Tage 7

Style Basix

Preis ab EUR 400

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From the heart of Marrakech’s Medina to the top of Mt Toubkal, this Moroccan adventure offers you a sublime combination of city sights and mountain trekking. Learn some basic Arabic or Berber from the local villagers in the Atlas Mountains, while experiencing the friendly hospitality of the Berber people, and ascend to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak. Prepare for a sensory overload as you encounter the Djemaa el-Fna for the first time, get lost in Marrakech’s maze of covered market streets and feel those tastebuds tingle over a traditional Moroccan tajine.

Übersicht

Start
Marrakech
Ende
Marrakech
Besuchte Länder
Marokko
Style
Basix
Theme
Walking Walking & Trekking
Trip Code
XMXO
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Ascend the dizzying heights of mighty Mount Toubkal, climbing to the highest peak in North Africa. With unequalled views of the Moroccan landscape, this is one thing you can tick off your bucket list
  • Wander along forest paths and experience a traditional homestay in the Atlas Mountains. This is a great way to better understand Morocco’s traditional Berber people and their customs
  • Embrace the vibrant souqs, sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech on a guided walking tour. Dine on tagine and couscous in Marrakesh’s biggest outdoor food market and watch from a rooftop cafe as the Djemaa el-Fna comes alive at dusk
  • Plenty of free time in Marrakech allows you to really get under the skin of this vibrant city. This means you'll get to see everything you want, as well as having time to relax

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Marrakech
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and group leader – check with reception to confirm the time. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. After the meeting you have the option to join your leader on a jaunt to Djemaa el Fna, the square in the centre of the Medina. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, snake charmers (although we do not support this, please see more on our stand on animal welfare here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/animal-welfare), fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men and dentists come together in what has been called the ‘greatest spectacle on earth’. An al fresco dinner at one of the many stalls is a real experience.

Day 2
Aroumd
This morning will start with breakfast and a group meeting at 8am. Your leader will go through everything you need to know about the trek before you set off into the mountains. Leave Marrakech behind and drive across the plains towards the ancient marketplace of Tahanaoute, photographing valleys in full flower and the High Atlas Mountains looming ahead along the way. Arrive into Imlil village, which is 1,740 metres above sea level (approximately 1.5 hours). Walk into traditional mountain village life with a 50-minute walk to your mountain base in the village of Aroumd (2,000 metres above sea level) with views towards Toubkal. In the afternoon stretch your legs with a gentle orientation walk around Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Tonight is spent in a ‘gite’, a traditional village house with dormitory rooms sleeping around eight people. Rooms are furnished in traditional Berber style with low couches (which can be used as beds), tables, carpets and cushions. On warm nights it’s often possible to sleep out on the terrace under the stars. Showers and toilets are usually shared.

Day 3
Neltner Hut/Mt Toubkal Summit
Today embark on the first day of your ascent of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. From Armoud the trail crosses the floodplain of the Ait Mizane Valley, before climbing steeply in a zigzag up the mountainside. All baggage and provisions are carried by mule. Used to plough fields, carry loads, turn threshing machines and ferry people between villages, mules are an indispensable part of Berber life. Along the way, pass the pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamarouch, home to the tomb of the local marabout (Muslim holy man). See the shrine from across the gorge, as it’s forbidden for non-Muslims to cross the bridge to the other side. From here climb steeply through a series of switchbacks and traverse the flank of the valley above the river. Arrive into Toubkal Base Camp at Neltner (3,207 metres above sea level), where you’ll spend the next night. Enjoy hearty dinner and make sure you get plenty of sleep before the big ascent day tomorrow.

Day 4
Neltner Hut/Mt Toubkal Summit
Early on in the morning set off for Jebel Toubkal along rocky terrain, and appreciate the rugged beauty of the surroundings. At 4,167 metres above sea level, this is the roof of North Africa. Take in the beautiful silence of the morning, and make the final steep climb, which can involve some scrambling. The effort is however rewarded by superb views from the summit of the entire Atlas range. On a clear day it’s even possible to make out the Atlantic coast to the west and the Sahara Desert to the east. After a rest at the summit and time spent marvelling at the view, make your way back to Neltner. In total there should be approximately 8 hours of walking.

Notes: The ascent is usually only possible during the summer (June to September) as there is too much snow on the high slopes at other times of year. This demanding two-day walk should only be considered by those who are fit and have plenty of mountain-walking experience.

