Mt Toubkal Winter Climb

Start: Marrakech Finish: Marrakech

Visiting: Marrakesh, Imlil, Aroumd, Maison Ait Mizane, Shrine Sidi Chamharouch, Marabout Sidi Naji, Toubkal, Refuge Toubkal Les Mouflons, Ouanoukrim, Tizi Oussem, Argan oil shop, Marrakech, Brigade touristique, Sur place, Cafe glacier Reda, Jardin Majorelle, Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Tough

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 10

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $971

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Tour Overview

During the winter, Mt Toubkal and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas turn into a walker's paradise with empty trails, clear air and spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif. Starting from the bustling city of Marrakech we venture right into the High Atlas to climb North Africa's highest peak (4167m) amidst breathtaking scenery. Crampons and ice axes are usually required throughout the trip (depending on weather), but this trip is designed to be achievable by those who are fit and determined enough, even if they are new to winter walking.

Highlights

  • iconMagnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • iconVibrant city of Marrakech
  • iconFree transfers for any flight
  • iconExperience the rural village of Imlil and the local Berbers'.

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Marrakech.

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine or similar

Meals: No Meals

Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time free for exploration of this wonderful, colourful city.*

icon Day 2 : Drive to Imlil, short walk to Aroumd and free time to explore this remote village, the gatway to Toubkal.

Location: Marrakesh, Imlil, Aroumd

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Aremd or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a leisurely morning and lunch in Marrakech we transfer by minibus to Imlil, a journey of just under two hours which takes us from the plains around Marrakech to the heart of the High Atlas range. In the afternoon we take a short walk to our mountain gite in Aroumd where there is some free time to explore the area. *

icon Day 3 : Climb to Toubkal Base Camp, visiting the Mizane Valley and Sidi Chamarouch Shrine.

Location: Maison Ait Mizane, Shrine Sidi Chamharouch, Marabout Sidi Naji

Accommodation: Les Moflons Refuge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley to the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non-Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at an altitude of 3209m. The afternoon is used to practice with the crampons and ice axe. The guides will find an appropriate patch of snow and demonstrate the important techniques of walking in crampons and ice axe arrest - stopping yourself with your axe if you are sliding on a snow slope.

icon Day 4 : Ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) the highest mountain in North Africa.

Location: Toubkal, Toubkal, Refuge Toubkal Les Mouflons

Accommodation: Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing steeply through deep snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit, we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to Marrakech - not visible on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch.  The afternoon is free to relax and warm up with a lovely mint tea. 

icon Day 5 : Climb Jebel Ouanoukrim, or another neighbouring peak.

Location: Ouanoukrim, Tizi Oussem, Refuge Toubkal Les Mouflons

Accommodation: Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, the group can choose from several trek options, including Jebel Ouanoukrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley, which although lower than Toubkal is technically more challenging. This peak has an exposed ridge where scrambling is required, and will only be attempted if a) the wind conditions allow and b) if the entire group is up to the challenge. The scramble is easy, but a little exposed in some places so the guides will set up a rope where needed. It's about 100 metres in length, with only the middle section requiring any particular care.  Your guides will discuss with you the options, of which there are many depending on how the groups feel after the exertion of the previous day. Another superb option is the Tizi n' Ouanoums pass, where which offers views of the stunning Lac d'Ifni and Jebel Ouanoukrim . It is another steep, long climb through fantastic scenery and will require another early start to get the best weather. Again, you will return to the refuge for a late lunch.*

icon Day 6 : Descend to Aremd, and onward transfer to Marrakech.

Location: Aroumd, Imlil, Argan oil shop, Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine similar

Meals: Lunch

Today we make our way back down to the gite in Aremd, where we enjoy a final hot lunch with incredible views of the mountains. Here we will bid farewell to our chefs and muleteers before we then continue to walk for a further hour or so to the village of Imili. This is where we pick up our bus transfer to Marrakech. En route back to the city, we will stop briefly at a Women's Argan Oil Cooperative, where you can learn to the production process and have the opportunity to purchase some products if you wish. The evening is free to explore the city, perhaps enjoy a well-earned drink overlooking Djemaa el Fna.

icon Day 7 : Marrakech; free day to explore the souks or visit some of the historical sites in the old city.

Location: Marrakech, Brigade touristique, Sur place, Cafe glacier Reda, Jardin Majorelle

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine or similar

Meals: Breakfast

With a full free day, you have lots of time to explore Marrakech and do some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Djemaa el Fna, the open-air market place around which traditional life of Marrakech revolves, is an exciting place to visit. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.* *  Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture. A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it. If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere. Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city.

icon Day 8 : End Marrakech.

