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Prep Peak: Toubkal Summer

Enjoy a Moroccan cultural rollercoaster ride in the warmer summer months, from the bustling streets of Marrakech to the wild and quiet Atlas Mountains in just 5 days. Climbing Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa at 4167m, is challenging but suitable for newcomers to trekking mountains. The combination of mountain and culture on this trip is what makes it extra special. This trip runs during the 'summer season'.

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    Duration

    5 Days

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    Start Location

    Marrakech, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    May - October

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    Price

    From €590.00

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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 many beautiful 4000m mountains? The Atlas Mountain range over 2,500km across northwestern Africa, separating the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. The mountainous terrain is scattered with 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, tasty food and new mountain scenery.

Marrakech is the start and end point for this trip with its well-served international airport. After the trek you'll stay one night in the old town (medina), 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.

Fancy a winter version of this trip? Check out our winter trip running from November to April.

Toubkal Winter

Not sure whether you're ready to tackle Toubkal? No problem, take our Toubkal 'Readiness' test.

Toubkal 'Readiness' test

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

You should be fit enough for 3 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 mountain adventure combined with a culture hit then this trip is perfect for you. This is a great trip to begin your trekking and mountaineering journey. If you're still not sure whether you're ready, no sweat! Get in touch and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. Not sure whether you're ready to tackle Toubkal? No problem, take our Toubkal 'Readiness' test. Toubkal 'Readiness' test

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    5 Days

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    Start Location

    Marrakech, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    May - October

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    Guide Ratio

    1:4

  • 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 €590.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'Better Business' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Today I climb MT Toubkal which stands at 4167 meters tall, it lies in north Africa - Morocco and is undoubtedly the jewel of the Atlas Mountains! Hiking to the top of this great mountain was absolutely brilliant...

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Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes

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We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.

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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. Certain items can be rented or bought locally.

For the full downloadable Toubkal Kit List please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

On arrival day you are picked up from Marrakech Airport at 16:00 and taken directly to Imlil (1hr drive) to our base at Imlil Lodge.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Climb Toubkal (4,167m)
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  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 night at Imlil Lodge full board
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 night at a Riad in Marrakech with breakfast
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  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All water included on the trek
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All transport costs included in the trip price

What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

may 2024
1 Date
Depart

Wed 15 May, 2024

Return

Sun 19 May, 2024

Availability

6 spots available

june 2024
1 Date
Depart

Wed 12 Jun, 2024

Return

Sun 16 Jun, 2024

Availability

1 spot available

september 2024
1 Date
Depart

Sun 15 Sep, 2024

Return

Thu 19 Sep, 2024

Availability

7 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

This trip combines comfort and practicality across 3 different locations in 5 days. 1 night in our comfortable lodge in Imlil, 2 nights on the mountain and 1 night in Marrakech.

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Imlil Lodge

The lodge in Imlil boasts 2 salons, garden, large roof terrace and 7 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning and heating. It's a perfect base for your first night in Morocco.

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    1 Night

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin / Triple / Quad

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    Food

    Full Board

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Base Camp

We spend 2 nights at the Toubkal base camp. You will most likely camp in comfortable 2 person tents at the base camp. 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

    Twin share base camp tents

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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

    Twin / Triple / Quad

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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. While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes have other ideas. You must be capable of sticking to the required group pace in order to complete the tour. If ability or fitness is hindering the trip, you may be asked to drop out of the tour at your own expense. You can check out the full itinerary here.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day in Marrakech

    Fly to Marrakech and meet the local Adventure Base team at the airport. Pick up from the airport in Marrakech at 16:00* and transfer straight to Imlil (1hr15mins). If you arrive early or late and wish to have your own transfer we can arrange that for an additional cost. Spend the night at Imlil Lodge with a delicious dinner, meet your guides and get ready to head into the mountains the following morning. *There is the possibility of the time being adjusted depending on the group arrival time

  • Day 2:
    Approach the Toubkal Base Camp (3206m)

    After breakfast you 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 refuge (3206m), where you will have a hearty dinner before spending the night.

    12km 1450m up 0m down (6-8hrs)

  • Day 3:
    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 4:
    Marrakech!

    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 Marrakech (1hr15mins). You arrive in time for a wander around the souks before your last dinner together in the Medina. Spend the night at a Riad in Marrakech.

    12km 0m up 1450m down (4-5hrs)

  • Day 5:
    Departure Day

    After a well deserved night's sleep in the Riad, it is time for one last breakfast before the trip ends and you make your journey home. We arrange for one group transfer to the airport based on the flight times of the group. If you would prefer to book a private transfer it can be arranged for an additional cost.

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

TK: Marrakech Airport Check-In

Marrakech Airport doesn’t accept mobile phone electronic boarding passes, so please ensure to print out your return flight boarding Read more

Marrakech Airport doesn’t accept mobile phone electronic boarding passes, so please ensure to print out your return flight boarding pass.

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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

We don't recommend drinking the water and you shouldn't need to as we will provide plenty of water on the Read more

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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MEET THE GUIDES

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Fede

IFMGA Guide

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

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Roger

IFMGA Guide

Roger has spent over 15 years guiding around the world. He is a Guide instructor at the Spanish School of Guides and is fascinated by discovering mountains with clients. Roger has a big passion about showing people his beloved mountains and sharing climbs and descents with skis.

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Jon

IFMGA Guide

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Prep Peak: Toubkal Summer 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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