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Morocco 3 Peaks 2018-01-11T17:55:55+00:00

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3 PEAKS TREK, MOROCCO

3 PEAKS TREK, MOROCCO

Summit the 3 highest peaks in North Africa (all over 4000m) on this spectacular High Atlas trek; all in 8 days

Highlights

  • 3 highest peaks in North Africa; all very different peaks
  • Impressive ridge walk on Mgoun
  • Experience local Berber Gites
  • Time in the ancient city of Marrakech

On arrival in Marrakech, you have an overnight stay before departing for the beautiful valley of Ait Bougamez early the next day. For 3 days you will trek upwards, initially through classic Berber villages, to tackle the first summit; Mt Mgoun (4068m). This summit has a spectacular ridge walk and by some quirk, has genuine fossils along its path.

After descending, a road transfer through the desert town of Ouarzazate will take you into the Toubkal region. Once back trekking, you will camp beside Lac D’Ifni before eventually reaching the imposing French Alpine Refuge at Neltner. A safe place in all weathers, this is your base for 3 nights. The next 2 summits are taken in succession, first Ouanoukrim (4089m) and then the highest – Mt Toubkal (4167m). Both present superb views from their summits, from as far down as the Sahara and out to the Atlantic if the weather is clear enough.

Your final trekking day will take you back to Marrakech and hot showers! Another chance to explore this wonderful small ancient city, which can be achieved in a relatively short space of time. Don’t forget the Medina and perhaps a Hammam.

This trip is ideal for inexperienced adventure trekkers whilst providing a challenging environment in true mountain terrain.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1150
Land Only, from £920
Trip Duration 10 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 8 Days
Max Altitude 4167m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents, Gites
Meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Summit the 3 highest peaks in North Africa (all over 4000m) on this spectacular High Atlas trek; all in 8 days

Highlights

  • 3 highest peaks in North Africa; all very different peaks
  • Impressive ridge walk on Mgoun
  • Experience local Berber Gites
  • Time in the ancient city of Marrakech

After an overnight stay in Marrakech, it’s a few hours drive to the start point in the valley of Ait Bougamez. It takes 3 days to trek into the area, summit Mt Mgoun (4068m, spectacular ridge walk) and descend.

A road transfer will get you into the Toubkal region where you will tackle the peaks of Ouanoukrim (4089m) and then the highest – Mt Toubkal (4167m). All this is done from your base at the Neltner Refuge. Superb views from the summits from as far down as the Sahara and out to the Atlantic if the weather is clear enough.

The trek out is a single day followed by a 90 min road transfer back to Marrakech. This trip is ideal for inexperienced adventure trekkers whilst providing a challenging environment in true mountain terrain.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1150
Land Only, from £920
Trip Duration 10 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 8 Days
Max Altitude 4167m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents, Gites
Meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

3 x 4000m Peaks in 8 Days

Great summer mountain challenge

No compulsory single supplement

All food on trek

Hotels/Camping/Refuge

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1.  Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

Day 2.  Drive to valley of Ait Bougamez, begin trekking

Day 3.  Trek to Tarkeddit plateau

Day 4. Ascent of Mgoun (4068m) – descend to Assaka

Day 5.  Trek out, road transfer and trek towards Lac d Ifni camp.

Day 6.  Trek to Neltner (3200m)

Day 7. Ascent of Timesguida n Ouanoukrim (4089m)

Day 8.  Ascent of Toubkal (4167m)

Day 9.  Descend to Imlil, road transfer to Marrakech

Day 10.  Depart for London, B

Note – B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

Land Only clients – we meet you at the hotel in Marrakesh (hotel details supplied).

Day 1.  Depart UK, fly to Marrakesh
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Marrakesh.

Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakesh, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2.  Drive to valley of Ait Bougamez, begin trekking
After breakfast, you have a 5 hr drive into the valley of Ait Bougamez before you begin your trek. At Arous village, you will meet the mule team and set off on the ascent to Ikiss n Arous- camp. Drive – 5 hrs, Trek 2-3 hrs, BD

Day 3.  Trek to Tarkeddit plateau
Another ascent straight after breakfast, the Passes in front of you are the Tizi-n-Tazite (2900m) and the bigger Tizi-n-Targadit (3400m). After the latter, you will descend onto the Tarkeddit plateau. It is a remote area and you will see few other trekkers although it is the favoured base area for ascents of Mgoun. Trek 5-6 hrs, BLD

Day 4. Ascent of Mgoun (4068m) – descend to Assaka
Peak No 1 – Mgoun. A long, slow ascent which becomes steeper as the summit approaches, although the ridge line is a wonderful experience. The views from the top are superb, weather dependant. The descent is obviously faster but no less demanding! You will have earned the rest once you reach the camp at Assaka. Trek 8 – 10 hrs, BLD

Day 5.  Trek out, road transfer and trek towards Lac d Ifni camp.
Today is almost a rest day with a short 1 – 2 hr trek to the waiting transport at Imi N Oulaoun. The transport will take you to the next range of the High Atlas. The route goes down past Skoura and the southern town of Ouarzazate before going north over the passes of the High Atlas and the smaller roads to Amzouzart. On arrival, meet up with the second set of mules and continue on another short trek towards Lac D’Ifni camp. Drive about 4-5 hrs, Trek 2 hrs, BLD

Day 6.  Trek to Neltner (3200m)
Passing the Lac D’Ifni, the route ascends to the pass of Tizi N Ouanaoumas (3684m) before descending to Neltner, camp. Trek 5-6 hrs, BLD

Day 7. Ascent of Timesguida n Ouanoukrim (4089m)
Peak No 2 – Timesguida n Ouanoukrim. Trek up to the Tizi N Ougan (3750m) and onwards to the summit of Timesguida n Ouanoukrim. This route is rocky in places, minor scrambling to be done and some patches of snow may also be lying but no technical assitance required. Descend back down to the camp. Trek 8-9 hrs, BLD

Day 8.  Ascent of Toubkal (4167m)
Peak No 3 – Mt Toubkal. The final peak and the biggest. It’s an early start to make best use of the weather and a tough 3 – 4hr ascent to the summit. A similar path today with some rocks, scrambling, loose scree and possibly lying snow to encounter. Trekking poles for the descent may be useful. Descend back to Neltner. Trek 6 – 7 hrs, BLD

Day 9.  Descend to Imlil, road transfer to Marrakesh
After the tough climbing of the previous days, today’s easy descent should be welcome. An easy few hours of descent back to Imlil where your transport will be waiting to whisk you back to Marrakesh and a well deserved wash and brush up. We get you back as soon as we can leaving you plenty of time to get out into the Medina and experience the multitude of Souks. The bartering and market activity is something special. Trek 4hrs, Drive 90 mins, BL

Day 10.  Depart for London, B
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight home.

Note – B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
6 - 15 Jul 2018 £1150 £920
10 - 19 Aug 2018 £1150 £920

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 2 – 12 + the Guide(s).

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Marrakech – London
  • Return airport transfers in Marrakech
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (mules)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to/from the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

What the Price Includes

  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (mules)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers in Marrakech
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to/from the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

If Sole Occupation is requested – £90.

This includes: 2 nights hotel Marrakech, tent on trek.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your stay. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Moderate. The number of hours walking per day varies between 1-2 hrs (Day 1, which is after the drive down) and up to 7 hrs. The physical effort will increase through the deeper sand dunes and if the temperature is high; saps energy.

An average level of fitness is required.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

It is possible to hire a camel for your specific use. The camel (+handler) will accompany you throughout the trek and is there for you to use (ride) if you need or want to. This is very useful and a comfort if you are unsure of your physical ability or have an injury that may flare up for example. The cost of the hire of the camel is £120 for the entire trek.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, bread, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are salads or hot meals + breads, drinks, fruit, etc…
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is 3 courses: soup followed by a tagine or rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Marrakech – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Ouarzazate – good quality traditional Riad, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London – Marrakech, direct flights. We will use indirect flights (1 stop) if we need to due to late bookings or similar circumstance.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is the currency of Morocco and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Morocco.

You can change money either at the airport or the Money Changers (booths on the street). Please be aware of your arrival timings. If arriving late for example, the Money Changers may have closed for the day and you will leave before they open in the morning. The airport is potentially your best option.

There are ATM’s available.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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