Climbing Toubkal in Morocco
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 foothills 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
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- 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
After your flight, you will be transferred to your first night’s accommodation in Marrakesh at a charming Moroccan Riad. Even today, the name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights with its busy souks and twisting alleyways. This remarkable city, dating from 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)
We leave Marrakech and drive across the plains towards Tahanaoute, an ancient marketplace on the edge of the mountains. The landscape changes as the plains gradually give way to mountains, with the impressive snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas looming in front of you. Following the road right to its end you arrive in the village of Imlil (1,740m). You will meet the mule handlers and the mules before beginning your climb up to the Neltner refuge. All baggage and provisions are carried by mule, 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 you reach Sidi Chamarouch (2,310m), a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans who come to the tomb of the local marabout (Muslim holy man). You can only see the shrine from across the gorge, as it’s forbidden for non-Muslims to cross the bridge to the other side. Beyond here the trail climbs steeply through a series of switchbacks, traversing the flank of the valley high above the river. At some point you may well hit the snowline where it will be time for you to don your crampons, before arriving at the Toubkal base camp at Neltner (3,207m). Once you are settled in you will receive a briefing on winter walking and an introduction on how to use your crampons and ice axe as well as basic snow survival skills. Today involves approximately five hours walking. Your cook will prepare all meals for the group whilst at the refuge. This day is 5-6 hours long on average.
Day 3: Going For Glory - (B/L/D)
Early this morning you set off for the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m), the goal of many mountain walkers who visit the High Atlas. 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, you make your way back to Neltner. Approximately eight hours walk (five hours ascent).
Day 4: One Final Touch of Snow - (B/L/D)
This morning you will have one last foray opportunity into the snowy heights around you. If you have a lot of energy and want to bag one more summit you can go for Rass Ouankrim (4,088m), which will give you great views of Agoundiss & Ijoukak valley. Most likely if you want to do something more mild, you’ll head up above Neltner to the tight gorge of the Tizi Ouanoums Pass. Whilst not a peak, the pass offers the opportunity to look down the southern side of the mountain to the glacial Lac D’Ifni, shimmering emerald green below. Retracing your steps you’ll return to Neltner for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll descend back down the valley to Aremd for your last night in the mountains. Those not wanting to do the morning walk can wait at the refuge for the group’s return. Approximately 7-8 hours walk (three hours if only descending from Neltner). You spend the night in a traditional Riad.
Day 5: Homeward Bound (B)
A short walk of about 30 minutes leads to Imlil where you will meet your driver and vehicle to transfer you back to Marrakech (1½ hours drive). Then from here you have a transfer to the airport before you fly home. If your flight is late you may have an opportunity to explore Marrakech. Some people choose to extend their stay so if you do then you can add those upon checkout.
• 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
• Mineral water and mint tea on the climb
• 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)
• International return flight to Marrakesh, Morocco
• Morocco visa fee
• Your personal travel insurance
• Gear and Equipment (please let us know if you want to rent gear)
• Tips and gratuity