mt toubkal summer

Mt Toubkal Summer

This is a truly amazing week trekking to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain. Camping along the range of the mountains and rivers as you slowly scale the full height of Toubkal. Designed to allow you time to acclimatise to the changing altitude whilst enjoying superb vistas of the High Atlas Mountains. Supported by mules & muleteers, you will be utterly unencumbered so that you can enjoy the experience fully.

It’s best to visit Toubkal between April and September to experience its best weather.

(code: MTS)

itinerary:

day 1:

fly to marrakech – depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening.

location: marrakech

accommodation: 1 night at hotel

included: n/a

 

day 2:

we leave at around 0830 after breakfast at the hotel. travelling by minibus to imlil taking approx. 1.5 hours. we will stop for mint tea at and rest breaks before we walk from 1740m to 2489m (tizi mzik), taking 3 hours and passing villages. we stop for 1 hour lunch and then walk another 1.5 hours towards azib tamsoult (2250m) where we stay in a refuge.

location:  azib tamsoult (1740-2489m)

accommodation: 1 night at refuge: https://www.refugetamsoult.com

included: breakfast @ hotel + lunch & dinner

 

day 3:

we start early at 6am, then walk 5 hours to aguelzim pass (3560m).  there we will have a picnic lunch, followed by another 2 hours to toubkal base camp (3207m). there we will camp, however if the weather is bad, then you can stay at the refuge which will cost 150 mad (this must be paid by you). you can enjoy a hot shower at the refuge and a free afternoon (refuge offers snacks, hot showers and opportunity to charge your phone).

location:  aguelzim pass, toubkal base camp (3560-3207m)

accommodation:  1 night at camp or refuge for 150 mad pp

included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

day 4:

we start at 5am to begin the climb up toubkal reaching 4167m which is highest peak in morocco. this usually takes between 4-5 hours up, where we will have a light snack, then the descent is approximately 2-3 hours. we end back at base camp for lunch followed by rest and a free afternoon.

location:  toubkal (4167m)

accommodation: 1 night at camp or refuge for 150 mad pp

included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

day 5:

we walk approx. 5 hours down to aroumd village passing the holy shrine sidi chamharouch (2350m). sidi chamharouch: the shrine is probably a survival of a very ancient nature cult. on the approach to the village you may notice a tree, sacred to local tradition, where the berbers hang strips of cloth and make piles of stones. aroumd village where we stay the night is the highest village of the mizane valley, an extraordinary looking place, built on a huge moraine spur above the valley at 1840m. steep tiered fields of potatoes, onions, barley and various kinds of fruit line the valley sides, their terraces edged with purple iris. while at the village, you can take up the opportunity of a hammam and massage for a mere 10mad per person.

location:  aroumd (1900m)

accommodation: 1 night at a gîte

included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

extras: hammam & massage (10 mad pp)

 

day 6:

today we enjoy a light walk in the village where you can experience the local culture, see the waterfall and do some shopping, the town boasts a lovely local carpet and jewellery shop. after lunch we get back onto the minibus and drive back to marrakech. that evening (around 5), we will gather for a last night team dinner.

location:  marrakech

accommodation: 1 night at a hotel

included: breakfast & lunch only (everyone to pay for team dinner)

extras: you can pre-select an activity for the afternoon from brochure provided at the start of your trip.

 

day 7:

today we take you by minibus back to the airport to catch your flight home. you can of course decide to stay on to explore more of marrakech but we only provide transport back on the final morning of the trip.

location:  marrakech

included: breakfast @ hotel

7 DAYS

(SUNDAY TO SATURDAY)

15 may – 21 may 2022

29 may – 4 jun 2022

12 jun – 18 jun 2022

17 jul – 23 jul 2022

14 aug – 20 aug 2022

28 aug – 3 Sep 2022

Key information:

Min age: 16 years

Maximum (possible) altitude: 4167m (check itinerary)

What to wear: Bring clothing for both warm and cold/wet weather*

Tipping: if you choose to tip the team, then please present the guide with your contribution at the end of the trip – we thank you!

What’s Included:

Pickup & drop-off from/to airport

Travel required for Trip will be via Minibus

All accommodation including all tents

Meals as described in the itinerary

Crampons if required

What you need to do:

Arrange travel insurance

Check and arrange any Visa/vaccination requirements yourself

Where camping is outlined in the itinerary, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag

What to pack:

Clothing for both warm and cold/wet weather as well as gloves & hat (summits are very different environments).

You should always carry rain clothing in your day pack as you never know…

Water bottle including water purification tablets

Appropriate season sleeping bag & travel pillow

Day bag to allow you to carry spare clothing, food and water whilst hiking

Strong walking boots with good ankle support and tread

Travel towel, soap, toilet paper for use whilst camping and at refuges

Torch (flashlight) & adaptors

Walking poles if needed

* Please note that along the way, you will passing very traditional villages, so it would be good to keep shoulders and knees covered.

We appreciate your understanding and support!