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Trekking Mount Toubkal Summer Weekend Expedition, Morocco

20th to 25th May 2021

September dates coming soon.

£655 per person. Secure your spot with a £200 deposit. Estimated flight cost £200.

One weekend, thousands of meters climbed and endless stories to go home with.

On this adventure you’ll get a feel for local culture as you bed down in traditional guesthouses, passing by waterfalls, juniper forest and a sacred Muslim shrine.

Your final ascent is dramatic, involving a dawn scramble over rocky screes and ice falls but the magnificent “roof of North Africa” at 4,167metres is more than worth the effort, revealing a vast panorama that stretches from the Sahara to the Atlantic coast. For good measure, we’ll top and tail the whole trip with a great hotel in Marrakech, complete with luxury hammam treatments.

  1. Day 1 After landing one of the Alexander adventures team will be ready with transport to pick you up before, driving two hours south to Imlil village –the gateway to Mount Toubkal at 1,740 metres. Tonight, we will stay in a hotel and cated by our very own Berber cook.
  2. Day 2 You’ll begin with a short hike after breakfast to lunch at Aroumd village, at 2,000 metres, before crossing the Ait Mizanefloodplain. This next trail takes around seven hours and it’s challenging yet beautiful. You’ll tackle the 1,207-metre hike in altitude by zigzagging along a series of switchbacks, following sun-dappled mule trails that snake through the rugged terrain. You’ll then go up to 3,207 metres to our amazing mountain base camp, set between craggy peaks. Feast on a hearty home-cooked dinner before getting an early night. Tomorrow, the summit beckons.
  3. Day 3 After a great local cooked breakfast we will head out for a few house to toon our winter climbing skills on a close by snow and ice slope, this will also help massively with getting ready to climb over the 4000m and the highest point in Northern Africa, then back to base campfor the last sort out and an early night before our summit push early the next morning.
  4. Day 4 You’ll be up at dawn for a ten-hour trek. The summit climb involves climbing across steep snow and ice fields and you’ll need to take it steady to manage the rising altitude. After four hours, you’ll cross a ridgeline crest to a wide plateau: the fabled roof of North Africa, looming majestically at 4,167 metres. Look west to glimpse the Atlantic coast beyond the peaks of Nfiss valley. To the east lies the shimmering plains of the Sahara, while the extinct volcano Siroua lingers to the south. Toast to your feat over an al fresco breakfast before you loop four hours back to Neltner for lunch, arriving in the lovely Berber village of Imlil at dusk.
  5. Day 5 You’ve done the hard work: now’s the time to treat yourself. After breakfast, you’ll travel 90 minutes back to Marrakech and your beautiful hotel. The summit climb behind you, visit a local hammam for a purifying body ritual. Slather yourself in Argan oil body milk and get pummelled and scrubbed in the plumes of a steam bath in this time-honouredMoroccan rite. As twilight sets in, we suggest you venture out for a farewell dinner, moseying through Djemaa El Fna square as it flickers in the glow of fire dancers and a thousand twinkling lights.

Today we say goodbye, depending when your flight is, we will take you back to the airport.

Prerequisite (what experience should I have)

  • Suitable for ages 18+
  • Mountain fitness is required to tackle this trip and you’ll be capable of hiking all day through moderately difficult terrain. Our route involves a series of steep climbs in high altitude.
  • You might have joined one of our hiking days
  • Trekking times will vary according to the abilities of each individual group. On day 3 you can expect to be trekking for around 10 hours.

What’s included

Quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.

Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip,but note that not all brands and models are current.

Footwear

  • Running shoes or lightweight trail shoes: For travel and easy walking.
  • Hiking boots: Leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole, ½ or ¾ shank. Boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combination. Fit is much more important than brand. Take time to select a pair that fits,and break them in well.
  • Sport sandals: Excellent for in and around the refuge and tented camps in the evenings. An open-toe model that can be worn with socks is best (Teva or Crocs).
  • Lightweight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Patagonia)
  • Medium weight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale).
  • Gaiters: For use with light hiking boots. Short and simple gaiters are preferable, such as OR Rocky Mountain Low.

Clothing

It is very important that your clothes fit loosely and comfortably so you can layer your clothes appropriately. This is key for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.

Comfortable travel clothes: For around the cities of Fes and Marrakesh. Dress in Morocco is typically modest and casual.

