DESCRIPTION

A Moroccan experience to the summit of the highest mountain in North Africa including climbing, cycling and trekking! Join us for a multi-dimensional experience from the High Atlas to the Sahara Desert.

  • Climb Mt Toubkal (4167 metres)
  • Experience a unique rural culture and the city of Marrakech
  • Camel ride and bivouac under the stars in the Sahara Desert
  • Trekking, climbing, cycling or horse riding in Todra Canyon

AREA: High / Middle Atlas mountains and Sahara

BASIC PACKAGE

Region: High / Middle Atlas Mountains and Sahara

Activities: 8 days climbing, trekking and cycling

Price includes: Organisation, IFMGA mountain guide, Guiding on Mt Toubkal, local transport, accommodation ( B&B), simple overnight stay on the trek

Price excludes: Flights, transfers from/to Marrakech airport, dinners, lunches, soft drinks, alcohol beverages; mules (if required), climbing in the Todra Gorge with a mountain guide, insurance

PLANNED TOURS

  • Jebel Toubkal (4167m)
  • Todra Gorge (rock climbing)
  • Todra Gorge (short trek)
  • Sahara Bivouac

ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive Marrakech airport and travel to accommodation in Imlil – drive time 1.5 hr

Day 2: IMLIL TO TOUBKAL REFUGE

Starting point for our ascent of Mt Toubkal is Imlil, a typical Berber village surrounded with mountains and lined with nut trees. We’ll do all the necessary shopping, and after a late breakfast we’ll leave for the CAF hut at an altitude of 3200 m (4-5h).

Day 3: CLIMB JEBEL TOUBKAL

We’ll head towards the highest peak of the Atlas early in the morning. We’ll ascend the summit of Jebel Toubkal in 2-3 hours. In case of snow, the climb can be delayed for an hour. At the top we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the Sahara and the whole Atlas range. Descent to the hut (1-2 hours) and another 3-4 hour walk back to Imlil, where we’ll spend the night (6-9 hours walking).

Day 4: IMLIL TO MARRAKECH

After breakfast, we’ll leave Imlil and return to Marrakech, where we’ll stay in the old town of Medina. This will be a rest day and we can visit the palaces and gardens of Marrakesh along with the huge shopping bazaar.

Day 5: MARRAKECH TO TODRA CANYON

We’ll leave Marrakech and go over the picturesque mountain pass of Tizi N’Tichka (over 2000m), to reach the east side of the Atlas in Ksar Ait Benhadou, the former stronghold of Almoravid. Recently, the village has been the site of many movies (Gladiator, Indiana Jones …). From there, our path will continue to Ouarzazate, the Moroccan film industry centre. From there, the trail leads to the last city before the Todra canyon, Tinghir, where we’ll arrive in the evening and settle into our hotel.

Day 6: CLIMBING / TREKKING / CYCLING - TODRA CANYON

In the morning we’ll go on a round trip above the Todra canyon, where we’ll meet real nomads – mountain Berbers (3-5 hours walking). In the afternoon, you can try climbing on the limestone walls. You’ll also be able to go biking or horseback riding.

Day 7: CLIMBING / TREKKING / CYCLING - SAHARA DESERT

After breakfast we’ll take a short hike or go climbing/cycling. At noon we’ll leave the Todra canyon and go through the desert full of oases to Merzouga. Late in the afternoon we’ll go on a camel ride through the red dunes of the Sahara. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at a Berber camp. You can bivouac under millions of stars or sleep in one of the Berber tents.

Day 8: SAHARA TO MARRAKECH

Early in the morning we’ll go under the stars to the top of the dunes above our camp, where we’ll wait for the first rays of the sun. We’ll enjoy the amazing colours painted all over the desert dunes. Breakfast will follow and then we’ll ride camels to the first settlements. This will be followed by a return to Marrakech, where we’ll arrive in the evening. The evening will be reserved for the final shopping in the bazaar.

