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Mt Toubkal Climb - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Marrakesh
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Atlas Mountains
Ends
Marrakesh
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Highlights

Start and end in Marrakesh! With the hiking & trekking tour Mt Toubkal Climb, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Marrakesh, Morocco and 5 other destinations in Morocco. Mt Toubkal Climb includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
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16
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes
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111 Reviews

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  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 1
    Written on October 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An enjoyable, better than expected, experience.  The combination of excellent organiastion by Exodus, the guide, his team, and the group has made this one of the best trips of my life so far.  The bonus was getting to the top of Toubkal!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of the trip for me was the guide's and the groups support at base camp and their determination to get me to the top.  I was taken aback by their support, kindness and generosity of spirit.What did you think of your group leader?Wonderful.  He is a genuinely kind, fun, thoughtful and strong, yet not overpowering, leader.  Knowledgeable, supportive and very approachable, he had a flair for anticipating the needs of the group and delivering without being asked.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Good equipment is essential, in particular good walking boots and walking poles (if you like to use them). There is no need to purchase water purification tablets as there is always an opportunity to buy water.  Don't underestimate the importance of sun cream and don't underestimate how good the food is.  Upon reading advice from previous Toubkal trekkers I purchased a travel pillow and found it to be one of my favourite buys for the trip.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Morocco is a beautiful place and the Moroccan people are the perfect hosts.   If you like trekking and want to embark on a challenge then the Toubkal trip, via Exodus, is a must.  I fell in love with the mountains, the people, the food and the mint tea.

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 2
    Written on October 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip and well organised. The trekkers were a tremendous crowd and the group got on well. The camp food was brilliant. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Starting out for the peak under a full moon and seeing the head torches of other groups ascending through the blackness of the landscape. We were very lucky to be on the peak at 09.00hrs with wall to wall blue sky, the panoramic views were unbelievably grand. And I think an inspiration to everyone was the sight of a senior member of the group reaching the summit after a slow but dogged ascent. Just means that I have to keep on going for more years!What did you think of your group leader?Abdulla, our leader was brilliant, classified himself as the slowest guide in Morocco but the pace he set was spot on for all but a couple of senior members. These were catered for by Abdulla's 'long stop' who looked after their welfare at the rear of the team. The support team were very friendly and the cook did marvellous things with lots of fresh food.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get fit! 4,167m is not overly high but there are a couple of 1,000m days. Going downhill also caused a few aches and pains so don't neglect this aspect of a climb, what goes up must come down. Travel as light as possible, if a large rucksack is used then there is a tendancy to fill it so decide early on what you can leave for the mules to carry during the day. Observe strict personal hygene rules, take lots of hand gel and wipes. Several of the team suffered with upset stomachs at some time or other during the week and two of the team had to miss summit day because of sickness. If travelling on your own, opt for the single occupancy tent, a small extra charge but worth it for the space and comfort.Is there anything else you would like to add?Another great Exodus trek. The fifth so far and all very well organised with wonderful local staff.

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 3
    Written on October 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my first pre-organised trip and was well organised, a good guide (Hassan senior), excellent food, great weather, brilliant views and a magnificent group of people, who all made it to the summit!!!Thta combined with a good value-for-money price, made this memorable. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking as a group and all summitting Mt Toubkal together, to take in the tremendous views (and sun). Aside from the success and the views, it was the group of people from all over the world, of all different ages, fitness and backgrounds, that really made this trip so good.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Hassan (senior) who was very good and led us well.  However, I think because of the cultural/language differences, he didn't necessarily instill total confidence in everyone, as whilst he provided the basic briefing information (and would gladly answer any questions), he wasn't necessarily forthcoming with extra information and didn't really ask how anyone was finding the pace etcDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it!! BUT don't underestimate the steepness of the climbs and ethe xertion in the heat required!!  Drinking 3-4 litres of water a day is a must!!!Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't go to the Beirut restaurant and bar just down the road from the hotel Exodus use (Les Trois Palmiers) as whilst they - Barrack in particular - are friendly and encouraging to get you drinking, they then try and rip you off with the bill and won't let you leave (big bouncers) until all paid!