Location: Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Our tour ends after breakfast.

What's Included

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    All accommodation

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    Crampons

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    Free airport transfers

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    All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Visa's and Vaccinations

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    Single supplement

Food

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included. Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.  If you are travelling from UK we advise you to bring water bottles and your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

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Reviews

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MT TOUBKAL WINTER CLIMB
I had a ball! Morocco was amazing not what i expected, a nice surprise. The holiday was organised very well by Exodus i thought Marrakech was just the right mixture ....more I had a ball! Morocco was amazing not what i expected, a nice surprise.

The holiday was organised very well by Exodus i thought Marrakech was just the right mixture of culture and fun.

The climb to the top of the two summits was gruelling but extremely rewarding! I met a group of fab people and we all got on really well.

I would definately visit Morocco again.

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Mount toubkal winter climb
It is tough,I did not make it to the top,others did but it is worth the effort. It was described by one of the people as being like Shangrila. It is tough,I did not make it to the top,others did but it is worth the effort.

It was described by one of the people as being like Shangrila.

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MT TOUBKAL WINTER CLIMB
I have to rate this as one of my best, of many, Exodus Trips. Like all good Tagines, it had all the right ingredients to be a success, and it really ....more I have to rate this as one of my best, of many, Exodus Trips.

Like all good Tagines, it had all the right ingredients to be a success, and it really was.

The itinerary, weather, group members, the guides, food , transport were all amazing.

  The only slight blot was the accommodation at the Refuge but then that is almost as infamous as the Atlas Mountains themselves, and its strange way added to the adventure! ; ....less
Mt Toubkal winter climb
Overall had a fantastic time. Overall had a fantastic time.

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Mixed weather, but amazing in the end!
A really great trip with an equally great group of people & 2 excellent guides (Hassan and Mohammed). At the start of the week we had bad weather, a lot ....more A really great trip with an equally great group of people & 2 excellent guides (Hassan and Mohammed).

At the start of the week we had bad weather, a lot of snow and low cloud, our first attempt to climb Toubkal was stopped because of it.

The following day, the weather was calmer and as we were climbing, the cloud lifted and the most amazing views of the snowy Atlas mountains opened up around us.

It was blue sky by the summit, and totally amazing! The following day hike to the pass with views of the Lac d'Infini was equally stunning, another highlight of the trip.

Food in the mountain refuge at Toubkal was really good!; ....less
MT TOUBKAL WINTER CLIMB
It was certainly a tough and demanding hike and you need to be confident about your level of fitness. However I would confirm that previous experience of use of crampons ....more It was certainly a tough and demanding hike and you need to be confident about your level of fitness.

However I would confirm that previous experience of use of crampons and ice axes is not necessary.

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MT TOUBKAL WINTER CLIMB
A good mix of bizarre bazaar (Marrakesh souk) and pristine mountain air (Toubkal).  A good mix of bizarre bazaar (Marrakesh souk) and pristine mountain air (Toubkal).

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MT TOUBKAL WINTER CLIMB
I found the trip to be very well organised, with friendly and competent staff.  The whole experience of the trek in, the climbs up, and the views are something to ....more I found the trip to be very well organised, with friendly and competent staff.

  The whole experience of the trek in, the climbs up, and the views are something to stay in the memory for years.

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It's not as hard as your mind tells you....
For me, this was one of those times where I had little in the way of understanding of what I was letting myself in for, yeah, it's rated as a ....more For me, this was one of those times where I had little in the way of understanding of what I was letting myself in for, yeah, it's rated as a 7 out of 10 (tough), can't be that hard right? Easy, I can make it.

Actually I did 'make it', don't get me wrong this is a physically challenging 'holiday', I found the altitude the hardest part.

Even though I found it tough it was hugely rewarding and I would absolutely recommend this trip.

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Something very different in Morocco!
3.5 days of trekking in the high Atlas and a wonderful tour in Marrakech. Day one is just a hike to the refuge (simple), then in the afternoon we ....more 3.

5 days of trekking in the high Atlas and a wonderful tour in Marrakech.

Day one is just a hike to the refuge (simple), then in the afternoon we opted to practice our crampon and ice axing.

A long day, but not terribly physically challenging.

The second day was Toubkal and was a little more physically challenging as it's an early start and the altitude starts to kick in.

Also, some of the ways to get down from the summit were a little difficult to manage.

The third day was the most difficult from a technical perspective.

Not quite as physically challenging as Toubkal, but lots of crampons, ice axes and harrowing climbs/descents.

The final day is a walk back to your departure point for Marrakech.

The tour of Marrakech was amazing and I learned more than I've ever known about Islam and Islamic history.

Totally fascinating!; ....less

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