Winter Toubkal Ascent
Day 1 Marrakech (1D)
You are welcome to arrive in Marrakech at any time, as today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at our joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-tour admininstation documents. After learning more about our tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join our CEO and your travelling companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 Armed (1B,1D)
Departing Marrakech this morning, we journey to Imlil in the Toubkal region. We make the hour trek from Imlil to the little village of Armed and the simple mountain gîte that is to be our home for the night. Our luggage will be transported by mules. This afternoon we will explore the village and local area with your CEO. Accommodation here is multi-share with 3 or 4 beds in each dormitory/room. Bedding is provided but it is necessary that you bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth, seeing that it is winter time. You will also need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are unisex and shared. Tonight you will enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Approx travel time: Marrakech to Imlil, 1.5 hrs (private van) Approx walking time: Imlil to Armed, 1 hr
Day 3 Sidi Chamarouch/Refuge (1B,1L,1D)
Today we hike along the mountain slopes to find the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2,350m). This sacred place offers a fascinating glimpse into local life, as people from all over the region come with offerings and prayers for good health and well-being, perhaps even hoping to drive away a bad jinn (spirit) or two! Please note non-Muslims are not able to enter the shrine itself. From here the trail continues to climb steeply towards the Refuge which sits at an altitude of 3207m. This afternoon we have time to relax, check our equipment and practice on some of the surrounding snow. Your CEO will give you instructions on the use of ice axes and crampons. Approx walking time: 6 hours excluding stops (ascent, 1200 metres).
Day 4 Mt. Ouanakrim/Refuge (1B,1L,1D)
It is an early start on the morning of Day 4 for our ascent of Mt. Ouanakrim. There are several different routes to the summit and some have quite steep sections. We head out through the valley to start the trek. Your CEO will decide on the most appropriate route for your group depending on the local conditions. After spending some time at the top taking in the spectacular views of Mt Toubkal and the surrounding area, we descend back to the refuge. The snowy mountain tops of the High Atlas mountains spread out below you. This afternoon you will have time to relax and get ready for your ascent of Mt Toubkal. Approx walking time: 6 hours excluding stops (ascent: 900 metres, descent: 900 metres)
Day 5 Mt. Toubkal/Refuge (1B,1L,1D)
It's another early start this morning for our ascent of Mt Toubkal. We leave the refuge, which is at the base of Mt Toubkal, and start our climb. Immediately, the walk is steep with scree and then snow. We then continue on and traverse the South ridge to get to the summit. After conquering the highest mountain in North Africa, enjoy the magnificent views in all directions and relish the sense of achievement that there is on having reached the summit. After taking some time to take in the views we descend back down using the same route. Upon arriving back at the Refuge we will have lunch. Approx walking time: 6-7 Hours excluding stops (ascend: 960m, descend: 960m).
Day 6 Armed (1B,1L, 1D)
Today we head back to the village of Armed via Tizi Ouanoums pass which runs alongside Mount Toubkal. We should have great views (weather depending) of Lac D'Ifni. After a little time enjoying the views we head back down to Armed, retracing our original steps along the mountain passes. Approx walking time: 7 hours (ascent: 457 metres, decent: 1664 metres)
Day 7 Marrakech (1B)
The morning we have a short walk back to Imlil where we will meet the transport to transfer us back to Marrakech. Your trip ends upon arrival in Marrakech. Please book any ongoing travel after 2pm to allow for travel time back to Marrakech. Approx walking time: Armed to Imlil, 1 hour Approx driving time: Imlil to Marrakech, 1.5 hrs (private van)