and make our way up to the summit of Toubkal, and stand at 13,671ft. After we celebrate and get some beautiful photos, it's time to head back down. We will walk all the way back to Imlil, and catch our transport back to Marrakech, where we will be greeted with a local evening meal fit for a king. Day 4 - Travel home.




FAQ's


Do I need to be super fit? No you don't. The trek is classed as a challenge, due to the number of days spent hiking, and the altitude at which you will be operating. All our treks take a nice steady pace which helps with acclimatisation so that you will have an enjoyable experience. It helps if you have a solid base-level of fitness, but don't worry, if you have any concerns, get in touch and we can put together a plan. You will also be invited to one of our Trek Prep weekends, which will allow you to experience trekking on similar terrain. What are the temperatures like? The average temperature in April in Marrakesh is 25-degrees with approx 8 hours of sunshine, but as we climb higher, you can expect the temperatures to drop well below freezing. How technical is the climb? The climb to the summit requires no technical mountaineering skills, but there are steep sections with loose scree in places. There may be patches of snow and ice remaining at higher elevations, which may require the use of ice axes and crampons. Don't worry, these can be supplied and you will be given instruction on how to use them. What kit is required and will I have to carry it? A very detailed kit list will be sent out with your registration forms. We strongly recommend you beg, borrow and steal any kit you don't have, as buying specialist kit can be expensive and this shouldn't stop you going on this once in a lifetime trip. Both long sleeve tops and walking trousers are recommended, to help protect you from the sun and the cold as we go higher. We strongly recommend using the layer system, if you're cold add another layer, if you're hot, take a layer off. As for boots, we recommend a good sturdy boot, one that is waterproof and offers good ankle support. As you will probably be using crampons, a B1 boot is advised, one that is capable of taking a C1 crampon. It is essential that these are well worn in to prevent blisters. You will be required to carry a rucksack for additional warm clothing, waterproofs, water, snacks, a small first aid kit and medication. We only use muleteers with strict welfare standards. pack no more than what you'd carry yourself. The maximum weight they will carry is 15kg per bag. The best bag you can use is a duffel bag, approx 60-100ltr, but no wheels or suitcases. What are the Passport and Visa requirements? British nationals require a Passport that is valid for the duration of the trip, however we recommend having a Passport which is valid for at least 6 months. No Visa is required if you are travelling on a UK Passport. What vaccinations are required? We advise that you read the Travel Health Pro website for information on any health risks associated with visiting Morocco at: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/154/morocco#General_information





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