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Four Over 4,000: Toubkal & the Atlas Mountains
Saturday 22nd - Thursday 27th September 2018

This September join us in Morocco for an unforgettable introduction to high-altitude trekking in the beautiful and rugged Atlas Mountain range. This unique trip is definitely one for the bucket list!

OVERVIEW

Located in southwestern Morocco in the Toubkal National Park, the mountain of 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 Ouanoukrim with twin summits Timzguida and Ras  – also the second and third highest peaks in the Atlas range.

This is much more than just a standard Toubkal tourist circuit – 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 (4,083m). You'll enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range across the National Park are magnificent and being late summer you’ll experience its rugged beauty in a quieter season.

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!

EXPERIENCE

The trip is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness and some basic hill walking experience, but due to the nature of the terrain the trip isn't suitable for people with vertigo or fear of heights. Previous experience of trekking at altitude is not necessary, as we’re careful to ensure you get a gradual and thorough acclimatisation, but 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 - for example going for long walks or running a few kilometres a couple of times a week. 

ITINERARY

 Scambling up Ras Ouanoukrim

Scambling up Ras Ouanoukrim

Saturday 22nd Sept: Meeting at Marrakech airport, we'll leave at 2pm taking 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.

Sunday 23rd Sept: 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.

Monday 24th Sept: 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!

Tuesday 25th Sept: 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!

Wednesday 26th Sept: 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.

Thursday 27th Sept: We'll check out of the hotel and make our way to the airport to catch our flights home.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International return flights to Marrakech
  • International personal travel insurance
  • Drinks (alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, tea/coffee etc)
  • Tips for porters (around £5)
  • Personal equipment/kit and spending money
  • Any extra days before and after the trip

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Six days' guiding and instruction from experienced and qualified UK Mountain Guide Dave, who is on hand throughout the trip
  • Assistant UK Mountain Guide
  • All in-country transport, including airport transfers
  • Porters and donkeys for baggage transfer
  • 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 in Marrakech)

KIT LIST

Download our recommended kit list for this trip HERE. Please read this carefully to ensure you bring the right kit!

PAYMENT

BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!

  • Discounted Earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £649 (if deposit paid before 22nd June 2018)
  • Discounted Earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £679 (if deposit paid before 22nd June 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £679
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £699

You'll need to pay a £200 deposit when booking with the balance due by 22nd July 2018.

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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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