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Highlights

  • The explosion of sights, smells and sounds in the bustling city of Marrakech
  • Relaxing in your stylish riad on the sun-drenched terrace or patio
  • Enjoying the warm and welcoming hospitality of the Berber people at the Kasah du Toubkal
  • Spectacular views across the Atlas and beyond to the Sahara from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • A wonderful sense of achievement on summitting North Africa's highest peak
  • Unwinding with a relaxing Hamman and enjoying a delicious tagine meal after your climb

Combine two nights in Marrakech with memorable walking amongst the mountain peaks of the High Atlas mountains and a summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal.

Start your trip with 2 nights in Marrakech, where you will have free time to explore this vibrant city with its bustling souks, ancient medina, and Arab-influenced architecture. From here, it is just a short transfer to the wonderful Kasbah du Toubkal in Imlil, located at the foot of Jbel Toubkal. Described by Conde Nast Traveller as ‘having the best rooftop views in North Africa’, this centre of Berber hospitality will be sure to delight with its spectacular location and luxury rooms. Relax in the delightful gardens with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You can enjoy a short afternoon walk when you arrive at the Kasbah to ‘warm up’ your legs.

Enjoy a night relaxing at the Kasbah before setting off the following morning to start your ascent of Toubkal. At a height of 4167m Toubkal is a challenge not to be taken lightly but with the support of your guide and a slow pace, you will ascend via well-used tracks up a beautiful mountain valley to the Neltner Hut (3207m), Toubkal’s base camp. Sleep overnight here before the final push to the summit the following day, where, weather permitting, you will be rewarded by extensive views of Atlas mountain vistas and the Saharan plateaux. A long descent takes you back to the Kasbah for a well-earned shower or Hammam, before enjoying one final day in the tranquil surroundings of the Kasbah before your transfer back to Marrakech Airport for your flight home.

DAY 1: Arrive Marrakech

Vibrant Marrakech is a fascinating city, alive with bustling souks, tranquil gardens and the ancient medina (old town). The city itself is built around the 12th century Koutoubia mosque, a classic piece of Almohad architecture with its iconic minaret punctuating the city’s skyline.


Fly into Marrakech Menara International Airport for the private transfer to your luxury accommodation.


Overnight: Boutique Riad in Marrakech (B); Les Sources Berberes or Riad Slitine


These riads offer a truly elegant taste of Moroccan culture in the heart of Marrakech’s medina. It is a joy to stay in such beautifully restored town houses which offer a serene and peaceful haven. Relax in a (heated) plunge pool or on a sunlit terrace. Rooms are exquisitely decorated and the caring and attentive staff will ensure your stay in Morocco is as peaceful or busy as you wish!


DAY 2: Free time to explore Marrakech

Spend today delving into this colourful city’s cultural highlights. At the heart of the ancient walled medina (old town) is the Djemaa el Fna square, where storytellers, acrobats, medicine men, musicians and even snake charmers vie for attention.


The medina’s souks (markets) are the place to pick up a memento of your time in Morocco and partake in some friendly bargaining with the Berbers and southern tradesmen who gather here to sell their carpets, leather goods, jewellery and spices.


In contrast, the colonial Ville Nouvelle quarter is home to pavement cafés, boutiques, gardens and boulevards. Visit the stunning 12-acre botanical paradise of the Majorelle Gardens, owned by the late Yves Saint Laurent. Here you’ll find the intriguing Museum of Islamic Arts, the fashion designer’s personal collection of North African carpets, ceramics, furniture and doors.


You’ll be entranced by the sounds, smells and sights which play on your senses as you wander through the fascinating ‘Red City’. Morocco has plenty of delicious cuisine to tempt your palate —from food stalls to friendly cafés, or for a real treat dine in style at a sumptuous palace-restaurant.


Overnight: Boutique Riad, Marrakech (B)


DAY 3: Transfer to Kasbah du Toubkal (1800m)

Following lunch, take a short transfer (approx. 90min) deep into the High Atlas to the Kasbah du Toubkal.


On arrival, enjoy a short exploratory walk in the area to warm up your legs for tomorrow’s climb. There are various short walks available right from the doorstep of the Kasbah which explore the surrounding villages. The Kasbah’s qualified mountain guides and staff will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.


Dinner & Overnight: Kasbah du Toubkal, Imlil (B,L,D)


Located at 1800m, the luxury Kasbah du Toubkal is set high on a rocky outcrop overlooking groves of walnut trees and stepped pastures. Managed and run by local staff, the property offers a very warm and welcoming taste of Berber hospitality rather than a typical ‘hotel service’ in the traditional sense. Guests should be prepared to share this friendly and very special place with a mixture of guests who have come to experience the incredible mountain scenery.


With stunning rooftop views in the heart of the Toubkal National Park, this is the perfect place for walkers seeking a stylish and comfortable mountain refuge infused with local culture.


