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Trip code: 
FTM
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures, Family Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Designed for:
Ages 13-16
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Exhilarating one-week trek to the summit of North Africa's highest mountain

Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Our trek passes through impressive landscapes on well-defined paths and is, surprisingly, not too strenuous. As we climb higher, the paths do become steeper but the gain in altitude rewards us with dramatic views towards Marrakech and the spectacular Anti-Atlas mountains. The pace of the entire trek is very slow and we stop frequently, in order to assist with acclimatization. This is a great challenge to take on as a family, an amazing venture which will build strong bonds and create memories to last a lifetime. The walks increase in length as we progress through the tour, and culminate with the optional ascent to the summit of Mount Toubkal, however, this tour is just as much about a remarkable journey along the way. Passing through remote villages and terraced fields we gain an insight into the life of the friendly Berber people during our time in Morocco, and finish with free time in the colourful imperial city of Marrakech.

Highlights

  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa - Toubkal (4167m)
  • Acclimatisation walks amidst beautiful remote Berber villages

  • Magnificent panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech

Key information

  • 5 nights camping, and 2 nights comfortable hotel
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus local leader. Designed for ages 13-16.
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by minibus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Free transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Family
Pace:

Average 5-6 hours walking per day on five of the walking days ( 2, 3, 4, 5+6), 1-2 hours on Day 7.

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 34.0km/2.0miles
Day 46.0km/3.0miles
Day 56.0km/3.0miles
Day 66.0km/3.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

Marrakech
to
Marrakech
  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening. 


    Hotel Opera Mogador or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to the village of Imi N Oghlad and walk to Tizzi Oussem

    After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Imi Oughlad, a journey that takes us from the plains around Marrakech into the heart of the High Atlas range. After meeting our mules and muleteers we start a 5 hour walk, climbing up to the Tacht Pass (2000m) before descending into the Azaden Valley, famous for its beautiful juniper forests. As we approach the village, the agriculture is evident in the masses of terraced fields, groves of walnut trees and beautiful juniper forests and we make camp on the outskirts of a small village by the river.

    Full-service Camping - Tizzi Oussem Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Imlil, walk through Berber villages and spectacular mountain scenery to Aroumd.

    Enjoy the day walking through the villages on the northern slope of Mt Toubkal. We travel through Tizi Mzzig 2400m then descend to Aremd.  We cross over a beautiful river via a bridge and enjoy the walk uphill through the villages on the approach to Mt Toubkal, and our destination for the night. On a clear day Toubkal can be seen from Marrakech thanks to its unique shape, and we get a fantastic view of this impressive mountain from our camp in Aroumd, building the anticipation for our next days hiking. 

    Full-service Camping - Aremd

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ascend via the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2350m) and enjoy superb views of the Toubkal Massif as we approach base camp

    Today, leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley past the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch (2350m), a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non-Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at the Toubkal Basecamp, at an altitude of 3207m. The climb is quite steep in places, but we take a very slow pace and can enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif, and towards the plains that surround Marrakech. En-route and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and even buy a drink or a snack along the way. We arrive at Toubkal Base Camp in the early afternoon and have a well-deserved rest relax. The busy refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3207m, was constructed by Club Alpin Français in 2000. We camp in the grounds but can still benefit from the facilities, including showers, a small shop and the cosy lounge. 

    Full-service Camping  - Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Early optional ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Free afternoon to relax at base camp

    For those that wish to attempt the summit, we make an early start from base camp (7 am) for the ascent of Mount Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing steeply through scree before traversing the southern ridge up the western flank of Toubkal. Scree is a collection of broken rock fragments at the base of mountains that has accumulated through periodic rockfall from adjacent cliff faces. The valley we climb through has scree, and it is a challenging part of the climb as it doesn't provide solid footing. About an hour below the summit, we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau, to reach the summit at 4167m . After enjoying the magnificent panoramic views, we descend back to base camp. The climb should take perhaps 5 hours to reach the summit, and 3 hours to descend. Once back at the base camp, we have the rest of the afternoon free to reflect on our achievement. 

