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One Week Mount Toubkal Guided Walking Holiday
Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | From £395 per person

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Tour Summary


A superb trekking holiday to the summit of Mount Toubkal

· The ultimate one week Moroccan trek in the High Atlas Mountains
· Explore exotic Marrakech and The UNESCO Djemaa-el-Fna
· Experience Berber hospitality beneath Mount Toubkal
· Authentic trekking with our Moroccan trek crew and local leader

3 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights camping, 5 days trekking, Max altitude – 4167 metres. Join in Marrakech. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


A one week trekking holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, to the summit of Toubkal.

With their rugged walking trails, varied and picturesque scenery, lofty passes, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect choice to explore on our adventure trekking holiday.

Offering a completely different experience to the Himalaya or Andes, the Atlas is the largest range in all Africa, extending through Morocco for some 500 kilometres north-east to south-west.

Characterised by steep sided valleys and rocky peaks, the highest part of the range, the High Atlas Mountains, are criss-crossed by an excellent network of trekking trails that link together the picturesque terracotta-coloured villages of the Berber people.

This ‘one week’ Toubkal trekking holiday aims to explore the best of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in just a week, with a challenging walking circuit around the highest peak of the range, Toubkal (4167m), and the opportunity of walking to its summit.

Our trekking route takes us across the central spine of the High Atlas Mountains, by way of two high passes to the surprising greenery and pleasant villages of the Tizgui Valley. From here, we’ll be walking to the lovely cobalt-blue Lake d’Ifni and cross a further high pass to reach the Neltner Refuge below Mount Toubkal. Here, a rugged but straightforward trail leads up to the highest point in North Africa offering far-reaching views across the High Atlas Mountains and southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara.

We start our adventure holiday into the romantic land of Morocco in the 1000 year-old, ochre-coloured city of Marrakech, which boasts views of the snow-capped summits of the High Atlas Mountains.

We have time to explore the city at the beginning and end of our trek. The souks (markets) of Marrakech and the quality of their handicrafts are celebrated the world over and to explore Marrakech on foot is a magical experience. This holiday offers both a brilliant short walking experience and a real taste of Morocco – in just a week!

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1. Arrive Marrakech

On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration.

Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. Land Only services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner. Overnight at the group hotel. Meals included- Dinner (D)

Day 2. Oukaimeden

Drive to Oukaimeden and begin trek After breakfast, we will set off on the drive to the start point of our trek. We drive southwards out of the city, with the peaks of the Atlas ahead of us. We turn away from the main road and begin to climb into the foothills of the Atlas.

Arriving at the winter ski resort of Oukaimeden we will pay a visit to some ancient carved stones before taking a picnic lunch prepared by our trek cook. Here we meet the team and our bags are loaded up onto the mules. We set off after lunch making a steady climb to the Tiz N’Aaadi (2980m.)

From the top of the pass we descend to our camp at Foussarou (2500m) facing the Berber village of Tacheddirt.

Walk distance 12km, approx 500m ascent and 600m descent. Approx 4 to 5

Day 3. Tizi-n-Likemt

From our camp we start the long climb to the Tizi-n-Likemt (3550m). The views improve as we gain height, passing through a landscape of multi coloured hillsides and rocky peaks, with the greenery of the valley below us. It is a 3 to 4-hour climb to the pass and we now have around 1000m of descent to make on the south side to reach the grazing area of Azib Likemt (2550m), where we take lunch alongside a stream.

This provides the chance to cool our feet and to take a refreshing wash. After lunch we continue north for a while until we can turn south to follow the stream known as the Assif Tinzart.

Initially, this is a narrow and quite rocky valley, with the stream passing through a series of pools and gorges. As the valley opens out we reach a high meadow, beneath the windy col of Tizi-n-Ourai (3109m). We make camp here after some 8 hours of trekking. Walk distance 17km, approx 2000m and 1400 descent.

Approx 8 hours walking (BLD).

Day 4. Assif Tizgui

It is a short climb (around 30 minutes) up to the pass of Tizi-n-Ourai. From the col we can see, far below us, the green valley of the Assif Tizgui and beyond this, to the west, is the massive summit of Toubkal. Dropping down steadily, we pass through several small villages and finally arrive at the valley floor where we stop for lunch.

We now climb steadily once again through this green and pleasant valley, passing the Berber villages of Amsouzart and Agaz Ran. We reach the lake after a long series of zig-zags and then take a path which traverses high above the north side of the lake to reach its western end. We set up camp here at around 2000m beside the biggest lake in the central part of the Atlas.

Walk distance 20km, approx 1100m ascent and 1700m descent.

Approx 8 hours walking (BLD).

Day 5. Lac Ifni

Above the lake, we follow the upper valley of the Assif a Moursaine, heading ever upwards to one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Atlas.

The Tizi-n-Ouanoums is at an altitude of 3650m and it is a long climb of 4 to 5 hours to reach this rocky col, situated between the two highest peaks in the Atlas: Toubkal and Ouanoukrim. Turning towards the north, we now drop down steeply on scree into the upper part of the valley of the Mizan River.

