Mt Toubkal Long Weekend – Winter
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Conquer Mt Toubkal in a long weekend winter walking adventure
During the winter Mt Toubkal and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas turn into a walkers paradise; with empty trails, clear air and spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif.This trek is an energetic way to spend a long weekend with just three days in the mountains to approach, summit and descend the highest peak in North Africa. Passing through a Berber village we gain an insight into the life and traditions of these hardy and friendly mountain people. After our trek we have some free time to explore the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech.
* A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa * Magnificent panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains * Spend some time in lively Marrakech for sightseeing and shopping
Day 1 Fly to Marrakech.
Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to independently explore this wonderfully colourful city. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
Day 2 Morning transfer to Imlil; short walk to Arroumd for lunch. Afternoon walk to Toubkal Base Camp refuge.
After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continuing on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the snow covered mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner. If the snow fall is heavy there is a possibility that we may need crampons on the final approach to the refuge. *Les Muflons Refuge or similar*
Day 3 Early start for Toubkal ascent, over scree and snow. The final ascent affords panoramic views. Return to refuge for lunch and continue to Arroumd.
An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing through scree and 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 th eway to Marrkech – not viisble on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. We then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking. *Hotel Aremd or similar*
Day 4 Short walk to Imlil; transfer to Marrakech. Free afternoon to enjoy the city.
The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Please note the guided tour will not be included in 2020. The day in Marrakech, after the drive, will be free. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
Day 5 Fly to London.
For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.