    Full-service Camping - Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Descend to Aroumd

    This morning, we bid farewell to the base camp and walk back down to the village of Aroumd (1900m).  The pace will be relaxed, and again we will stop en-route for drinks, snacks and multiple photo opportunities. If there is time, we will spend the afternoon exploring the village. Other may choose just to relax on the pretty terrace.

    Full-Service Camping - Aroumd

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech.

    This morning we will bid farewell to our chefs and muleteers as we leave Aroumd, and enjoy the short walk down to Imlil which is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech. With a free afternoon, you have lots of time to explore Marrakech and do some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Djemaa el Fna, the open-air market place around which traditional life of Marrakech revolves, is an exciting place to visit. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.

     Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

    A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it.

    If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere.

    Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city.

    Hotel Mogador Opera or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Marrakech

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam/honey/nutella with coffee or tea. Main meals in camp will often be in the form of tajine of meat and/or vegetables with a great mix of herbs and spices, and light fluffy couscous or omelettes. Salads will often comprise of both cooked and raw vegetables including tomatoes, smoked peppers and aubergine. Dessert is often fruit, fresh or dried plus a variety of sweet pastries. 

When eating out in Marrakech during this trip, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants in Marrakech.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of couscous, vegetarian tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip.

If you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

We advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but as recycling is not fully established in Morocco plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

Weather

In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30ºC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms. During the summer months, Marrakech is very hot (33 - 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas. At medium altitudes the days will be hot and the nights warm. Only at 3000m+, when it will be cold, will you require warm clothing. During the summer, the sky should be clear but as in all mountain areas the weather can be unpredictable and late August can have some stormy weather. Rain can be experienced on all treks, usually showers but sometimes storms. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be a little snow lying at the higher altitudes. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

Is this trip for you?

Morocco does not require any vaccines and, if coming from Europe, has very minimal time difference. This trip provides a wonderful opportunity to see Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. This is the perfect adventure travel trip with children who enjoy a challenge, a fun and exciting trip that will leave you with lasting memories.

This trip is designed for children from 13-16 years old. Our guides are patient and friendly, and often have families of their own so they naturally know what families are looking for. Our guides are there to make your trip special and relish the opportunity to engage with our Exodus kids showing them a little of what Morocco has to offer!

The campsites are quite basic and communal, yet there is no other base from which we can enjoy the silence and peacefulness of the mountains. There is running water and electricity in the main hostel, although the water pressure and intensity of the light is understandably low in this remote location.

This trip is graded as Level 7, tough and is a challenging yet non-technical trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. When grading our trips we consider multiple factors; the pace (how busy an itinerary is), the amount of time a family will spend travelling, the level of activity involved and the weather is also an important factor too.  Though there is significant physical activity involved in this trip, you and your family will be doing a fair amount of walking in some places. The activity is interspersed with time to kick back and enjoy the scenery. Although this trip is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 5 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a couple of long days with some boulders and steep sections (maximum 5-6 hours).

The weather will vary tremendously throughout your trip, and depending on the season you can experience both high temperatures as well as low. No matter what time of year, as we climb higher the air temperature will get colder and you will feel this especially at night. It is important to pack for both warm and cold weather conditions. 

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information, and review the weather charts on this trip for a better idea of what to expect throughout the year.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

FTM - Hotels and Camping

On this trip you will spend 2 nights in a comfortable hotel with en-suite rooms and a small swimming pool. 5 nights will be spent camping, 2 at the Toubkal base camp while the other 3 are wild camping. Here camp chores will be done for you but there will be limited washing facilities. You will be able to access the bathroom facilities of the refuge at base camp, however, note there is seldom hot water. Whilst wild camping, there are no fixed toilets and we bring our own porta-loos. 

Our tents are two-person tens, and these will be set up and taken down for you, although your welcome to help! 

Single supplements do not apply to nights spent camping (5 nights)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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