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 4
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was everything I was hoping for and more. The descriptions of "strenuous" and "challenging" were spot on. The guide Yahya was simply superb. The support staff were magnificent and in particular the cook produced heavenly food. We were a bit lucky with the weather but all 16 in the party sumitted Toubkal and we all got on extremely well. Wow, what a holiday! Thank you Exodus it was simply a perfect week in an amazing landscape.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on the sumitt and realising I was on the rooftop of the whole of North Africa. The views in every direction left me with a lump in my throat. I vowed I would not leave it too long before doing something like this again.What did you think of your group leader?Hard to put into words. He was simply the perfect guide, he quietly controlled everything kept everyone calm and ensured the pace ideal for acclimatisation. He made every decision and got each one right. He was very knowledgeable to talk to about a vast range of topics. He had a great sense of humour. His patience and generosity of spirit was amazing when a member of the party struggled. And he even organised and participated in the end of trip celebrations. So impressive Yahya was simply outstanding!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are reasonably fit and enjoy non-technical climbing in magnicent scenery this trip is superb. I took and early morning Easy Jet flight that gave me an extra day in Marakesh and that was a huge bonus partly for doing the tourist bits but also for socialising with other members before the others arrived.Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you Exodus, I have been doing trips like this for over 25 years and this was one of the best!

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 5
    Written on September 16, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great introduction to the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakech, including climbing Mount Toubkal and the option to bag another peak over 4000m.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Not one particular moment, but the comradery of 16 trekkers who largely didn't know each other at the start of the week. Over the week the conversation and banter, particularly around meal times, was fantastic. For a group varying in walking experience and aging from 20s to late 60s everyone got on so well. The encouragement from everyone during the trek was great and despite different walking speeds we ensured we summitted as one group. What better way to meet new friends.What did you think of your group leader?Hassan had his hands full as the group varried in walking speeds and ability. However he always led from the front and each morning set off at a cracking pace - though we soon settled into a manageable pace with a donkey and his helper bringing up the rear. Ideally at least one other qualified guide would have been useful, especially on the Mt Toubkal day when one of our party twisted his ankle. An accompanying porter had already helped down one of our party and so with just Hassan to lead, we all had to descend very slowly.The optional walks were good and run to time - but there did seem to be an expectation by Hassan that these were for the faster and fitter walkers. Hassan's English was very good and he was always helpful but it would have been nice if he volunteered more information on Morroco, the culture and the mountains rather than having to be asked.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Good footwear is essential as the paths, especially up and down Mt Toubkal, can be quite rough. Poles would also be useful for those not particular steady on their feet.Is there anything else you would like to add?The food was plentiful and excellent. I'm not really a fan of cous cous, lentils and beans but these all appeared in at least one meal and seemd to taste different. Perhaps because it just seemed to fit with the environment or I was was starving!

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 6
    Written on September 1, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well organised and enjoyable trip. A great time was had by all.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summit.What did you think of your group leader?Mohammed was a calm, collected and easy going leader who ensured our safety and enjoyment throughout the trip.

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 7
    Written on August 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was one of the best I have ever taken. From the moment of arriving in Morocco to the day I departed I felt like I was looked after and having a great time taking in all the stunning views and meeting new, interesting people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal! The whole group reached the top and it had been a fairly difficult hike due to the altitude, but we all made it and had a lovely picnic at the top, whilst enjoying the extensive views across to the Sahara.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Mohamed was excellent. A very knowledgeable and friendly guy, who took a real interest in the group and who we were. He is highly competent in the mountains and knows his stuff!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book this trip if you want a challenging, but extremely rewarding holiday. Also, ladies, make sure you take clothes that will cover you up for walking around Marrakesh.Is there anything else you would like to add?I returned back from this trip feeling very buoyed up about life in general! It was a truly great experience, one where I felt I pushed myself physically and was rewarded for that with stunning views and experiences. I have made some lasting friends, some of which I have already met up with. I learnt a lot about a new culture and it has reminded me of all the places and people there are still to see and meet in the world. Thank you Exodus for a perfect holiday!

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 8
    Written on July 31, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    We had a most amazing week, the walk was tough but thoroughly enjoyable and worth the effort.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The summit climb is the obvious one, we were fortunate to have brilliant weather and were able to spend over an hour taking in the views and enjoying the photo opportunities, and a splendid snack provided by our guides.The camp on day 2 was also quite spectacular, the scenery from my sleeping bag was quite awesome.The gite was also great, simple but effective.What did you think of your group leader?Our leader was not the most attentive Exodus leader we have come across, but got us all to the top in one piece and down again. As it was Ramadan the energy levels of the guide and other staff were less than they might have otherwise been, full of admiration for what they achieved while fasting.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a nail brush! The dust gets every where and a nail brush was the only way of really getting hands clean. In Marrakech the guide wasn't really good value, might be better to do this yourself.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do it!

