Mt Toubkal Long Weekend - Winter

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Trip code: 
TMYW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Short Breaks, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point Walking
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–10

Challenging weekend conquering the highest peak in North Africa

During the winter Mt Toubkal and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas turn into a walkers paradise; with empty trails, clear air and spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif. This trek is an energetic way to spend a long weekend with just three days in the mountains to approach, summit and descend the highest peak in North Africa. Passing through a Berber village we gain an insight into the life and traditions of these hardy and friendly mountain people. After our trek we have some free time to explore the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech.

Highlights

  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Magnificent panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Spend some time in lively Marrakech for sightseeing and shopping 

Key information

  • 2 nights 3-star hotel with en suite rooms, 1 night gite and 1 night refuge with basic shared facilities
  • 3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage 
  • Free transfers to meet any flight
  • Group normally 5 to 10, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Crampons will be needed  

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer by private minibus
  • Crampons 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain and snow

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/6.8miles
Day 320.9km/13.0miles
Day 43.21km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to independently explore this wonderfully colourful city.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning transfer to Imlil; short walk to Arroumd for lunch. Afternoon walk to Toubkal Base Camp refuge

    After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continuing on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the snow covered mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner. If the snow fall is heavy there is a possibility that we may need crampons on the final approach to the refuge.

    Les Muflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Early start for Toubkal ascent. Return to refuge for lunch and continue to Arroumd

    An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing through scree and 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 th eway to Marrkech - not viisble on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. We then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking.

    Hotel Aremd or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech for guided tour

    The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Marrakech

    For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 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 buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

Marrakech is likely to be warm (rather than hot) during the day, and a little chilly at night. In the mountains expect temperatures to vary from 10 or so degrees in the sun during the day, to below freezing out of the sun and at night. Any warmth provided by the sun soon goes after the sun disappears behind the mountains in the late afternoon.
Heavy snowfall, rain and storms can be expected in the mountains during winter, but they are normally reasonably short-lived. Although it would be unusual to experience more than two days in a row of bad weather, you should be prepared for all conditions. If there is a stable high pressure over the mountains in winter, which is common, we will enjoy clear, cold crisp days, and nights with temperatures dropping well below freezing.

 

Is this trip for you?

Trekking Conditions: This is a strenuous winter trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. The trip is designed for confident trekkers who are new to winter walking as well as those who have some experience of trekking on snow. Some sections, especially on Toubkal can be steep and rough. It is expected that large parts of the mountainside will be covered in snow, therefore ice axe and crampons will normally be necessary on all departures. Although these sections are not technically difficult they are high and can be exposed. Where there is a high level of exposure the guide will cut steps in the snow and/or provide use of a rope. It is mandatory that you obey the wishes of the guide in these circumstances. Snow cover will of course vary, but the use of ice axes and crampons is essential when crossing steep snowy terrain. Some previous experience would be helpful in order to quickly pick up the necessary skills needed to use both the ice axe and crampons but is not essential. The use of ice axes and crampons is essential when crossing snowy terrain. Some previous experience would be helpful in order to quickly pick up the necessary skills needed to use both the ice axe and crampon but is not essential. The guides will give a full briefing and run a training session before the ascents of Toubkal.

Risk Warnings: This trip goes to high altitudes (maximum 4167m, average 2600mm) where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. Winter walking can be dangerous and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk, we can never eradicate it altogether. The main danger is from tripping then sliding down a snow slope, and in certain conditions, avalanche.

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Accommodation

Hotels, Gite & Refuge

In Marrakech we will spend 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms, and a small swimming pool.  We enjoy one night in a cosy family run gite, with good sized room and shared facilities and a large roof terrace with views up to Toubkal. At Basecamp, you will stay in large warm dormitory-style rooms with basic facilities, but there is hot running water and showers and a small shop selling soft drinks and snacks. 

