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Robert Markwick: Toubkal, The Atlas Mountains

Off the back of your Mera Peak success we invite you to enjoy a cultural rollercoaster ride from the bustling streets of Marrakech to the wild and quiet Atlas Mountains.

Climbing Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa at 4167m, is a challenge and not to be underestimated but it is not a technical mountain to climb. The combination of mountain, culture and luxury on this trip is what makes it so special.

If that's not enough there is some stunning trekking to be had through this amazing mountain range that connects Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. With your background of long wonderings this could perhaps be your next big adventure.

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    Duration

    7 Days

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    Start Location

    Marrakech, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    All year

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    Price

    From €5750.00

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Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains

Morocco is well known for its rich culture, delicious food and welcoming people. But did you know it is also home to beautiful 4000m mountains? The Atlas Mountains range over 2,500km across northwestern Africa, separating the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. The mountainous terrain is scattered with traditional Berber villages, huge canyons and ravines. The highest peak is Toubkal, which is situated 80km south of Marrakech. This expedition is a unique experience mixing local cultures, luxury accommodation where possible, delicious food and inspiring mountain scenery.

Marrakech is the start and end point for this trip with its well-served international airport. You'll visit the old town (medina) at the end of your trip, which is a densely packed, high walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with a maze of small alleyways leading you to bustling souks (marketplaces), delicious street food stands and local services such as hammam massages.

This is a great trip for family and friends to join, whether its for the full itinerary or just a few days of relaxation at Kasbah Tamadot part of the Virgin limited hotels collection.

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

You should be fit enough for a minimum of 3 full days of trekking covering approximately 1000m of ascent / descent per day. You don't need previous trekking or mountaineering experience but you will need to arrive in good health and with a high level of fitness. The summit day is tough but very rewarding as you reach the roof of North Africa and are greeted with amazing views.

If you're looking for a challenging mountain adventure, combined with a real culture hit and a stay at the most beautiful Kasbah in the country this trip is perfect for you.

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    7 Days

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    Start Location

    Marrakech, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    All year

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    Guide Ratio

    1:1

  • Ability

    Level B

    Level B

    You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing. You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments. Let's dial it up!

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    Price

    From €5750.00

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Meet The Team

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Introducing our crack squad of mountain lovers and adventure junkies. We spend most of our days plotting, planning and building some of the very best trips out there for you all to enjoy.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary. Adventure Base provides all technical equipment such as crampons and ice axe. No harness or ropes are required for this climb as it is not technical and not on a glacier.

For the full downloadable Toubkal Kit List please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Climb Toubkal (4,167m)
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 2 nights at base camp Toubkal
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3 nights at Kasbah Tamadot
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 night at a Riad in Marrakech
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Full board on all days
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All local guides and host costs
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Airport transfers to / from Marrakech Airport
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Mule luggage transport to / from base camp
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Expedition cook, support team and English speaking local guide during the trek
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All transport costs included in the trip price
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All technical equipment required for the climb

What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

november 2024
4 Dates
Depart

Tue 05 Nov, 2024

Return

Sat 09 Nov, 2024

Availability

10 spots available

Depart

Tue 12 Nov, 2024

Return

Sat 16 Nov, 2024

Availability

10 spots available

Depart

Tue 19 Nov, 2024

Return

Sat 23 Nov, 2024

Availability

10 spots available

Depart

Tue 26 Nov, 2024

Return

Sat 30 Nov, 2024

Availability

10 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

This trip combines comfort and practicality across 3 different locations in 5 days. 2 nights in the Kasbah Tamadot and 2 nights on the mountain.

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Kasbah Tamadot

Situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the award-winning Kasbah Tamadot presents 28 rooms and suites that have been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the building and features antiques from all over the world.

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    Duration

    3 Nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Superior suite

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    Food

    Full Board

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Base Camp

We spend 2 nights at the Toubkal base camp. Depending on the time of year, we will either camp in comfortable 2 person tents (spring / summer / autumn) or stay in the rustic refuge (winter). The sleeping arrangements are fairly basic but comfortable and you'll always be well fed and looked after.

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    Duration

    2 Nights

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Private tent

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    Food

    Full board

Marrakech-accommodation

Marrakech

We spend the last night of the trip in a beautiful Riad located in the Medina of Marrakech, amongst the souks and vibrant hustle and bustle of city life. There is time to pick up souvenirs before catching your flight home. And why not add on a couple of extra nights?

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    Duration

    1 Night

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Private room

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    Food

    Breakfast

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

Please note this is a suggested itinerary only, based on suitable weather and mountain conditions.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day in Marrakech

    Fly to Marrakech and meet the local Adventure Base team at the airport. Private transfer (1 hour) to Kasbah Tamadot for a warm traditional welcome and your first night of luxury at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Welcome dinner with our local hosts.

  • Day 2:
    Local visits and climb preparation

    After breakfast you begin your sightseeing tour with our local host to the local market and small Berber villages. Sample a local lunch before heading back to the Kasbah Tamadot for an afternoon kit check with the guides and final preparations for Toubkal.

