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Mount Toubkal Ski Tour 2017
Ski tour the highest peak in the Moroccan Atlas, and North Africa
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Course overview
Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and it is possible as an adventurous ski tour during the snowy winter months. As well as touring, some sections frequently require the use of crampons and an ice axe for security. The ascent is non-technical from a mountaineering perspective, but a good level of ski touring skill is required, to enable you to ski more of the terrain.
As with all our climbing trips, we focus on skills training and acclimatisation, so before you ascend Toubkal, you summit Ouanoukrim 4089m. From both summits, the views are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. All around are the jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching as far as you can see in every direction.
This trip enables you to enjoy both the mountains, and the colourful local culture of the Berber villages that are built into the steep valley sides. Your local guide can tell you all about the local culture and traditions, so you get an amazing insight into the region.
In contrast, Marrakech provides an interesting start and finish, where you can relax and enjoy shopping and eating in the French area boulevards or the narrow alleyways of the medina. For those who enjoy haggling, it's a must to visit the Souk (local market) in the centre of Marrakech, and to try and negotiate a bargain.
Enjoy the local cuisine, couscous, mechoui, pastilla and tajine, as Moroccan food is considered by many to be the best in Africa. In the souk markets, many try and haggle for souvenirs. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included on trek. Whilst in Marrakech meals are provided from dinner on the first evening with breakfast the following morning, then dinner on the last night with breakfast on the morning you depart.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.


Daily Course Itinerary


Please note that this itinerary, as with all our adventure travel trips, is highly flexible to cater for changing weather and conditions in the mountains. Be aware that the itinerary is likely to change, and the outline below should be used for guidance as an indicative plan. Obviously Toubkal is the primary objective, and the guide will decide which of the days to make this ascent, so sometimes it is ascended before
Ouanoukrim, to make it happen.
Day Itinerary Night Meals
Sat Fly out to Marrakech, where you are met at the airport for a transfer to the hotel where the group are staying. Typically this is a 4 star hotel, a short drive from the airport, next to the old city walls. In the afternoon, you have time to explore the old city, then in the evening, a meal is provided at the hotel. Here you will meet the rest of the group, as some people may arrive on different flights. Hotel n/a
Sun Transfer by 4x4 or Minibus with your ski guide and the supplies for the week. The journey starts with a scenic drive to Imlil, 65km in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. The altitiude is 1750m. Pack light for the first 3 days only taking the barest essentials in your smaller day sack. Your remaining items will be stored securely for your return to Imlil. Head out on foot to Tmsoulte (2250m altitude) with the support crew. This is a good place to fit the skis for the first time. We then head towards the valley of Azaden and then rising to the refuge of Lepiney (named recently Tazarhart). Spend the night in the Refuge Lepiney Tazaghart 3000m. The crew will be one muleteer between 2 people. Gite / Hut BLD
Mon Enjoy a good breakfast, then set off soon after. The aim is to ski tour upwards to the remote and beautiful Col Aguelzim (3500m altitude), followed by a great ski descent dpwn to reach the Toubkal refuge at 3200m. Gite / Hut BLD
Tue Climb up to ski from the Toubkal (4167m altitude) summit, accompanied by the guide and the porter. Descent to the Toubkal refuge again at 3200m, Climb back, an ascent of 1000m, and repeat the ski descent. Gite / Hut BLD
Wed Go up at the summit of N Ouanoukrim (4080m altitude) and descent to the same refuge for lunch. Return with the crew passing Sidi Chemharouch (2300m), returning to Imlil (1750m), for a relaxing evening at the gite. Gite / Hut BLD
Thu Head on foot towards Ousarou (2400m). Here a camp will be set up. Later we will climb to the of top of the spectacular Iguenouane (3800m) with superb views of the valley of Tachedirt and neighbouring summits (Angour 3600m, Likkemt 3600m, Aksoual 3920m). Descend after midday towards the camp. Length of day 8-9 hours. Hut / Gite BLD
Fri Explore the Imenane valley on foot heading towards Oukaimden via col Eddi (2900m). There is a chance of fitting in a skiing session around the collar before heading towards famous runs between 2900m to 3300m, and then descend by the station of Oukaimden, the highest ski resort in Africa at 3260m. We will have lunch and then we will be transferred by car back to Marrakech. In the evening there is a group celebratory meal in Marrakech, where you spend your last evening together in Morocco, and can chat about all the amazing experiences of the week. Hotel BL
Sat

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, and maybe a final dip in the pool, before you leave for your return transfer to the airport and your flight home. It is possible to extend your stay with one or more extra nights in the hotel. Just ask us for a quote.

ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

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Mountain focus article on Toubkal


Click on the picture to the left of the BMC Summit magazine, in which one of our guiding team had an article published on the 'experts view' on the mountain. The short article gives a fascinating insight into the history of the first ascents of the mountain, and of the classic ascent route. It is a great example of how Icicle is recognised as a leading operator of trips to this mountain, and of how all our staff and leaders are very knowledgeable about this peak. If you would like to speak to one of our guiding team who has led trips to Mount Toubkal, please get in touch with our Windermere office by phone or e-mail. To contact an experienced trip advisor please click on this link, and if you prefer, we can even have a trip advisor call you back at a time of your choice. Just give us a landline number, and we'll call you.


Marrakesh 4**** hotel accommodation

We've added a touch of luxury at each end of this trip, so for the nights at either end of the trek, whilst in Marrakesh you stay in a 4**** hotel next to the old city walls. This ensures you have a good nights sleep, and the hotel we usually uses boasts a pool and spa facilities. There's time to pamper yourself a little before and after your efforts in the mountains. Full details of the hotel are supplied before travel.

On the nights spent in the Marrakesh hotel, it is possible to upgrade to a single room, or to book extra nights if you wish to arrive early and / or stay on. The single room / extra night typically costs c.£80 per night. If you would like any of these upgrades, please let us know at the time of booking, as in key periods such as over Easter, the hotel is likely to be busy, and there will be limited availability of extra rooms.
Course Prices
Standard course
6 full days guiding, 1:6 max ratio
8 days holiday in total, Saturday-Saturday
£899
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA / Local Guides for six days, 2) Accommodation from Saturday evening to Saturday morning (7 nights), varying from hotels to mountain huts and gites, 3) All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch and dinner), 4) Pre course information booklet, 5) Airport transfers to and from Marrakech airport, 6) Equipment discount voucher for our UK shop, 7) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Marrakech, 2) Equipment hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Lunches and evening meals in Marrakech, 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges, 6) Allow up to 50€ per person for optional entry into sightseeing places of interest and optional town tour on the Friday.
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