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MOUNT TOUBKAL LONG WEEKEND

from £799
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.

Guided Walking Holidays -Mount Toubkal Long Weekend

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.

 

 


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy incredible walking culminating in the summit of Mount Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain. 
  • Walk with a local guide and admire incredible views of the Atlas Mountains. 
  • Discover Berber traditions and culture, savouring the sounds and aromas of Marrakech. 
  • Explore bustling Djemaa-el Fna during the evening for an atmospheric experience.
  • Take some free time to explore Marrakech medina and wander the maze of souks. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech (British Airways or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers
      Accommodation
      All breakfasts, dinners and two lunches
      Knowledgeable English-speaking local guide
      Ramblers tour leader
      All local transport costs 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 7

  1. Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Almas or similar 

    Meals: Welcome dinner

    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.

  2. Day 2

    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 Aroumd 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.

    Drive: 6 hours approximately

    Elevation gain: 1400 meters

    Distance: 11.0km/6.8miles

    Accommodation: Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  3. Day 3

    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 Aroumd 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.

    Distance: 20.9km/13.0miles

    Estimated walking time: 12 hours

    Elevation gain: 960 meters

    Elevation loss: 2260 meters

    Accommodation: Gite or similiar

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  4. Day 4

    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!

    Distance: 3.21km/2.0miles

    Estimated walking time: 1 hour

    Elevation loss: 100 meters

    Accommodation: Hotel Almas or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

  5. Day 5

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Marrakech (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers 30 minutes (depending on traffic)
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Gite, Aremd

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.


Hotel Almas

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.

 

 


Les Mouflons Refuge

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!