JBEL TOUBKHAL CLIMB

Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing. It is a two day trek involving walking in crampons holding an ice axe for security (Nov to April ).It is also just 80km to the south of Marrakesh. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. Here you can discover some spectacular places including the Imlil valley, the Toubkal Massif, the Sidi Chamarouch shrine, and the peak of Jbel Toubkal.

 

If you wish to add on any other tour, we are happy to arrange it for you.

Overview

Day 1: Marrakech

Day 2: Marrakech

Day 3: Atlas Mountains, Tizi N'tichka pass, Dades Canyon

Day 4: Todra Gorge, Berber desert camp

Day 5: Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou

Day 6: Taliouine Kasbah, Taroudant

Day 7: Essaouira

Day 8: Marrakech

Day 9: Marrakech - Imlil - Tinerhourhine

Day 10: Aït Aïssa

Day 11: Imlil - Marakesh

Day 12: Depart

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up from Marrakech Airport and transfer to the riad to spend the first 2 nights.

Day 2: Marrakech

Marrakech dazzles the senses. This morning there is sightseeing to introduce you to its delights. Highlights include the marvellous Jemaa El Fna Square - once a site of public execution, now full of storytellers and snake charmers; the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Medersa and the beautiful Majorelle Gardens.

Day 3: Atlas Mountains, Tizi N'tichka pass, Dades Canyon

After breakfast this morning we enjoy a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka pass. We then descend and pass Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise' -  an incredibly dramatic landscape. Our final highlight is a drive through the Dades Canyon. We finish in Tinghir for the night. (B D) Overnight Tinghir - Hotel Tomboctou or similar

Day 4: Todra Gorge, Berber desert camp, sunset camel ride

Our next taste of dramatic Moroccan scenery comes at the Todra Gorge close to Tinghir, where we'll stop for a short hike along the valley floor with rocky cliffs towering above us on both sides. We then continue along the 'road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Erfoud before switching into 4WD vehicles to travel to Merzouga and through the Erg Chebbi sand desert to a traditional Berber camp amidst the dunes. Here a sunset camel ride is included plus a walk to the top of some of the dunes for spectacular views as the sun sinks below the horizon. You'll enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere, before sleeping in comfortable Berber camel‐hair tents. (B D) Overnight Merzouga ‐ Desert camp via Ksar Merozuga or Palais des Dunes or similar

Day 5: Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou

After breakfast with our Berber hosts we head out of the dunes and drive back to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. We continue back along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs through the Draa Valley to Ouarzazate where we stay. While in Ouarzazate we include a tour of the movie studios that have taken advantage of the amazing scenery in the area. Our final visit here is to Morocco's most well known Kasbah the UNESCO world heritage site of Aït Benhaddou. (B D) Overnight Ouarzazate at Le Jardins de Ouarzazate or similar.

Day 6: Taliouine Kasbah, Taroudant walled market town

Our drive today skirts the foothills of the Atlas mountains with some great views to our right hand side, stopping for a break en‐route to see the Kasbah at Taliouine and to learn about the production of saffron, the world's most expensive spice, which takes place in only this area in Morocco. We continue onto Taroudant, a large walled Berber market town, and its souqs are reputed to be the best in the south with some excellent local crafts on sale. The town walls are some of the longest and best preserved in Morocco, with their mud construction changing colour atmospherically as the day progresses ‐ they're best seen in the early evening. You'll have some free time here in Taroudant to explore the souqs, and walk along the walls. (B) Overnight Taroudant ‐ Riad Taroudant or similar.

Day 7: Agadir, coastal drive to Essaouira

We head to the coast today with our first stop at Morocco's main resort town of Agadir. We'll take a short tour of the harbour and the famous High Kasbah before continuing along the coast towards the North Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira . Well regarded as one of Morocco's most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. (B) Overnight Essaouira at Riad Zahra or similar

Day 8: Essaouira, free time, drive to Marrakech

The morning is free to explore Essaouira further. You could visit the working port with its busy fish auction market and traditional wooden boat builders; explore the craft stalls and shops in the walled Medina which is UNESCO World Heritage listed; take a boat trip to the nearby island of Mogador which is a nature reserve popular with birdwatchers; try a windsurfing or kite-urfing lesson from the beach; or just explore randomly at your leisure. While you're here it's also well worth having a meal at one of Essaouira's well known fish stalls, where a wide range of local freshly caught fish and seafood are displayed, ready to be cooked in front of you and served with bread and salad. After lunch we drive back to Marrakech for a final evening in this busy place. Overnight Marrakesh - Riad Anya or similar.

