Exploring The Sorrento Peninsula
Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
Get away from the crowds and climb the jewel in Morroco's crown, Mount Toubkal or Jebel Toubkal as it is fondly known. Admire High Atlas views and explore lively Marrakech, all over the course of a long weekend.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 20480
Stamina is the key to these holidays, which will typically be in the Alps or the Dolomites.
There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable.
Expect about 800 - 1000m of cumulative ascent and descent each day.
Known fondly as Jebel Toubkal, Mt Toubkal rests at 4167m above sea level and is north Africa’s highest mountain. Views en route are magnificent but not as spectacular as the High Atlas Panoramic vistas which await when you reach the top. You will pass through a Berber village where you gain an insight into their life in the mountains. With just 5 days in Morocco and three days in the mountains, this is an incredible way to spend a long weekend and what a sense of accomplishment when you begin, summit and descend. After your hike you return to buzzing Marrakech with some free time to explore this city, steeped in history and tradition.
You can watch the city of Marrakech come alive during the day with street vendors, and how life changes during the evening in buzzing Deemaa-el Fna main square. The air fills with skewers cooking on hot coals, apple flavour shisha wafting from cafes, street entertainers and all manner of sights and sounds. In Marrakech you will stay at the Hotel Almas, which is located in the heart of the animated Gueliz district. The hotel offers an open view over the city and the Atlas Mount from its panoramic sun terrace, an excellent space for relaxation. The hotel has a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and the usual amenities one would expect.
This trip will appeal to those with an interest in culture and whilst this trek is challenging, it is completed over a short time and largely accessible to most experienced walkers. The ground can be stony but largely the group will follow along mule paths. Whilst this is not a technical hike, during the winter months crampons may be supplied. You should be prepared for a long day on the summit day (8-9 hours).
Weather is also a factor and can greatly affect your time on the mountain, so it is good to be prepared for all eventualities. During the summer months it can be dry and hot and you will need to maintain your water intake, there may also be storms during summer months. When there are patches of snow which can happen during the winter months and April/early May, we will supply crampons and a lesson in how to fit and walk in them. It is unlikely you will need them for the entire time if at all.Come experience the majesty of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal, and views of the High Atlas Mountains.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival into Marrakech airport, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to the hotel in Marrakech. You will have a welcome meeting with your Moroccan tour guide and Ramblers tour leader at approximately 18:00. Following this, you enjoy dinner followed by a visit to the main square of Marrakech, Djemaa-el Fna, to soak up the smells, sights and sounds of this frenetic area.
Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020. During the month of Ramadan, our local staff (including guides) choose to work through this period although their energy levels may be a bit lower than usual. It is also noted that some restaurants may be closed. Our Ramblers Walking Holidays leader will not be adhering to Ramadan. This is a unique time to visit Morocco and interesting to watch as the sunsets and Muslims can break their fast.
Transfer Time = 30m
After breakfast, we depart Marrakech and leave city life behind as we make the 1.5-hour drive to Imlil. There is full porterage on the trail for your main luggage, however you will still carry your day pack. From here, we continue on foot for approximately one hour to the village of Aremd for lunch, before following winding mule tracks for a further five hours. This walk is beautiful with incredible views across the mountains and the valley of Ait Mizan. We may make a further stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m). It is here you have your dinner and savour some well-earned rest.
With an early start to the day (4am), you begin the ascent for the summit of Mount Toubkal. You will need your head torch as there will be long stretches of loose rock, scree, and uneven surfaces. Most will find this section of the walk challenging but the reward will be worth it.
Once the sun comes up and we are at the 4000m point, you will be able to appreciate all the reasons why you booked this holiday; phenomenal panoramic vistas over the High Atlas range and valleys they rise from. There are some views that can only be obtained from truly earning them, the view from the summit of Mount Toubkal is certainly one of them. You will have an incredible sense of achievement as you stare out to the lush plains of the Magreb and Marrakech, harsh landscape of the pre-Sahara, and fanged peaks of the High Atlas.
From the summit, the only way is down, and you’ll descend back to the refuge for lunch, before continuing to Aremd where you are based for the night in a local Gite. This is a long yet rewarding day and one thing is for sure, you will sleep well tonight.
This morning you have a short walk down to Imlil, followed by the 1.5 hour drive back into Marrakech. After checking into the hotel, you have free time to relax or explore the maze of interconnecting tunnels in the Marrakech souq. A wonderful thing to do is sit down at one of the upstairs cafes, order a mint tea or fresh orange juice (or a beer, you’ve earned it after all), and watch the world go by. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to reminisce about your long weekend and more importantly, summit of North Africa’s highest peak!
There are no activities planned for the final day although there is some free time in the morning before your transfer to the airport. If you have booked your own flights and the transfer times are similar, you are welcome to join the main group airport transfer.
