Mt Toubkal and the Atlas Mountains

Mt Toubkal and the Atlas Mountains

Date/Time: 19/05/2021 - 17/08/2021, All Day Location: Mt Toubkal, Morocco

19 – 25 May 2021

11 – 17 August 2021

An exhilarating 7 day trip into the heart of Morocco and the Atlas Mountains range with 5 days of trekking

the opportunity to summit up to 5 peaks over 3000m!

Breese Adventures are offering a 5 day trek that gives a more unique Atlas Mountains experience including 2 days of quieter paths and the opportunity to cross the Aguelzim pass at 3650m.

We choose 5 days as this gives the best chance of acclimatisation and lets us immerse ourselves in the history and the culture of this amazing region and allows flexibility in our itinerary.

We begin our trek at our Guest House in Imlil as we relax and soak up the atmosphere with fantastic panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains from the roof top terrace.

We use only the best in country guides and a Breese Adventures leader will also be on the trip.

Our fully catered 5 day trek includes water (need to purify), snacks, breakfast, lunch and evening meal where all the food is cooked fresh every time! (We can cater for all dietary requirements)

After the trek you have time to relax in the beautiful city of Marrakech and learn about the history, culture and architecture.

Trip Highlights

A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa – Toubkal 4167m

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Fully supported 5 day trek with fantastic routes via quieter paths and valleys offering a more unique Atlas Mountains experience

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Magnificent panoramic views throughout the trek and from each summit

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Small team (6-10) accompanied by professional Breese Adventures leaders and the best in-country guides and muleteer

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Fully catered trek with fantastic home cooked food every day

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Flexible itinerary to give more time for acclimatisation and the opportunity to take in up to 4 peaks over 3000m

Atlas Mountains

atlas mountains

Morocco is home to the highest mountain range in North Africa. The Atlas Mountains form several ranges over 2500km that stretch throughout Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

The range’s highest peak is Mt Toubkal which stands at 4167m (13,671ft) in southwestern Morocco affording amazing views over the Sahara Desert.

Relax in the beautiful city of Marrakech after your trek.

Important Information before you book

Day 1

Arrive Marrakech pm and transfer to Imlil (approx. 1.5 hours)

  • Meet your team and leaders followed by a kit check and team briefing in the evening. We have the option to walk into Imlil to purchase/hire any additional kit required. After we then relax and soak up the atmosphere with fantastic panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains from the roof top terrace (depending on arrival time).
  • Accommodation – Guest House in Imlil
  • Meals included – snacks upon arrival with tea, coffee and Dinner

Day 2

Imlil to Tamsoult Refuge

  • Today we begin our first days trekking by climbing up from our base up through the Tizi Mzik pass at 2489m.
  • We have the option to summit El Hadj at 3134m before we descend into the beautiful Azaden valley to reach the remote Tamsoult refuge. Here we will be greeted by our hosts with tea and coffee and if we are lucky some amazing home-made pancakes!
  • Today gives our first taste of acclimatisation as we use the mantra “climb high and sleep low”
  • Accommodation – Refuge Tamsoult
  • Meals included:- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, coffee/tea
ROUTE DETAILS
  • Distance 10Km
  • Time 5-6 hours
  • Start Height 1740m
  • Max Height 2489m
  • Height Gain 749m
  • End Height 2250m

Day 3

Tamsolut refuge to Refuge de Toubkal CAF via Aguelzim pass

  • After an early breakfast we set off by winding our way up through the beautiful Azaden valley.
  • We pass via Cascade d’Irhoulidene and amazing waterfalls on route.
  • Today is a proper mountaineering day with fantastic panoramic views of the High Atlas.
  • To further our acclimatisation we will summit Aguelzim South 3547m and Aguelzim North 3650m via the 100 ZIG-ZAGS before descending to our nights’ accommodation at 3207m at the foot of Toubkal itself!
  • Accommodation – Mouflons Refuge
  • Meals included:- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, coffee/tea
ROUTE DETAILS
  • Distance 14Km
  • Time 7-9 hours
  • Start Height 2250m
  • Max Height 3650m
  • Height Gain 1400m
  • End Height 3207m