  • Day 3:
    Approach Toubkal Base Camp (3206m)

    After breakfast you take a short transfer to Imlil (1800m) to begin your trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, you pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Your route takes you along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the base camp (3206m), where you will have a hearty dinner before spending the night in your private tent at the base camp. 12km 1450m up 0m down (6-8hrs)

  • Day 4:
    Summit day

    Early in the morning you make your attempt on the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The route takes you up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit you can enjoy the breathtaking vistas across the surrounding landscape. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. You will retrace your steps to return down the mountain and spend the night at Base Camp. 8km 1150m up 1150m down (6-7hrs)

  • Day 5:
    Descend to the Kasbah Tamadot

    Today you head back towards Imlil and say goodbye to your wonderful guide team over a traditional cup of Moroccan tea and lunch. After lunch you transfer back to the Kasbah Tamadot for well earned afternoon of relaxation. 12km 0m up 1450m down (4-5hrs)

  • Day 6:
    Marrakech

    After breakfast at the Tamadot, you check out and set off to explore Marrakech’s medina. You can spend all day wondering the souks and taking in the atmosphere or visit some of the main cultural sights of Marrakech, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, Palais el Badi and the Bahia Palace, interspersed with a leisurely lunch watching the storks nesting on the ramparts of the ancient city. In the evening, be sure to head down to the main square where food stalls, acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers congregate creating an unforgettable atmosphere. Overnight in a Riad.

  • Day 7:
    Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

TK: Altitude

When you go over 2,700m your body begins to feel the effects of altitude. Shortness of breath, headaches and nausea Read more

When you go over 2,700m your body begins to feel the effects of altitude. Shortness of breath, headaches and nausea are just a few of the symptoms that you might experience. Most people are fine as we ascend the mountain gradually over a number of days however if there are problems then are team are on hand to help. Your safety is our no1 priority.

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TK: Drinks

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We don’t recommend drinking the water and you shouldn’t need to as we will provide plenty of water on the trip for you. You will be able to buy soft drinks when passing shops.

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TK: Food

This trip is full board and you will not go hungry. Breakfast is as you would expect with cereals, breads Read more

This trip is full board and you will not go hungry. Breakfast is as you would expect with cereals, breads and fruit. Lunches and dinners will be traditional ‘Tagine’ dishes with both meat and vegetarian options. There will also be opportunity to pick up chocolate bars and snacks as you move along the trails from local side shops.

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TK: Insurance

You will need to get insurance before coming on this trip in case of accident or emergency. You can learn Read more

You will need to get insurance before coming on this trip in case of accident or emergency. You can learn more about insurance options here.

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TK: Minimum Numbers

We need 2 people on a trip to confirm it will run. If you can't find the date's you're after or Read more

We need 2 people on a trip to confirm it will run. If you can’t find the date’s you’re after or would like a private trip then please get in touch with us on hello@adventurebase.com

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TK: Phone Signal / Internet

You will not have phone signal (very limited) or internet when on the mountain, staying at the Base Camp. You Read more

You will not have phone signal (very limited) or internet when on the mountain, staying at the Base Camp. You will be able to access internet in Imlil and Marrakech.

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TK: Tipping

Tips are appreciated by the guiding team but are not expected. If you're happy with the service you received then Read more

Tips are appreciated by the guiding team but are not expected. If you’re happy with the service you received then a good rule of thumb is tipping 10% of the total cost of the trip.

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TK: Weather

The weather will vary greatly depending on where you are in Morocco and what time of year it is. In Read more

The weather will vary greatly depending on where you are in Morocco and what time of year it is. In Marrakech the temperature can be as low as 15 degrees in Winter or 30 degrees in summer. On the top of Toubkal it can be as low as -5 degrees in winter or 25 degrees in the summer. In short, prepare for every temperature.

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TK: What happens if the weather is bad?

We all know things can change in the mountains quickly so we keep an eye on weather conditions very closely. Read more

We all know things can change in the mountains quickly so we keep an eye on weather conditions very closely. As long as it’s safe to do so we will always try and attempt to summit Toubkal. However sometimes we will be forced to turn around if it becomes dangerous to do so.

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Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Toubkal Markwick trip is rated Level B, for those with some prior experience We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Shorter time duration
  • No technical skills required but keen to learn
  • Basic level of fitness

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing, and are keen to build on that
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more challenging environments
  • Some basic skills
  • Moderate fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You enjoy challenging yourself physically and mentally
  • You’re comfortable on multi-day adventures and you call yourself an avid adventurer
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it is there' attitude
  • Strong level of fitness

Level D

For the pros

  • You're ready to test your skills on the next challenge
  • You're comfortable in most types of alpine environments
  • Some level of technical skills
  • Strong level of fitness

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on multiple adventures and have built up a solid skillset to tackle most challenges out there
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Experienced in alpine/mountains environments
  • Very high level of fitness

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