Day 9: Marrakech - Imlil - Tinerhourhine

This morning you are transferred out to Imlil. We then walk from Imlil (1740m) towards Tinerhourhine, climbing through the small village of Tamatert before pausing to take lunch at the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2279m). In the afternoon, we descend to the traditional village of Tinerhourhine (1600m), spread across both banks of the Imenane Valley, where we spend the night in a local gite. (B L D) 4 hours walking, approximately.

Day 10: Aït Aïssa

We depart from Tinerhourhine, following the Imenane Valley gently downriver until, passing close by the village of Ikkiss (1700m), we turn away and rise to reach Tizi n'Aguersioual (2050m). Descending the far side of the pass, we cross the Aït Mizane Valley and immediately rise again towards Tizi Oudite (2219m), first taking our lunch at Matate (2000m). We finally descend into the Assif n'Ouissadene Valley and spend the night in a local gite in the small village of Aït Aïssa (1800m). (B L D) 6 to 7 hours walking, approximately.

Day 11: Imlil - Marakesh

We depart from Aït Aïssa and walk up valley towards the village of Tizi Oussem (1900m). We then rise further to cross Tizi Mzik (2400m) and descend through the village of Mzik itself on the far side before dropping once more into the Aït Mizane Valley and arriving back in Imlil. 4 hours walking, approximately. (B L)

Day 12: Departure

Check out after breakfast and transfers to the airport for your departure flight. (B)


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Fast Facts

Morocco is a Northern African country, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the annexed Western Sahara. It is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines
Morocco is a safe place to visit but like most places have their share of scam artists and pickpockets. There are also a few unlicensed guides in major cities like Fez and Marrakesh so make sure their license is valid before you employ them. And when it comes to any service, negotiate the price before you start out.
Don't drink the water from the tap. Always buy bottled water and make sure it is sealed when you buy it.
Morocco is primarily a Muslim country so the dress code is quite conservative, The locals do not walk around in short skirts or sleeveless tops, regardless of how hot it is. Most women wear burkas. As a tourist, women should wear skirts and dresses below the knee, jeans or slacks, even leggings with a long shirts. Sandles are preferable. Yes you will see tourists wearing skimpy attire but it calls for unwanted looks and is disrespectful to their culture.
Riads or Ryads are eighteenth or nineteenth century family houses, usually found in the medinas of the major towns and cities in Morocco such as Marrakech, Essaouira and Fez. Many have been converted into hotels and offer visitors to Morocco the chance to stay in authentic accommodation hidden away behind front doors. Riads are typically 4-10 bedrooms in size, and conform to a traditional Moroccan architectural style that sets most of the major rooms of the house around a courtyard with no windows to the street side. The courtyards often contain a garden or small swimming or plunge pool, and gives guests a cool and private inner area within the property. Most also have rooftop terraces.
The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or fall (September to October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer. The desert is just too hot during June to September. The coastal regions can be visited year-round. the best time to visit is during April and May or September to November, the country's shoulder seasons. During these months, the climate is neither too hot nor too cold, and there are fewer tourists to contend with than there would be during the peak summer or winter vacation periods. A dusting of snow is not unusual in northern Morocco and​, of course, the Atlas Mountains are prone to heavy snowfall in winter.
Although the Euro, US Dollar and, to a lesser extent, Sterling are accepted in certain tourist areas, the the Moroccan currency (the Moroccan Dirham) is required for daily use. In the major centres like Fez and Marrakesh, Euro can be used instead of Dirham. However in the more remote area you need Dirham. Dirham can be easily purchased within Morocco from the bureau de change in airports, major banks or from cash machines. Using a debit card at an ATM is often the easiest and cheapest method. In the country side and smaller towns cash points are rare and cards are often not accepted.
Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Below is a a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider.
While having a knowledge of these two languages is great, but trying to learn Arabic before you arrive may provide difficult. Our recommendation would be to rather learn some basics in French. Many people do however speak English and if they can't there is most often someone on hand to help translate.
The Atlas Mountains have a typical mountain climate with cool but sunny summers and average temperatures of approximately 25C. There is the risk of thunderstorms and heavy rains during the afternoons in the summer months.

What's Included

Price includes

Accommodation: all accommodation
Transport: transfers to and from Marrakech airport plus transport throughout the itinerary in a comfortable, modern, private, air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking driver Meals: as indicated
City tour - 1.5 hrs - in Marrakech led by an official guide
1 Night Aït Aïssa
Mountain Guide

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Laundry
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Entrance fees

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sahara Todra Gorge
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