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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 to bring water bottles and your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.
  • 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 steeply through deep 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, or another neighbouring peak.

    Today, the group can choose from several trek options, including Jebel Ouanoukrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley, which although lower than Toubkal is technically more challenging. This peak has an exposed ridge where scrambling is required, and will only be attempted if a) the wind conditions allow and b) if the entire group is up to the challenge. 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.  Your guides will discuss with you the options, of which there are many depending on how the groups feel after the exertion of the previous day. Another superb option is the Tizi n' Ouanoums pass, where which offers views of the stunning Lac d'Ifni and Jebel Ouanoukrim . It is another steep, long climb through fantastic scenery and will require another early start to get the best weather. Again, you will return to the refuge for a late lunch. *Les Mouflons Refuge or similar*

  • 6

    Descend to Aremd, and onward transfer to Marrakech.

    Today we make our way back down to the gite in Aremd, where we enjoy a final hot lunch with incredible views of the mountains. Here we will bid farewell to our chefs and muleteers before we then continue to walk for a further hour or so to the village of Imili. This is where we pick up our bus transfer to Marrakech. En route back to the city, we will stop briefly at a Women's Argan Oil Cooperative, where you can learn to the production process and have the opportunity to purchase some products if you wish. The evening is free to explore the city, perhaps enjoy a well-earned drink overlooking Djemaa el Fna. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 7

    Marrakech; free day to explore the souks or visit some of the historical sites in the old city.

    With a full free day, you 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 food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.* *  Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture. A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it. If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere. Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*

  • 8

    End Marrakech.

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

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