Trek Mount Toubkal in Winter

Trek Mount Toubkal in Winter


From £825
Altitude 4,167m Grade: 1A

The Atlas Mountains from December to April provide a great opportunity to put your winter walking skills to the test whilst climbing two magnificent snow covered Moroccan peaks in a unique environment.

Mount Toubkal, known locally as Jebel Toubkal stands at 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Our approach trek passes through remote villages that offer an insight into the life of the Berbers, a culture that has hardly changed for centuries.

Mount Toubkal in Winter

Our Mount Toubkal in Winter Trek follows a programme of acclimatisation we aim to make an ascent of Ouankerim (4088m), Morocco’s third highest summit and Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in North Africa. The views across the Jebel Siroua and towards the Sahara are well worth the effort. Reports say “What a great trip! You get the full hit of everything in Morocco; hustlers, markets, wacky spices, beautiful mountains, great food and really friendly people make it a trip to be remembered for a long time”.

As the initial slope on the ascent of Toubkal is fairly steep and in icy condition a fall could have serious consequences, we do insist that participants have previous experience of walking with crampons and know how to do an ice axe arrest.

This trip will operate with a minimum of 2 participants using a local leader and a UK leader will accompany groups of 6 or more.

Dates & Prices

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Availability

DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
4th Feb 2023 - 11th Feb 2023 Closed8 £825
11th Feb 2023 - 18th Feb 2023 Closed8 £825
11th Mar 2023 - 18th Mar 2023 Guaranteed with Next Booking8 £825 Book Now

* A deposit of £200 will be required at checkout.

What's Included

  • A British expedition/trekleader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition/trek.
  • All meals whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other accommodation as outlined in the trip dosier.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • 70-90 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 15% discount off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased at Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Personal clothes and equipment.
  • Air travel to Marrakech
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified in the trip dosier.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition/trek early.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Marrakech and take a taxi to the hotel. In the evening you might like to watch the antics in the main square, the Djemma El Fna. Rendezvous with your Moroccan guide at 9pm.

Day 2

After breakfast we drive for an hour and a half up into the mountains to Oukaimeden, Morocco's 'premiere' ski station at 2600m. From the end of the road an easy climb takes us over the 2960m pass of Tizi n'ou Addi, which is often snow covered in the winter. On the south side of the pass a trail winds its way down and around the hillside to the village of Tacheddirt, the highest in Morocco.
3 - 4 hours walking

Day 3

We descend the Imenene valley for an hour or so before ascending the sweeping zig-zag dirt road up to the pass of Tizi n Tamatert, where a welcome tea shop provides refreshment. Peakbaggers may like to ascend the peak of Aourirt (2724m) from the pass before continuing down past the village of Tamatert and contouring round and above the busy roadhead of Imlil to reach the village of Aremd. 4 - 6 hours walking

Day 4

After breakfast we ascend up the Mizane valley on the main route to Toubkal. Depending on the snow line, which changes throughout the winter and from year to year, either mules or porters will carry our bags from here. (Mules and deep snow don't mix!). We pass the shrine at Sidi Chamharouch after about an hour and a half, and then continue up the valley for a further three hours to the Neltner refuge (3207m), our home for the next three nights. 5 - 7 hours walking

Day 5

Today we climb Toubkal’s sister peaks, the Ouanoukrim ""twins"", the second and third highest peaks in North Africa. This involves a short scramble in a couple of places as you ascend the ridge from the pass of Tizi n Ouagane. Sitting at over 4000m we will be rewarded with awesome views across to Toubkal and its neighbouring peaks. On the ascent you will be able to practice your ice axe and crampon skills as it is essential you are confident in using them for this ascent and the ascent of Toubkal tomorrow. 6 - 7 hours walking

Day 6

An early start is normal for the ascent of Mount Toubkal. The ascent is not technical, but does involve crossing some steep snow-covered ground which in firm conditions requires confidence and concentration. If the snow is soft and deep then it will be extremely hard going. Three to five hours usually sees everyone on top from where you can rest awhile and take in the 360 degree panorama from the top of North Africa's highest mountain. We return to the refuge for lunch by the same route (much quicker on the way down!) and then retrace our steps down the valley the village of Aremd for our last night in the mountains. 8 - 10 hours walking

Day 7

After breakfast we make the short walk down to the roadhead at Imlil to join with our vehicles that will take us back to Marrakech in time for lunch. The afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 8

Take a taxi to the airport to connect with your flight home.

Photos

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

Ian · 7 years ago ·

Mohamed is engaging, knowledgeable and very professional. He was with us in 2015 and great to see him again.

The group on this trip were tremendous fun to be with and with Mohamed's firm organisation everything went like clockwork.

Sandra · 7 years ago ·

Trip was better than i expected, had a fantastic team and it was a lot of fun. Food was amazing, will definitely be back to the Atlas Mountains.

Would highly recommend especially as a tester before committing to say Mont Blanc, good practice for someone new to crampons and using ice axe.

Andrew S · 8 years ago ·

As an existing client, I trust adventure peaks to get it right. All staff are great to deal with and the website is clear and easy to use. Prices are very competitive without compromising on service.

The only possible negative is that, due to the huge range of expeditions to choose from, it is not always guaranteed that the triple go ahead. Because of minimum client requirements. However, I couldn't mark adventure peaks down on this because it helped broaden my horizons and realise the huge variety of opportunities to travel to amazing places that I hadn't previously thought of.

John S · 9 years ago ·

I liked your brochure with a good write-up of lodgings included meals. It would be helpful to include samples of specific examples of gear aligned to items as some of them don't translate to the same items in the United States (example, warm pants).

It was a great trip, I highly recommend it to others and your agent was very good. The food at the hotel and during the trip were also very good. It was very well organised very good vehicles and logistics overall a very good and well executed expedition in an exotic location. I had to recommend a trip for both the climbing and culture.


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