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Morocco Toubkal Short 2018-01-11T17:54:19+00:00

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MT TOUBKAL TREK, MOROCCO

MT TOUBKAL TREK, MOROCCO

Summit Mt Toubkal; North Africa’s Highest Peak – 3 Day Trek

This is a fantastic long weekend experience combining a short trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) and the sensory overload of the walled city of Marrakech.

Highlights

  • Summit the highest peak in North Africa in just 3 days
  • Extensive views out to Atlantic and the Sahara (weather permitting)
  • Excellent short trek; rewarding challenge
  • Try a traditional Hammam in Marrakesh

This trek is suitable for inexperienced and experienced trekkers alike and although challenging it is, surprisingly, not too strenuous. As you climb, you will start to see the dramatic landscape unfold until you reach the summit of Toubkal and your ultimate reward; panoramic views across the entire Atlas chain, and on clear days you will also be able to see Marrakech, the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Coast.

Starting and ending in Marrakech, you will also have time to enjoy this colourful and captivating city: exploring the famous Djema El Fna and the endless maze of markets in the Medina.

Morocco’s is such a captivating and charming country of contrasts which has a knack of drawing you back repeatedly to explore it further.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £820
Land Only, from £590
Trip Duration 5 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 3 Days
Max Altitude 4167m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tent or Refuge
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Summit Mt Toubkal; North Africa’s Highest Peak – 3 Day Trek

This is a fantastic long weekend experience combining a short trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) and the sensory overload of the walled city of Marrakech.

Highlights

  • Summit the highest peak in North Africa in just 3 days
  • Extensive views out to Atlantic and the Sahara (weather permitting)
  • Excellent short trek; rewarding challenge
  • Try a traditional Hammam in Marrakesh

This trek is suitable for inexperienced and experienced trekkers alike. Arrive in Marrakech (overnight hotel) before trekking up to the Neltner Refuge (3200m). This is your base for the climb to Toubkal’s summit. The climb takes about 4 hrs and you will be rewarded with extensive panoramic views. There is a 2nd night at Neltner before descending and transferring back to Marrakech.

With a total of 2 nights in Marrakech, there is ample time to enjoy this colourful and captivating city exploring the famous Djema El Fna and the endless maze of markets in the Medina.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £820
Land Only, from £590
Trip Duration 5 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 3 Days
Max Altitude 4167m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tent or Refuge
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Excellent Long Weekend Summit

4167m summit
North Africa’s Highest

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. Depart for Imlil, trek to the Neltner Refuge (3200m)

Day 3. Summit Mt Toubkal (4167m) – and return

Day 4. Trek to Imlil and transfer back to Marrakech

Day 5. Depart for London

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
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. Depart for Imlil, trek to the Neltner Refuge (3200m)
After breakfast, you will depart and drive into the High Atlas mountains to the town of Imlil. This is just a 90 min journey. Once you have met your trek crew, complete with mules, you will trek steadily up to the Neltner Refuge, some 5 – 6 hrs away. The Refuge is a large imposing stone building capable of housing many people, which is extremely useful in bad weather. Camping grounds are next door to the Refuge and it is often preferable in the summer months; it’s cooler. Approx 5 hrs, BLD

Day 3. Summit Mt Toubkal (4167m) – and return
A long day ahead as you have a pre-dawn start for the ascent of Toubkal (4167m). The terrain varies and can be steep in places. You will also highly likely cross patches of snow and certainly some sliding scree. There are some great views from the infamous triangle that marks the summit. Trekking poles are an advantage on this mountain, especially in the scree on the descent. The descent is by the same route and you can take your time as once back at the Refuge, you can rest. Approx 7-8 hrs, 1000m ascent, BLD

Day 4. Trek to Imlil and transfer back to Marrakech
In the morning, it’s a nice descent back to where the trek begun, meet the transport, say goodbye to your trek crew and head back to Marrakesh. The afternoon is free. Approx 4 hrs, B

Day 5. 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
27 Jun - 1 Jul 2018 £820 £590
11 - 15 Jul 2018 £820 £590
8 - 12 Aug 2018 £820 £590

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 4 – 12 + the Guide(s).

We can tailor make group sizes for 2 or 3 pax for an additional fee of £25 per person.

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 (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 (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

If Sole Occupation is requested – £60.

This includes: 2 nights hotel Marrakech, 2 nights tent on trek (if used). Weather conditions may dictate that the Refuge at Neltner is used and if so, the accommodation there is mixed, alpine bunk bed style.

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 5 – 8 hrs.

It takes approx 6 hrs to reach the Neltner Refuge, a 7 hr round trip from the Refuge to the summit and back and then 4 – 5 hrs back down to Imlil. The weather can change rapidly in this area so make sure you are equipped for all weathers. The altitude (4167m) is high enough to cause some people a little discomfort. Should this happen, you can be escorted back down to the Refuge. Any symptoms will quickly disappear once you have descended.

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.

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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