Climbing a mountain in the summertime is tough. Climbing one in the winter? That’s for adventurers only. While the climb up Mount Toubkal is the undisputed centrepiece of this week-long escapade in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, it’s not the only once-in-a-lifetime encounter you’ll have. Beginning in captivating Marrakech, you’ll trek deep into the hills (no prior experience required – promise!), happening upon snowbound Berber communities and' along the way, enjoy some of the most majestic mountainscapes you’ll ever see along the way. Prepare to return home a completely different person than when you left.
Hike amongst snowy mountain scenery, summit two peaks in the High Atlas Mountains, experience Moroccan village life in winter
Days : 7
Price : From AED 2,956*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 5 - Challenging
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Welcome Dinner
This morning, depart Marrakech and journey to Imlil in the Toubkal region – where the adventure begins! Start off with a short trek from Imlil to the small village of Aroumd. Settle into the simple mountain gîte where we will spend the night, then head out with the CEO and explore this Berber community. Additional Notes: Accommodation is multi-share with 3 or 4 beds in each dormitory/room. Bedding is provided but it is necessary that you bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth, seeing that it is winter time. You will also need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are unisex and shared. Luggage will be transported by mules. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Hike along the mountain slopes to Sidi Chamharouch. From there the trail continues to climb steeply towards the refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3,207m (10,521 ft). After arriving, take time to relax, review equipment, and practice your technique on the surrounding snow. The CEO will give you instructions on the use of ice axes and crampons. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 1,200m (3,937 ft) Included Activities: High Atlas Trek: Sidi Chamharouch
Set out early for the summit of Mt. Ouanakrim. Enjoy stunning views from the top before heading back to the refuge. This afternoon, there is time to relax and get ready to ascend Mt Toubkal. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 900m (2952 ft) Descent: 900m (2952 ft) Included Activities: Mount Ouanakrim Trek (Winter)
Rise early this morning and begin the ascent of Mt Toubkal—the highest mountain in North Africa. Enjoy lunch upon arriving back at the refuge and spend the rest of the day relaxing. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 6-7hr (excluding stops) Ascent: 960m (3149 ft) Descent: 960m (3149 ft) Included Activities: Mount Toubkal Trek (Winter)
Descend to the village of Aroumd via Tizi Ouanoums Pass. It may be possible to catch a view of Lake D'ifni en route. Additional Notes: Approximate walking time: 7hr Ascent: 457m (1,500 ft) Decent: 1,664m (5,459 ft) Included Activities: Aroumd Trek (Winter)
Hike back to Imlil before transferring back to Marrakech, tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: Please book any ongoing travel after 14:00 to allow for travel time back to Marrakech. Included Activities: High Atlas Trek Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Altitude Warning This trip goes to high altitudes where you may well experience the effects of altitude as your body acclimatises. There is also a small risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The correct way to ascend a mountain is slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise to the altitude, which we do: but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. When hiking do not hurry, enjoy the scenery and give your body the chance to adjust. Should you experience headaches, nausea, dizziness or breathing difficulties you should speak to your CEO immediately and take advice on appropriate action.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, as well as on and off transportation.
Mountain Refuges: The mountain refuges are extremely basic sleeping facilities used pre and post summit. The dormitories here are set up to sleep up to 20 people per dormitory. You will need to have your own sleeping bag and sleeping sheet. Bathroom facilities are very basic and shared, expect no hot water. In the winter months November to February also expect very cold temperatures. Village Houses: This is accommodation in family homes, 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. Mattresses are provided. You will need to have your own sleeping bag and sleeping sheet, and bath towel. Bathroom facilities are basic and shared. Hot water is often not available. You will enjoy delicious homemade dinners of local produce, dining in a traditional manner, often sitting on the floor in a cozy salon. Don't forget your flashlight/torch. Those worn as "headlamps" are especially useful. Hotel: In Marrakech we will stay in a local hotel in the new town. This is approximately a 25 minute walk to the central medina. Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!
While visiting mosques and other religious monuments you should dress modestly, cover your shoulders and you shouldn't wear short shorts or skirts. Outside of capital cities and the more touristic centres, local dress is often more conservative and as a matter of respect we ask that both men and women are aware of this and recommend loose-fitting clothes with your shoulders covered. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
On this tour many of your meals are included. You can expect simple, healthy seasonal food. Breakfast is typically bread, jam, cheese, sometimes eggs, accompanied by tea/coffee. Lunches are usually salads sometimes with eggs or tinned fish, always with bread. Dinners usually start with a soup followed by tagine,rice or pasta dishes, again with plenty of bread. We are able to cater for vegetarians. Please advise us of any other special dietary issues at time of booking. You are accompanied by a cook who, together with your CEO and mule handlers, will prepare your hearty meals during your trek. If you’d like to lend a hand and learn some of the local techniques, you are more than welcome! Water and other drinks are at your own expense. Your CEO will give advice about the quantity of water to take at the start of the tour, and availability of additional supplies during the trek.
On this trip we will travel by private van between Marrakech and Aremd and on foot in the mountains on trekking days.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of Morocco, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. We also use certified local city guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. On this specific trip, your CEO will be an experienced mountain guide.
Required: •Crampons are essential for this trip. These are not included in the cost of the trip. We recommend that you bring your own crampons to ensure that you get the right fit and size for you. These are available to rent upon arrival in Imlil, but we cannot guarantee that your size will be available so it would be better to bring your own. For this itinerary you will require walking/flexible (C1) or mountaineering/articulated (C2) crampons. These are either 10 or 12 point crampons. Crampons can be hired cheaply before departure in your country of residence. Check with your nearest outdoor supplier for more details. •Hiking boots with good ankle support and tread. You will require the correct boots to fit the crampons that you have. B1 boots will fit C1 crampons and B2 fit C2 crampons. •Mountaineering ice-axe (50 to 70 cm) If you are unsure about the type of equipment you require, please consult your local outdoor or mountaineering supplier, and they should be able to assist you. Suggested Items: •Day pack •Sleeping bag (at least 3 season, 4 season recommended) •Sleep sheet •Fleece top or jacket •Windproof/waterproof jacket and trousers •Small travel fast dry towel •Sun hat •Personal clothing appropriate for the weather (See also "What to Take" and "Local Dress" sections of this dossier) •Light socks for hiking, warmer for evenings •Flashlight/torch (with extra batteries and bulbs) •Flask or water bottle (capacity 2 litre minimum) •Sunblock •Sunglasses •Toiletries •Watch or alarm clock •Money belt •Wetwipes •Water free antiseptic hand gel •First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) Optional •Trekking poles •Inflatable mattress/thermarest •Small inflatable pillow •Water purification tablets (in case of limited availability of bottled water) •Warm jacket, anorak or down jacket •Warm trousers •Warm hat •Gloves •Scarf Documents: •Passport (with photocopies) •Travel insurance (with photocopies) •Airline tickets (with photocopies) •EUR/USD cash •Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) •G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier •Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights