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Marrakech, Mount Toubkal & The High Atlas

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  • 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. 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 night before your transfer back to Marrakech Airport for your flight home.
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What To Expect

If you are short of time but want a good challenge in spectacular Moroccan surroundings, along with time to relax, then this is the trip for you.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

Ideal if you have an interest in:

National Parks & Trails, Mountains, Special Occasions

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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.

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.

Accommodations

Your trip includes 2 nights in a riad in Marrakech, 1 night in dorm accommodation 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.

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
  • Room upgrades
  • Additional nights

When To Go

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.

2020 Dates

Ramadan is from 23rd of April until the 23rd of May

End of Ramadan Eid Al Fitr is from the 23rd-24th of May

Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 30th July to 3rd of 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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the 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.

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Marrakech Day 2 Free time to explore Marrakech Day 3 Transfer to Kasbah du Toubkal (1800m) Day 4 Trek to Neltner Hut (3207m): 5 hrs Day 5 Summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m)/Descend to Kasbah du Toubkal (8-9hrs in total) Day 6 Free Day at the Kasbah Day 7 Onward Travel

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