Mt Toubkal Climb

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Trip code: 
TMM
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Exhilarating one-week trek to the summit of North Africa's highest mountain

Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in north Africa, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Our trek passes through impressive landscapes on well-defined paths and is, surprisingly, not too strenuous. As we climb higher, the paths do become steeper but the gain in altitude awards dramatic views towards Marrakech and the spectacular Anti-Atlas mountains. Passing through remote villages and terraced fields we gain an insight into the life of the friendly Berber people and finish with free time in the colourful imperial city of Marrakech.

Highlights

  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa - Toubkal (4167m)
  • Acclimatisation walks amid beautiful remote Berber villages
  • Magnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • Optional ascent of Mt Ouanakrim (4089m)
  • Time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech

Key information

  • 4 nights camping, 1 night gite with shared facilities and 2 nights 3-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by minibus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Free transfers
  • Crampons if required

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Pace:

Average 6 hours walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/6.0miles
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 46.0km/3.0miles
Day 56.0km/3.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening. 
    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Imi Oughlad; climb Tizi n Tacht Pass (2000m) and descend into the Azaden Valley.

    After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Imi Oughlad, a journey that takes us from the plains around Marrakech into the heart of the High Atlas range. After meeting our mules and muleteers we start a 5 hour walk, climbing up to the Tacht Pass (2000m) before descending into the Azaden Valley, famous for its beautiful juniper forests. We camp on the outskirts of a small village by the river. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk through Berber villages and spectacular mountain scenery, including the Ighoulidem waterfall.

    A full day walking through the villages on the northern slope of Mt Toubkal. This famous mountain can be seen from Marrakech thanks to its unique shape. We travel through Azib Tamsoult and the Irhouliden cascade before arriving at our camp for the night, which sits at an impressive 3030m. There is an optional ascent in the afternoon for those who want to try a more demanding 3-hour trek to the summit of Hadjj (3200m), for excellent views of Mt Toubkal.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ascend the Aguelzim Pass (3550m) and enjoy superb views of the Toubkal Massif before walking down to base camp

    Today we cross the Aguelzim pass (3550m), the climb is quite steep but once at the top we can enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif and towards the plains that surround Marrakech. We then descend to Toubkal Base Camp and either enjoy a 2 hour optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3650m) or simply relax. The busy refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3207m, was constructed by Club Alpin Française in 2000. We camp in the grounds but can still benefit from the facilities, including showers, a small shop and the cosy lounge. 

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Early assent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Free afternoon to relax at base camp

    We make an early start from base camp for the ascent of Mount Toubkal, climbing steeply through scree before traversing the southern ridge to reach the summit at 4167m. After enjoying the magnificent panoramic views, we descend back to base camp.  Here we have the rest of the afternoon free to reflect on our achievement. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb Mt Ouanakrim (4089m); descend to the village of Arroumd

    We have an exciting opportunity this morning to ascend another of Morocco's 4000m peaks - Mt Ouanakrim. Although lower than Toubkal this summit is considered more challenging, but is often a highlight of the week for many Exodus clients. Depending on weather and the group’s ability, our leader will decide if this walk is achievable. On return we leave base camp to walk down to the village of Arroumd (1904m). If there is time, we will spend the afternoon exploring the village. Other may chose just to relax on the pretty terrace. 

    Please note that distance below do not include optional climb.

    Hotel Armed or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    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 8

    End Marrakech

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    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, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. Main meals will often be in the form of tajines of meat and vegetables with a great mix of herbs and spices and light fluffy cous cous. Salads will often comprise of both cooked and raw vegetables including tomatoes, smoked peppers and aubergine. Seafood is also popular as are dried fruits and pastries. 

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.

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. 

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, but as recycling is not fully established in Morocco plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30ºC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms. During the summer months, Marrakech is very hot (33 - 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas. At medium altitudes the days will be hot and the nights warm. Only at 3000m+, when it will be cold, will you require warm clothing. During the summer, the sky should be clear but as in all mountain areas the weather can be unpredictable and late August can have some stormy weather. Rain can be experienced on all treks, usually showers but sometimes storms. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be a little snow lying at the higher altitudes. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

Is this trip for you?

This is a challenging yet non-technical trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. Although this trip is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 5 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a couple of long days with some boulders and steep sections (maximum 8-9 hours). Jebel Ouanakrim requires a small amount of scrambling near the summit but it is optional.

