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
Clothing and Equipment
You should dress according to the altitude and the environment you will be located in. Most treks are in high altitude climates in remote areas. Therefore, there are often large temperature swings. Temperatures are often colder at high altitudes.
Clothing for Trekking
- Trekking boots or lightweight walking shoes. Having comfortable footwear is essential for a good trek. Make sure all footwear is broken in well prior to your trek. Do not break in boots on your trek,
- A tracksuit and a pair of track shoes to wear in the mountain refuge,
- Two pairs of woolen socks for trekking shoes and track shoes,
- Warm down jacket and rainproof jacket with hood for protection from rain,
- A Woolen hat for the cold and sun hat or cap for sunny days
- A pair of woolen gloves and pair sandals to wear in the mountain refuge,
- Two cotton T-shirts and two pairs of long shorts/skirts
- Woolen shirts and thick sweaters as well as wind and waterproof trousers,
- Pair of light or heavyweight trouser and one lightweight long sleeve shirt,
- Two pairs of thermal undergarments,
Equipment for Trekking
- Trekking or duffle bag to carry trekking gear. Mount Toubkal can provide a duffle bag for you to borrow during your trek. This will be returned after your trek,
- Ice Axe and crampons,
- Trekking daypack for personal items such as water, snacks, extra layers and camera,
- Water bottles,
- Sleeping bag,
- Travel Pillow,
- Ski poles,
- Ski Boots
- Small torchlight or headlamp with spare batteries,
- Lip balm with sunblock in it,
- handkerchief or wiping papers,
- Money belt,
- First-aid kit,
Trekking equipment is available at Imlil Center. Mount-Toubkal can recommend shops for you to purchase equipment. If you do not wish to buy equipment, you can easily hire or rent them for the duration of your trek at reasonable prices.
The Accommodation will be in a Berber guest house will be simple and basic but has beds with foam mattresses. The food will be cooked by the Mount Toubkal Expedition cook whois traveling with you.
Camping is an option if prefered (june-Octo).
We provide modern igloo-style tents that sleep two persons each; they are of various sizes so ideally we would like to beadvised in advance if any of your party is particularly tall (6 ft or over). So that, we can provide the most suitable tents for all groups.
Along with the sleeping tents, weal so provide one or more large traditional Berber tents for cooking, eating and so cialising which make your camp a little bit special.
NB : If accommodation isrequired in the Atlas Mountains either before or after the trek, we can always book you a tour Imlil Refuge or atour Riad Dar Bab Toubkal in Armed village.
The refuge is simple but offers warm showers, a few western toilets and a warm lounge with electric lighting in which to read or chat with your fellow hikers. 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 should be taken to keep your feet (and socks) warm, dry and clean.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Toubkal Summit trek from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco on a trek through the beautiful Azzaden Valley. Summit Mount Toubkal(4167m) is a true Berber Valleys adventure in 4 unforgettable days. Trek from Marrakech city and go deep into Villages of the ethnic Berber, a herding and forming community. Visit their homes and interact with a glimpse of their day-to-day living.
Day 1: Marrakech –Imi Oughlad –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 Tahanoute and Mouly Brahim, passing by the town of Asni and arriving at Imi Oughlad at 1450m. 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. On the pass of Tizi N’Tachete ,through a beautiful forest of juniper, you will have a mixed- 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 set off following the path down to small traditional Berber villages before we arrive at one called Tiziane at 1750m, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Tizian – Tizi Oussem – Lepiney hut
After breakfast, we will start the day by hiking along the Azzaden valley through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley, crossing the huts of sheep and goats. We will also see local people going to their daily activities like washing clothes in the river, cultivating the lands. We then continue by heading up till we reach Ighouliden waterfall, the highest waterfall in the Atlas Mountains. Afterthat, we will walk further for 1-hour uphill till we come into the Lipeney Refuge without forgetting to look back for more spectacular views of Azzaden valley.
Day 3: Lepiney hut -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 4: Toubkal Refuge- Toubkal Summit- 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.Approx 10 hours.
|210€ per person|
|3 to 6||4 days||180€|
|7 to 13||4 days||170€|