Four Over 4,000: Toubkal & the Atlas Mountains 2 - 7 December
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Join us in Morocco this December for an unforgettable and unique introduction to high-altitude winter trekking and summit up to four mountains over 4,000 metres!
Located in southwestern Morocco in the Toubkal National Park, the mountain of Jbel Toubkal stands at a magnificent 4,167 metres and is the highest peak both in North Africa and the Atlas mountain range. Next to Toubkal is the mountain Jbel Ouanoukrim with twin summits Timzguida and Ras Ouanoukrim – also the second and third highest peaks in the Atlas range.
This is more than just a standard Toubkal trip – in six days we will aim to get you to the summit of no less than four peaks over 4,000 metres - Toubkal (4,167m), Toubkal West (4,030m), Timzguida (4,089m) and Ras Ouanoukrim (4,083m). In winter, views of the snow-capped mountains across the National Park are magnificent and we’ll be enjoying the beauty of the park in a much quieter season.
The trip is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness and some basic hill walking experience. As there will be a significant amount of snow on the mountains we will need to carry crampons and ice axes – we’ll give you full training on using them and if you don’t have your own we’ll help you arrange to hire them locally. Porters and donkeys will carry our heavy bags during the day making the ascent easier and more enjoyable.
Earn that Christmas dinner this year and round off 2017 with a physical and mental challenge that we guarantee you’ll never forget!
Day 1: Meeting at Marrakech airport in the afternoon, we'll take a taxi to our first stop in the small mountain village of Imlil - during the two-hour drive we'll be surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Atlas mountains. After we've checked into our hotel and sorted out our kit for the next few days on the mountains, we’ll have a hearty group dinner together in the evening.
Day 2: On our first trek day we'll make an early start - giving our bags to the porters or packing them on donkeys - and then begin up the spectacular trekking path towards the hut where we'll be staying at 3,200m up in the mountains! The winding path starts on rocky foothills, passing by gigantic steep slopes dotted with Berber villages - and along the way we'll make plenty of stops at snack huts for some hot tea and coffee so you can rest and take a moment to enjoy (and take photos of!) the rugged, wild surroundings of the National Park. It will be a long day of walking - around 18km before we arrive at the hut - but as the porters will have our bags we can focus on enjoying the trek and the incredible views.
Day 3: Jbel Toubkal summit day - if conditions are good we will head straight up to the summit at 4,167m. If there is enough time (and determination!) we will also tackle Toubkal West, just below Toubkal at 4,030m. Don't forget your cameras for that classic summit photo!
Day 4: An insurance day to attempt Toubkal in case bad weather prevented us doing so the previous day. If we have already summited Toubkal and Toubkal West then we will go for both Ras Ouanoukrim and Timzguida taking our 4,000m peak total to four!
Day 5: In the morning we'll travel back down the valley to Imlil village where we'll get a chance to relax and re-pack before we all get a taxi to Marrakech and check in at the hotel for our last night together. Morocco’s vibrant capital is a site to behold – in the evening we'll enjoy some fantastic local cuisine and then a fun and lively night out among the colourful souks where the Berbers and southern tribesmen come to trade their goods.
Day 6: We'll check out of the hotel and make our way to the airport to catch our flights home.
Previous experience of trekking at altitude is not necessary, as we’re careful to ensure you get a gradual and thorough acclimatisation. Although you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to climb Toubkal, to fully enjoy the trip and maximise the chance of reaching all the summits we strongly advise:
- A clean bill of health
- A good level of fitness
- Experience of hill walking
Basically the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the days of trekking, the less tired you will be, and the faster your body will recover. The best training possible is getting out on the hills, but any exercise will be of benefit and there are lots of free training plans on the internet (for example see a range here). Generally, we would recommend that you focus on improving your cardiovascular fitness and lower body strength - you can get fitter simply by going for long walks or running a few kilometres a couple of times a week. If you’re into your running we would say if you can run continuously and comfortably for around 10 - 13 miles you’ll be in great shape to tackle these mountains.
If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals - what we all share is a love for adventure. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome!
- Experienced UK guide with First Aid qualification
- All in-country transport, including airport transfers
- Assistant guides, porters and donkeys as needed
- One night hotel accommodation in Imlil village
- Three nights’ basic mountain hut accommodation
- One night hotel accommodation in Marrakech
- All food (apart from the last evening’s meal)
- Tea and coffee at the snack huts
What's not included
- Flights to Marrakech
- Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and bottled water
- Tips for local guides and porters (around £5)
- International personal travel insurance
- Personal spending money
- Personal equipment and kit
- Any extra days before and after the expedition
Download our recommended kit list here.
Please note our system will only allow you to make a booking if you are a current EC CLUB member.
- Discounted earlybird price of £549 if £150 non-refundable deposit is paid by the 2 July
- Standard price of £599 if £150 non-refundable deposit is paid after the 2 July
If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so. It’s only £40 per year to access to loads of local events, exclusive trips only open to CLUB members (like this one), great discounts on our weekends – as well as loads of other adventure related discounts. See http://www.explorersconnect.com/club for details.
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