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Food

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 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.

Activities

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

    • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 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.
  • 1

    Start Marrakech.

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time free for exploration of this wonderful, colourful city.* * *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 2

    Drive to Imlil, short walk to Aroumd and free time to explore this remote village, the gatway to Toubkal.

    After a leisurely morning and lunch in Marrakech we transfer by minibus to Imlil, a journey of just under two hours which takes us from the plains around Marrakech to the heart of the High Atlas range. In the afternoon we take a short walk to our mountain gite in Aroumd where there is some free time to explore the area. * * *Hotel Aremd or similar*

  • 3

    Climb to Toubkal Base Camp, visiting the Mizane Valley and Sidi Chamarouch Shrine.

    Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley to the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non-Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at an altitude of 3209m. The afternoon is used to practice with the crampons and ice axe. The guides will find an appropriate patch of snow and demonstrate the important techniques of walking in crampons and ice axe arrest - stopping yourself with your axe if you are sliding on a snow slope. *Les Moflons Refuge or similar*

  • 4

    Ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) the highest mountain in North Africa.

    An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing through scree and snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to Marrakech - not visible on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch.  The afternoon is free to relax and warm up with a lovely mint tea.  *Les Mouflons Refuge or similar*

  • 5

    Climb Jebel Ouanoukrim, a challenging 4089m climb.

    Another early start to climb Jebel Ouanoukrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley, although lower than Toubkal, this climb is more challenging. We start with a more gentle walk up to the valley head, passing a few snowy 'azibs' (summer grazing pastures) to take us to the Tizi (col). From here we can see the scramble that is needed to take us to the summit plateau. The scramble is easy, but a little exposed in some places so the guides will set up a rope where needed. It's about 100 metres in length, with only the middle section requiring any particular care. We then cross the summit plateau to the Timzguida summit at 4089m. The views from here are even more extensive than those from Toubkal, with sweeping vista down the Sous valley towards Taroudant. *Les Mouflons Refuge or similar*

  • 6

    Descend through Tizi Ouanoums towards Lac D'Infni. Transfer to Marrakech.

    Today we head for a narrow pass, Tizi Ouanoums, which is jammed in a steep gorge on the side of Toubkal. From here we look down the steep southerly face to the emerald green Lac D'Ifni below. After enjoying the views we return to Aroumd where we stop for lunch. Then continue for a further hour to Imili where we pick up our bus transfer to Marrakech.  The evening is free to enjoy the city, or enjoy a well-earned drink overlooking Djemaa el Fna. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 7

    Marrakech; free day to explore souks or relax in the Majorelle Gardens

    With a full free day we have lots of time to explore Marrakech and do some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Djemaa el Fna, the open-air market place around which traditional life of Marrakech revolves, is an exciting place to visit. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the foodstalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike.* * *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 8

    End Marrakech.

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

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