5 days trek to Mount Toubkal ascent

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5 days trek to summit Toubkal this summer
Inlude & Exclude

Include :

Round-trip Transportation between the trek and your accommodation in Marrakech.

  • Expert summer guide, English-speaking
  • Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage.
  • Berber Cook
  • All meals on the trek
  • Accommoadtion in the Atlas Mountains.

Does not include :

  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expanses
Equipment

Clothing and Equipment

You shoulddressaccording to altitude and the environmentyouwillbelocated in. Most treks are in high altitude climates in remote areas. Therefore, there are often large temperature swings. Temperatures are oftencolderathigh altitudes.

Clothing for Trekking

  • Trekking boots or light weightwalkingshoes. Havingcomfortablefootwearis essential for a good trek. Make sure all footwearisbroken in wellprior to your trek. Do not break in boots on your trek,
  • A track suit and a pair of trackshoes to wear in the Berbertea house and camp at night,
  • Two pairs of woolensocks for trekking shoes and trackshoes,
  • Warm down jacket and rain proof jacket withhood for protection fromrain,
  • Woolenhat for the cold and sunhat or cap for sunnydays
  • A pair of woolengloves and a pair sandals to wear in Berberteahouses or camp,
  • Twocotton T-shirts and two pairs of long shorts/skirts
  • Woolenshirts and thick sweaters as well as wind and water proof trousers,
  • Pair of light or heavyweighttrouser and one light weight long sleeveshirt,
  • Two pairs of thermal undergarments,

Equipments for Trekking

  • Trekking or duffle bag to carry trekking gear. Mount Toubkal canprovide a duffle bag for you to borrowduringyour trek. This willbereturned  afteryour trek,
  • Trekking daypack for personal items such as water, snacks, extra layers and camera,
  • Water purification tablet and bottles,
  • Sleeping bag,
  • TravelPillow,
  • sun glasses,
  • walkingpoles,
  • Small torch light or headlamp withspare batteries,
  • Sun block,
  • Lipbalmwithsunblock in it,
  • handkerchief or wipingpapers,
  • Money belt,
  • first-aid kit,

Trekking equipments are availableatImlil Center. Mount-Toubkal canrecommend shops for you to purchaseequipment. If you do not wish to buyequipment, youcaneasilyhire or rentthem for the duration of your trek withreasonableprices.

Accommodation

Berbertea house 

The Accommodation willbe in a Berberguesthousewillbe simple and basic but has bedswithfoammattresses. The foodwillbecooked by the Mount Toubkal Expeditioncookwhois traveling withyou.

CAMPING

Camping is an option if prefered (june-Octo).

Weprovide modern igloo-style tentsthatsleeptwopersonseach; they are of various sizes soideallywewouldlike to beadvised in advance if any of your party isparticularlytall (6 ft or over). So that, wecanprovide the mostsuitabletents for all groups.

Along with the sleeping tents, wealsoprovide one or more large traditionalBerbertents for cooking, eating and socialisingwhichmakeyour camp a little bit special.
NB : If accommodation isrequired in the Atlas Mountainseitherbefore or after the trek, wecanalways book youatour Imlil Refuge or atour Riad Dar Bab Toubkal in Armed village.

REFUGE

The refuge is simple but offers warm showers, a few western toilets and a warm loungewithelectriclighting in which to read or chat withyourfellowhikers. There is a full kitchen for your team to cook in and a couple of dining areas. Please note that boots must not beworn in the refuge. So, sandals, shoes or flip flops shouldbetaken to keepyourfeet (and socks) warm, dry and clean.

Essential Info

Mount Toubkal – Essential Info

At Mount Toubkal, the World webelieve in, providesour clients with the best services and key to the enjoyment of anyholiday in our opinion, itis the balanced and up-to-date information offered by the tour operator. We are confident that the items detailedbelowwhentaken in conjunctionwith a reputable and reliable guide book willenhanceyour Trekking experience as well as ensuringyoureceive the very best service from Mount Toubkal, the World in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

M-T : STAFF

It is important thatour staff in our Mount Toubkal office have experienced the wonder of High Atlas Mountains Trekking and are able to answermany of your important questions.

Mohamed, for example, has trekked in the Toubkal and Berberregions and visitedmany of the places included on ourhikingitineraries has also made it to the top of Jebel Toubkal – many of the photos on our web site weretaken by him and his travelling companions on hisvarious trips to the region.

M-T : GUIDES

All Mount Toubkal guides are fullylicenced and are experiencedfrom an earlyage in the Atlas Mountains areas,  and guiding continues to be the heart and soul of whowe are. Werequirethat all of our guides undergo extensive safety training beforeofficiallyjoining us a mountain guide /or winter guide, local knowledge and guidingabilities. Webelievethat a local, licenced guide willoffer more insight into the High Atlas region and Berber people as well as enhancing the local economy.