The temperature at particular times of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels. Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Be prepared as well for some stormy weather even during the summer. There can be snow patches in late April/early May and from the end of September so crampons may be needed for April and October departures. We will advise no more than two weeks before departure if extra equipment/clothing is necessary. Crampons and ice axes will be provided free of charge in these circumstances.

Altitude Warning: This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. In order to keep a circular itinerary, this holiday offers four nights camping, with two of these spent over 3000m.

Please note two nights camping are in wild camps as official campsites do not exist in some of the areas we visit. On the treks we use mules to carry personal gear so only a light daypack is required, occasionally carrying a share of the picnic lunch.

Our hotel in Marrakech is of a good standard and has a swimming pool to help relax after a challenging trek.

If you would like to a more strenuous ascent of Mt Toubkal, using ice axe and crampons, please check out our winter itinerary - Mt Toubkal Winter Climb (trip reference TMW).

Ramadan runs from 15th May - 14th June 2018 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

 

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

On this trip you will spend 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms and small swimming pool. 4 nights will be spent camping, 2 at the Toubkal base camp while the other 2 are wild camping. Here camp chores will be done for you but there will be limited washing facilities and no fixed toilets. On day 6 you will spend 1 night in a cosy gite with hot showers and toilets.

 

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Lizzy Mullings

    Amazing Week

    I have just returned from my weeks trekking in the Atlas Mountains, 3-10th September. All I can say is the experience was everything I hoped it to be. The staff at Exodus have been fabulous. Said our guide was fabulous, and the group of people brilliant despite mixed abilities. What I can say is that I did prepare for this trip and would not have been able to have done it if I hadn't spent time improving my overall physical fitness. I am ready to book my next trip with this company already...looking to go to the Simien Mountains Trekking,

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the Top of Mt Toubikal

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a wonderful, supportive individual, understated in his nature, ..what a nice man

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is not easy, and you need to train for this trip and have a good level of fitness
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Helen Cavill

    Challenging but very rewarding week in the Atlas Mountains

    A challenging trek but definitely achievable with a good level of fitness and pacing yourself. The terrain is very tricky, with steep inclines, scrambling over large rocks and long sections of loose scree. However, the scenery is inspiring and you'll finish the week with a real sense of accomplishment. Rounding off the trip with a day in the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh is great fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the highest point in North Africa (4167m), with clear blue skies and mountains reaching out as far as the eye could see. After setting off at 5am by head-torch light, the summit felt like another world. Also, the food prepared by our local chef was a daily delight - the Moroccan dishes were wonderful and the whole group were far too excited the day that he produced omelette and chips...!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    S'aid was brilliant. He did a good job keeping a large group (16) together when we all walked at varying paces. His English was impeccable and he had a great sense of humour. The whole trip was organised really well and the timings were pretty accurate. S'aid did fantastically to ensure that the whole group made it to the summit of Toubkal together (and down again safely) - it was a very long and challenging day but we were in safe hands the whole time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some snacks (sweets, nuts etc.) to keep you going on the trek. If you want any kind of souvenirs relating to Toubkal (e.g. t-shirts), make sure you get them before you leave the Atlas Mountains (the village where you stay in the gite is best) because you can't find anything of the sort in Marrakech! Keep walking slow and steady and you'll make it. Walking poles are definitely worthwhile for steep uphill sections and to help with dodgy knees going downhill. Make sure you have good worn-in boots - if you get blisters on the first day you'll spend the whole week regretting it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great value trip with a busy but balanced itinerary - highly recommended.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Bertan Ercin

