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Summer Toubkal, Morocco 2019
Mt Toubkal 4167m Long Weekend with two 4000m peaks
Course overview
Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is brilliant objective for a long weekend. Our itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but involves some easy scrambling, and you can ascend two 4000m peaks, Mount Toubkal 4167m and Ouankarim 4089m.
From the summits of Mount Toubkal and Ouankarim, 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 you stay in a 4* hotel on a B&B basis.
We also offer several alternative trips to Mount Toubkal. If snow is your thing, either on foot (boots & crampons) link, or a ski touring ascent link. In summer we also offer trail running ascents link. Hopefully in that selection, there's something for everyone! We've been operating Toubkal ascents year round for nearly 20 years now!
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.
Our USP's for Summer Toubkal ascents
We do stress that no previous mountaineering experience is needed for a Summer ascent of Mount Toubkal, but good hillwalking experience will help, as will fairly good hill fitness. The summit days are long, and involve walking at altitude on some frist shattered rocks, so balance and stamina are inportant.
As soon as two people have booked, the trip is guaranteed to go ahead with NO surcharges at all. We offer this price guarantee, so you have the confidence to book flights immediately after booking.
If you can't find a date that suits, we can provide a bespoke date for just 2 people booking together on any date you would like. For this option, get in touch, and we'll put a bespoke date up for you.


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, to take the best weather window
to make it happen.
Day Itinerary Night Meals
Thu 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, you can go out for a meal in the old town (not inc). The guide will meet you at the hotel once everyone has arrived, as others may have different flights. Hotel n/a
Fri After breakfast, you are driven to the road head at Imlil, and the trail gains almost 1200m as the trek passes the Muslim shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, and the tomb of the Marabout. From here the path leads upwards to reach the comfortable Mouflon mountain refuge 3207m. This is the highest hut in the Atlas mountains, and is situated at the foot of Toubkal itself, and you are likely to be based here for the next two nights. Hut BLD
Sat A very early start for the ascent of Mount Toubkal. The trek starts up an easy angled rocky slope, before heading left and traversing the south ridge to reach the summit at 4167m. At the summit pyramid structure you can enjoy the panoramic view which stretches for miles in all directions. The descent is made by retracing your route to the col, and heading back down to the Mouflon refuge for the night. Hut BLD
Sun Today is potentially a spare day for attempting Toubkal, but ideally you can attempt another 4000m peak. The objective is a day climb of Ouanoukrim 4089m, with its scramble to the summit, which is the second highest peak in the region. After descending to the hut, you trek back to Imlil, and are driven to Marrakesh. You can explore the medina and Djemaa el Fna market (souk). Night in hotel. Hotel BL
Mon

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.

Please note that if you do not require our hotel accommodation, we can offer a discount of £20pppn for the two nights. We have to pre-pay our hotel to guarantee good prices, so cannot offer a more generous discount. Also, if you are staying in your own accommodation, you will also have to source your own airport transfer(s), as our airport transfers are only on the scheduled arrival and departure day to/ from our hotel.
Course Prices
Standard course
3 full days trekking guiding, 1:8 max ratio
5 days holiday in total, Thursday-Monday
£499
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Morrocan mountain guide(s) for three days, 2) Accommodation from Thursday evening to Monday morning (4 nights), with 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Marrakesh, and 2 nights in mountain huts / gites, 3) All meals on the actual trek (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) Mule support between Imlil and Mouflon refuge, 8) Transfers between Marrakesh and the roadhead at Imlil.
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.
Notes: Group sizes 2 - 8 clients, with 1 lead guide (and extra guides as required). If you can't find a date that suits, or wish a private trip, we can provide a bespoke date for just 2 people booking together on any date you would like for just £549pp, or for 1 person a private trip is £649. For either of these options, get in touch, and we'll put a bespoke date up for you. For private groups of 3 or more, the scheduled price applies, and discounts are applied for private groups of 6 or more.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Mt Toubkal weekend
  • [ 4 ] 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2019
  • [ 2 ] 23 - 27 Jul 2020
  • [ 2 ] 30 Jul - 3 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 20 - 24 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 27 - 31 Aug 2020
Spaces are indicated by the
number in square brackets
before each course date.
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Client feedback


Thank you all so much for a great long weekend away. It's unbelieveable to be sitting at my desk in Manchester, when just two days before I was standing on the top of the Atlas Mountains