Day 5
Marrakech
After breakfast, pack up and head back down to Imlil via Aroumd (approximately fours hours). From here it’s a one-and-a-half hour drive back across the plains to Marrakech, a vibrant city and absolute feast for the senses. You’ll have plenty of time to explore after checking in to the hotel. Head out to colourful square of Djemaa El-Fna and start your city adventure with the glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, the famous drink of Marrakech. Head out to the photographic museum to see the past of Morocco captured in amazing pictures and end your day on the one of many rooftop restaurants surrounding the square.

Day 6
Marrakech
Dig into breakfast then take a guided walk through the souqs of the Medina, each devoted to a different trade such as pottery, woodwork, carpets or spices. The rest of your time in the city is free for you to make your own discoveries. Visit the 19th-century Palais de la Bahia, built for the Grand Vizier, or the former royal townhouse of Dar Si Said, which now houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts. If you’re keen to experience a traditional Moroccan bath, your leader can advise you where to find the nearest hammam, or perhaps indulge your inner foodie with a Taste of Marrakesh Urban Adventure tour, or a tajine cooking class. In the evening, why not head back to Djemaa El-Fna to celebrate the end of your adventure with the group.

Day 7
Marrakech
Your adventure ends this morning There are no activities planned for your final day but if you do decide to stay on longer, perhaps tour the impressive Saadian Tombs or take one last opportunity to relax in a hammam (Moroccan bath).

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

6 Frühstück, 2 Mittagessen, 3 Abendessen

Transport

Private minibus , walking

Unterkunft

Hotel (3 nights), Mountain Gite (1 night), Mountain Refuge (2 nights)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Marrakech - Guided walking tour
Marrakech - Palais Bahia

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Reviews

Ben & Smitha Harwood
The Mount Toubkal is truly a magical experience. The ascent to the summit would not have been possible without the mountaineering expertise and professionalism of our guide, Abdul, and his assistant Hassan. 4 days on the mountain and 3 days in Marrakesh is a perfect week long getaway and discovery tour for travelers looking for their first high mountain adventure and festive sensory overload of the smells, cuisine and exoticism of Marrakesh.
Henr Smith
Intrepid were absolutely amazing, the trek up Mount Toubkal was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Now planning many more mountains and I'm sure we'll be using Intrepid to plan them!
Jennifer Leslie
I'd highly recommend this trip - it was a great mixture of outdoor activity and a culture experience.
Laura Taylor
A wonderful cultural adventure! The trek was demanding but very enjoyable and a chance to see the highlights of Marrakech.
Lalit Ramkhelawon
Intrepid provides excellent value for money and the detailed provided about the trip and what is required, are all spot on. All activities were well organised with excellent time-keeping and enthusiastic leadership.
Maurice Noonan
Great trip. I would bring a cheap sleeping bag or a fleece liner, accommodation basic but well adequate. Lots of scree/scrambles so boots advised.
William Bingman
Read all the notes and come prepared. The more you know about your destination the more information you can get from your guide with questions! Have fun, enjoy meeting new people from all over the world and soak up new adventures! Woo!
Stacey Turner
Well planned itinerary covering the Atlas Mountains and the tourist hotspots of Marrakech in a short amount of time. The trek is hugely challenging even for very competent hill walkers but it is beautiful and making it to the summit will lift your spirits for the rest of the year to come!
Susan Wyman
The Mount Toubkal trek is an amazing feast for the senses. From the challenging climb to the summit in the high Atlas Mountains, the small Berber villages with local artists and fine crafts, to the lively and colorful square in the city of Marrakech, this trip offers a superb experience of Morocco!
Colin Neate
I really recommend this trip! A great balance of city and mountains with access to local culture and expert logistics for the Toubkal trek
Emma Howard
The Mount Toubkal Trek is a wonderful experience. I found the final stages of the hike up the mountain challenging, but getting to the top was a very special achievement. Our Intrepid guide was a real highlight of the trip, and was very enthusiastic and helpful. I would recommend this trek to anyone with a healthy level of fitness and some experience walking up mountains.
James Boyle
Intrepid offer immersive experiences. Forget going off the beaten track. Allow a local guide to take you up mountains, down valleys, absorbing sights, culture, history and food as you go.