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Mt Toubkal Climb

From £549 for 8 days
Trip Overview
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 awards dramatic views towards Marrakech and the spectacular Anti-Atlas mountains. Passing through remote villages and terraced fields we gain an insight into the life of the friendly Berber people and finish with free time in the colourful imperial city of Marrakech.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Marrakech.
Ends: End Marrakech.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Walking
Trip Code: ETMM
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Morocco
What's Included

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included

Transport

4 nights camping, 1 night gite with shared facilities and 2 nights 3-star hotel in en suite rooms 5 days point-to-point walking 

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa - Toubkal (4167m)

•    Acclimatisation walks amid beautiful remote Berber villages

•    Magnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal

•    Optional ascent of Mt Ouanakrim (4089m)

•    Time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech

•    2 leaders for all walking days for groups of 11 or more

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 6th Sep 2020
Returning: 13th Sep 2020
£549pp
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Departing: 18th Apr 2021
Returning: 25th Apr 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 2nd May 2021
Returning: 9th May 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 23rd May 2021
Returning: 30th May 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 30th May 2021
Returning: 6th Jun 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 6th Jun 2021
Returning: 13th Jun 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 4th Jul 2021
Returning: 11th Jul 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 18th Jul 2021
Returning: 25th Jul 2021
£579pp
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Departing: 8th Aug 2021
Returning: 15th Aug 2021
£579pp
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Itinerary & Notes
Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening.  *Mogador Opera or similar*
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Reviews
       
We were a large group of 16 but all got on well. I would say this is a great trekking trip with a serious mountain to climb. Morocco is an interesting country with a very different culture to ours.
       
Going on this trip had to be the best decision I've ever made regarding a holiday. Everything was perfect- the weather, the scenery, the route, the accommodation, the food, the guides. I've never been trekking before or climbed a mountain or anything along those lines, the rating Exodus gives the trip for difficulty is very accurate. It was a challenging trip, with two 12-hr days of trekking (this only happened because the route had to be changed as the pass we were supposed to take was blocked by snow (we were also walking quite slowly as had an older gentleman in the group)) but it was certainly do-able and 100% enjoyable. The food was amazing the whole trip, the best food I have ever had- nobody in the group complained about the cooking, the portions were incredible also. There were 16 of us and there was always plenty of food available, they are very good at catering for different diets. Around 50% of our group was vegan or vegetarian (I am vegan myself) and I have to say I was worried before we started the trip that we wouldn't have enough food available but there were certainly enough! The guides and even the locals we interacted with were the most friendly group of people I have met, the were all lovely and easy to talk to- most had extremely good English and spoke around 4/5 languages themselves so very interesting and intelligent people. It also cannot be put into words or even captured in a picture how beautiful the Atlas mountains are, you'll just have to go and see them yourself!
       
We had a great trip with a really good mixed group of people (ages ranged from 23 to 63). It was a quite a hard hike over mountain paths but the views and scenery reward your efforts at every turn. Being early in the spring season we encountered snow and ice on summit day but was provided with crampons and ice picks to help our assent. Climbing at altitude was very hard but the whole group made it by adopting a slow but steady pace and we had blue skies and great visibility at the top so could see for miles. It took us 7 hours to get up and 2 hours to come down and I would recommend building up your stamina before the trip as it is quite strenuous. The camping was good and the guides and porters did a great job. Temperatures vary enormously from day to day - we saw + 35 mid day and -10 at night - so take lots of clothing options, layers and the best sleeping bags you can afford (we hired ours). Overall a great experience.
       
We enjoyed an amazing week in the Atlas mountains culminating in the climb to Mount Toubkal's summit. As it was snowy and icy on the peak we used crampons and ice axes but that just added to the overall experience. It was a very hard climb (9 hours up and down) but all of us in our group made it. The food on the trip was great and we were amazed at how such good meals could be made with limited cooking facilities (even freshly baked bread every day) and no-one got sick or had any problems. Camping at altitude was cold so make sure you take really good sleeping bags and have plenty of layers and down jackets for the assent.
       
I have a wonderful time met some amazing people and shared the adventure of a lifetime. I would have no hesitation in recommending this holiday to anyone who loves hiking/trekking
       
I have just returned from my weeks trekking in the Atlas Mountains, 3-10th September. All I can say is the experience was everything I hoped it to be. The staff at Exodus have been fabulous. Said our guide was fabulous, and the group of people brilliant despite mixed abilities. What I can say is that I did prepare for this trip and would not have been able to have done it if I hadn't spent time improving my overall physical fitness. I am ready to book my next trip with this company already...looking to go to the Simien Mountains Trekking,
       
A challenging trek but definitely achievable with a good level of fitness and pacing yourself. The terrain is very tricky, with steep inclines, scrambling over large rocks and long sections of loose scree. However, the scenery is inspiring and you'll finish the week with a real sense of accomplishment. Rounding off the trip with a day in the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh is great fun.
       