As well as a tip (seebelow) if you have had a greatexperiencewithyourguide ,youmaywish to offerhimsomething of yoursthatwillassisthisduties.

Pleasebeguided by yourguide’s expert advice on difficult or exposedpaths and please respect the prayers of your guide and muleteers – theywillusually do thisoutside of walking times so as not to interruptyourhiking.

M-T : MULETEERS & MULES & LUGGAGE

Your team of muleteers, alongwith mules, willvary in numberdependingupon the size of your group and whetheryou are camping or staying in guesthouse/refuge but theywill all perform the samefunctionwhichis to provide a full back up service for yourhike, cook and preparemeals and set up the evening camp.

The mule team willload up yourluggage, food and, if relevant, the camping equipmentat the start of eachday but will not alwayswalkeitherat the same time, pace or route as yourhiking party .So, itis important thatyouconsiderwhich items youmayrequire to carry yourself in the morning and thenagain in the afternoon as on somedaysyoumayonlymeet up at lunch-time.

The mules are completelyused to carrying the loads and itis not unusual for them to carry in excess of 80 kgseachwhichisequallybalanced in two baskets. The muleteerstakegreat care in bothhygiene and presentation of yourfood and performwonderswithsuchlimited conditions.

Werecommendyoutakeyour trekking luggage in a large holdall or rucksackwhichcanperhapsbefolded up insideyour main luggage if you are also travelling around Atlas Mountains and wish to have the security of yourusualsuitcase(s). You shouldalsotake a suitableday pack whichwill carry drinking water, camera, hat, raincoat, etc. as youmay not be in direct contact withyour support team at all times during the day.

 

WEATHER

In winter ,much of the regionabove 2500m canbesnow-covered and hiking in these areas couldrequire the use of crampons and ice axes. High winds and precipitation in whateverformmayprecludesome routes and thiswillbediscussedbeforeyou set out or canbemodifiedatany time with the advice of your guide.

RAMADAN

Wewillmaintainour programme of trekking during the holymonth of Ramadan but wewouldaskyou to respect your team by allowingthem the courtesy of eating an early breakfast (beforesunrise) and to avoid, where possible, drinking, smoking and snackingimmediately in front of themduring the day – theywill of course prepare the usual lunch though as part of theirduties.

WATER

It is important to drink lots of water duringyourhike; water canbepurchased in Marrakech beforeyou set off or in Imlil. It isalso possible to obtain water fromsmall kiosks in many villages and from the trailhead of ImiOurghlad and at the Toubkal refuge. You willneed to carry some of this by yourself but your mules will carry some more. Please ,discusswithyour guide the water requirements on a regular basis.

MEALS

Breakfast – tea, coffee,juice,fruit, milk, bread, butter, jam, cheese, porridge,

Picnic lunch – freshMoroccansalad, cheese, slicingsausage, tinnedtunafish and sardines, bread, fruit, minttea (pasta, beans, potatoes and ricecanalsobeincluded).

Dinner – Soup,Tajine (chicken or muttonwithvegetables), spaghetti, cous cous (main courses rotatedepending on duration of trek .You are also more likely to get couscous on a Friday), bread, coffee, tea, cake, fruit.

* Vegetarians, vegans and thosewithspecialdietaryrequirements of anykindneed to adviseat time of reservation.

 

 

TIPS

Naturally, tippingis an entirelypersonalmatter and a littlegoes a long way in Morocco; however, we are alwaysasked for a little guidance. So, hereiswhatwewouldconsider as fair, amountsrefer to your guide, a smalleramountcanbegiven to yourmuleteer team:

1-3 dayshiking –150 dhs per person total

4-7 dayshiking – 200 dhs per person total

7 days + hiking – 250 dhs per person total

Of course, youcanoffer more if youwish; tips are usuallyheld and thenpassed over during a handshake to avoidanyembarrassment or undue attention to the matter.

GRADING OF HIKES

Whilst, wetry to ensurethatour descriptions are accurate for most people wishing to undertakehiking in the Atlas Mountains, clearly, there are manydifferingfactorsthatcontribute to the difficulty of a particularhike.

Theseinclude the length of day, terrain, altitude and weather conditions. Sincethesefactors are necessarily variable, any system of grades canonlyprovide a general indication.

We have tried to makeour system as clear as possible but itcannotaccount for personalabilities or experience.