Day 4

Acclimatisation walk –  Tizi Ouanoums 3680m

  • Today we have the option for a more relaxing start with a later breakfast if you wish. With many different acclimatisation walks on offer means we can be totally flexible to your needs and aspirations
  • Good opportunity to see how everyone is feeling before the big summit attempt the next day.
  • Option to just chill out at the Toubkal refuge, spending time relaxing and refuelling the body with food and water in readiness for the summit attempt.
  • We can be as flexible as you require on this day!
  • Accommodation – Mouflons Refuge
  • Meals included:- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, coffee/tea
ROUTE DETAILS
  • Distance 5Km
  • Time 5 hours
  • Start Height 3207m
  • Max Height 3680m
  • Height Gain 473m
  • End Height 3207m

Day 5

Toubkal summit day! HERE WE GO!!!

  • Set your alarms early and enjoy a good breakfast as this is a tough day. We will do a final kit check before summit departure then head out to ascend via the south cwm which is the more popular route.
  • This is a hard day but our previous days of acclimatisation should help us ascend the long scree slopes towards the summit.
  • We will head to Tiz-n’Toubkal at 3940m before following the ridge line to the summit and the highest point in North Africa at 4167m with its large pyramidal iron structure and fantastic view across the Atlas range!
  • We have different options for our decent back to Refuge de Toubkal and this can be decided on summit day.
  • Accommodation – Mouflons Refuge
  • Meals included:- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, coffee/tea
ROUTE DETAILS
  • Distance 10Km
  • Time 6-8 hours
  • Start Height 3207m
  • Max Height 4167m
  • Height Gain 960m
  • End Height 3207m

Day 6

 Trek back down the valley via Sidi (saint) Chamharouch (King of Devils)

  • After a lazy later breakfast we head back down the beautiful valley to Imlil
  • It is a long gradual descent so we take our time enjoying the views whilst celebrating our summit success whilst stopping to enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the many little rest stops along the way.
  • Transfer back to hotel in Marrakech (approx. 1.5 hours)
  • Tonight we will go out for a team meal and enjoy some fantastic Moroccan food as we celebrate our past few days Atlas Mountains adventures! (please note evening meal to be purchased separately).
  • Accommodation – Hotel in Marrakech
  • Meals included:- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, water, coffee/tea
ROUTE DETAILS
  • Distance 12Km
  • Time 5-6 hours
  • Start Height 3207m
  • End Height 1740m

Day 7

Rest and relaxation in Marrakech

  • After breakfast take in the main sites as you are free to explore the wonderful city of Marrakech and learn about the history, culture and architecture.
  • Take time to explore the old part, within the medieval ramparts known as the Medina and also the modern French quarter known as Gueliz.
  • In the afternoon we will depart for the airport and our flight home.

Each day you will need to carry a day pack (25-35 litres) with everything you will need for the day.

Additional kit can be put into a 75-100 litre Kit Bag (maximum 15 kilos) which will be transported by mules during the trek.

 

KIT LIST (Essential (E) Optional (O)

Rucksacks and Bag

  • Daysack 25-35L (E)
  • 75-100L Kit Bag (E)
  • Water proof inner liner and outer (E)

Sleeping

  • 3/4 season sleeping bag (E)
  • Sleeping bag liner (O)

Footwear

  • A good pair of walking boots with ankle-support is essential. These should be a pair which are ‘worn-in’ and waterproof. (E)
  • 5 pairs of good quality walking socks (1 to be thermal) (E)
  • Comfortable shoes for evening (E)
  • Spare laces (O)

Clothing

  • Water proof Jacket (E)
  • Waterproof trousers (E)
  • Trekking trousers (E)
  • Trekking shorts (O)
  • Lightweight down jacket/fleece jacket (E)
  • Lightweight fleece top (O)
  • 2/3 wicking base layers (not cotton) (E)
  • Warm Hat (E)
  • Gloves (E)
  • Sunhat (baseball cap or wide brimmed hat) (E)
  • Buff (O)
  • Gaiters (O)
  • Casual clothes for travel/Marrakech (E)
  • Clothes to sleep in (baggy t-shirt etc) (O)

