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Itinerary

Toubkal Climb, Morocco

Destination: Marrakech, Jebal Toubkal

Duration - 8 days, 7 nights

Day 1 Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech. Morocco's famous Red City, Marrakech is the spiritual heart of the country, a cultural melting pot of the mountain Berbers and the desert peoples of the south. At the Cairo terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Kemetrav sign for your transfer to the hotel. Freshen up and meet in the lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards you might choose to relax beside our hotel's rooftop swimming pool or take a stroll around Djemma El Fna Square.

Accommodation: Grand Imilchil Hotel (or similar)
Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
Optional Activities: Group Dinner
Meals: None


Day 2 Trek to Tizi Oussem via the Matate and Azaden Valleys

Prepare for an adventure this morning, we will drive south, towards the Imlil Valley and the craggy peaks of the Toubkal Massif. At the village of Aquersioul (1,600 m) we begin our climb, hiking up into the Matate Valley and then on to Tizi n'Oudite (2,200 m), where we stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. Descending through a juniper forest into the Azaden Valley, we then continue towards Id Aissa, enjoying the views out towards the colourful mountain villages of Tizi Zougaghen and Tizaine as we make our way towards our final stop in Tizi Oussem (1,850 m).


Accommodation: Oussem Gite (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner


Day 3 Trek to Aremd via the Tizi n’Mzik Pass

After breakfast this morning we continue walking along the valley, before beginning a steady ascent up towards Tizi Mzik (2,489 meters). From this high mountain pass we then begin our descent towards the village of Aremd (1,950 m). Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides us with a fascinating insight into Berber life. This afternoon we have a chance to take a walk around the village, taking in its captivating mix of terraced farming, traditional gates and mountain landscapes.


Accommodation: Aremd Village House (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.


Day 4 Trek from Aremd to Neltner Refuge via Sidi Chamharouch

Continuing along the Mizane Valley we cross the flood plain and follow the mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, set beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of village houses clinging to the rock face. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up towards the snow-line and the welcoming sight of the Neltner Refuge (3,207 m).


Accomodation: Neltner Mountain Refuge (or similar),
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.


Day 5 Trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal

Early this morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167 m). Our route takes us up the south cirque, a steep climb across scree and rock that leads eventually to the Tizi n'Toukbal (3,975 m). Cresting the ridge it is then just a short walk to the summit. On a clear day the views from up here take in the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains and stretch as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. From the summit we head back down to the refuge for a second night.


Accomodation: Neltner Mountain Refuge (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 6 Tizi Ouanoukrim and back to Aremd

After breakfast we will take a short walk out to Tizi Ouanoums and back to Aremd is expected to take around seven hours with a total ascent of 393 meters and a descent of 1650 meters. Through the walk will enjoy the views of Lake Ifni. This afternoon we then head back down to Aremd to spend another night in the village before we leave these mountain landscapes behind.


Accommodation: Aremd Village House (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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Day 7 Walk to Imlil and drive to Marrakech; free afternoon

Returning on foot to Imlil this morning, we then drive back to Marrakesh where, on arrival, we have some free time to explore the city's colourful souks and perhaps take a stroll around its celebrated Djemma El Fna Square. A feast for the senses, the square is a wonderful confusion of noise and colour, where you will find the streets alive with storytellers, musicians, jugglers and water-sellers: the perfect place to haggle for some last minute presents, or just sit at a cafe and watch the spectacle unfold before you.


Accommodation: Le Grand Imilchil Hotel (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast.


Day 8 Trip ends Marrakech

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Marrakech.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Marrakech at any time. Depending on the schedule of the flights, you may have some additional time to wander in the souks of Marrakech or buy your last souvenirs before departure. Kemetrav will be offering complimentary airport transfer as well.


Meals: Breakfast.

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Price

Starts from £550