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Food

  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included. Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.  If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included. Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.  If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem. We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Point-to-Point
  • Summits
  • Desert Treks
  • 1

    Arrive to Marrakech.

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city.* * *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 2

    Morning transfer and trek towards Tizi N Tkhfiste.

    After breakfast we head out of Marrakech by private mini bus to Imi Noughlad, where we meet our muleteers. We start our trek up to Tizi n'Msker (1500m), taking in the beautiful view through the Imnan Valley. From here we hike down to Imsker, where we stop by the river for a picnic lunch. Then continue on to Tizi n'Tkhfiste, where we set up camp for the night. *Full-service camping*

  • 3

    Trek through Berber villages to Oukaimden.

    Today we start our walk in the village of Arg, before continuing uphill through more Berber villages, learning about the local way of life. Stopping for our picnic lunch under the shade of walnut trees. Our route then leads us up to Oukaimden, a Moroccan ski resort in winter, here we stay in a simply but comfortable refuge operated by Club Alpin Français. *Chalet de L'Oukaimeden or similar*

  • 4

    Descent to Iaabbasen.

    Leaving the summer pastures of Oukaimden, we contiune, zigzagging up hill to Tizi n Ouatar (3100m). From here we will enjoy beautiful views of the lush Ourikai Valley below. Then we decend down to Agouns for our picnic lunch, before taking a small pass through the valley to Iaabbasen where we set up camp for the night. *Full-service camping*

  • 5

    Cross the Tachdirt Pass to Tachdirt (3200m).

    Today we take the Tachdirt Pass (3200m) through the wide open valley in the mountains to the village of Tachdirt. Our accommodation for the night is a simple mountainside gite with wonderful views of this small valley. Tea will be served on the large terrace, giving you time to relax and take in the beautiful panoramic view.  *Gite Ogog Tachedirt or similar*

  • 6

    Trek to pass Tizi N’Likemt and on to Likempt.

    A quite demanding walk today as we start our ascent to the Tizi n'Likemt pass (3615m). On the pass, we continue for another 2hrs, descending to the pastures of Likemt (2600m). Our camp for the night is close to the river where we can enjoy some al-fresco dinner whilst taking in the peace of the surrounding mountains. *Full-service camping*

  • 7

    Ascent of Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m).

    We have an early start today in order to summit the first of our 4000m peaks, Jebel Adrar n'Dern (4001m). We walk to the summer pastureland of Adouz Azibs through magnificent wild mountain landscapes rarely frequented by tourists. On the summit we are rewarded with splendid views over Toubkal and the Siroua Massifs before finally descending to Aourai Camp (300m). When there are strong winds, this can be considered the most difficult peak to summit due to the exposure of the route. Those who choose not to do this peak can enjoy a gentle 3-hour walk with the muleteers to the next camp. *Full-service camping*

  • 8

    Aourai Pass and Tizgui Valley.

    Today we walk up to the Aourai Pass, through a wild volcanic landscape, with views as far as the Sahro range in southern Morocco and Toubkal.  From here we descend towards the verdant valley of Tizgui and continue to our destination, the village of Amsouzart at 1700m. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to walk to the neighbouring village and water mill. Tonight we stay in a simple mountain gite with a shop selling all sorts of treats such as chocolate and fresh orange juice. (Note: the gite does have solar power for lighting but no power points for recharging batteries). There may also be the opportunity to try out a hammam (Moroccan steam bath). *Gite Amsouzert or similar*

  • 9

    Trek though volcanic landscape of Aourai Pass; to the idyllic Lac d'Ifni.

    After crossing the beautiful valley of Ait Ighrane and ascending alongside the river, we arrive at Lac d'Ifni (2300m). This is an idyllic spot is encircled by towering mountains and we camp close to the shores of the lake. There may be the opportunity to take a swim (weather permitting) although this must be reserved for the very brave as at this height, the water is very cold. *Full-service Camping*

  • 10

    Walk up to Ouanoums Gorge and Tizi n'Ouanoums Pass; to Toubkal Base Camp.

    We make our way up the Ouanoums Gorge today on steep hairpin paths to the 3680m pass of Tizi n'Ouanoums. From here there is a superb views back over Lac d'Ifni and forward towards Jebel Bouiguinoussem (4025m). After our picnic lunch we start our descent to the Toubkal Base Camp at 3207m, where we will be spending the next two nights. *Full-service camping with use of the refuge *

  • 11

    Ascent of Mt Toubkal (4167m).

    Today we take on another challenging 4000m peak, Mt Toubkal. At 4167m, it is the highest mountain in North Africa. The route is non-technical although there may be some sections of snow and scree along the way but these are safe to cross. The view from the summit is truly breathtaking, as you can see the entire Toubkal Massif, the Siroua Massif and, on clear days, all the way to Marrakech. By far, the most rewarding of all achievements over the last nine days. We return to the refuge for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon reflecting on our journey so far.  *Full-service camping with use of the refuge *

  • 12

    Ascent of Jebel Ouanakrim (4089m); to village of Aroumd.

    Our final challenge is the last of our three 4000m peaks, Mt Ouanakrim at 4089m. Although this is generally a non-technical ascent, there will be a section towards the summit where you will need to use your hands for 30-40 mins of scrambling. Anyone who doesn't wish to undertake this ascent can instead do part of the trek up to the col of Tizi n'Ougan (3750m) and return to camp along the same route (3½ hours round trip +/-600m). We retrace our steps to Base Camp and, after lunch, continue our descent to Aroumd (1900m) for a welcome shower and night in a gite, with dinner on the terrace, facing back up toward Toubkal.  *Hotel Armed or similar*

  • 13

    Aroumd to Imlil; transfer to Marrakech.

    The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 14

    Guided tour of Marrakech; free afternoon.

    In the morning we have a guided tour (on foot) to some of the main sights of Marrakech and the afternoon is free for you to further explore this vibrant city. You may choose to take a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) round the old city walls, visit one of the palaces or the Saadien tombs. Haggle for some last-minute bargains in the souks or relax at the tranquil Jardin Majorelle. Finally, no trip to Marrakech is complete without a nighttime visit to the main square, the Djema el Fna. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 15

    End Marrakech.

    Our tour ends after breakfast **

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