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Trekking & Mt Toubkal Ascent

Trekking & Mt Toubkal Ascent

Trekking & Mt Toubkal Ascent Overview

Trekking in Style is a new concept in trekking that allows visitors to stay in luxury accommodation without all of the hardships traditionally associated with trips to this spectacular region.

Trip reference: DLDT

 

The High Atlas Mountains

The High Atlas Mountains, which dominate the skyline to the south of Marrakech, have always played an important role for the city, not least with regard to commerce.

With several peaks above 4000 metres, the Western High Atlas is part of a larger chain of mountains that spreads from the Atlantic Coast in the west to Tunisia in the east. The mountains are home to the indigenous Berber people who have inhabited Morocco for at least 5000 years. The Berbers live in small clusters of earthen adobe houses which cling precipitously to mountainsides and are often only accessible by mule or foot.

Guests will stay on a full-board basis in our luxury accommodation at Kasbah du Toubkal in the trailhead village of Imlil (just 40 miles from Marrakech, but seemingly a thousand miles from the hubbub of the city!), and also in our Trekking Lodge in the remote Azzaden Valley where peace and tranquillity prevail. All trekking is fully supported with a mule and muleteer to carry your luggage whenever required.

Our Trekking in Style package also provides each couple with their own personal mountain guide who will be on hand for the duration of your stay to help with planning treks. You can choose to walk as little or as much as you like!

Our treks take us from the village of Imlil along footpaths and mule tracks which mount through the lush, irrigated terraces, apple orchards and walnut groves to other villages where you will have a glimpse into a way of life that has barely changed for centuries, and where traditional values and hospitality have been largely unaffected by the outside world.

Itinerary

Day 1.

Private transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport or your accommodation in Marrakech to Imlil (approximately 90 minutes) where you will meet your personal mountain guide. Depending on your arrival time, there will be the option of an introductory walk in the area. Dinner and ensuite accommodation at the Kasbah du Toubkal will be provided.

Day 2.

A supported trek of 3‐4 hours’ duration (longer routes available) with guide, mule and muleteer to our remote trekking lodge in the Azzaden Valley – a beautiful setting barely touched by the modern way of life. A picnic lunch en route with dinner and comfortable accommodation at Azzaden Trekking Lodge is provided. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing hammam (steam bath) on arrival.

Day 3 and 4 (for very experienced walkers).

The Toubkal summit part of the tour will start with a relatively easy day to the Lepiney hut (day 3). Day 4 is much more challenging as one crosses the Tizi n’Ougelzim pass (3650 m) before descending to the Neltner (3207 m) base camp.

For less experienced walkers and for those wanting to keep the nights in mountain huts to just one, but still summit Jbel Toubkal, we recommend returning to Imlil (via a different route) and spending night 3 at Kasbah du Toubkal. Day 4 will see you access the Neltner base camp by the direct route via Sidi Chamharouch.

Day 5.

An early start will see most people summit within 2‐3 hours before descending back to Neltner base camp and then then the return trek to Kasbah du Toubkal for a well‐earned hammam before dinner.

Day 6.

After breakfast, depart Imlil and return by private transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport or to your accommodation in Marrakech.

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