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Activities

  • Small Adult Group
  • Guided Group
  • Food

    • Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about GBP4 (approx. . USD6.50). In Marrakech it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 (approx. . USD30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between GBP8-10 (approx. . USD 10-15) depending on what you drink. GBP15 (approx. . USD25) 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. Whilst on the trek food is prepared by our own cook. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam, porridge and/or muesli, coffee and tea. Lunches will usually be bread, vegetable salad plus one hot dish. Popular dinners are tagine, couscous and pasta with a vegetable or meat sauce. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. 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. Bottled water, soft drinks and hot drinks are available every day. However, we encourage our customers not to buy bottled water whilst on the mountains due to a lack of recycling facilities. We instead suggest using the piped spring water available at the gite and refuge along with water purification tablets which you will need to bring with you.
    • Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about GBP4 (approx. . USD6.50). In Marrakech it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 (approx. . USD30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between GBP8-10 (approx. . USD 10-15) depending on what you drink. GBP15 (approx. . USD25) 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. Whilst on the trek food is prepared by our own cook. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam, porridge and/or muesli, coffee and tea. Lunches will usually be bread, vegetable salad plus one hot dish. Popular dinners are tagine, couscous and pasta with a vegetable or meat sauce. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. 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. Bottled water, soft drinks and hot drinks are available every day. However, we encourage our customers not to buy bottled water whilst on the mountains due to a lack of recycling facilities. We instead suggest using the piped spring water available at the gite and refuge along with water purification tablets which you will need to bring with you.

    Activities

    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Serious adventure
    • Solo departures
    • Walking & Trekking
  • 1

    Start Marrakech.

    Start Marrakech.

  • 2

    Drive to Imlil, short walk to Aremd and free time to explore this remote village.

    Morning transfer by minibus to Imlil, a journey of just under two hours which takes us from the plains into the heart of the High Atlas range. After lunch we take a short walk to our mountain gite in Arroumd where there is some free time to explore the area.

  • 3

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

    Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Aroumd 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 the Neltner 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.

  • 4

    Climb Jebel Ouanoukrim, a challenging 4089m peak, and trek up to Tizi Ouanoums.

    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 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. We descend by the same route and should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch.

  • 5

    Third day of Toubkal circuit.

    Another early start to climb Jebel Ouanakrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley. 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 (still quite a bit of ascent to go) 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.

  • 6

    Fourth day of Toubkal circuit, transfer 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 the way we came in time for our transfer back to Marrakech.

  • 7

    Marrakech; free day to explore souks or relax in 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 Moroccan and visitors alike. The modern shopping centres of the French-built 'new town' are only a short walk away.

  • 8

    End Marrakech.

    End Marrakech.

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