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

Travel to Marrakech airport for your flight home

SELF ASSESSMENT

See Tours Grading and self assess your level:

Fitness Level: A                         Technical Level: 1

Fitness A          Technical 1

KEY INFORMATION

  • Equipment you should bring: See personal equipment list
  • Number of participants: Min 2 persons
  • Meeting point: Marrakech or Imlil
  • Gateway Airport: Marrakech
  • Airport transfers: Available on request subject to surcharge or included in Standard and Premium packages
  • Insurance: You will require appropriate personal cover for this trip with term or annual insurance and we will need to see a copy of your insurance at time of booking. Recommended insurers – BMCAustrian Alpine ClubSports Cover Direct or Snowcard

BOOKING ENQUIRY

CALL: 017687 75337

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DATES

30/04/2015 to 08/05/2015

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Budget Package Price

£849 pp (6-8 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation / logistics
  • IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guiding on Toubkal
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation ( B&B)
  • Simple overnight stay on the trek

EXCLUDES

  • Flights
  • Transfers from/to Marrakech airport
  • Dinners, lunches, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
  • Mules (if required)
  • Climbing in the Todra Gorge with a mountain guide
  • Insurance

Standard Package Price

£1490 pp (4 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation / logistics
  • IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guiding on Toubkal
  • Accommodation*** / Half board
  • Simple overnight stay on the trek
  • Local transport
  • Transfers from/to Marrakech airport
  • Mules

EXCLUDES

  • Flights
  • Lunches, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
  • Climbing in the Todra Gorge with a mountain guide
  • Insurance

Premium Package Price

£2490 pp (2 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation / logistics
  • IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guiding on Mt Toubkal
  • Company of a mountain guide on your travel from London
  • Accommodation*** / Full board
  • Simple overnight stay on the trek
  • Local transport
  • Mules
  • Transfers from/to Marrakech airport
  • Climbing in the Todra Gorge with a mountain guide

EXCLUDES

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Mountaineering - gear selection

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Check List:

  • Expedition bag with additional/spare clothes
  • 4 season mountaineering boots (full ankle height)
  • Walking trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over pants
  • Shorts (Optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun cap or headband
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Lip salve
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Light fleece gloves
  • Thermal underwear – short/long
  • Spare underwear
  • Lightweight climbing gloves – optional for Via Ferrata sections
  • Walking socks x 6
  • Base layer wicking top / quick dry thermal x 6
  • Fleece or alternative soft shell mid-layer
  • Rucksack – 30-40 litre capacity
  • 2 or 3 litre Camelbak (or 2 x 1 litre Nalgen bottles or Thermos)
  • Compeed blister pads – min 2 packs
  • Trekking poles (2)
  • Pocket knife
  • Head torch plus spare battery
  • Camera c/w optional waterproof bag
  • Lightweight sleeping bag – optional
  • Silk sleeping bag liner – optional
  • Small wash towel for mountain huts
  • Toiletries
  • Money and documents (ID, Alpine club membership card, etc)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT - ALPINE AND SUMMIT

Check List:

  • B1, B2 or B3 Mountaineering boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Extra ice axe for steeper ice
  • Harness with HMS carabiner
  • Climbing helmet
  • Gaiters

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT - ROCK CLIMBING

Check List:

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness with HMS carabiner
  • Climbing helmet
  • Rappel device with lock carabiner
  • Quickdraws
  • Self securing strap

AFTER YOU BOOK?

  • We will contact you and discuss the route, equipment and any special needs of your group.
  • We will tailor our trip plan to the fitness level of your group.
  • We will send you our standard contract and payment instructions (credit card, PayPal, cheques, wire transfer).
  • 2 months before the agreed date, we will let you know how to prepare for the track.
  • 2 weeks before the agreed date, we will confirm weather conditions and how to prepare for traveling to the destination.

TESTIMONIAL

“The memory of our great trip full of dynamic adventures is still fresh in my mind. It was truly a unique, unforgettable experience that will stay with us for a long time. Professional service, but at the same time warm, open and friendly.” Viktor and Ana

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