DAY 4: Trek to Neltner Hut (3207m): 5 hrs

Leaving your main bags at the Kasbah, you will pack an overnight bag for tonight’s stay at Mount Toubkal’s Base Camp, the Neltner Hut. The route follows well-used tracks in one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco. After leaving the Kasbah, you follow a fairly steep and extremely scenic zig-zag path which featured in Martin Scorsese’s film, “Kundun”, before joining a vehicle track which takes you through a small gorge and past the village of Aremdt (1920m) which is built on the geographical phenomenon of a rock glacier.


Beyond the village, cross the “basin” with its fields, orchards and outlying farmhouses to head off up the right hand side of the valley and through the last of the cultivated pastures, before the altitude gets too high for crops to grow.


Zig-zag up towards Sidi Chamharouch, where there are several small shops and cafes as well as a white-roofed mosque, a popular place of pilgrimage as the source of water running from the rocks here is said to have healing properties (perhaps useful for tired legs on the way down!). A couple of hours later the path levels off and the Neltner Hut comes into view.


Dinner & Overnight: Neltner Hut (B,L,D)


The Neltner Hut is a modern mountain hut offering basic refuge-style accommodation. You will sleep in bunk-bedded communal rooms and there are basic shared toilet facilities. There are cold showers (and sometimes hot ones). Dinner is prepared by the Kasbah’s cook and set up in advance.


DAY 5: Summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m)/Descend to Kasbah du Toubkal (8-9hrs in total)

After enjoying an early breakfast, you will begin your final push to the summit of Mount Toubkal. Crossing the small river gorge of the Ait Mizane you reach the first of the boulder slopes and head up a steep scree slope to Tisi-n-Toubkal (3940m), reached after 2 hours. The pace will be very slow here to ensure you are properly acclimatised. Follow a ridge to arrive at the summit after another 3-4 hours, and weather permitting, you will be rewarded by far-reaching views of the Atlas Mountains and to the south, the Saharan plateaux.


The return to the hut takes about half the time of the ascent with lighter legs before returning directly to the Kasbah for a well-earned shower or Hammam.


Dinner & Overnight: Kasbah du Toubkal (B,L,D)


DAY 6: Free Day at the Kasbah

Enjoy a free day in the tranquil surroundings of the Kasbah to finish off your trip, relaxing in the delightful garden and taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the large terraces.


Dinner & Overnight: Kasbah du Toubkal (B,L,D)


DAY 7: Onward Travel

Transfer to Marrakech Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Your trip includes 2 nights in a boutique Riad, 1 night in dorm accommdation in a mountain hut with shared toilets, and 3 nights in a deluxe mountain hotel, the Kasbah du Toubkal.


Your room in the Riad in Marrakech and at the Kasbah du Toubkal will have ensuite facilities.


The Neltner Hut is a modern mountain hut. This means sleeping in bunk bedded communal rooms. Usually the Kasbah du Toubkal is able to secure a separate room for their group but this is not guaranteed. There are basic toilet facilities "a la Turk" which are flushed by using a bucket filled from a tap. There are very cold showers and sometimes hot ones.


Meals

This trip is on a breakfast basis in Marrakech, and a full board basis in the mountains (picnic lunches are included when out on walks).


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this holiday is not available for solo walkers.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between 1st of April and 15th of October. Please note that during the festival times of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr
that many restaurants and shops will be closed and this may affect your
overall experience. If you are planning on going to Morocco during these
times and your dates are flexible then you may wish to consider
changing dates. For more information and advice, please don't hesitate
to contact our specialists. The dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr change
on a yearly basis.


2017 Dates


Ramadan is from 27th of May until the 25th of June


End of Ramadan Eid Al Fitr is from the 25th-27th of June

Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 1st until the 3rd of September

Time of Year

This trip is only available from April through to October, due to the fact that there is frequently snow on the high passes from November through to end of March.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this holiday is not available for solo walkers.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded as strenuous due to the fact that you are climbing to a fairly high altitude. At 4167m, Mt Toubkal is high enough for some people to experience altitude sickness, although unfortunately it is impossible to predict who will suffer from it. Physical fitness, prior experience at altitude and stamina do not guarantee making the summit, but these will all help and make the experience more enjoyable. The descent in particular is quite difficult with long sections on scree slopes. Participants should have some experience of walking in mountain areas before undertaking this trip.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to pack. This includes excellent and well worn-in footwear, waterproofs and warm clothing. Sunglasses and sunhats are also important. Walking poles are extremely useful for both the ascent and descent.


Navigation

During your walks in the mountains you will be accompanied by your own qualified mountain guide so you do not need to worry about navigating by yourself.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one soft-sided bag of up to 15kg per person. For your ascent of Toubkal, you will need to pack an overnight bag which you will carry and your main bag can be stored at the Kasbah.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes, lightweight clothing for the summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from Morocco

Air - You can fly into and out of Marrakech Menara Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, European and International destinations. Your airport transfers are included in arrangements.

Getting to/from Morocco

Air - You can fly into and out of Marrakech Menara Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, European and International destinations. Your airport transfers are included in arrangements.