General Equipment

  • Head Torch (with spare batteries) (E)
  • Walking Poles (O)
  • 2 x 1L Water bottles (or 2L Camelback) (E)
  • Water purification tablets/drops (E)
  • UV Protection sunglasses (E)
  • Sun cream (at least factor 30) (E)
  • Lip balm (at least factor 30) (E)
  • After sun (E)
  • Ear plugs (O)
  • Camera / Phone (O)
  • Water proof bags for keeping important items dry (E)
  • Watch (O)
  • Money Belt (to keep passport, cash and debit/credit cards in) (E)
  • Book (O)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush (E)
  • Toothpaste (E)
  • Soap/body wash/shampoo (E)
  • Hand sanitiser (E)
  • Deodorant (E)
  • 1 roll of toilet paper (E)
  • Towel (E)
  • Antiseptic wipes (O)

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Paracetamol (E)
  • Ibuprofen (O)
  • Plasters (E)
  • Zinc Oxide Tape/Kinesiology Tape (O)
  • Compeed (E)
  • Imodium (O)
  • Personal medication (inform trip leader of meds and where they are) (E)
  • Antiseptic wipes (O)
  • Antihistamines (O)
  • Rehydration sachets/tablets (E)

Important Documents

  • Passport (E)
  • Copy of passport (kept separate from main passport) (E)
  • 2 passport photographs (kept separate from main passport) (E)
  • Travel insurance documents (E)
  • VISA (if required) (E)
  • Emergency contact details (E)

Imlil Guest House

1 night

Privately owned by our in country trek provider. Shared dorms, toilets, hot showers and terrace view towards the Atlas Mountains.

Tamsoult Refuge

1 night

The Tamsoult hut is a renovated gite offering slightly upgraded accommodation. The gite is located in the picturesque Azzaden Valley in the summer village of Tamsoult at 2250m. Shared dorms, toilets and hot showers with amazing views of the Azzaden valley.

Mouflons Refuge

3 nights

Shared dorms, toilets, showers (not always hot), communal eating and relaxing areas, terraced views of the Atlas.

3 star hotel in Marrakech

1 night

Shared en suite Twin rooms.

Fantastic home cooked food will be served every day whilst on the trek!

Fully catered 5 day trek including water (need to purify), snacks, breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Example menu

Breakfasts

Breakfast will usually consist of homemade porridge with bread and jam with mint tea and coffee.

Lunches

Hot lunches will be provided unless a packed lunch is needed which will consist of bread, meats, fish and fruit with snacks whilst on trek.

Evening meals

Your evening meal will be the famous Moroccan tagine of meat, vegetables with a fantastic blend of herbs and spices, complimented by the old wonderful Moroccan delicacy of cous cous.  The Tagine will be served with fresh vegetables and pasta.

If you have any specific dietary requirements please do discuss these with us so we can make sure we provide what you need.

Bottled water is available at the start of the trek however we would prefer that you bring water purification tablets and use tap water (which is safe purified) to avoid plastic waste.

What’s included

  • All snacks, breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 evening meals
  • All accommodation – 1 night guest house Imlil, 4 nights mountain refuge and 1 night in hotel
  • Airport transfers (fixed times)

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • International flights
  • Dinner in Marrakech on last night

PASSPORTS & VISAS

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. Passports must be in good condition or entry can ne denied.

For further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements

VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. However we recommend that you visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations.

For further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/health

MONEY

Most major credit cards are accepted in the larger towns. ATMs are widely available in cities and most of the main towns. There is no limit on the amount of foreign cash you can bring in to the country. You won’t be able to change Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes and it‘s very difficult to exchange travellers’ cheques.

The most important thing you need to know is that the Dirham is non-convertible, which means you can’t bring it into or out of Morocco.

If taking sterling ensure that the bank notes are of good quality, not ripped or marked by pen.

For more information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/money

RAMADAN

Ramadan runs from 5th May – 4th June 2018 – During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day.

MOROCCO TIME

There is no time difference between Morocco and United Kingdom.

