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Founders High / Toubkal

Climb Toubkal (4167m) the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa. The range extends over 2,500km across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. Oh, and we even threw in a little 'R&R' in a Riad in Marrakech.

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    Duration

    4 days

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    Start Location

    Marrakesh, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    29th of July - 1st of August

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    Price

    €900

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CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Toubkal (4167m) is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and the tallest mountain in North Africa. This trip is a vibrant mix of culture and environment. Stay in the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh in a stunning Riad while sampling delicious food. Then climb Mount Toubkal with its remote villages and friendly Berber people and mules. Yep, this is a trip for those looking to have it all in a short space of time!

We recommend this trip for those looking for something a little different, off the beaten track who love a little adventure. While it's not technical, a good level of fitness is required. Don't expect to jump on the back of any mules when you're tired!

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Simply, anyone with a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Toubkal is the highest peak in Northern Africa at 4167m and therefore the altitude makes it hard work. Determination will be required to keep going to the top.

While this course is open to beginner mountaineers, please note that that doesn’t mean it’s physically easy – making sure you have a good base fitness level before you get here as it will make the trip feel less strenuous and maximise your chances of success. Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. 

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    4 days

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    Start Location

    Marrakesh, Morocco

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    Date(s)

    29th of July - 1st of August

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    Guide Ratio

    10:1 

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    €900

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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 'about us' page.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB

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.

Also expect very warm temps in Marrakesh and cooler temperatures on Toubkal.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

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  • Created with Sketch. Full board on the trek (Half Board)

What's not Included?

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  • Created with Sketch. Lunch (In Marrakesh), snacks and drinks when in the huts

This trip is running on the following dates

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YOUR TOUBKAL ACCOMMODATION

When not climbing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen this lovely Riad in central Marrakesh with its traditional setting and atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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Imlil Riad

Your first nights accommodation is in the Toubkal National Park where you spend the night in a mountain lodge/Riad in the small village of Imlil at the foot of Toubkal. It's comfortable with fantastic views

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    1

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin, Triple, Quadruple Share

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    Food

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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The Hut

Don't expect a little chocolate on your bed here. The hut is built with one thing in mind and that's to provide shelter before you summit Mount Toubkal. It's an experience and all part of the process.

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    Duration

    1

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Dorms

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    Food

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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The Riad

The Riad is a special spot close to all the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. This is where we spend the last night of the trip. Located a 15-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square, this riad features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a terrace.



A continental breakfast is served daily and Moroccan specialities are proposed in the dining room. An indoor plunge pool, a sun terrace with deckchairs and a patio with fountain and plants are also available. Perfect for resting post climb!

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    Duration

    1 nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Single and double available

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    Food

    Breakfast included

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Arrive at Marrakesh airport where you will be greeted by your Adventure Base guide. A quick stop in Marrakech for some lunch before we travel down to Toubkal National Park and spend the night in a mountain lodge/Riad in the small village of Imlil at the foot of Toubkal.

  • Day 2:
    Ascend to Refuge du Toubkal

    This is when the adventure really begins. We trek through Berber villages and make our way up towards the mountain refuge at 3200m altitude. We would all sleep in the Refuge du Toubkal after a filling 3 course meal. (6hrs/10km/1540m up)

  • Day 3:
    Summit Day

    Summit day! Today we reach the summit of Toubkal and enjoy the amazing views. Once satisfied with our achievement, we begin our descent back to the valley. This is the longest day of the trip, taking us around 10 hours, covering 16km and ascending 1130m followed by a thigh burning descent of 2530m. All in the name of adventure right? Once we're down, we get a transfer back to Marrakesh, where no doubt, all are desperate for a hot shower and a big delicious celebratory dinner. (10hrs/17km/1130m up/2530m down)

  • Day 4:
    Departure Day

    The trip ends after breakfast after which we all head back to the airport on private transfers.

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

Are airport transfers included?

Yes, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you straight to our Riad in Marrakesh on arrival day. Read more

Yes, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you straight to our Riad in Marrakesh on arrival day. We’ll also bring you back to the airport at the end of the trip.

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Do I need to have previous experience?

No, you don’t need any previous experience for this climb. It is important to have a good level of Read more

No, you don’t need any previous experience for this climb. It is important to have a good level of fitness as well as a good level of determination and openness for adventure.

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What kind of fitness level do I need?

You need to be able to hike for 6-8 hours at a moderate pace. Mountain hiking is all about having Read more

You need to be able to hike for 6-8 hours at a moderate pace. Mountain hiking is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods.

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What size backpack should I bring?

Your backpack should be around 30l.

Your backpack should be around 30l.

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What type of boots do I need for Toubkal?

You will either need some sturdy hiking boots ideally with ankle support. B1 boots are OK too, however they might Read more

You will either need some sturdy hiking boots ideally with ankle support. B1 boots are OK too, however they might be a bit clunky. For our winter expeditions you’ll need B2 boots with crampons.

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Will I definitely make it to the summit?

In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the Read more

In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the conditions of the mountain don’t play ball. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides the day before the ascent is due to begin. During this meeting the latest weather forecast, conditions of the mountain, and the clients own ability to reach the summit will be discussed. We fully trust our guides to make these final decisions based on their years of experience on the mountain. They are entrusted to make the final call and the client must accept any decision made. All decisions will have client safety as a top priority.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as our lead Trekking Guide. He has worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance Trek with our clients.

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READY TO CLIMB TOUBKAL?

We hope you've found all the information you need above, but if not don't hesitate to get in touch. If you're ready to book, follow the link below.

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