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 9
    Written on July 15, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This trip is only challenging for those new to trekking; for more experienced walkers, without the optional treks this can only be described as moderate.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The best moment was seeing those in the group for whom this was their first trip reaching the summit of Toubkal.What did you think of your group leader?Very goodDo you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are an experienced walker hoping to do the optional treks as well as Toubkal, inquire as to the abilities of the rest of the group. Sometimes new walkers are much slower and with only 1 guide to 16 trekkers preventing a splitting of the group, the walking pace can be painfully slow. As a result insufficient time is available for the optional walks.Is there anything else you would like to add?Either novice and experienced walkers should be offered different departure dates or there should be more guides available to split the group when the pace of the group members if manifestly different.

  • Mt Toubkal Climb reviewer 10
    Written on June 21, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Much tougher than I'd anticipated and didn't enjoy it hugely. However, I'm sure others on the same trek would be of very different opinion to me. I'm 68, reasonably fit but found this tougher & less enjoyable than the treks I did to Annapurna Base Camp & Kala Pattar a few years ago (in spite of the fact that the latter was 1,000m higher than Toubkal).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Inspirational? Well getting to the summit was an achievement but, IMHO, not hugely enjoyable in view of the terrain one has to trek through to get there. But I did enjoy getting back to Marrakesh and having a wonderful fresh orange juice with ice cream in a cafe overlooking Jamaa el Fna! What did you think of your group leader?He was OK and I think he was looking after our safety which is the main concern. Eg, when we descended from Mnt Toubkal, we were in 3 groups & he stayed with our slowest group & ensured we avoided the snow fields we'd been through on the ascent. But at other times he was very much at the front, practically out of sight and there was no back-marker as I've experienced on other treks. It was up to the group itself to ensure that slower members were accompanied. To be fair, at the start, there was one of the muleteers at the rear but latterly he had to go ahead carrying one of our number who'd suffered a sprained ankle.Our guide was also very kind in taking us to see his home & meet his children, and drink wonderful mint tea!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't underestimate how difficult it is, the Trip Notes (IMHO) are too brief & just don't give the necessary detail, principally that probably most of trek is over lose stones or scree & quite difficult to walk on, requiring a lot of concentration. And the ascent of Mnt Toubkal includes quite a bit of clambering over boulders.Also I was somewhat concerned that we depended on bottled water - I'd taken purification tablets but there's no opportunity to get boiled water & add the tablets. At Toubkal base camp, the only source of bottled water is from the refuge which necessitates scrambling down to a stream & up the other side. I wouldn't have thought that there are any recycling facilities for the bottles.I took an additional mattress but not necessary. Tents were OK although one of them had to be abandoned on the first evening as one of the zips had burst. Be prepared for VERY basic toilet arrangements.  Our group didn't really suffer from altitude sickness but it is a tough acclimatisation in just 3 days before you tackle Mnt Toubkal.Also, compared to the treks I'd done in the Himalaya, I didn't find the scenery all that great - it's very arid, dry, stony; but then that was what I expected.Is there anything else you would like to add?The itinerary includes three optional climbs - in the event only two of our party did the first of these, no one did the other two.Food was excellent and plentiful! But then I am a non-meat eater. The cook performed wonders as far as I'm concerned. But it could have been spicier - apparently they don't wish to offend non-Moroccan palates.Driver to/from Marrakesh was excellent, very careful. Hotel in Marrakesh was good but could have benefited from a bar!In terms of the price we paid, it was good value. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Marrakech.
  2. Day 2: Drive to Imi Oughlad; climb Tizi n Tacht Pass (2000m) and descend into the Azaden Valley.
  3. Day 3: Walk through Berber villages and spectacular mountain scenery, including the Ighoulidem waterfall.
  4. Day 4: Ascend the Aguelzim Pass (3550m) and enjoy superb views of the Toubkal Massif before walking down to base camp.
  5. Day 5: An early start climbing scree before traversing the southern ridge to reach the summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m). Enjoy magnificent panoramic views before descending to base camp.
  6. Day 6: Climb Mt Ouanakrim (4089m); descend to the village of Arroumd.
  7. Day 7: Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech for guided tour.
  8. Day 8: End Marrakech.

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Covering a total distance of approx 136 km.
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • 49 km
  • Imi Oughlad (Morocco)
  • 15 km
  • Jebel Toubkal (Morocco)
  • 4 km
  • Jbel Ouanoukrim (Morocco)
  • 10 km
  • Aremd (Morocco)
  • 1 km
  • Imlil (Morocco)
  • 55 km
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)

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