At the first level area, due west of Toubkal, we arrive at the Neltner Refuge. This mountain hut was constructed by the Club Alpin Francais in 2000 and has been designed to resemble a Berber fortified dwelling. We camp on one of the level sites near the hut (3207m).

Walk distance 9km, approx 1500m ascent and 650m descent.

Approx 6-7 hours walking (BLD).

Day 6. Mount Toubkal

A long day for those who choose to make an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa’s highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off on the steep ascent. Our route zig-zags eastwards, directly above the hut across scree and boulders, before passing between two rocky guardian peaks to reach a high corrie which usually holds patches of old snow.

We continue upwards across more scree, with the views becoming more expansive as we reach the ridge-line which drops off steeply to the east. After a total of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod which marks Toubkal’s summit. There are breathtaking views of the peaks of the High Atlas away to the north-east and of the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. Descending to the hut in 2 hours, we have lunch before making the long hot walk back down to our overnight accommodation in the village Ait Souka.

On this descent, an hour or so below the Neltner Refuge, we pass through the unusual hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch which is tucked under the steep mountainside, where a stream emerges from a rocky gorge. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, Saint Chamharouch lies entombed. Along the route today there are several wayside stalls where it’s possible to buy a cup of Berber tea or a cool drink. The descent to the gite in Ait Souka takes a total of 4 to 5 hours.

Walk distance 21km, approx 1600m ascent and 2900m descent,

Approx 12-14 hours walking (BLD).

Day 7. Marrakech

Today we make the short walk down to Imlil, where we meet our
transport for the drive back to Marrakech. Arriving before lunchtime we check in to the group hotel and an afternoon sightseeing with an English speaking guide.

In the early evening we will certainly want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike.

Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. We could take a snack from one of the dozens of amazing food stalls which spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by hurricane lamps and offering all manner of mouthwatering delicacies. We have our final dinner tonight, a Moroccan buffet taken in a local restaurant (BLD).

Day 8. Depart Marrakech

Land Only services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the return flight (B).
It is possible that early in the season (May departure) the
Tizi-n-Ouanoums pass (day 5) may still be snow-covered, preventing the mules and team to cross. If this is the case the itinerary will take a slightly different route

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this Mount Toubkal trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. However, in order to complete the circuit of Toubkal in one week this trek does necessarily involve fairly long days with a good deal of ascent and descent.

Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers.

On the ascent of Toubkal and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. In consideration of the sustained nature of the trekking this is one of our most challenging trekking holidays in Morocco. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek.

You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents, for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously. The optional ascent of Toubkal presents no technical difficulty and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

A one week trekking holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, to the summit of Toubkal.

With their rugged walking trails, varied and picturesque scenery, lofty passes, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect choice to explore on our adventure trekking holiday.

Offering a completely different experience to the Himalaya or Andes, the Atlas is the largest range in all Africa, extending through Morocco for some 500 kilometres north-east to south-west.

Characterised by steep sided valleys and rocky peaks, the highest part of the range, the High Atlas Mountains, are criss-crossed by an excellent network of trekking trails that link together the picturesque terracotta-coloured villages of the Berber people.

This ‘one week’ Toubkal trekking holiday aims to explore the best of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in just a week, with a challenging walking circuit around the highest peak of the range, Toubkal (4167m), and the opportunity of walking to its summit.

Our trekking route takes us across the central spine of the High Atlas Mountains, by way of two high passes to the surprising greenery and pleasant villages of the Tizgui Valley.

From here, we’ll be walking to the lovely cobalt-blue Lake d’Ifni and cross a further high pass to reach the Neltner Refuge below Mount Toubkal.

Here, a rugged but straightforward trail leads up to the highest point in North Africa offering far-reaching views across the High Atlas Mountains and southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara.

We start our adventure holiday into the romantic land of Morocco in the 1000 year-old, ochre-coloured city of Marrakech, which boasts views of the snow-capped summits of the High Atlas Mountains.

We have time to explore the city at the beginning and end of our trek.

The souks (markets) of Marrakech and the quality of their handicrafts are celebrated the world over and to explore Marrakech on foot is a magical experience.

This holiday offers both a brilliant short walking experience and a real taste of Morocco – in just a week!

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Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• An experienced professional local leader
• Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• Half day Sightseeing tour of Marrakech with English speaking guide
• A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Visa fees (if applicable)
• Tips for local staff
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend two nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech.

While there are many more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday.

Away from Marrakech we spend one night in a gite (trekkers’ lodge) in the village Ait Souka and whilst on trek there is a total of 4 nights camping.

Accommodation in Marrakech and while camping is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

Accommodation in the gite is in dormitories.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost.

Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels.

For the hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional nights in Marrakech are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads.

Please see the page on hotels at the end of this dossier for more details.

For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this Mount Toubkal trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem.

However, in order to complete the circuit of Toubkal in one week this trek does necessarily involve fairly long days with a good deal of ascent and descent. Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance.

For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the ascent of Toubkal and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. In consideration of the sustained nature of the trekking this is one of our most challenging trekking holidays in Morocco.

You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents, for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously.

The optional ascent of Toubkal presents no technical difficulty and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

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One Week Mount Toubkal, Morocco
3 nights hotels and lodges with 4 nights camping.

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