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Mount Toubkal

Climb the tallest peak in North Africa - Mount Toubkal. 

If you're looking to test your hand at altitude, want to climb an iconic peak without travelling too far, or want to pack in an expedition without burning through all your annual leave, then heading to Morocco to climb in the Atlas mountains is perfect! We run summer and winter expeditions up the 4,167m Mount Toubkal, a peak that serves as a great primer for longer expeditions or higher peaks. 

 

SUMMER EXPEDITIONS - APRIL - SEPTEMBER

 

An excellent trek in warm, summer conditions. A perfect introduction to trekking abroad and at altitude. Ideal for those who would love to go further afield to places like Nepal. 

 

In Summary

Trip Duration: 8 Days (UK to UK) - 5 Trekking Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Price:  £525 per person - Land only  (Single Sup + £75)

Open Date Option 2023: 

17th April to 24th April 

Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request. Min 5 PAX

Inclusions: 

  • Internal Transfers 

  • Accommodation throughout

  • A variety of B&B to Full board basis throughout

  • UK Trekking Staff, including a local Moroccan Guide

  • Experienced LMG Trek Manager

  • Team t-shirt

  • 25% off an LMG PT Mountain Fitness Weekend

Your Trip

 

On Day 1 we leave the UK and land in Marrakech. The travelling continues as we transfer straight to the town of Imil (1,700m) which takes about 90 minutes. (Half Board Day)

Day 2 is our first day on the trail and we spend this enjoying an acclimatisation walk from Imil. This will help us loads when it comes to ascending Toubkal itself. We will likely summit the nearby peak of Tiz N Nzik which stands at 2668m. (Half Board Day)

On Day 3 we embark on a 5-6 hour hike to the mountain refuge that sits at the bottom of Mount Toubkal itself. This refuge will be our home for three nights. (Full Board)

 Day 4 will be another acclimatisation day before going for the summit of Mount Toubkal. An acclimatisation day not only means you get to spend another day amongst the glorious atlas mountains, but it also enhances your chance of success in reaching the summit - not to mention reduces the likelihood of getting sick. We will likely head up to about 3,400m to grab some views! (Full Board)

Day 5  is our day to attempt to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal and we start early to do so. We'll cross scree and boulder fields, but overall the trekking is not too taxing. The views are incredible, and of course the summit is an amazing place to reach. We return back to the refuge for one final night. (Full Board)

Day 6 will see us trek back to Imil and then transport back to Marrakech. With the hiking done, it's time to enjoy the city, as well as a celebratory meal together as a team. (B&B Basis)

Day 7 is a full day in Marrakech, on which you can take in the sights and sounds of this bustling place. Should you wish to fly home on this day you can do so. (B&B Basis)

Day 8 is a more cost effective day to fly home and after breakfast we'll head to the airport and will likely be back in the UK mid-afternoon. (B&B Basis)

As with all our trips, you are welcome to extend your trip beyond this should you wish. 

Mount Toubkal Winter Expedition
WINTER EXPEDITIONS - DECEMBER TO MARCH

 

Add an additional layer of challenge to this excellent introductory trek but tackling it in winter. No previous winter walking experience is necessary, but it is helpful. This is an ideal trip to help you get to grips with international trekking at altitude, and provides a flavour of what to expect should you have aspirations to tackle a snow-capped Himalayan peak such as Mera Peak, Island Peak or Lobuche East. 

In Summary

Trip Duration: 8 Days (UK to UK) - 5 Trekking Days

Difficulty: Moderate / Hard

Price:  £695 per person - Land only  (Single Sup + £75)

Open Date Option:

Thursday 8th -  Thursday 15th December 2022 

Guaranteed to run. 

Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request. Min 5 PAX

Inclusions: 

  • Internal Transfers 

  • Accommodation throughout

  • A variety of B&B to Full board basis throughout

  • Trekking Staff, including a Moroccan Guide

  • Experienced LMG Trek Manager

  • Team t-shirt

  • 25% off LMG PT Mountain Fitness Weekend

  • 25% off UK Winter Skills Courses 

The itinerary we run in winter matches that of the summer itinerary, but the setting and the challenge are quite a bit different! 

Winter equipment in form of crampons and ice axes can be hired from us, or in country for a small fee. We recommend you wearing your own, worn in and comfortable winter boots for this trip to save any issues. 

Winter walking experience is not essential but it is helpful. Why not join us for a winter skills course in the Lake District (UK) in advance of this expedition? Once up at the refuge we will be sure to go through the required winter skills that'll help get you to the summit of Mount Toubkal. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What about Altitude Sickness?

Having concerns about AMS is very natural and it is unfortunately unpredictable. This trip does involve a big day of ascent between Imil and the refuge, but due to our additional day at Imil we will head out on an acclimatisation walk which will better prepare your body for this jump in altitude. We will of course walk slowly, take plenty of rest and drink lots as we ascend. 

How fit do I really need to be and what skills do I require?

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, and the more chance you'll have of getting to the top. Being able to complete 2-3 days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready. Matt is also a qualified Personal Trainer so if you want some formal training just get in touch with us via LMG Personal Training

What Technical Kit do I require?

The summer expedition just requires normal hill walking kit and and a good 3 season sleeping bag. The winter trip requires winter equipment in the form of a walking axe, crampons and winter boots, plus a 4 season sleeping bag. The winter equipment can be hired in country or direct from us. 

What about the Food and Accommodation?

The food in Morrocco is excellent and wholesome. The accommodation in Marrakech will be of 3-4* standard. Expect to share a room with one other unless you book a single supplement. The accommodation on the trek is much more basic and shared, but this is the nature of such expeditions. 

Why should I trek with LMG Treks & Expeditions?

Join our trek if you want a personal experience right from the start. We will help you get ready for this trip here in the UK, both physically and mentally. We'll do what we can to get you prepared and you'll then have our friendly faces to guide you through the experience once in country. 

Are there any hidden costs?

At the top of this page you will see what is included in the trek. The main exclusions are:

  • International Flights - Between £120-150 depending on baggage choices

  • Personal Trekking Insurance - To cover trekking to 4,167m. - £40-60

  • Trips for the trekking team - Roughly £40

  • 2x Lunches and dinners in Marrakech, plus lunches in Imil- £40 

  • Souvenirs

  • Personal trekking kit (Boots,rucksacks etc)

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Mt Toubkal Expedition
Mt Toubkal Expedition - Food

Scheduled trips need a minimum number of participants to run (5). There are a maximum of 16 places available. 

Please Contact Us for more information on this trip or to secure your place with a £200 non-refundable deposit. Our trip terms and conditions can be viewed upon request. Private / Bespoke trips also available.