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Guided Trekking holiday
  • Morocco: Toubkal High Atlas Adventure

Dates
  • Mid May until the end of September
  • Possible to add-on extra nights in Marrakech after the holiday
Price
  • Please contact us for a quote (Price dependent on numbers in your group, possibility of individuals to join other groups)
Grade
Profile
  • 8 days: 6 days guided trekking, camping with team of mules, muleteers and cook. Altitude maximum: 4167m. Average: length 7 hrs, altitude gain 1000m
Highlights
  • Great trekking in unspoilt spectacular High Atlas scenery
  • Summiting the highest point in North Africa at 4167m
  • A culturally rich experience in both Marrakech and in the remote Berber villages
  • A varied country, with high rugged mountains, deep barren gorges and colourful cultivated valleys.
  • Small groups, informative guiding, opportunity to find out more about the region and its people
Accommodation and Meals
  • 2 nights accommodation in a traditional hotel in Marrakech, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. Located in the centre of the city it’s ideally placed for sight-seeing.
    5 nights camping. Tents are set up for you with mattresses. All meals are provided on trek. They are varied, healthy and very tasty meals with plenty of vegetables.
What's included
  1. Transfers from Marrakech airport, transport to and from the start of the walk, 7 nights' accommodation. Full Board on trek. Support of mules, muleteers and cook. 6 days guided walking (local berber guide who speaks English).
What's not included
  1. Travel to Marrakesh in Morocco, lunches and evening meals in Marrakech, bottled water whilst on trek, any excursions or entrance fees, tips for local guide and team, travel insurance inluding trekking over 4000m
 

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Morocco: Toubkal High Atlas Adventure

Trekking in Morocco offers a rich and colourful experience, where spectacular scenery and great walks are mixed with friendly locals and ancient cultures. The Atlas mountain range in North Africa runs for 1,000 miles forming a spectacular barrier between the sea and the Sahara. The mountains are not continuous but rather form a series of ranges, interspersed with plateaus, basins and gorges. The most prominent is the High Atlas, which contains the highest peak in North Africa, Toubkal. Its stunning summit rises 4,167 metres providing some exciting and challenging walking, as well as fantastic views.

The High Atlas has a scattering of traditional Berber villages decorating the hillside. The life of the Berber people in this area has changed little over the centuries. Shepherds still lead their flocks on the mountainside, women still gather at the village wells and mule trails still carry walnuts to the weekly souks. The Berbers are a friendly, independent people who are proud of their origins. Known for their hospitality, you should enjoy the company of your guide, cook and muleteers.

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Trekking profile

Overall this High Atlas guided trekking holiday is graded challenging due to the length of some of the days coupled with the altitude. Daily walks range from 4 to 9 hours walking and represent moderate to very challenging outings. Average days include 7 hours trekking and 1000m of altitude gain. Maximum altitude gain on any one day is 1500m. The paths are sometimes rough underfoot; with gravel paths and  scree slopes. The ascent of Toubkal is fairly steep; but not difficult and well within the capability of fit mountain walkers. Toubkal is at an altitude of 4167m and altitude  problems may effect some people on the mountain, although our carefully managed trek itinerary enables most people to acclimatize very well for the final ascent.

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome, pick-up from Marrakech airport and drive to hotel in the city

Day 2: Tacchedirt

We depart early in the morning by minibus to Oukaimden, where we meet up with our team of muleteers (2500m altitude). We then trek to Tacchedirt ,over the pass Tizi nou Addi (2960m) with great views of the valley below. The path then decsnds to camp at the village (2314m). 4.30 hours of trek

Day 3: Tizi n'lkemt

On our second day's trekking we start with one of our longest ascents of the holiday, climbing to the col Tizi n'lkemt (3550m), which provides amazing views to the North. From the barren col we descend back towards civilisation, passing shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats. We have lunch at 2450m by the river in a oasis of green. After lunch the trek meanders following narrow valleys and red rock gorges to our camp at the foot of Tizi t'Ourai (2900m) in a secluded valley. 8 hours of trek

Days 4: Lake d'Ifni (2263m)

A small ascent brings us to a col with great views to the south of the ancient hills and plains that border the Saharan desert. After a very pretty and pleasant descent, our trek passes through the traditional berber villages of Amsouzort and Imhilene clinging onto the mountainside with their unique architecture, where we can stop for traditional mint tea. After lunch in a valley covered in walnut groves, we climb up to the spectacular Lac d'Ifni, a beautiful, emerald green lake where, the brave, have the chance to swim in the only major lake in the High Atlas. You’ll camp in this stunning setting beside the lake at 2263m, underneath the southern flanks of Toubkal. 6-7 hours trek

Day 5: Nelter (3200m)

We depart early again, to climb to Tizi n'Ouannoms (3600m). The route follows a stunning gorge shaped by ancient glaciers and climbs to an amazingly positioned notch in the ridgeline on the flanks of the Toubkal mountain. We’ll descend to the Nelter refuge at 3200m where we’ll camp. The trek will finish early allowing time to relax, rest and acclimatize before the summit day. 5-6 hours trek

Day 6: Toubkal (4167m)

We ascend Toubkal (4167m) by the south col and north east ridge taking in great views of the Anti Atlas on the way.  The summit provides stunning views of the whole mountain range. Descending by the same route, back to camp, where we'll have lunch, the route then descends past the village of Sidi Chamharouch with its shrine. (2300m). 9 hours trek

Day 7: Marrakech

In the morning we descend through pretty orchards of apples and walnut trees to the village of Around. Possibility to explore the village and take tea in a local gite before descending to Imlil for lunch and to meet the minibus and return to Marrakesh. 3 hours trek. A free day afternoon in Marrakech and night in hotel.

Day 8:  Departure

Drive to Marrakech airport and transfer home

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


Our guided trekking holiday in the High Atlas includes 2 nights B&B accommodation in a traditional hotel in Marrakech, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. Located in the centre of the city it’s ideally placed for sight-seeing. A warm welcome and comfortable stay. Below is the guest house you are likely to stay in.

During your guided trek there are 5 nights camping. Tents are set up for you with mattresses and our team is available to provide the touches that make "roughing it" an   enjoyable experience. Where possible, the camps will be located away from other tourists to provide an away from it all experience. All meals are provided on trek. They are variety of traditional dishes, wholesome and healthy with plenty of vegetables.  

Name Type Details Rating  
Riad Celia Hotel Lovely rooms, lounge and courtyard in this restored traditional Marrakech house in the heart of the old city.   Riad celia marrakech Morocco Toukal Atlas guided walking holiday
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flight Options

Transfers from Marrakech airport

Please contact us before booking your travel arrangements. We would like to try and arrange for as many people to arrive at similar times as possible to reduce trips.

Easy jet: London Gatwick – Marrakech

Ryanair: Bristol - Marrakech

Royal Air Maroc: London - Marrakech

Atlas Blue: London - Marrakech

Thomsonfly: Manchester - Marrakech

Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets to get to the UK airport.

Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of this High Atlas guided trekking holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.

Photos

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Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco guided walking holiday
Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco guided walking holiday
Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco guided walking holiday
High Atlas Morocco
lunch Toubkal High Atlas Morocco
Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco guided trek holiday
Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco
Toubkal trek High Atlas Morocco guided trekking holiday
Camp High Atlas Morocco

Please also take a look at our photo gallery and slideshow of our 2009 guided trekking holiday in the Toubkal mountains of High Atlas