From the bustling red city of Marrakech to the peak of Jebel Toubkal (and back), this trip far exceeded my expectations. The days in Marrakech that bookend the trek offer the opportunity to explore some of the main attractions such as the Jardin Majorelle, and, of course, the medina with its labyrinth souks and the famous Djemaa el Fna main square. Both are within walking distance of the hotel, which is of a good standard with very friendly staff (they will print your boarding pass for you, thankfully!),though i would recommend taking a taxi to the medina unless you are confident of the route. Most taxis hold 3 passengers and as a rule of thumb 10 Dirham per head is a good price. The trek offers a wealth of stunning and varied scenery and trails, from lush valleys and terraced fields irrigated by the rivers flowing from the High Atlas to the snow capped peaks of the mountains themselves. A highlight was the lunch on day 1 of the trek taken in a meadow. The trail is a combination of mule paths, rough, stony terrain, and scree ( and snow at the higher altitudes when we visited in early May). I have never used walking poles but these would have been very useful on days 4 and 5 when ascending and descending the optional high pass trek and Jebel Toubkal. Ice axes and crampons were needed for the Toubkal climb at this time of year and i found these great fun- it was the first time i have ever used them, but will not be the last! There was a great range of age groups and abilities in our exceptional group, and our tour leader Hassan and additional guide Mohammed who joined us for the Toubkal ascent managed the pace extraordinarily well, ensuring everyones welfare and giving everyone the best possible opportunity to achieve the summit- everyone who went for the summit made it. The views from the summit will stay with me from some time. Toubkal is tough and was my first high altitute summit for some time, and serves as a great foundation for some loftier peaks. Our tour leader Hassan was magnificent. We had to divert from the itenery on day 2 which resulited in a comfortable stay in a gite rather than camping due to snow making a high pass on the traditional route inaccessible for our mules. Hassan expenmined the diversion in detail and our acclimatisation did not suffer. This was symptomatic of the whole trip which was flawlessly organised from start to finish. The food was amazing and supplied calories just when they were needed. What makes the quality of the food even more amazing was that for the most part it was prepared in a tent by a chef that had traveled with us . No-one was made ill by the food. I am full of respect for our tremendous guides, chef, muleteers and the magnificent mules that formed our team in Morocco and who do an exceptional job. I highly recommend this trip for anyone with a sense of adventure, perseverance and with a reasonable level of fitness. Camping is basic so perhaps not for those who need their creature comforts, but it all adds to the adventure in my opinion and i wouldn't change a thing. Afternoon tea and delicious pancakes at the campsites were an unexpected treat ( if your group saves you any......protecting them from the wasps indeed!)
       
The 8-day trip is the perfect way to explore the High Atlas Mountains and get a flavour of Moroccan culture and history. It gives you time to build up to the climb, appreciate the scenery you're walking through and get to know your fellow trekkers. I really enjoyed the experience, and hope you do, too.
       
Great to be able to walk to the highest mountain in North Africa and in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. No special skills or climbing gear was required for the trip. For this trip you needed to be reasonable fit and able to cope with moderate high altitude walking. The weather was kind to us, but there were numerous clouds around the top of the mountain meaning that our distant views were not clear. Close mountain ranges looked impressive. Lush green valleys contrasted with stark bare mountain tops. A walk well worth doing.
       
Epic experience, very well organised and a great group of people
       
I was using this as a bit of a practise for my trip to Everest Base Camp, it provided the practise I was looking for and so much more. The walking was a good steady pace that suited the group, with meals almost magically appearing from nowhere. Considering all the food had be transported on the mules, the food was good, even a few welcome surprise snacks. The scenery was stunning , with some part surprisingly green. The time spent in Marrakesh was a complete contrast to the solitude of the mountains, but still great fun. The sights and sound on markets will stay with me for ever
       
A perfect holiday of exploration for anyone who is fit, adventurous, has a sense of camaraderie and can revert to the true nature of what it's like to really live , be at one and experience the wilderness of the surroundings and not be concerned with unnecessary luxuries we take for granted at home.
       
Unreal trip. Didn't know i'd get such holiday blues from a trip like this one. I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up but it surpassed all my expectations. Unbelievably organised, we were well looked after, well fed and well informed of everything that was going on and what to expect.
       
Great challenging trip but one that's well achievable.
       
This was our first trip with Exodus and, whilst I had heard good reviews from friends, there is always an element of the unknown; the challenge level, the food, accommodation, the other group members etc.. This trip was excellent in all respects and has set a very high bar for future Exodus trips I will be taking.
       
This trip was with my son before he left for university and we both had a fantastic time. A wonderful group and supported by a really dedicated staff of guides, chef, muleteers (many thanks to Moha & Zuhir). The walking was very good and felt challenging but appropriate- amazing views. Camping was fun, good equipment and quickly transitioned mindset to “trip mode”. I totally underestimated the quality of food and we ate like kings all week - it was amazing to see such meals being prepared in a tent at 3000m !
       
One of best holidays of my life and maybe even one of best weeks of my life. Everything was superb about it which has been stated in other reviews.
       
Our climb of Toubkal was challenging, it was quite hot and the terrain was difficult at points but our guide was superb, he was extremely experienced and kind. The food was incredible, with excellent variety, taste and presentation, we never felt hungry. The hotel stays were also very good and the guided tour of the city at the end of the week was very informative and interesting. All in all, it was extremely organized and well planned out. We will definitely travel again with Exodus in the future
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