Mount Toubkal Winter Trip – A breath-taking challenge in the African snow

Looking for a breath-taking challenge in the African snow? Reach for the summit of the majestic Mount Toubkal with our Mount Toubkal Winter Trip. Enjoy the High Atlas at it’s best.

Highlights:

  • 8 day hiking trip
  • Climbing the summit of Mount Toubkal
  • 4.5 days of walking (a moderate condition is required)
  • Enjoying the African winter and snow
  • Spectaculair views from the High Atlas mountains
  • Climbing instructions will be given

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

Details

  • 8 days
  • Mules will carry luggage until the snow-line. In the snow porters will carry the luggage.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included (except in Marrakech). Typical Moroccan food is served prepared by a cook
  • Stays in a hotel in Marrakech, 4 nights in a gite (rural Moroccan home)
  • Option to book extra stays before or after this trip

Marrakech

Start and end point of the trip

Mount Toubkal

Day 1 – Marrakech

Arrive at Marrakech, transfer from the airport and stay at a comfortable hotel. Free-time to discover discover the city.

Day 2 – Aremd

We drive to Imlil (by minibus or 4×4) and lunch over there. In the afternoon we will walk to Aremd where we will have some free-time to explore the environment.

Day 3 – Neltner refuge (3209m)

Today we will walk through the Mizane valley in the morning until we reach Neltner Regure. In the afternoon we will practice with the crampons and ice-axe. Hassan will show you all necessary techniques. Dinner and stay will be in our camp

Day 4 – Mount Toubkal (4167m)

Today we will rise early to start the ascent to Mount Toubkal. We will climb via the western flank. About an hour below the summit we enjoy our first views of the south. Reaching the top of Mount Toubkal will be the highlight of the trip! We will enjoy the impressive view. We descend by the same route and will be back to the refuge to enjoy a late lunch. Dinner and stay will be in the refuge.

Day 5 – Mount Ouanoukrim (4089m)

Today will be the heading for the second highest mountain of North Africa: Mount Ouanoukrim. We will need to scramble to get us to the summit plateau. This will be easy, but a little exposed in some places so Hassan will set up a rope where needed (about 100 metres). We will also cross the summit plateau to the Timzguida summit at 4089m. We will have dinner and stay in our refuge.

Day 6 – Tizi Ouanoums (3684 m)

Today we head for Tizi Ouanoums, jammed in a steep gorge on the side of Toubkal. From here we look down the steep southerly face to Lac D’Ifni. Afterwards we return and we will drive back to Marrakech.

Day 7 – Marrakech

Today you will have freetime in Marrakech. To explore the amazing ’red city’ yourself. You can wander around the Djnaa el Fnaa square, buy (and bargain first) in the shouks. Roam around in the Medina. Or just sit, relax and enjoy the sun and some fresh orange juice.

Day 8 – Marrakech

You will have free-time in Marakech and we will bring you to the airport

What’s included:

  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local mountain guide), the muleteers and porters
  • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, except in Marrakech; only breakfast is included in Marrakech
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and the mountains
  • Climbing gear (of course you can bring your own)

What is not included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Marrakech
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional hotel nights before or after trek, these can be purchased

from € 700,- per person (excl. flight)

Practical information

How to get there

Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

Passports and visas

Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

Money

Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

Luggage

Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Sleeping bags

In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

Clothes

Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

Tips

Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.

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