LEVEL OF DIFFUCULTY

This 5 day trek is a non-technical ascent but offers many challenges due to the varied terrain, daily height gain and the altitude.

We advise that you have experience of (and be comfortable with) long ‘back to back’ walking days in mountainous regions such as Snowdonia or the Lake District. A good level of fitness is important and you may need to undertake some training before attempting this 5 day trek. You need to be confident of your physical condition.

Conditions underfoot are generally good but loose scree and rough terrain will be experienced. (maybe with some short sections of scrambling).

Late May/June the weather will be hot lower down in the valleys which will add to the difficulty of the trek.

ALTITUDE

Altitude sickness, with the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS) typically occurs only above 2500m.

We have designed this 5 day trek to minimize the risk and better aid acclimatisation as we climb above 2500m for our Toubkal summit attempt at 4167m.

For further information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Altitude-sickness/

WEATHER

May – August – Dry and hot conditions with little rain.

Marrakech will be hot and temperature will rise to 35Deg C in the daytime.

Tamsoult Refuge 2250m – Max 25Deg C / Min 12Deg C

Mouflons Refuge 3207m – Max 22Deg C / Min 8Deg C

Toubkal Summit 4167m – Max 20Deg C / Min -10Deg C

Please note temperatures are from 2018 data and may not be what you experience on your trip.

£548

Full price per person excluding international flights. For more details see the ‘What’s Included’ section.

 

Once you have booked and paid your deposit you will be sent a contract with all details and payments.

 

Payments

£50 deposit to be paid when booking.

£150 due within 3 weeks of booking

£348 due no less than 12 weeks before your trip

 

Please make sure you have read our Booking Terms and Conditions.

We currently run this trip twice a year. You can find dates listed above or click on our Events tab for more details.

Booking

Complete your details to secure your place and we will forward a contract and payment details to you.

Group Bookings

If you are a Charity or a group of 6 or more that would like to book a specific date please get in touch.

please make sure you have sufficient TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THIS TRIP

You must show proof of your travel insurance for this trip and it must cover the following:-

Medical and Repatriation back to the UK

Trekking insurance up to 4500m

Helicopter Evacuation insurance

Some suggested Insurance companies for you to look at (you must do your own research, these are for guidance only):-

BMC https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance

BIG CAT Insurance https://bigcattravelinsurance.com/travel-insurance/trekking-insurance/

JS Travel Insurance https://www.jsinsurance.co.uk/travel_insurance/trekking-6000-metres-travel-insurance.html

Snowcard Insurance https://www.snowcard.co.uk

PACKAGE TRAVEL REGULATIONS 2018

The combination of travel services offered to you (trek, accommodation and transfers) is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel Regulations 2018. Therefore you will benefit from all rights applying to packages. Breese Adventures will be responsible for the package as a whole and as required by law have protection in place to refund your payments in the event that it becomes insolvent.

You can find information on the Package Travel Regulations here.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made

Key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018

  • You will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.
  • Breese Adventures is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.
  • You will be accompanied by a Breese Adventures team member and will be  given an emergency number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with them or an emergency contact.
  • You may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs (see Booking Terms and Conditions for details).
  • The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise, and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8% of the price of the package, the customer may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.
  • Customers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, are changed significantly. If before the start of the package Breese Adventures cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.
  • Customers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package
  • Additionally, customers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.
  • If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Customers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.
  • Customers are also entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages or both where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.

If Breese Adventures becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded. All payments from customers will be kept in a customer trust fund account, details of which will be given to the customer.

BREESE ADVENTURES INSOLVENCY PROTECTION

NatWest Bank

Contact details will be sent to you in your contract.

 

CUSTOMER RIGHT TO CANCEL OR TRANSFER BOOKING

Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for details on cancelling or transferring your booking.

 

MINIMUM PEOPLE FOR TRIP TO RUN

6

We will need to have recieved full payment from a minimum of 6 people to run this trip no less than 12 weeks before the departure date. If this number is not reached Breese Adventures may cancel this trip and return deposits paid. Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details.

If you are a Charity or Group of 6 or more that would like to discuss alternate dates please Get in Touch!

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