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climb Mount Toubkal

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in Marrakech

We depart on our flight to Morocco and transfer to our hotel in central Marrakech. This evening we meet with our local guides who give us a detailed briefing on the challenge ahead.

 

Meals: L,D*   Accom: Flight / Hotel *   *(dependent on flight schedule)

DAY 2

Tassa Ouirgane - Tizi Oussem

We wake early for breakfast and transfer (1.5 hours) across the Haouz Plain to the Ouirgane valley where we start our trek from the village of Tassa Ouirgane. Here, in the foothills of the High Atlas, we will meet our muleteers and begin our journey into the heart of the mountains. We start our challenge at the base of a lush valley, trekking alongside a tributary to the Oued Nfis River. We have lunch on the river bank under the shade of walnut trees before continuing our uphill afternoon trek. We arrive early evening at the small village of Tizi Oussem (1,785 m) overlooking the Ouirgane Valley. We spend tonight in typical basic Berber style, enjoying the relief of the fresher mountain air and wonderful Berber hospitality.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Gite

DAY 3

Aroumd

We leave Tizi Oussem and head deeper into the Ouirgane Valley to the tiny village of Azib Tamsoult. We cross the ancient mountain pass at just under 3,000 m, along routes used for centuries by the Berbers. We have lunch just below the pass, with great views of Mount Aguelzim (3,542m) and Tizi Melloul (4,015m). The afternoon is spent descending to the picturesque Mizane Valley, one of the most verdant in the Atlas. Tonight our accommodation is in Aroumd, a village clinging tightly to the steep valley slopes.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Gite

DAY 4

Mount Toubkal

We wake early for breakfast and start our ascent towards the mighty Mount Toubkal. Leaving the river below, we climb gradually until reaching the tiny settlement of Chamharouch at (2,310 m) where we stop for lunch. We continue to climb during the afternoon until we reach the base of Mount Toubkal where the surrounding environment is barren and rocky. We arrive at the Neltner refuge to a welcoming cup of mint tea and excellent Berber hospitality.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Gite

DAY 5

Mount Toubkal ascent

A long but exhilarating day of trekking through majestic scenery awaits. After an early start we begin to climb. Our guides will lead us through the hidden valleys and up to the rarified atmosphere on the higher reaches of Mount Toubkal. We reach the summit before midday and are rewarded with truly magnificent views over the surrounding Atlas Mountains. We eat a well-deserved lunch before spending the afternoon descending to the village of Imlil (1751m). From here we are transferred back to Marrakech for dinner and a comfortable bed!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 6

Marrakech

Today, after a lie-in, there is ample free time to explore this fascinating city. Visit the souks, try your hand at haggling for leather bags and enjoy the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square, alive with food stalls, musicians and snake charmers. Alternatively, a visit to the famous historical site of Medersa Ben Youssef or the Koutoubia Minaret will give you a glimpse of the stunning Islamic architecture found in Morocco. In the evening we have a special congratulatory meal at a restaurant where the celebrations will go on well into the night!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 7

Return to London

This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

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