Departure dates for your selected tour
16th May 2020 - 20th May 2020 (4 Nights)
15th Aug 2020 - 19th Aug 2020 (4 Nights)
12th Sep 2020 - 16th Sep 2020 (4 Nights)
14th Nov 2020 - 18th Nov 2020 (4 Nights)
8th Feb 2021 - 12th Feb 2021 (4 Nights)
21st Mar 2021 - 25th Mar 2021 (4 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.
We stay in the Hotel Almas located in central Marrakech, this hotel combines traditional Moroccan style and contemporary design. It offers a terrace with views of the Gueliz district and free Wi-Fi access.
Rooms at Hotel Almas are air conditioned and furnished with antique pieces. They have a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Hotel guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast, which is served each morning.
The hotel has a swimming pool, sun terrace and lounging area, plus a 24-hour reception.
The Hotel Almas is 600 yards from Marrakech railway station and a 15-minute drive from Marrakech Menara International Airport. A single supplement can be purchased when staying at this hotel.
The Toubkal refuge “Les Mouflons” is located at 3207 meters height. Les Mouflons Refuge offers simple accommodation on a multi-share/multi-sex basis with shared facilities.
In this area, there are only two refuges and we include the better of the two. You will need to bring your own towel.
The night in the refuge is not covered under the single supplement as sharing is the only option.
The standard may be more basic than you are used to, but location and views cannot be beaten!
Gite accommodation is a common style and standard on the walking circuit in Morocco. Rooms will be more basic and should not be compared to city hotels. Typically, you will find multi-share rooms with shared facilities, you will need to bring your own towel.
The owner of the Gite generally operates the place, so this is a great time to find out more about life in the mountains. The night in the Gite is not included when booking a single supplement due to availability.
This is a Grade 7 holiday. Stamina is the key to this challenging holiday. There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable. 800-1,000m of ascent and descent in a day is likely to be the norm, however an ascent of 1400m is required to each the Toubkal Base Camp (at 3207m). We will generally be walking for up to 7 hours, except the climb to the summit which will take around 8-9 hours. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
We will have a local guide as well as our RWH Holidays leader with us throughout the trek. Our local guide will offer both a wealth of local and cultural knowledge, as well as first-hand experience trekking up Mount Toubkal, allowing them to support and encourage us along the way. Our partner in Morocco are currently working to encourage and allow more access for local women to become mountain guides. They are in the process of training a number of female guides on this particular trek, so you could be led by one of these wonderful and pioneering women during this holiday.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Morocco
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Please note that it is not possible to change Scottish or Irish banknotes in Morocco. If changing sterling banknotes at banks or currency exchange points in Morocco these should be in pristine condition; banknotes which are torn, crumpled or have writing on them will not be accepted.
As you are probably already aware, tipping or “backsheesh” is a way of life in north Africa. In order to take the hassle out of tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by Ramblers Walking Holidays plus a contribution from you, which your leader will collect during the holiday. We suggest an amount of £2-£3 per person per day, although this is discretional.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Travel between Marrakech airport and our hotel is by road, and takes approximately 20 minutes transfer time. During the holiday we will travel on foot, by private coach / minibus.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Morocco
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Morocco. Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. Your passport does not need any additional period of validity beyond this. When entering Morocco you should ensure that your passport is stamped to avoid any difficulties on departure. It is necessary to complete an immigration form on both arrival and departure in Morocco for presentation to the Immigration Control officer.
You may be given the form on your outbound flight or can find the forms in the Arrivals Hall at Marrakech airport. You may wish to take an additional blank form from immigration with you to complete for presentation at customs on your departure flight. You will also find the forms at the entrance to passport control on your return journey.
On our first and final night we stay in Marrakech. The following two nights will be spent in more simple accommodation, located along our route up Mount Toubkal.
Please note that Morocco is a Muslim country and, therefore, alcohol is not always widely available, this is more apparent during Ramada. Your leader will be able to give you more information during the holiday. Breakfasts, dinners and two lunches are included in the holiday charge. Vegetarians can be catered for on this trip, however there may be a fairly limited choice during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip.
Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
You will require a towel for the trekking section of this holiday.
Crampons may also be required for some departures and these are included and will be provided locally. You will be given a full safety briefing on how to use them correctly and safely. Please therefore ensure that you wear boots which will take crampons – eg ones with a firm Vibram-type sole or similar, not the very bendy sole on fashion walking boots. You may also like to bring gaiters, these will stop snow getting into your boots and also help should the crampon spikes brush against the bottom of your leg.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Morocco
The electricity supply in Morocco is 220V, although older buildings may be 110V or a mix of both. You will need a 2 round pin plug adaptor to use electrical appliances.
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Morocco
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Morocco.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Dengue fever exists in Morocco; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.
Diarrhoea & Boiled Water
Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best.
Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.
Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended. Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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