Morocco Atlas Mountain Challenge

Climb North Africa's highest peak Mt Toubkal (4167m), trekking through Berber villages of the high Atlas Mountains en-route.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raise vital funds for your charity
  • Reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal
  • Trek through Berber villages of the High Atlas
  • Djemaa el-Fna market place in Marrakesh

Overview

Mt Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The trek to the summit is challenging but non technical and does not require any mountaineering experience. We drive to Imlil a remote High Atlas village to begin. Following scree paths, we overnight near Neltner Refuge before attempting our ascent the next day. On a clear day the panoramic views from the summit are fantastic. Note: the tour and transport are non private / non exclusive.

Challenge Grade

This expedition involves trekking through undulating country, often untracked, for up to six hours a day at a steady pace. To undertake this level of activity you will need a good level of trekking fitness and be sure-footed. Some days involve walking over rugged terrain, including boulders, scree and heavily vegetated ground. As a minimum, we recommend 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise three times a week for three months leading up to your trek.

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Marrakech airport you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The afternoon is free to explore the wonderful sites and smells of Marrakesh. Depending on what time you arrive you may have the opportunity to visit gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of the old Medina and the humming centre of Marrakech: the Djemaa el-Fna. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. The area is best visited in the evening, when the square really comes alive. It is a must to taste the many wonderful dishes on offer at the stalls. In the late afternoon you will meet the rest of your group and your guide for a trip briefing before going out for your first group dinner.

Meals:  D

After an early breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to the small village of Imlil (1740m) in the High Atlas Mountains. Here we meet our trek staff and mules and prepare for our trek. Once we are set to go we will start walking towards the town of Aremd about one hour away at an altitude of 1904m above sea level. Once we have reached Aremd we will stop for lunch giving us time to enjoy our peaceful surroundings. We continue on following the mule tracks that guide us through the mountains to the village of Sidi Chamharouch. From here the path becomes slightly steeper as we make our way to Neltner camp (3207m), where we stop for dinner and overnight stay. Along the way there are many chances to stop and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you start to ascend towards Neltner.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will make an early start for our attempt on Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. The summit attempt will should take about 3-4 hour and the first part will be in the dark to avoid the midday sun and to summit in time for sunrise. First we must traverse long scree slopes; tiring terrain at this altitude and we must proceed slowly to conserve energy. Higher sections are more rocky and there is little vegetation. Once at the summit the views are spectacular, and although wind and cold conditions mean we will not linger long, we have time to enjoy the scenes of surrounding peaks of the Atlas mountains and down to the plains around Marrakech far in the distance. We then begin the descent back to Neltner camp, where we will have a late lunch and enjoy a well earned rest after a hard days trekking.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we descend down the valley, passing again through the deeply religious village of Sidi Chamarouch. This area is also rich in wildflowers, and in spring we'll find the magnificent Peony Rose. We will also pass herds of goats traversing precarious mountain trails. We trek back down towards Imlil, and take lunch just outside the village. On arrival in Imlil we bid farewell to our trekking crew and their mules, before driving to Marrakech. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a Farewell Dinner . The rest of the evening is at leisure in Marrakech, where you can return to the Djemma el-Fna to enjoy the atmosphere, or go shopping for some souvenirs in the souqs.

Meals:  B,L,D

The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Farewell Celebration Dinner
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Experienced local trekking leader
  • Assistant trekking guide
  • Two nights in a 3 star hotel in Marrakesh on a twin share basis
  • All internal transport by private vehicle
  • All cooking and camping equipment including spacious tents on twin share basis, mess tent and toilet tent
  • Mules to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Trek support crew including Mule handlers and Cook
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Emergency medical kit

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Bottled water, Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag ( can be hired locally)

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
Duration:5 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5846
Registration Fee:USD$90
Travel Cost:USD$990

There are a number of ways you can approach your fundraising: 1. You can choose to pay for the travel cost yourself and just fundraise the charity donation component 2. You can opt to fundraise the entire amount – the travel cost and the charity donation. Please read the conditions that apply in the Fundraiser's Guidebook 3. You may choose to pay for the entire amount yourself and claim the charity donation component as a personal tax-deductible donation to your charity 4. Lastly you can attempt to fundraise as much as you can in the given time and personally fund the balance of the total