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Toubkal: Frequently Asked Questions

08-02-23

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We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about this trip.

Hopefully you find some of these useful but if you have a specific question that isn’t covered in the FAQ’s, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For more information please head over to our Toubkal trip page here.

What is Toubkal?

Toubkal is the highest mountain peak in North Africa, located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) high.

 

How difficult is the Toubkal trek?

The Toubkal trek is considered a challenging trek, especially for those who are not used to high altitude or strenuous physical activity. However, with proper preparation and training, most people can complete the trek successfully.

 

How long does the Toubkal trek take?

The Toubkal trek usually takes 2-4 days, depending on the route and pace of the trek. Our trip takes 5 days in total, which includes an arrival and departure day.

 

What is the best time to do the Toubkal trek?

The best / most comfortable time to do the Toubkal trek is from late spring to early autumn, when the weather is mild and the mountain trails are clear. That said it can also be done in the winter months; you can expect to find snow on the top.

 

What equipment and gear do I need for the trek?

You can find out full kit list here.

 

Can I access internet and communication during the trek?

The availability of internet and communication during the Toubkal trek can be limited and patchy, especially in remote areas. You will have not have internet connection in the refuge but will have it in the rest of the accommodation.

 

How do I prepare for the physical demands of the trek?

Physical preparation for the Toubkal trek involves regular exercise and training, such as hiking, running, and strength training. It is also important to properly acclimatize to the high altitude during the trek.

 

What are the risks and challenges associated with the Toubkal trek?

The risks and challenges associated with the Toubkal trek include high altitude sickness, exposure to the elements, and natural hazards such as rock slides. It is important to be properly equipped and prepared, and to follow the guidance of your guide.

 

What currency will I need?

The local currency is Dirhams. You will be able to use your bank card and take out money in Marrakech and Imlil but outside of there you will need cash.

 

How to get to you destination?

For more information on getting to you destination click here.

 

What is the culture in Morocco?

Moroccan culture is rich and diverse, reflecting the country’s history and geography. The country has a unique blend of Berber, African, Arab, and European influences, which have shaped its customs, traditions, and way of life.

Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, and Islam plays a significant role in daily life. Religious customs and traditions are an integral part of Moroccan culture. Please respect their culture when visiting.

 

What is the food like in Morocco?

Moroccan cuisine is known for its flavourful and aromatic dishes, such as tagine (a slow-cooked stew), couscous (semolina), and mint tea. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of it!

 

What happens if I do get ill?

If you get ill then our team are on hand and will take control of the situation. They carry a medical pack and are in regular contact with our operations team in Marrakesh. Depending on the severity, you may need to descend and rest where we will assess your condition.

 

What insurance do I need?

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities that you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.

 

Can I shower?

Yes, you can get warm showers through out the trip.

 

Will I definitely make it from beginning to the end?

In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the top, sometimes the weather or other factors like your personal fitness will prevent you from completing the trek. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients each evening to check how everyone is doing and to field any questions or concerns. All decisions will have clients well-being in mind.

 

What will we do if the weather is bad?

This depends on a few factors and how bad the weather is. We’ll always aim to continue the trek even if it’s raining/snowing as long as it’s safe to do so.

 

Do we need to leave a tip for our guides?

Tipping your guide and porters is an important part of the trip. While tips are discretionary, they are very common place. As a general rule of thumb we recommend tipping 10-20% of the total cost of the trip.

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