Climb the highest peak in Morocco and visit the berber villages
Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Our trek passes through impressive landscapes on well-defined paths and is, surprisingly, not too strenuous. As we climb higher, the paths do become steeper but the gain in altitude awards dramatic views towards Marrakech and the spectacular Anti-Atlas Mountains. Passing through remote villages and terraced fields we gain an insight into the life of the friendly Berber people and finish with free time in the colourful imperial city of Marrakech.
DAY 1: Start Marrakech
Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
DAY 2: Imi Oughlad - Azaden Valley
After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Imi Oughlad, a journey that takes us from the plains around Marrakech into the heart of the High Atlas range. After meeting our mules and muleteers we start a 5 hour walk, climbing up to the Tacht Pass (2000m) before descending into the Azaden Valley, famous for its beautiful juniper forests. We camp on the outskirts of a small village by the river. *Full-service Camping*
DAY 3: Azaden valley - Ighoulidem waterfall Lepiny
A full day walking through the villages on the northern slope of Mt Toubkal. This famous mountain can be seen from Marrakech thanks to its unique shape. We travel through Azib Tamsoult and the Irhouliden cascade before arriving at our camp for the night, which sits at an impressive 3030m. There is an optional ascent in the afternoon for those who want to try a more demanding 3-hour trek to the summit of Hadjj (3200m), for excellent views of Mt Toubkal. *Full-service Camping*
DAY 4: Aguelzim Pass (3550m) - Base camp
Today we cross the Aguelzim pass (3550m), the climb is quite steep but once at the top we can enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif and towards the plains that surround Marrakech. We then descend to Toubkal Base Camp and either enjoy a 2 hour optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3650m) or simply relax. The busy refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3207m, was constructed by Club Alpin Française in 2000. We camp in the grounds but can still benefit from the facilities, including showers, a small shop and the cosy lounge. *Full-service Camping *
DAY 5: Summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m)
We make an early start from base camp for the ascent of Mount Toubkal, climbing steeply through scree before traversing the southern ridge to reach the summit at 4167m. After enjoying the magnificent panoramic views, we descend back to base camp. Here we have the rest of the afternoon free to reflect on our achievement. *Full-service Camping*
DAY 6: Climb Mt Ouanakrim (4089m)
We have an exciting opportunity this morning to ascend another of Morocco's 4000m peaks - Mt Ouanakrim. Although lower than Toubkal this summit is considered more challenging, but is often a highlight of the week for many Exodus clients. Depending on weather and the group’s ability, our leader will decide if this walk is achievable. On return we leave base camp to walk down to the village of Arroumd (1904m). If there is time, we will spend the afternoon exploring the village. Other may chose just to relax on the pretty terrace. Please note that distance below do not include optional climb. *Hotel Armed or similar*
DAY 7: Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech for guided tour
The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
DAY 8: End Marrakech.
Our tour ends after breakfast.