mt toubkal winter

Mt Toubkal Winter

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.

During the winter months, between October and Marsh, you will experience snow and will be provided with training so that you walk the slopes with complete confidence.

(code: MTW)

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 1100 after breakfast at the hotel. travelling by minibus to imlil taking approx. 1.5 hours. we walk from imlil to aroumd village taking approx. 40 minutes. in the village we will have lunch at the gîte where you can also enjoy a hot shower.

location:  aroumd (1900m)

accommodation: 1 night at a gîte

included: breakfast @ hotel + lunch & dinner

extras: hammam & massage (10 mad pp)

 

day 3:

after breakfast we leave the village and walk approximately 6 hours to toubkal base camp. from aroumd, the toubkal trail goes up the flood plain, and zig zags up to make its way along, high above the gorge where we reach  sidi chamharouch (2350m), the holy shrine. the toubkal trail then climbs steeply in zigzags and traverses the flank of the valley well above the mizane. it’s steady climb up to toubkal refuge where we stop for lunch and you can enjoy hot showers, sitting rooms and a self-catering kitchen at the refuge. that afternoon if there is snow then we can tain and practice to ensure your safety. if there’s no snow, then you can have a free afternoon.

location:  toubkal base camp (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 the 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 largest 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 (1840m)

accommodation: 1 night at a gîte

included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

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)

10 oct – 16 oct 2021

31 oct – 6 nov 2021

14 nov – 20 nov 2021

28 nov – 4 dec 2021

12 dec – 18 dec 2021

26 dec – 1 jan 2021/2

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!