    There and back a gain..........a trekkers tale

    From the bustling red city of Marrakech to the peak of Jebel Toubkal (and back), this trip far exceeded my expectations. The days in Marrakech that bookend the trek offer the opportunity to explore some of the main attractions such as the Jardin Majorelle, and, of course, the medina with its labyrinth souks and the famous Djemaa el Fna main square. Both are within walking distance of the hotel, which is of a good standard with very friendly staff (they will print your boarding pass for you, thankfully!),though i would recommend taking a taxi to the medina unless you are confident of the route. Most taxis hold 3 passengers and as a rule of thumb 10 Dirham per head is a good price. The trek offers a wealth of stunning and varied scenery and trails, from lush valleys and terraced fields irrigated by the rivers flowing from the High Atlas to the snow capped peaks of the mountains themselves. A highlight was the lunch on day 1 of the trek taken in a meadow. The trail is a combination of mule paths, rough, stony terrain, and scree ( and snow at the higher altitudes when we visited in early May). I have never used walking poles but these would have been very useful on days 4 and 5 when ascending and descending the optional high pass trek and Jebel Toubkal. Ice axes and crampons were needed for the Toubkal climb at this time of year and i found these great fun- it was the first time i have ever used them, but will not be the last! There was a great range of age groups and abilities in our exceptional group, and our tour leader Hassan and additional guide Mohammed who joined us for the Toubkal ascent managed the pace extraordinarily well, ensuring everyones welfare and giving everyone the best possible opportunity to achieve the summit- everyone who went for the summit made it. The views from the summit will stay with me from some time. Toubkal is tough and was my first high altitute summit for some time, and serves as a great foundation for some loftier peaks. Our tour leader Hassan was magnificent. We had to divert from the itenery on day 2 which resulited in a comfortable stay in a gite rather than camping due to snow making a high pass on the traditional route inaccessible for our mules. Hassan expenmined the diversion in detail and our acclimatisation did not suffer. This was symptomatic of the whole trip which was flawlessly organised from start to finish. The food was amazing and supplied calories just when they were needed. What makes the quality of the food even more amazing was that for the most part it was prepared in a tent by a chef that had traveled with us . No-one was made ill by the food. I am full of respect for our tremendous guides, chef, muleteers and the magnificent mules that formed our team in Morocco and who do an exceptional job. I highly recommend this trip for anyone with a sense of adventure, perseverance and with a reasonable level of fitness. Camping is basic so perhaps not for those who need their creature comforts, but it all adds to the adventure in my opinion and i wouldn't change a thing. Afternoon tea and delicious pancakes at the campsites were an unexpected treat ( if your group saves you any......protecting them from the wasps indeed!)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from the summit of Jebel Toubkal

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Exceptional. Very good communication skills, safety conscious with a great understated sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack a pen in your hand luggage to fill in the entry forms, and ensure you stick to the times set by your leader for departure as getting through to the departure gate can take some time due to checks. Walking sticks are highly recommended, and a good travel pillow for the tents. Always agree a price straight up before getting in a taxi and 10 dirham per head is standard for taxis, or 30 dirham for a normal taxi that takes three passengers. Hand gel/ wet wipes are a must for the daysack.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Catherine Allen

    Returning to Mt. Toubkal and the High Atlas Mountains

    The 8-day trip is the perfect way to explore the High Atlas Mountains and get a flavour of Moroccan culture and history. It gives you time to build up to the climb, appreciate the scenery you're walking through and get to know your fellow trekkers. I really enjoyed the experience, and hope you do, too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To start with; the company of my fellow trekkers - we were a diverse group, but we got on really well. We laughed, we encouraged each other and shared every experience. Priceless! This trip was also important for me as I'd last been to Marrakesh, the High Atlas, Neltner Refuge and Mt. Toubkal 30years ago as an 18 year old student. I wanted to revisit my memories of that time, and brought some of my old photos with me for comparison. Not unsurprisingly, much has changed over the years thanks to tourism, much of it positive, but there were still wonderful echoes of that journey to be found - for example; at Neltner I met the Grandson of the man who had managed the original Neltner Refuge back in 1988, when it was just a single stone 'hut'. Our guide, Hassan, had also worked there as a student, and it is possible that we had coincided 30 years ago! Amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan guided us with a firm but gentle hand throughout the trek. Trying to organise 16 people can't have been easy, but he remained unruffled in all situations. Thank you, Hassan, for your organisational skills, gentle humour and insights into the history and culture of the mountains! I would also like to thank the rest of the Moroccan staff, who fed us royally (sometimes under difficult circumstances) and made sure the camp was ready at the end of each day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As advised in the trip notes, I would strongly recommend you come prepared with dry-bags to pack your kit into, especially your sleeping bag. We got caught in a storm on the second morning, and a couple of the group ended up with wet sleeping bags - not good!
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Mark Houghton

    Walking up Mt. Toubkal.