  • Hiking shorts: One pair (any brand of Supplex short). Will often be worn over lightweight long underwear bottoms.
  • Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant)
  • Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  • Midweight long underwear top: Zip-T neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers (Patagonia Capilene, North Face, Mountain Hardwear)
  • Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  • Midweight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  • Short-sleeved shirts/tops: Most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work (North Face Tek Ware, Patagonia Tech Dri, or any brand of synthetic athletic wear).
  • Fleece or synthetic jacket: Polartec 100 or 200 is good. An even better alternative is a synthetic fill jacket made of Primaloft or Polarguard (Mountain Hardwear, OR, Wild Things, Moonstone, Patagonia).
  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants: Such as Gore-Tex. Jacket must have hood. It is recommended that pants have full-length side zips. These garments should be large to fit over your other layers.

Head & Hand Gear

  • Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic (Patagonia Capilene)
  • Windstopper fleece gloves: Any brand of Windstopper fleece.
  • Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor to keep the sun and rain off of your face and neck.
  • Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton styles. This is an important item with many uses. Large sizes are best. You may also like to have a circular bandana like those made by Buff.
  • Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears for cool evenings.

Accessories

  • Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR. You may want to bring a back-up pair too.
  • Headlamp: (Petzl or Black Diamond)

Hiking & Camping Gear

  • Duffel bag: For flying to Morocco with your belongings. It will come with you during the trek.
  • Small bag or stuff sac: For easy storage and organization
  • Day pack: 2000 cubic inches ( 33 liters ) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively.
  • Pack cover: To protect your gear on rainy days (REI, MEC, Osprey, Gregory)
  • Sleeping bag: Minimum temperature rating of 32F to maximum 14F (0 C to -10C)
  • Water Bottle: Two one-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene Poly bottles)
  • Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest)
  • Trekking poles: Useful for going up and down steep, muddy trails in the forest, and general trekking. Adjustable poles are best so that you can strap them on your pack when not in use. Remove the ski baskets (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond)
  • Swiss Army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight. Scissors are probably the most useful features; you will seldom need the knife blade.

Medical & Personal

  • Toilet Kit – Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer (Purell), travel soap, needle/thread and throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small)
  • First Aid Kit – Ibuprofen/aspirin assorted band-aids, moleskin, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, sleep aids)
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily
  • Lip screen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Zip-loc bags – They can be very useful.
  • Ear plugs – Useful in the refuge and if someone in a tent near yours snores! Available in most drug stores and hardware stores.

Travel Items

  • Lightweight travel jacket: Simple wind shirt or light fleece
  • Travel clothing: For travel days and for time visiting the cities
  • Swimwear: For hotels
  • Passport belt/pouch
  • Books or E-reader, journal: (“Rite in the Rain”) waterproof
  • Binoculars: Optional. High quality, 8×32 or 10×42 is recommended. Camera, Lenses, Video Camera
  • Waterproof containers for your photo equipment: Two-gallon zip lock bags, shower caps, or manufactured rain covers.
  • Memory cards for digital camera: Bring plenty, as well as plenty of camera batteries.

Location, airports, accommodation and your arrival details

Location

Morocco has a wide range of biodiversity.. It is part of the Mediterranean basin, an area with exceptional concentrations of endemic species undergoing rapid rates of habitat loss and is therefore considered to be a hotspot for conservation priority. Birds are notably variant. The birds of Morocco include a total of 454 species, five of which have been introduced by humans, and 156 are rarely or accidentally seen.

Marrakesh is the 4 largest city in Morocco and comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls. This medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination. Tourism is strongly advocated by the reigning Moroccan monarch, Mohammed VI. Despite the economic recession, real estate and hotel development in Marrakesh have grown dramatically in the 21st century. Marrakesh is particularly popular with the French, and numerous French celebrities’ own property in the city. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco, with some 18 souks selling wares ranging from traditional Berber carpets to modern consumer electronics. Crafts employ a significant percentage of the population, who primarily sell their products to tourists.

Although much of the High Atlas consists of sedimentary rocks, the Toubkal massif is an area of volcanic rocks which have weathered into alpine crests, cut by deep, narrow valleys

Airport and arrival details

Arrival and Departure airport – Marrakesh Airport (RAK)

Before booking flights, please talk to us about the transfer times

Accommodation

Traditional Guesthouses & Camping accommodation, let us know your preferred sleeping arrangements at your point of booking

  • If your guide feels that it is unsafe to climb to the summit due to weather, we will make an earlier descent down the valley instead.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

Private trip

Talk to us about scheduling your own private session. With a minimum of 6 climbers you can choose a date and time to suit you!

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