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The summit of Mount Toubkal
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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:Riad in Marrakech; Riad Slitine


Optional Upgrade Option:Boutique Riad in Marrakech; Riad Les Yeux Bleus


It is possible to upgrade to the beautiful Riad Les Yeux Bleus in Marrakech for a small supplement. This charming riad offers small luxuries such as a swimming pool, Hammam and massage.


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)


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)


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 riad in Marrakech, 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.

It is possible to upgrade to a boutique riad in Marrakech for a supplement.

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 offered on a bed and breakfast basis in Marrakech, and a full board basis whilst in the mountains (mountain hotel and lodge).


Berber hospitality is renowned and when you visit you will see exactly why. In the Atlas mountains you will experience mouth watering, fragrant Berber dishes and each night you will be served 3 courses of traditional Berber cuisine. You can expect to feast on slow cooked tagines filled with meat and dried fruits, couscous dishes and home made breads accompanied with sweet mint tea, also known as Berber Whisky. Desserts tend to revolve around the fruit in season; indulge in juicy ripe pomegranates, apples, oranges and figs drizzled with locally produced honey.


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.



 

 

 




Riad Slitine - Marrakech

Riad Slitine offers a 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 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!


 

 

 


 

 

 



Kasbah du Toubkal



Kasbah du Toubkal - Marrakech

Located at 1800m, the Kasbah du Toubkal, is set high on a rocky outcrop overlooking groves of walnut trees and stepped pastures. The property offers a very warm and welcoming taste of Berber hospitality rather than a typical ‘hotel service’ in the traditional sense.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.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between 6th of January and 20th of December. 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.


2019 Dates


Ramadan is from 6th of May until the 4th of June


End of Ramadan Eid Al Fitr is from the 4th-5th of June


Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 11th-12th August.


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 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.

Trip of a lifetime!

5

A trip with my son after his A levels - a great experience for us both, if not a really tough climb (but feels good after). Very welcoming guides and locals to look after us (a guide, a cook and two mules for our climb was quite an entourage). My son found it very rewarding and is talking about repeat trips - which is all I could ask for. Personally, we could have spent longer in the Atlas (more trekking and acclimatisation) than the two nights in Marrakech. OK its a place that you "must" see, but it was hard work and not as rewarding as the mountains.

Duncan

Battle

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A North African trip to remember.

5

Our Moroccan vacation was amazing and exceeded all expectations! The attention to details was flawless. The accommodations that were arranged both in Marrakech, Iblil and at Les Mouflon were world class, comfortable and perfectly located. The Toubkal trek was by far the highlight of our trip, our guide was spectacular! he took the time to get to know us and our abilities and matched the pace of the trek to suit or needs. We would highly recommend this trip and we will be working with Mary and Macs adventure again!

Ben the trekker

New Jersey, USA

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Great Learning Trip

4

Our first trekking day's schedule was very different from the information Macs provided. We expected to drive for 4 hours from Marrakech to a trekking lodge and if time permitted have a warm up hike. What actually happened was that we had a 2 hour van ride, met our giude on the side of the road and immediately started a 6 hour hike at 11 in the morning. It was hot with a steep climb of 2300 feet ascent. The guide was excellent and did his best to assist us but our expectation from the itinerary were very wrong and we were not adequately prepared to take a strenuous hike at altitude immediately.

NONE

Atlanta, GEorgia

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Wonderful time in the mountains

5

The trip was very well organised with the Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh providing a magical and exciting backdrop to a very satisfying 6 days away from it all. Hotels ranged from simple but perfectly adequate (tracking Lodge) to totally amazing (Les Yeux Blues) but everywhere we were well looked after. We had a kind and gentle guide and an amazing cook while on our trek. We felt very spoilt indeed

Madelon

London

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I had one of the best experiences ever!!

5

I had a wonderful time in the Atlas Mountains. The hike, the guide, the accommodation and just everything about it was just amazing. The culture, the landscape and the challenges enabled me to experience nothing like my own country. Thank you Macs.

jo

Australia

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Challenging but special

5

Excellent short holiday even though there were times in the first couple of days# walking when I thought we had taken on more than we could cope with as active sixty somethings. The riad (Slitine) in Marrakech was very special but arriving at dusk, down a narrow winding unlit alley was a bit scarey. The walking experience and lodge and kasbah were also excellent. A brilliant break.

Wardsabroad

Cambridge

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Morocco

5

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.

Simon

Qatar

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We loved Morocco!

5

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!

friends forever travel forever!

Columbus, OH

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I would def reccomend this holiday

4

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.

G Force

Essex

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