Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

“Our only 8 day holiday that takes you to the top of Mt Toubkal in the High Atlas. Wild camping with some of the wildest views in the world. ”

Highlights

Marrakech | Mt. Toubkal | | Tacht Pass | Azaden Valley | Ighoulidem waterfall | Aguelzim Pass | Mt. Ouanakrim | Aremd village | option to summit of Pic de Taddat | Neltner refuge at Toubkal basecamp.

Description of Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

Standing at an impressive height of just over 4160 metres, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in both the High Atlas Mountains and North Africa with relatively close proximity to Marrakech (60kms south) making it an attractive prospect for climbers and trekkers alike.

This particular eight day Mount Toubkal trek is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy the incredible scenery of the High Atlas without too much of a physical challenge with a series of solid footpaths making the whole experience easily accessible for travellers who are relatively fit and healthy.

Although the higher portion of the Mount Toubkal climb does involve some steeper gradients the increase in altitude leads to ever-more inspiring views with both Marrakech and the Anti-Atlas mountain range seen from an incredibly unique and fulfilling perspective.

Also, throughout this eight day Mount Toubkal trek you'll come into contact with local Berber people working the land and going about their day-to-day lives. Finding out more about local lifestyles is a thoroughly worthwhile experience with remote mountain communities and steeped agricultural terraces adding to the thrill of climbing the highest mountain in North Africa.

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Our top tip:
Choose your time of year wisely. If in spring, you might need crampons for ice. If in summer, you might find the heat too much. You can also do this trip in winter.
Trip type:
Small group max 16 people. Min. age 16.
Activity level:
Challenging trek.
Accomm:
3* hotel for two nights, gite 1 night and camping.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Surcharge for single room or tent.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
Included:
Flights, transport, tour leader, transfers.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. The trip also offers some good opportunities to benefit the local community. Passing through Berber villages up in the High Atlas Mountains, staying in local gites, using markets and local mule transport has a positive impact on the local economy.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in Morocco so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Since the EU banned the use of iodine tablets, we are no longer able to provide these on trek. The recommended alternative of Biox Aqua drops is not available in Morocco, therefore we also advise you buy your own purification tablets in the UK and take them with you.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend two nights in a hotel, four nights wild camping and one in a simple gite. Our local operators generally prefer to select accommodation which is locally owned in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. This ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Most vegetables come from the region of Sous; meat is locally supplied by butchers and fruits can be found at markets or farms in the countryside. The main Moroccan dishes most people are familiar with are couscous, meat and vegetable tajines, fish chermoula and bocadillos, which are available from street stalls almost everywhere.

Local Craft and Culture:
On the last day, there is free time in Marrakech to explore the wide variety of sites and activities in this major city. Clients are advised to head to the souks for souvenirs, take a ride in a traditional Caliche, or to visit the world renowned Marjorelle gardens. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and there is a small and charming museum of Islamic art in the grounds. In the evening, the Djemma el Fna central square comes alive with musicians, snake charmers, travelling acrobats and food stalls. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food. There will be other chances to do so on the trip at local markets, which are awash with bright images, animated characters and the smells and sounds of food being made and sold.

Campaigning for Change:
In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, we have sponsored the development of a small village called Tijhza for many years with a variety of projects. These include supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Thanks to our volunteer groups, Tijhza now also has electricity and an annual medical clinic, which has had a hugely positive effect on the welfare of the village. More recently, we have achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many inhabitants. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Reaching the peak of Mount Toubka, of course! But equally the lovely new friendships I have made from a great group of people to travel and climb with and the absolutely stunning and spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


For the Mount Toubkal climb, I would say GET FIT. Do lots of climbing practice - both ascents and descents and practice with a day pack on your back. Also
bring a camera that can take good photos - the scenery is stunning.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly benefitted local people as it is the local Mountain Berbers who guide us, run the pack mules and host us in the towns when we stay in gites.
With the others I am not so sure, as Morocco still has a terrible problem with litter and it was sad to see all the rubbish - plastic bottles, papers, discarded
items lying all over the countryside and all around the little villages. We could try our hardest to use local water with purification tablets, but it is still much
easier and it is encouraged by the locals to buy bottled water. I always gave my empty bottles back to a shop or our guide to ensure they were disposed in a
more environmental manner (at least I hope so). There are other examples but that is the most obvious.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous holiday. I achieved my goal of climbing Mount Toubkal (with a bit of help from the guide/porters), met some lovely people, (now new friends), learnt
a lot about the Moroccan culture and the Atlas Mountains, and saw some spectacular scenery. Can't ask for much more than that!

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