Climb Mount Toubkal
- Trekking & Hiking
- Trekking peaks
our UK team
Arrive in Marrakesh and transfer to your hotel. transfer to your hotel. We provide transfers at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. After clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, exit the arrivals building and look out for one of our team holding a KANDOO sign.
Today we will have our pre-trek briefing after breakfast. We transfer from Marrakesh to Oukaimedem, the starting point of our hike where we meet our mule drivers, enjoy a picnic lunch and prepare our gear. Our first objectiveis Tizi n’Eddi (2980m), a great warm up with panoramic views of Imane valley and the High Atlas summits from the top. We then descend to the village of Tachedirt, the highest Atlas village, and set up camp at Fousaou (2300m), at the base of Tizi n’Likemt.
After breakfast we start our ascent of Tizi n’Likemt (3550m) from the pass we have incredible views to the south east over the mountains to the vast Sahara beyond. We descend to the secluded village of Azib Likemt and continue to the foot of Tizi n’Ourai where we camp for the night (2900m).
Climbing up to the col at 3109m known as Tizi n’Ourai, we have splendid views over the cultivated valley floor far below. It is a tough descent today down to the village of Amsouzart at 1740m, where we stop for some well earned refreshment.
From there, our path turns west and climbs up to the idyllic Lac d’Ifni at 2312m. We will make our camp for the evening here on the lakeshore and, weather permitting, enjoy a swim surrounded by the towering Atlas peaks.
Today Toubkal will be towering over us as we navigate gorges and difficult paths up to Tizi n’Ouanoums (3600m). From the col a short easy slope takes us down to the Nelter Refuge at 3200m where we will set up camp. This is the main basecamp for most Toubkal climbs and we will be able to look up at our route for the next day.
The big day! We will leave early (around 5am), climbing a steep rocky track up the mountain side to reach a hanging valley known as the
South Cwm where huge boulders are scattered around the track. We continue up steep scree slopes to hit the summit ridge at 3940m and follow the crest of the ridge to the summit pyramid at 4167m. You are now standing on the highest point in north Africa and the sense of achievement is enormous! The deep valleys of the Atlas Mountains are laid out below and on a clear day the views extend all the way to Marrakesh. Our descent takes us down the north side of the mountain down the valley to the village of Aremd (1900m)
After breakfast we walk to the road head at Imlil and transfer to Marrakesh. We will arrive in The late morning and check in to our hotel. We then have a free day to soak up all the fascinating sights of Marrakesh. Visit the Majorelle Garden, Bahia Palace and the world
famous Jama El f’na Market. A tour with an English speaking guide can be arranged.
Transfer to the airport and flight home.
The details in this programme are
regularly updated but unforeseeable and unpredictable circumstances may result
in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your
demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary
may be made.
For safety reasons, we reserve the
rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or
fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to
those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise to a refund or
note that this itinerary, including distances and times, is indicative. Our
guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your
interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to
achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.
Daily walking time: maximum 8-9
Daily ascent: maximum 1350m
An ascent of Toubkal requires you to be
in good physical condition and have some experience of walking for up to 6
hours a day for several days in a row.
The trail will vary from easy paths to very steep and rocky terrain.
There will be changes of altitude as you
climb above 3000m to cross the mountain passes and descend again. A good amount of endurance is necessary but mental stamina is the most important thing.
This programme does not require any
technical climbing ability or experience but you should try to be in the best
physical condition possible before departure.
You will be accompanied by a qualified Berber guide at all times as well
as your cook and mule drivers.
If you have any questions about your
suitability or how to prepare for this trip please do not hesitate to contact
During your trek you will be accompanied
by a cook who will prepare all of your meals.
At breakfast there is tea and coffee, bread, jam, cheese, cornflakes and
hot porridge. A typical lunch will be a
salad with fresh vegetables, corn, boiled eggs, tuna and rice or pasta.
Evening meals will always be made up of delicious Moroccan cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. There will normally be a soup starter
followed by a tagine or stew with salad and couscous. We can provide vegetarian, vegan or gluten
free meals on request. If you have
special dietary requirements please let us know when booking your trip.
In Marrakesh, at the start and end of
your trip, you can purchase meals at the hotel or head out in to the city to
find a restaurant. There is a wide range
of international and local options and you will find most dietary requirements
are catered for.
Drinks are not included in the cost of
your trip. You will need to bring a
water purification filter and at least two water bottles or flasks. During your trek you can refill your water at
natural springs, in villages or at hotels / refuges. We do not recommend the use of plastic water
bottles which must be carried out and recycled.
We provide a good quality 3 man tent per
2 people to allow for maximum space and comfort. We will also provide a foam mattress per
person and a mess tent for use at meal times and as a communal area. You will
be required to pitch your own tent at the end of each day.
At camp each evening we will set up a toilet tent and wash tent. These are
very basic facilities that provide a little privacy. The toilet tent will simply cover a hole in
the ground. The wash tent will contain a
basin and cold water.
In Marrakesh you will be staying in a
comfortable 4 star hotel in an en-suite twin or double room. The shelter in Aremd will be in the style of a local house
with dormitories and a shared bathroom.
On our Moroccan adventures you will need
to arrive in Marrakesh on a Saturday and the tour will begin the following
morning. For UK travellers there are direct flights with BA, Easy Jet and Ryan
Air from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Manchester. With a short stop
in Europe, you can travel from virtually any major UK airport. The flight time from the UK is roughly four
There are no direct flights to Marrakesh
from the USA but, it is only necessary to have a short stop of less than 3 and
a half hours somewhere in Europe. Delta Airways operate convenient flights via
Paris from New York, Boston and Los Angles. TAP Air Portugal, American Airlines
and United provide further options.
Menara Airport is located 8km outside the
city of Marrakesh and the transfer to your hotel will take between 20 and 30
mins. As nearly all flights to Marrakesh arrive later in the day, Kandoo
Adventures will provide two airport transfers on your arrival day at 5.30pm and
7.30pm. If you would like to make use of this service please let us know in
advance so we know to expect you. Once
you have cleared immigration and collected your luggage please exit the
arrivals area and look out for a Kandoo team member holding a big sign reading
"KANDOO". On the final day of your trip we will provide return
transfers at 7am and 12pm Remember for international flights you need to arrive
at least 2 hours before departure. Delays can occur, and making your flight is
If your flight times do not tie in with
our scheduled transfers, please contact us and we can arrange a private vehicle
Please bear in mind that dinner is not
included on your arrival day, this means if you arrive on a very late flight
you may struggle to find somewhere to eat by the time you have reached the
hotel. We recommend booking a flight that arrives in Marrakesh no later than
1730, allowing you to use our 1930 transfer and reach the hotel with plenty of
time to have a relaxed meal before bed.
Lost / delayed luggage
We recommend that you wear your walking
boots to travel and pack as many essential items as possible in your carry-on
luggage. If your luggage is delayed we can then do our best to kit you out to
start the trek on time. In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost,
our procedure is as follows:
Establish what items are missing and a
contingency plan for each critical item
If it reaches 6pm on the evening before
starting the trek and your luggage has not arrived we recommend buying and/or
hiring items immediately as a precaution
We will take you to a shop where you
can buy toiletry items, e.g. toothbrush. You will be able to find everything
need in Marrakesh.
We will do everything we can to help if
your luggage is lost or delayed. Be sure to check your insurance policy
coverage for lost luggage cover.
The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). For the most up to date exchange
rate please visit www.xe.com.
Guide: 100-160 Dirham
Cook: 85-110 Dirham
Mule drivers: 160-210 Dirham
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