CLIMBING MOUNT TOUBKAL

The hike to the top of thispeakwhichisalmost 960m up from the refuge willusuallytakeat least 3 hrs and startat 5am followed by a fairly hard 2-3 hrswalk down amongst the loose rocks by another route where possible. It is essential thatyou are fullyprepared for whatis for many people a demandingwalk. Try to get a good sleep the night before and a good breakfast (plus a Mars bar!) before setting off.

You are likely to need warm clothes all year round and strong boots are essential, even in summer a warm hatwouldbeuseful as well as some protection from the wind. If youclimb down the northern route then look out for the wreckage of a plane which hit Toubkal in badweather in the early 1960s, purported to becarrying guns from Portugal.

ENVIRONMENT

It isvitally important thatyou respect the mountainenvironment; litter, in particular, isdamaging the landscape and can injure animals. Please, please, pleasetake all yourlitter home or drop it off atsuitable points.

Mount Toubkal guiding teams are proudguardians of theirnaturalheritage and willensurethatrubbishiscollected and eithertaken out or burnedwhere possible. In fact ,ourguiding teams have been known to take a few extra minutes to collect and burn the rubbish of groups thatwere not soenvironmentally sensitive. Someorganicmattercanbeleft as much of itwillbeeaten by the local goats.

itinerary

A 5-day treks through hidden paths exploring Berber culture by getting onto their villages to summit Toubkal, spend the night in their guesthouses (Berber tea house), tents and experience their culture. You will also have the opportunity to acclimatize the high passes of the High Atlas Mountainss and summit Toubkal (4167m).

Day 1: Marrakech –Imi Oughlad –Tizi N’Tachte –Tiziane:

At around 8:30 you will be picked-up from your accommodation in Marrakech city for a pleasant drive heading south, through the gorges of Tahaoute and Mouly Brahim, passing by the Berber village of Asni and arriving at Imi Oughlad1450m. Meet up with the local Berber team guide and muleteer crew and set off for a 3-hour acclimatization hike along mule tracks, surrounded by cornfields and Juniper trees. Once on Tizi N’Tachete through a beautiful forest of juniper. Here, you will have two fabulous views of Imlil and Azzaden valleys. After that, you will hike down for a half an hour for your picnic under juniper trees. After lunch, you will carry on to the village of Tiziane at 1750 m where you will have overnight.

Day 2: Tizziane – Tizi N’Taghrhourte – D’knt:

we leave the village of Tiziane in a southerly direction through terraces of large walnut trees. We will stop at Tizi Taghrghourt to get great views back down to the North along the Azzaden Valley. It is a long steady climb up to today’s highest point of the pass (called by local people as the head of the valley). The terrain here is arider than in the valley bottom.We will see reds, yellows, and greys in the exposed rocks and soils. Dropping down to the other side, we wind our way down into the D’kent Valley and around the large village of Tizgi , a unique village with its watermills and beautiful architecture. Here, we will spend the night in a Berber house that is owned and run by a local family. 6 hours walk.

Day 3: D’knt – Tizi n’tagdalte – Azib Tamsoult:

Today involves a hearty climb out of the Azzaden Valley to Toubkal refuge by zigzagging the mule tracks up to Tizi N’Aguelzim (3650m). A delicious picnic lunch will be taken here with spectacular views over the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We then continue down southwest to Toubkal Refuge at 3207m where we will spend the night. Approx 6hours.

Day 4: AZIB TAMSOULT -TIZI AGUELZIM – TOUBKAL REFUGE:

Today involves a hearty climb out of the Azzaden Valley to Toubkal refuge by zigzagging the mule tracks up to Tizi N’Aguelzim (3650m). A delicious picnic lunch will be taken here with spectacular views over the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We then continue down southwest to Toubkal Refuge at 3207m where we will spend the night. Approx 6hours.

Day 5: TOUBKAL REFUGE – SUMMIT JBEL TOUBKAL- SIDI CHAMHAROUCH – IMLIL – MARRAKECH:

Today starts with an early wake up for breakfast around 4:30 am. The ascent will begin at 5:00 am in order to escape from the heat and being on the top at the best time. Through our hiking uphill, we will stop a few times for a short break to have some water, orange and Moroccan nuts. Within 3-4 hours, you will be able to enjoy the magic views of Toubkal Summit and peaks over 4000m. Here, you will have the chance also to look at other valleys and Sahara direction. After that, we will descend down the same way to the Refuge after your admiration and meditation over the Atlas Mountains. After lunch, we will go back down to Imlil then transfer back to Marrakech.

270€ per person
Participants Duration Price
2 5 days 270€
3 to 6 5 days 255€
7 to 13 5 days 240€
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A 5-day treks through hidden paths exploring Berber culture by getting onto their villages to summit Toubkal, spend the night in their guesthouses (Berber tea house), tents and experience their culture

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