Included

  • 2 Nights in a boutique riad
  • 1 Night in dorm accommodation in a mountain hut
  • 3 Nights in a deluxe mountain hotel
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches (some of which are packed lunches due to itinerary)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers between Marrakech and the Kasbah du Toubkal
  • Bag transfers of one bag of up to 15kg per person between accommodations
  • Guide book
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Services of a personal walking guide as appropriate in the mountains
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Excluded

  • Flights to / from Marrakech
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Room upgrades
  • Additional nights

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations do fill up quickly. However, we will always try out best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded as strenuous due to the fact that you are climbing to a fairly high altitude. At 4167m, Mt Toubkal is high enough for some people to experience altitude sickness, although unfortunately it is impossible to predict who will suffer from it. Physical fitness, prior experience at altitude and stamina do not guarantee making the summit, but these will all help and make the experience more enjoyable. The descent in particular is quite difficult with long sections on scree slopes. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one soft-sided bag of up to 15kg per person. For your ascent to Toubkal, you should pack an overnight bag which you will carry and your main bag can be left at the Kasbah du Toubkal.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into and out of Marrakech Menara Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, European and International destinations. Please refer to the travel details section of the website for more information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodation offered within this tour is extremely popular. Please note you can start this tour on any day of the week.

You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to pack. This includes excellent and well worn-in footwear, waterproofs and warm clothing. Sunglasses and sunhats are also important. Walking poles are extremely useful for both the ascent and descent.

When is the best time of year?

This trip is only available from April through to October, due to the fact that there is frequently snow on the high passes from November through to end of March.

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5.0

Morocco

By Simon

from Qatar

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Chilling in Awesome surroundings
    • Holiday

    Comments about macs adventure Marrakech & The High Atlas In Style:

    This trip was possibly the most wonderful combination of experiences; Marrakech and High Atlas. The city is bustling and a sensory delight. The mountains are peaceful and extremely pleasing on the eyes.
    Despite being unwell for 2 of the 7 days; including our first day of walking, I loved every moment of trekking over the passes from valley to valley, through a small covering of snow with a very interesting and knowledgeable guide (Abdul). Highlights were the picnics for lunch on these high passes or beside the river.
    Accommodation was extremely comfortable and hosts were always attentive to our needs, (sometimes before we knew we needed it).
    Kasbah Du Toubkal is a spectacular location and to be able to wake up to those views was a pleasure.
    I can highly recommend this trip, we went in mid January, and were reliably informed that April and May are, if this is possible, even better.

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    5.0

    We loved Morocco!

    By friends forever travel forever!

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Occasional Traveller, World Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Thrill Seeking
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Marrakech & The High Atlas In Style:

      My life long friend and I traveled to Peru and hiked the Inca trail when we turned 50. We selected Morocco- Marrakesh and Mt. Toubkal trek as our 55th birthday trip- Girl Power! It was more than we could have ever imagined! We wanted a trip where the mundane things like transportation and accommodations were taken off our plate. This way we were able to focus on learning and exploring a new culture. We had a lot of support from the Riad Slatine in Marrakesh and the Kasbah Du Toubkal. Everyone was so helpful and lovely. Another thing we loved about this trip was the diverse experiences. Marrakesh was intense and hot this August, but we felt empowered navigating the souks and finding hidden treasures like the Heritage Museum and the Photography Museum. In the mountains of Imlil- it was the exact opposite environment. Comfortable temperatures, breath taking views and clean air. The Berber people gave you space and made you feel welcome. Everyone you passed gave you a smile a nod or bonjour. The Kasbah Du Toubkal was like a fairy tale! As corny as it sounds they really do make you feel like part of the family. My friend loves to cook and they welcomed her in to peel tomatoes and prep green beans and share cooking secrets. I particularly enjoyed interacting with the staff like Mohamed and "Larson" at the front reception (sorry guys for any misspellings). Now the biggest event in our life and trip was the trek up to the top of the highest point in North Africa, Mt. Toubkal with our guide Abdul M.! We were a bit nervous about the altitude, but he took us nice and slow up to the base camp- Nelter Hut. All I can say is WE MADE IT! We might not have been the fastest and probably made Abdul stop more than he ever thought possible, but he never made us feel like we were failing. "nearly there nearly there" was his tag- line. What a sweetie and we wish him the best for his upcoming wedding in the fall. He shared anything he knew about the landscape and the people, because that is what we craved. We feel so fortunate to have found this experience and Macs Adventures helped us make it happen!

       
      4.0

      I would def reccomend this holiday

      By G Force

      from Essex

      About Me Occasional Traveller

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      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

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        • If You Like Treking
        • Thrill Seeking
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Marrakech & The High Atlas In Style:

        This trip was very well organised and ran very smoothly for us. The locations in the Atlas mountains were amazing! The hotel staff and our personal guide were very friendly and professional.

        This was one of the best holidays I have ever had.

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