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Views across to Ouanoukrim and Tazaghart
Traditional mountain villages
Snowy peaks glistening in the sunlight
Looking east from Toubkal

Toubkal Winter Climb

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About the Challenge

Mount Toubkal, at 4167m, is the highest peak in the stunning High Atlas Mountains, and in North Africa. A demanding trek in summer, in winter conditions the challenge increases a few notches.

This is a tough winter trek at altitude, but the sense of achievement more than compensates for our efforts – as do the views from the summit, over the surrounding magnificent icy peaks glistening in the sunlight, and across to the Sahara Desert.

We maximise our time to include a trek to the high pass of Tizi Ouanoums, and break our descent to the valley in a small Berber village, with the opportunity to relax our aching muscles at the local hammam (Turkish baths). Time in colourful Marrakech offers yet more variety, and a real cultural contrast!

This trek is achievable for most provided they train well, have a good level of fitness and determination, and do not underestimate the challenge. Technical winter experience is not required; we make time to practice with crampons and ice axes before the ascent.


Toubkal Winter Climb


OPEN 7 DAYS
  • On arrival we transfer the short distance to our hotel, then have a trip briefing before a good night’s rest! Night hotel.

    (Dinner not included)

  • After an early breakfast we load up and drive into the mountains to the photogenic village of Imlil (1740m), where we meet our guides and mules, and set off! Our route takes us uphill through walnut groves to the small Berber village of Aremd, lying in the foothills. Aremd is the largest village in the valley, built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor. This afternoon we have the chance to orientate ourselves with a walk around the village, taking in the mountain landscape, dotted with terraced farms and traditional gites. Night village stay.

    Trek approx. 2-3 hours; height gain 210m

  • From Aremd, we follow the winding Mizane valley into remote mountains; the views are magical, especially in snowy conditions. We ascend gradually to the tiny hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch (2200m), built around a Muslim shrine, a place of pilgrimage renowned for its healing powers. As we zig-zag more steeply, the scenery changes gradually to alpine landscapes, with new views unfolding at every turn; the high snow-covered peaks are daunting and exciting all at the same time! We arrive at our mountain refuge, at Toubkal’s base, and spend the afternoon on a short walk around the surrounding area, getting a feel for the conditions and learning how to use our crampons and ice axes with our guides. Night refuge (3200m).

    Trek approx. 5 - 7 hours; height gain 1250m

  • Our summit beckons: Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa at 4167m. We rise early, to allow plenty of time for our ascent. We trek along snowy boulder-strewn tracks, twisting our way up the mountain. We admire the early morning sun illuminating the spectacular snowy landscapes around us as we ascend. We gain altitude steadily as we climb up slowly through a hanging valley with dramatic landscapes all around us; there are some steep sections here. We eventually come to a col with fabulous views; in good conditions we can see the Sahara Desert from here. We can also see the last section of the climb ahead of us, with tantalising views of the summit. This last hour is tough as we follow a snowy ridge, but then we are standing at the summit – a real achievement. We have enough time to savour the sensation of being on top of North Africa’s highest summit, before we descend the same way, zig-zagging quite steeply and then crossing the large rocks and boulders of the lower section. We can see the refuge from quite high up, and feel euphoric as we return to it. We have time to relax with a mint tea, enjoying the views, and the money-can’t-buy sense of achievement. Night refuge (3200m).

    Trek approx. 6-8 hours; height gain / loss 967m

  • After a good night’s rest, we head out to Tizi Ouanoums, a high pass further up the valley, where after the last section of steep zig-zagging, we’re rewarded with stunning views of Ifni Lake, created by a large moraine south of Toubkal. Once again, we can marvel at views of the surrounding peaks, and across to the Sahara Desert in good weather. This afternoon we head back down to Aremd, where we enjoy another night in the village before we leave these mountain landscapes behind. There should be time for a visit to the local hammam; the chance to rest weary muscles after the exertions of the past few days is usually a real highlight! Night village stay.

    Trek approx 7hrs; height gain 400m / loss 960m

  • After breakfast we trek downhill, back to Imlil, admiring the landscapes and enjoying warmer temperatures. Our legs are tired and we take it easy, but the trail should feel much easier than it did on the way up! On arrival in the village we have lunch, then meet our transport and head back to the buzzing city of Marrakech. We have time to explore the fascinating Jma El Fnaa, the main square, with its food stalls, snake charmers and musicians, and haggle for souvenirs in the fascinating souks – a real contrast to our remote mountain paths and a memorable way to end our adventure! We meet again in the evening for a slap-up dinner to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 1-2 hours; height loss 200m; drive approx 2 hours

  • Transfer to the airport for our flight back to London. (Lunch not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £2,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £1,500 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,000 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    All transport from London to Marrakech return

    All meals except where specified & accommodation

    Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides & cooks, mules, muleteers and drivers

    Winter equipment provided: crampons and ice-axes

    Vehicle support and back-up equipment

    Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary

    Travel insurance

    Sleeping bag

    Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks

    Tips for the local guides and support crew

    Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)

    Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities

    Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £2,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £1,500 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,000 Airline Taxes - Contact Us

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    All transport from London to Marrakech return

    All meals except where specified & accommodation

    Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides & cooks, mules, muleteers and drivers

    Winter equipment provided: crampons and ice-axes

    Vehicle support and back-up equipment

    Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary

    Travel insurance

    Sleeping bag

    Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks

    Tips for the local guides and support crew

    Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)

    Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities

    Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £2,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target £1,500 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £149 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,000 Airline Taxes - Contact Us

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    All transport from London to Marrakech return

    All meals except where specified & accommodation

    Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides & cooks, mules, muleteers and drivers

    Winter equipment provided: crampons and ice-axes

    Vehicle support and back-up equipment

    Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary

    Travel insurance

    Sleeping bag

    Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks

    Tips for the local guides and support crew

    Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)

    Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities

    Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

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