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2017
    Emily Miller

    Mt Toubkal, you tricky customer

    With our 50th birthdays looming, a few friends decided to take on a challenge. Onto the Exodus website we went... All 4 of us are fairly fit so decided a "challenging" level would be just the ticket! Mt Toubkal did not disappoint! It was definitely a challenge! Who knew it could rain and snow so much in August? Because we followed the trip notes, universal packing and read some reviews, we believed we were ready! We just didn't account for the altitude sickness! This took 3 of us out and only one of us made it to the summit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, it was the summit and just before! The hours before the summit were extremely difficult as you are hiking in the dark with just a head torch, following the boots of the person in front. It was steep, raining/hailing so it was slow going. When we stopped just shy of the summit, we witnessed the most amazing sight: A rainbow over the High Atlas Mountains! It was worth all the rain to see this sight. After waking up at 330am, hiking for 4+ hours, the summit was a sight to behold! (even if it was snowing in August... in Morocco... yes, snow in August!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilyas our group leader and Abdul his assistant were amazing!!! With 3 of my friends ill with altitude sickness, Abdul took incredible care of them. Both Ilyas and Abdul have a great sense of humour and made us all laugh. After 2 days we understood "Ilyas time" (ie 5 min in our time is 10 in Ilyas time) and his love of telling time in seconds! Ilyas organised our day well and I now miss someone telling me when to wake up, when to eat and when to start walking! They both gave us a great insight into Moroccan culture and the religion of Islam. I have left knowing I will have a "home away from home" in Morocco! Ilyas also organised tours and spa visits on our last day in Marrakesh. He was great!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared! Be fit! It is definitely NOT a walk in the park. Pack for all weathers including a rain cover for your day pack or at least a dry bag for inside the pack. Also I found sticks a must for descending. And have a head torch, not just a hand held torch because you need your hands to clamber over large rocks ets (also bring extra batteries just in case). Because you start and finish the summit ascent at the refuge, make sure you have clean dry WARM clothes ready for your return to the refuge. Drinks are not served with dinner at the refuge so make sure you have money to buy a drink from the shop or have a bottle of water ready. Also make sure you have dirham change for the hike as you stop at various places to buy juices on the way to the refuge. They won't take big denominations of dirham. Also, its best to have EUROs or Dirhams. Not many places were happy with GBP or USD.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just a quick thanks to all at Exodus. Ilyas and Abdul were great and I would highly recommend any trip they lead. Exodus kept us well informed via emails etc. I will use them again for sure!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Douglas Hain

    Grear Challenge and Trip

    A superb mix of challenging walk and city sightseeing. Abdoul was a superb guide, looking after all our needs. It is a challenging walk with a long second day and no flat bits to catch your breathe on the way up. But a bit of fitness and determination and you will make it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit after getting up at 3.40am and walking from 5am to reach the top at 9.30am with snow at our feet and a perfect blue sky and sun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdoul was a great team leader, interacting with the group and checking we were all happy. But he also gave us space for time as group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If doing in winter think about getting a thermal protector for your water bladder. Everyone's froze as we walked up to the summit.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Jan Novak

    Jebel Toubkal Ascend

    The trip was flawlessly organised and perfectly accomplished the only purpose - get to the top of the mountain.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is always the moment of getting to the top after all the inconvenience of getting up at 3am and going through the cold, dark morning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was perfectly suited for this trip.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Danny Bell

    Mt Toubkal Winter Long Weekend

    Great trek to do over an extended weekend. We just about made the summit in quite snowy conditions, thanks to our great leader and support team.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being joined by the base camps dog for the trek up to the high passes in a bit of a blizzard gave the group a bit of extra motivation in the snow.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very organised, knowledgeable and sociable leader.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall a good mix of trekking and time spent to see the sights and sounds of Marrakech. Would recommend this trip to anyone who fancies an active weekend.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Vivien Urban

    Mt Toubkal Winter Adventure

    It was a great weekend, an experience that I will not forget.  The trip was challenging - probably more than I expected - and well organised, the people in our group got on well. I recommend it for first time climbers if you want to get a taste of real mountain climbing where you have the opportunity to use crampons and ice axe travel during the winter. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    As they say the journey is that matters the most. Reaching the summit was wonderful but the most inspirational moment for me was the way up there. I found it amazing how people in our group supported each other on the way up to the top. Every step was hard to take and we all wanted to make it together, we all worked as a team. The scenery was spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yaya was sociable, friendly, looked after us well  and kept a good pace. He knew the mountain very well and we felt safe with him. We had a second leader on the summit day for extra security. They were both great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want to enjoy the trip, good level of fitness is important. Don't underistimate climbing Mt Toubkal during winter.Just book it and enjoy the experience!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Gina Eckersley

    Mount Toubkal Long Weekend - Winter

    Brilliant long weekend away! Unfortunately we didn't make the summit due to bad weather conditions but trekking through the snow and using crampons and an ice axe for the first time was a great experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In reflection it was probably summitting the high pass that we attempted instead of the summit. We'd been trekking in a blizzard, and it was pretty hard work so it was a great achievement. However at the time I was pretty cold so I think the inspiration came later on!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really good, sociable and knew a lot about the area. I think that he made the right decision not to attempt the summit - it had been snowing a lot and there were some real risks, but I think the group really appreciated the alternative trek to the high pass that we managed!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The refuge was much warmer than I'd expected! I brought a thick down sleeping bag and didn't actually need it - the dormitories are nice and snug! The food was really nice and there was plenty of choice - we were definitely very well fed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really good trip, obviously I was disappointed to not make the summit but the fact this is such an easy trip to make from the UK means that it will be easy to attempt again in the future!!
  • Reviewed November 2014
    David Yeates

    Toubkal Winter - Long Weekend

    Overall the trip was good, the experience in Marrakech was great, the food was excellent as well as plentiful. However we didn't make it to the summit of Toubkal or even the Base Camp due to continuous bad weather, rain, snow and high winds. Please be aware that if you book on the long weekend winter trip there is no room in the schedule in the event of bad weather, as any delay in the walk to base camp will put the summit attempt at risk.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best moments were meeting the other members of the trip, the experience of the food and culture of Morocco and the welcoming nature of the local Berber population.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes should be expanded in a similar way to the ones for Mont Blanc etc. to include information about the possibility of poor weather and alternative walking options in the area.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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