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  • Magnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • Vibrant city of Marrakech
  • Experience the rural village of Imlil and the local Berbers'.
  • Free transfers for any flight
The Mt Toubkal Winter Climb tour starts and ends in Marrakech. The Mt Toubkal Winter Climb is a Trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Marrakech, Morocco and other destinations in Morocco.

During the winter, Mt Toubkal and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas turn into a walker's paradise with empty trails, clear air and spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif. Starting from the bustling city of Marrakech we venture right into the High Atlas to climb North Africa's highest peak (4167m) amidst breathtaking scenery. Crampons and ice axes are usually required throughout the trip (depending on weather), but this trip is designed to be achievable by those who are fit and determined enough, even if they are new to winter walking.
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4.7 - Excellent Based on 15 reviews
2 peaks in 2 days!
5 - Excellent
“It was a tough slog but soooooo worth it! The scenery was exquisite and it's the perfect trip to learn new skills using crampons, ice axes and avalanche transceivers.”
Mt Toubkal winter climb
5 - Excellent
“Overall had a fantastic time.”
Mixed weather, but amazing in the end!
5 - Excellent
“A really great trip with an equally great group of people & 2 excellent guides (Hassan and Mohammed). At the start of the week we had bad weather, a lot of snow and low cloud, our first attempt to climb Toubkal was stopped because of it. The following day, the weather was calmer and as we were climbing, the cloud lifted and the most amazing views of the snowy Atlas mountains opened up around us. It was blue sky by the summit, and totally amazing! The following day hike to the pass with views of the Lac d'Infini was equally stunning, another highlight of the trip. Food in the mountain refuge at Toubkal was really good!”
My most awesome week of adventure
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“I would highly recommend this trip. I had the time of my life. It was a perfect balance of adventure, fun, challenge, teamwork, culture and relaxation. First time using Exodus - very impressed, can't wait to book my next adventure!”
Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time free for exploration of this wonderful, colourful city.**

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
After a leisurely morning and lunch in Marrakech we transfer by minibus to Imlil, a journey of just under two hours which takes us from the plains around Marrakech to the heart of the High Atlas range. In the afternoon we take a short walk to our mountain gite in Aroumd where there is some free time to explore the area. **

*Hotel Aremd or similar*
Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley to the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non-Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at an altitude of 3209m.The afternoon is used to practice with the crampons and ice axe. The guides will find an appropriate patch of snow and demonstrate the important techniques of walking in crampons and ice axe arrest - stopping yourself with your axe if you are sliding on a snow slope.*Les Moflons Refuge or similar*
An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing steeply through deep snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit, we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to Marrakech - not visible on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. 

The afternoon is free to relax and warm up with a lovely mint tea. 

*Les Mouflons Refuge or similar*
Today, the group can choose from several trek options, including Jebel Ouanoukrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley, which although lower than Toubkal is technically more challenging. This peak has an exposed ridge where scrambling is required, and will only be attempted if a) the wind conditions allow and b) if the entire group is up to the challenge. The scramble is easy, but a little exposed in some places so the guides will set up a rope where needed. It's about 100 metres in length, with only the middle section requiring any particular care. 

Your guides will discuss with you the options, of which there are many depending on how the groups feel after the exertion of the previous day. Another superb option is the Tizi n' Ouanoums pass, where which offers views of the stunning Lac d'Ifni and Jebel Ouanoukrim . It is another steep, long climb through fantastic scenery and will require another early start to get the best weather. Again, you will return to the refuge for a late lunch.

*Les Mouflons Refuge or similar*
Today we make our way back down to the gite in Aremd, where we enjoy a final hot lunch with incredible views of the mountains. Here we will bid farewell to our chefs and muleteers before we then continue to walk for a further hour or so to the village of Imili. This is where we pick up our bus transfer to Marrakech. En route back to the city, we will stop briefly at a Women's Argan Oil Cooperative, where you can learn to the production process and have the opportunity to purchase some products if you wish.The evening is free to explore the city, perhaps enjoy a well-earned drink overlooking Djemaa el Fna.

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
With a full free day, you have lots of time to explore Marrakech and do some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Djemaa el Fna, the open-air market place around which traditional life of Marrakech revolves, is an exciting place to visit. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.**

 Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it.

If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere.

Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city.

*Hotel Gomassine or similar*
Our tour ends after breakfast.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 3 nights 3 star hotels, 4 nights gite/refuge , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included
Others
  • 5 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 10, plus winter guide and staff. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Full porterage included. No previous ice axe and crampon experience required  
  • Free airport transfers
  • Crampons
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Marrakech are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Mt Toubkal Winter Climb tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Marrakech, Morocco/ Marrakech, Morocco
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A deposit of 93 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 18 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Mt Toubkal Winter Climb tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Mt Toubkal Winter Climb tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Mt Toubkal Winter Climb tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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