Climbing Mt. Toubkal with Omar Samra
Why take this trip?
- Visit the charming town of Marakkech with bustling markets and snake charmers
- Experience true Berber life in the small villages surroundings the footheills of the Atlas
- Climb the highest point in the Arab world, Mount Toubkal, and witness the Atlantic Coast on the horizon to the West and the great Sahara Desert to the East
- Learn basic crampon and ice axe mountaineering technique to navigate the snowy slopes of the mountain during the winter
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: A Kingdom of Intrigue
Now that we’ve arrived in Morocco, You will be picked up from the airport & transferred to our first night’s accommodation in Marrakesh at a charming Moroccan Riad. Even today, the name Marrakesh conjures up images of scenes from Arabian Nights, with its busy souks and twisting alleyways. This remarkable city, dating back to the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travelers. It has everything, from the graceful architecture of the Koutoubia Minaret, which dominates the skyline, to the throbbing atmosphere of a medieval fair in the great open square, the Djemaa el-Fna, at the heart of the medina.
Day 2: Mountain Bound - (B,L,D)
We leave Marrakech and drive across the plains towards Tahanaout, an ancient marketplace on the edge of the mountains. The landscape changes as the plains gradually give way to the mountains, with the impressive snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas looming in front of us. Following the road right to its end, we arrive in the village of Imlil at 1,740 m. We’ll be spending the night in a traditional Riad in Imlil. Upon arrival in Imlil, we will go on a three-hour afternoon walk for acclimatization around Berber villages and waterfalls.
Day 3: Hello Winter (B,L,D)
Today we meet the mule handlers and the mules before beginning our climb up to the refuge. All baggage and provisions are carried by mules – the multipurpose all-terrain vehicles of the mountains. Yet, even these incredible animals have their limits and, if snow conditions prevent them from going further, then porters will be used. From Aremd, the trail leads past orchards, up the floodplain of the Mizane Valley, climbing steeply as it zigzags up the mountainside. Along the way, we reach Sidi Chamharouch (2310m), a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans who come to the tomb of the local marabout (Muslim holy man). Beyond here, the trail climbs steeply through a series of switchbacks, traversing the flank of the valley high above the river. At some point, we may hit the snowline – where it will be time for us to put our crampons on. Upon arrival to the refuge, we will settle in and receive a briefing on winter walking and an introduction on how to use our crampons and ice axe, as well as basic snow survival skills. Today involves approximately 5-7 hours of hiking.
Day 4: Going For Glory - (B/L/D)
Early this morning, we set off for the summit of North Africa’s highest peak – at 4,167m; There is a steep final climb that may involve some scrambling, but the effort is rewarded by superb views from the summit of the Atlas range. On a clear day, it’s even possible to make out the hazy outline of the Atlantic coast to the west, and the sands of the Sahara Desert to the east. After resting on the summit, we make our way back to the refuge. Today involves approximately 6 to 8 hours of hiking.
Day 5: One Final Touch of Snow - (B/L)
After breakfast in the refuge, we’ll take a four-hour descent down the valley back to Imlil, where we’ll have lunch and meet our driver ahead of our 1.5-hour drive back to Marrakech. The rest of the day will be spent as you wish exploring the bustling city of Marrakech or simply relaxing in the Riad.
Day 6: Homeward Bound
Today we’re being transferred to the airport to catch our flights back home.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- Consultation in every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- All accommodation as mentioned above
- All meals as mentioned above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers during the trip in private cars (airport to Marrakesh to Imlil and back to airport)
- Highly experienced English speaking guide
- All national park admission & entrance fees
- Mules, muleteers and/or porters
- Offsetting all carbon emissions of the journey in an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya (Wild Guanabana is the Middle East and North Africa’s first carbon neutral travel company)
- Round-trip International flights
- Morocco visa fee
- Water and drinks
- Your personal travel insurance
- Gear and Equipment (please let us know if you want to rent gear)
- Tips and gratuity