    Great to be able to walk to the highest mountain in North Africa and in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. No special skills or climbing gear was required for the trip. For this trip you needed to be reasonable fit and able to cope with moderate high altitude walking. The weather was kind to us, but there were numerous clouds around the top of the mountain meaning that our distant views were not clear. Close mountain ranges looked impressive. Lush green valleys contrasted with stark bare mountain tops. A walk well worth doing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Mt. Toubkal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader was very good. He had excellent local knowledge, knew the trip tracks and venue well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This walk is not a stroll in the park. I would only recommend it for seasoned walkers who enjoy a reasonably hard walk in mountainous terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Not recommended for families with young children or for those who usually go for 'strolls' in suburban areas.twp
  • Reviewed September 2016
    David Ellis

    mt toubkal climb

    a very well organised trip, my first with exodus, so not sure what to expect, but the hospitality of the berber people, and our guide hassan, will live long in the memory

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the view from the top of mt toubkal looking over to the sahara

    What did you think of your group leader?

    hassan set a perfect pace, with a break now and then , and even invited us for tea at his home at the end of the trip

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    go for it, well worth the effort.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Samantha Hopkins

    Mount Toukbal Climb

    My partner and I choose to use Exodus again having experienced a fantastic trip with an amazing guide to the Anti Atlas in October 2014. However we were very disappointed with this trip; on the first night the tents arrived after us: consequently we all got completely soaked despite wearing our waterproofs; our kit bags when they arrived had not been covered properly and consequently some travellers had wet kit; there was a no toilet tent; the tables and equipment were very poor quality. None of these problems had we experienced the previous year. To add to this the guide was very unfriendly, set the pace at that of the fastest walkers (bad mountain leadership)! To summarise we are very reluctant to use Exodus again; pity after such a good first experience. We are travelling to Nepal in February with a rival company.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise on Mount Toukbal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Poor.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take dry bags to out in the kit bags.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Unless Exodus up their game we will not be using you again.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Susan Meehan

    Mount Toukbal in the summer!

    I was concerned about trekking in the Atlas Mountains during summer as I am not very good in the heat! It was very hot but I drank bottle-fuls of water to keep me hydrated. My heart was overworked at times but I managed to complete all the walking plus the optional extras. I was delighted! You do have to love walking to do this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to reach the summit of Mount Toukbal with most of the group after a gruelling walk up on a beautiful afternoon was sensational. The sky was deep blue and the views were tremendous.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was a fabulous leader whose primary concern was for the group as a whole. He runs a tight ship and his approach is meticulous. He inspired confidence right from the start.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We did a lot of walking - about 7 hours each day. On two days we did quite a bit less than this though had a choice of doing optional/extra walks. It is a great idea to take water purification tablets as we had access to water (provided in a jerry can) at lunch and dinner times and could fill up easily and regularly. Drinking tube attachments which you can fit on to water bottles are a great idea as it will ensure that you can continue drinking and hydrating while walking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were looked after amazingly well by Hassan and his support team and wonderful mules. We had plentiful and delicious meals and couldn't have asked for more. I had forgotten that it can get a little hot in a tent! We didn't all sleep throughout the night, but someone we bumbled on!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Stefano Cernicchiaro

    Mt Toubkal

    So I booked onto this trekk at very short notice (5 days before departure) and was very pleased with the help giving to me by the company in making sure there was space available for me on the trip. From the moment I left Scotland to the moment I left Morocco to come back home I had nothing but an excellent experience with Exodus. The trip was well catered for with fantastic guides who at times gave us abit of knowledge about the areas we where trekking through. This was my first experience with Exodus and would highly reccommend them to family and friends.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me the most inspirational part of the trip was how well the group and staff got on and we all helped each other in different ways during the trekk.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader Was excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sun Cream lots of Sun cram!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Kieran Will

    Kieranwill

    So we started in Marrakech and stuck to the plan of the trip notes (as they very accurate) The trip itself housed some incredible views, experiences and long lasting memories! I personally did it for my 18th and found the trip to be an overwhelmingly positive experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A frankly unbeatable moment in the Atlas Mountains was camping above the clouds with beautiful, Sparkling stars overhead. This could only be outmatched by the high standard of cooking (putting my mother to shame) and the abundance of food leaving us full many an occasion.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had hassan as a group leader. He engaged exceeding well and helped to make the trip what it is (a magical experience). He brought many a laugh to us, kept us safe and cared for us all week. He was also very organised as we reached each destination nearly perfectly on the predestined time he suggested if we didn't beat his time. Abdul was also with us, constant smiling with a warm, welcoming glow. One thing I can safely say is that u will be in safe hands!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring sun cream and prepare to sweat but it is sooo worth it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    10/10 would do again!

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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? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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