Our destination for this high mountain adventure is the historic and lively country that is Morocco. Rising majestically out of the central and southern regions of the country we find the Atlas mountain ranges, with their soaring, jagged peaks and deep valleys. Towering above all else is Mt. Toubkal, at 4167 metres above sea level this is the highest point in North Africa.
Travelling by vehicle then porter and by foot, loaded with all our equipment, the ascent and return will take us 5 days in total. The hiking pace and technical climbing grade is not extensive giving ample time to take in the breath taking scenery. Although the longest legs of our journey are at the start of our trip, the days are broken up with enough break time and a shorter technical practice day to improve skills and not tire you out, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience. You will have the experience of hiking through the mountain and valley, barren rocky terrain and lush shrub lands and challenging yourself to attempt the peak, with the knowledge of fully trained and experienced mountaineers backing you up. This untamed landscape is packed with stunning vistas and from the summit a panorama that takes in everything from the Mediterranean to the Sahara desert to the Pacific Ocean.
What the price includes: (Prices based upon minimum travelling group size of 4)
What the price does not include
Expedition Objective: An attempted summiting of Mt. Toubkal
Mountain height: 4167 metres
Maximum days height gain: 1467 metres
Difficulty grade: Easy/Moderate
Starting from Marrakesh, we will travel by road to the mountain town of Imlil (1740 metres). Here we will pack for a foot journey with porters up through the foot hills and passes to the Toubkal mountain refuge (3207 metres). The refuge will be our base to strike out for the summit from. We will make the decision on the morning of the ascent as to which of the two ascent routes to take, depending upon the weather conditions and the group capabilities. The South col route is the most common route up, making for a steep but shorter length ascent. However the North col route is more interesting and shallower ascent, it is also less traffic but is also a much longer route making a far longer day. After the ascent day we follow our feet back down to Imlil to find our road transport back to Marrakesh.
The packs are at their heaviest and the hiking the longest, when the team sets out from Imlil, with the longest journeys of approximately 5-7 hours and 1467 metres of ascent. We will then take a rest day at the refuge to acclimatise, with a short hike to a nearby valley to practice skills needed for the ascent. But this is a non strenuous day so as not to tire weary muscles. The summit attempt day will then be made in an alpine style (one day up and down) moving briskly but not at great pace and carrying only light packs with the bare essentials.
Preparation and Training
An expedition of this type and in this environment is an exciting but challenging prospect and as such we suggest a course of preparation and training. The experiences of the individual participants on the expedition may vary greatly, from an experienced mountaineer to a complete beginner, so the level of preparation depends upon you. A generally good level of fitness will greatly improve the enjoyment you will have on the experience. Being well prepared not only makes for a more enjoyable expedition but also a safer one. We can aid you in preparing for the experience, whether through helping you to create an individual training plan or just work on and develop a few mountain skills to aid you along the way. We can suggest a number of short courses we run that may prove helpful in allowing you to understand what is to come, and enjoy the experience all the more.
Please note that this is an example itinerary, and is dependent upon team ability, local conditions and infrastructure.
Day 1: Fly to Marrakesh – Imlil
Fly out to Marrakech, we will meet up as a group in the early afternoon. We will then drive out to the mountain porter town of Imlil (1740m). Settling into our Imlil accommodation, we will spend the evening getting to know the rest of the group. As we do this we will go through the plan for the next few days, check equipment and plan routes for group ability and expected weather conditions.
Day 2: Imlil to refuge
Starting the day with a good breakfast, we will then meet our porters and mountain guide. Load up the gear and begin the trek up to the Toubkal refuge (3207m) arriving for the afternoon (approx 5-7hr). We will then go through a few winter skills and ideas before relaxing for the evening.
Day 3: Acclimatisation day
This is an important acclimatisation and rest day. After a good night’s rest, we will climb a short way higher above the refuge and do some scramble routes, working on our movement skills, as well as some short easy climbing skills before returning to the refuge to rest up, enjoy the mountain environment and watch the sunset.
Day 4: Summit attempt day
Up early for breakfast, we are collecting our gear together and on the hill for 6am (possibly earlier depending on conditions). Depending on the group’s abilities and the weather conditions that day, we will select either the North col route (descending south) or South col route, to try and ensure a successful and safe ascent of the mountain. After a good day on the mountain we will head into the refuge for a good meal and reflection on our achievements. Be prepared for a long and tiring day with an ascent and decent of between 7 and 10 hours depending on route and conditions.
Day 5: Mountain refuge to Marrakesh
Again rising with the dawn, we pack up our equipment and load up with the porters to make our trek back down to Imlil. Here we will take a quick break for lunch before hooking up with our transport for the drive back to Marrakech for the early afternoon. This is where we say our goodbyes.
PLEASE NOTE: Please note that the above itinerary is intended as a guideline only, all though every effort will be made to adhere to it, changes may be forced on it by weather conditions, transport failure or other unforeseen events. Please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
This is an expedition to a remote area that often experiences fluctuations in weather, and thus the inherent risks of such an activity exist. Whilst every effort and feasible precaution has been made to cover medical emergencies, it should be understood that bad weather may prevent successful completion of the proposed route, shortening and termination of the experience is at the instructor discretion. The expedition involves some moderately strenuous walking/hiking/climbing with loads, and team members should be aware that this can be for a lengthy period of time (up to 8 hours).
What to pack?
•Good walking boots and socks
•Comfortable shoes for guest house
•Waterproofs, Jacket and over trousers
•Fleece jacket/ jumper layers
•Beanie type hat
•Additional clothing for when not on mountain
•3 season sleeping bag
•Walking poles (Leki)
•Day sack/ rucksack
•Head torch + spare batteries
•Basic first aid kit
•Water bottle/ Camel pack
•Personal items (towel, toiletries etc.)
•Personal entertainment (books, iPod etc.)
•Repair kit (e.g. needle, thread, duct tape)
•Small rubbish bags, carry out what you bring in
We carry full adventurous activities insurance of up to 10 million liability, covering you for emergency rescue and repatriation. However it is strongly advised that you should take out your own travel and adventurous activity insurance despite this.
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Dar Imlil offers the most beautiful setting, a quit location & comfortable accommodation with a welcoming & Professional staff allowing customers to have an amazing stay in the Atlas Mountains.
Cut off from the bustle of the Marrakech Dar Imlil opens its doors on a haven of peace and cool. The sophisticated decor of lounges, ensuite-rooms and suites reflects the luxury and comfort of Moroccan stately homes...All rooms will have hair dryer, coffee maker and ensuite facilities.
In addition, the House is and ideal starting point to discover the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages & the Berber culture.
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Dar Imlil is wonderfully situated on the outskirts of Imlil village near the river and looks up to the Mt Toubkal summit. It is about a walk 5 minutes from the centre of Imlil.
Dar Imlil is situated at 65km away from Marrakesh.
Transfer time from Marrakesh 1 Hour approximately.Car Hire Directions
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