Lynda R , Summer Toubkal

A very big thanks to Mohamed and the Morocco team for looking after my family so well. We enjoyed our time, and to climb both peaks was a real bonus, though the hotel pool was a very welcome sight once we got back off the trek and to Marrakesh

Terry H , Summer Toubkal

Lovely mountains, great local knowledge, and excellent food. Couldn't fault the trip. Thank you all for organising it

Jim R , Summer Toubkal

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Our unique selling point?
Our trips are exclusively for Icicle clients, and we don't pool you with other companies guests, who might speak another
language completely! Unfortunately we have seen this practice becoming more common with other operators, and it is our USP that you travel with who you book with, not a random group.
Top tips from our guides
Take a good sleeping bag for using in the highest huts such as Mouflon so you get a good nights sleep before your main ascent.
Wear well worn in walking boots (B1 or ideally B2) for the summit days to support your ankles, provide toe protection, and give good grip.
To avoid stomach upsets, only drink bottled water, and also use this to brush your teeth with too.
Use trekking poles to provide you with greater balance on the often broken and scree covered terrain.
We provide a detailed kit list and expedition dossier upon booking, so have a good read through it, and don't hesitate to get in contact with any questions you have, as you can speak to someone who has actually been on or led one of these trips before, so has expert knowledge.
Extra tours and extensions



Desert tour 3 day
£399 for 1 person, inc: transport, accommodation, meals, guide, camels.

Day 1: Drive to Ouarzazate, and cross the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Venture through Berber villages, heading into the desert to a riverside oasis, and see barren hillsides clustered with Kasbahs. Visit the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou used as the backdrop for films including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Overnight in hotel in Dades valley.

Day 2: After breakfast you drive to Todra Gorge and on to Merzouga at the dunes of Erg Chebbi. After a short break you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night in berber tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner.

Day 3: After viewing the fabulous sunrise and after breakfast at the camp site, you ride the camels back to the Merzoga. From there it will be a long day driving back to Marrakech.



Three day tours
£599pp, inc: transport, Marrakesh hotel on B&B basis, lunch, guide.

Day 1: Agafay Desert, Lake and Atlas Mountains. A wounderful journey across the Agafay Desert, berber villages and the Atlas Mountains in a day and a refreshment stop at the Takerkoust Dam! Take a walk or ride a mule or a camel across the breathetaking sceneries. You have the chance to visit a local Berber house to experience the local life.

Day 2: Ouzoud Waterfalls. The drive takes about 2 hours, and you'll be told stories about the areas you're passing through, and Morocco's culture and customes in general. The waterfalls are stunning, and you can have a swim and cool off at their base.

Day 3: Take a private tour and enjoy the VIP treatment. Your guide will take you to experience Essaouira. These day are designed to allow you to enjoy the beauties of Morocco
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Marrakesh guided town tour
4 hrs £70 for 2 people
7 hrs £90 for 2 people, including lunch
fA local guide to show you the secrets and historical features of the old town of Marrakesh. They'll show you through the labyrinth of streets in the Medina..
So why choose us?
We are true specialists in Mt Toubkal. See our blog, by clicking on the logo.
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather and conditions each day, so that you maximise the amount you can achieve each day.
Our prices are fixed in £ pounds sterling, to protect you from any currency fluctuations, so that you can budget accurately.
We have a team of over 30 guides, and a resort support team, who all want you to have the best time possible! For more details on the guiding team and qualifications, please click here.
Different timescales?

Shorter
We also offer this trip as a shorter weekend from Friday to Monday. The itinerary is as follows;

Fri - Arrive. Night in Marrakash hotel.
Sat - Transfer and trek to Toubkal hut.
Sun - Ascent of Toubkal. Descend to Imlil, drive to Marrakesh. Night in hotel.
Mon - Breakfast and depart.

This itinerary is £100 less than the long weekend itinerary featured.

Longer
We can also offer the summer trip along the same itinerary as the winter trip, but minus the snow! Here's the itinerary link, and it is an 8 day trip with 6 days trekking. These week long summer treks are operated on demand, and cost the same as the winter weeks.

Bespoke
If you'd like to organise a private trip to Toubkal, just let us know your preferred timescale and dates, and we can upload a bespoke trip for you to book securely online.

Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor. Many people opt for this service, and it is an integral part of what we offer, as we are keen to ensure that you are prepared as possible, and that you select a course that is suitable for you. It makes it easier and more enjoyable for you and us, if you are on the right trip.
 


 
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