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7 DAYS MOROCCO

Introduction

Jebel Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak, has captivated mountaineers for centuries. Our ascent up the rocky giant of North Africa – the tallest in the region – is no picnic, but is accessible to anyone in good shape and hungry for a thrilling high-altitude adventure. Traditional Berber communities line the route on this trip and you’ll have plenty of time to learn their customs through village visits and overnight camping with hearty home-cooked meals. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you’ll see (and feel) at the top.

  • Walk in spectacular mountain scenery
  • Taste delicious local cuisine
  • Camp in the great outdoors
  • Summit the spectacular peak of Mt Toubkal

What's Included

Atlas Mountains trek with a qualified mountain guide (5 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Walk in spectacular mountain scenery, taste delicious local cuisine, camp in the great outdoors, summit the spectacular peak of Mt. Toubkal.

Day 1 Marrakech

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2 Marrakech/TiziOussem

Transfer to ImiOughlad and enjoy a long walk up to the Tizi ‘n Tacht Pass. Descend into the Azzadene Valley and visit the village of TiziOussem.

Leave the plains around Marrakech, wind your way through the MoulayBrahim Gorge and the foothills of the western High Atlas Mountains. Pass the village of Asni to ImiOughlad, where we meet our mules and muleteers to begin the trekking adventure.

Our trekking mules will carry your larger bags as well as tents and equipment. Luggage is limited to 12kg (26 lbs) per person for the trek and bags must be soft duffle bags or frameless backpacks.

You will carry only your own daypack when trekking (for water, camera, jacket, sunscreen, etc.). Sometimes the mules take a slightly different track at some points, or go faster than we walk. As you may not see them for long stretches, you should be prepared to carry the things you need with you while walking between stops.

Gîtes are accommodation in family houses, or mountain huts, usually in mountain villages and are very, very simple. If you have this expectation in mind we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised. Sleeping arrangements are multi-share. Matresses are provided. You will need to have your own sleeping bag, sleeping sheet, and bath towel. Bathroom facilities are basic and shared, and hot water is not always available.

Private Vehicle

Marrakech – Imi Oughlad1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

High Atlas Trek: Tizi ‘n Tacht

Imi Oughlad6h

Wind your way up past cornfields and woods of juniper and pine to the TiziN'Tacht pass (2000m/ 1243 ft). Be sure to stop and admire the views back down to Imlil and the AitOussaden valley. Descend to the Azzadene Valley, passing red-clay terraced villages to reach the village of TiziOussem (1720m/1069 ft) where we stay in a mountain gîte for the night.

Day 3 Tizi Oussem/Aroumd

Today is a full day of walking through villages on the northern slopes of Mt Toubkal.

We stay in another village gite for the night.

Mount Toubkal Trek

Tizi Oussem7h

Eat a good breakfast because this is a full day of walking that takes us through the villages of this grand valley to high passes with stunning views. Trek over the TiziN'Tizikert pass (2,930m/9613 ft) and be rewarded with magnificent views over the Mt Toubkal summit, the Tazaghart Pass, and the peak of Taddat (3,800m/12,467 ft). Once refreshed, descend to Armed (1,900m/6,234 ft)).

Day 4 Aroumd/Jebel Toubkal

Ascend the beautiful Mizane Valley, passing the shrine of SidiChamharouch, before arriving at our Mt Toubkal base camp.

Time permitting, enjoy either a 2-hour optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3,650m/11,975 ft) or simply relax at base camp for the night.

Tonight camp in two-person tents near the busy Mt Toubkal refuges, which sit at an altitude of 3,207m/10,522 ft. Foam mattresses are provided for you to sleep on during our camping. If you would like more comfort, please bring a light weight self-inflating mattress such as a thermarest. Pillows are not provided so you may also wish to bring an inflatable pillow. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and we recommend a lightweight sleeping sheet as well (for extra warmth or for when hot).

Bathroom facilities are "au naturelle", we hide our "hole in the ground" toilet with a tent, and ask that all toilet paper is burnt. You can also make use of the toilets and showers at the base camp refuge, but you will be asked to pay and the camp may be some distance from the refuge.

Mizane Valley Trek

Aroumd5h

Ascend the beautiful Mizane Valley via the pilgrimage hamlet of SidiChamharouch, with the shrine of a marabout (please note that only Muslims may cross the bridge to visit the shrine). From here our trail continues to zigzag steadily upwards to reach the Mt Toubkal base camp. Time permitting, we can either enjoy a 2-hr optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3,650m/11,975 ft) or simply relax at our base camp for the night. Tonight we camp in two-person tents near the busy Mt Toubkal refuges, located at an altitude of 3,207m/10,522 ft.

Day 5 Jebel Toubkal/Aroumd

Savour the satisfaction of the ascent and the spectacular views across the valleys below when summitting the 4,167m (13,671 ft) Mt Toubkal today.

Mt Toubkal Summit

Jebel Toubkal10h

Set your alarm early for the start of this challenging 10-hr trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal. The route ascends through scree fields, over boulders and rocks. The hiking is not too difficult, but the effect of the altitude can make this trek tougher. Take your time, drink lots of water, and rest along the way. Your reward? Once up and over the ridge, the views from the summit and downwards are spectacular!

Day 6 Aroumd/Marrakech

Descend to the village of Imlil before travelling back to Marrakech for a free afternoon.

Take advantage of a few hours in the early evening to explore this wonderful city - perhaps for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

Imlil Trek: Aroumd4h

The 4-5 hr descent back to Imlil takes a route via SidiChamharouch, a small settlement on the side of the mountain. Cross a stream and continue to descend down towards Armed and on to Imlil.

Private Vehicle: Imlil – Marrakech1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time: Marrakech Afternoon

Enjoy wandering in the souks, sipping mint tea or just kicking back and enjoying this great city.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Day 7 Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Please note that hotel check-out time is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage is available (possible extra charge to be paid locally).

Departure Day: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Day 1 Marrakech

Accommodation: Hotel Majorelle (or similar) Hotel

Tizi Ouseem

Day 2 Marrakech/TiziOussem

Accommodation: Gite - Tizi Ouseem (or similar) Gîte

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Auberge Ifrane

Day 3 Tizi Oussem/Aroumd

Accommodation: Auberge Ifrane (or similar) Inn

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Toubkal Refuge

Day 4 Aroumd/Jebel Toubkal

Accommodation : Toubkal Refuge (or similar) Refuge

Meals included : Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Auberge Ifrane

Day 5 Jebel Toubkal/Aroumd

Accommodation: Auberge Ifrane (or similar) Inn

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Hotel Majorelle

Day 6 Aroumd/Marrakech

Accommodation: Hotel Majorelle (or similar)Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Marrakech

Day 7 Marrakech

Meals included: Breakfast

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