Marrakesh, Jebel Toubkal and Essaouira-Morocco - 13 Days

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MoroccoFor climbing the summit of Toubkal (4167m), we will travel to Morocco, the jewel of North Africa, and one of the best destinations that you can choose. This trip is designed to offer you, in the best possible manner, the opportunity of enjoying some of the amazing popular attractions of that beautiful country. It mixes the pure trekking days, at very high altitude, with cultural experiences and deep immersions into the history of this beautiful country.

We will start our trip in Marrakesh . As Fodor’s Travel says, it is Morocco’s most intoxicating city; it is a city that travelers either hate or love. Ever since Morocco’s “Jewel of the South” became a trading and resting place on the ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu, the city has barely paused for breath. We will spend here two nights, that will be dedicated to exploration: Jemaa el Fnaa (UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity), the souks (traditional markets), the old palaces (Bahia and El Badi), Jardin Majorelle, are only few objectives included in our agenda.

The main part of the trip is planned in the High Atlas Mountains. We will start (and complete) our tour in the small village of Imlil; because we’ll hike at very high altitudes (above 3000m) proper acclimatization is mandatory. Before reaching Toubkal Summit we’ll spend some time at intermediate levels to be sure that everything will be fine. During the preparatory stage we will have the opportunity to visit some remote Berber villages and to understand better the local way of life.

Also, for better preparation and for ”bagging” another summit over 4000 meters, we will climb the Ouanoukrim Mountain. It is a double summit big mountain: South Timesguida (4.089 m) and North Ras n’Ouanoukrim (4.083 m) separated by a little col (3.968 m). Timesguida is the 2nd highest mountain in the region and Ras (3rd). From the top, we will enjoy excellent views of Toubkal chain and south across pre-Atlas and Sahara (weather permitting).

The big prize, summit of Toubkal stands firm at 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Having plenty of time for the ascent, we will climb it in the right pace, allowing enough time for taking photos and admiring the sceneries.

After completing our trek, and going back to Imlil, we will be ready for relaxation on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It will be a major change.

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.

Please check below the day-by-day program and feel free to book your place or send your inquiry. Also, please be sure that you read the Terms and Conditions before booking your place.

  • Group Size: 5-10 people
  • Specialty Category: Hiking&Trekking, Cultural Experiences
  • Difficulty (for the alpine ascents): Medium
  • Tour Customizable: No (Yes, for groups of minimum 5 persons)
  • Meeting place: Henri Coanda International Airport – Bucharest or Menara International Airport – Marrakech

Itinerary

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Transfer to the hotel (Riad) where we’ll have provided our accommodation. Our Hotel/Riad is located in the proximity of Medina, close to the famous Jemaa el Fna square; so, for diner, we’ll choose a restaurant in the area, where we can try for the first time Moroccan cuisine (I strongly recommend you tajine), mint tea and/or Nof-Nof cofee.

3* Hotel Riad

After breakfast we’ll have a full day for exploring Marrakech: there will be plenty of time to walk around Jemaa el Fna Square and Koutoubia mosque, to visit museums or the amazing gardens or just to explore the souk.

Breakfast
3* Hotel Riad

No doubt we will wake to the sound of the Islamic calls of the muezzins beckoning the faithful to the city mosques. After breakfast we’ll meet again Mohamed, our local guide, and we’ll have the transfer to the small Berber village of Imlil (1740m), a drive of about 1.5 hrs. Here we meet our muleteers, load our bags onto the mules and head off! Our trek takes us over Tizi Mzik which at just over 2400m gives great views of Angour and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas. We descend to the traditional Berber village of Tizi Oussem where we spend the night in our comfortable gîte with great views of tomorrows route.

A gite consists of a village house with simple dormitory accommodation, each with space for approximately 6-8 people. Furnished in traditional Berber style; low couches (beds), tables, carpets and cushions. Showers are usually available, sometimes hot!

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gite

After breakfast we trek up to CAF Lepiney (Tazaghart) refuge at 3000m altitude. The trail takes us through summer grazing settlements and orchards, past waterfalls and most of all, we are always surrounded by stunning scenery and high peaks.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mountain Hut

We move on from the Lepiney refuge to the Neltner refuge (3207m) situated at the base of the highest mountain in North Africa.

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mountain Hut

For a better acclimatization, today we’ll make an ascent of Ouanoukrim (4089m.), a straight forward climb with a final scramble to reach the summit. After that we’ll come back to Toukal (Neltner) Refuge.

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mountain Hut

Today we rise early to attempt Jebel Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa. There is a choice of route which will be governed by the group’s energy, ability and the weather but whatever we climb we should be rewarded by superb views from the summit. On a clear day it is possible to see the outline of the Atlantic coast to the west and the sands of the Sahara Desert to the east. The climb of just over 950m to the top and back will take us about 7-8 hours round trip.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mountain Hut

After a final breakfast at the refuge we trek down to Imlil stopping half-way at the Sidi Chamarouch shrine for a mint-tea break. On arrival in Imlil we will have lunch and we’ll explore the village. Accommodation will be provided in Imlil.

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gite

Sidi Kaouki is a small berber village, located at about 18 km to Essaouira. This area is very popular for surfers being one of the best kept secrets of Morocco. Accommodation will be provided in a hotel/riad in Sidi Kaouki.

6 hours
Breakfast, Dinner
Gite

After breakfast we’ll ride the camels along the coast (the prize of the day). After a nice picnic lunch on the beach, we’ll drive to the beautiful city of Essaouira. Accommodation will be provided in a nice comfortable hotel riad in Medina.

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch
3* Hotel Riad

It is dedicated to the visits of the city. First of all, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Medina (the old town, surrounded by the walls of the fortification). After that we’ll still have enough time for exploring the local souk for buying some more souvenirs.

Breakfast
3* Hotel Riad

It’s a free day, without any established program. The decision will be all yours; you can spend it on the beach, or for exploring the city even more.

Breakfast
3* Hotel Riad

All good things come to an end. Today we will say goodbye and, soon, we’ll start sharing memories.

Cost includes:

  • Airport transfers;
  • Land transfers from/to Marrakech (including the transfer to/from Essaouira);
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel/riad in Marrakech (breakfast included);
  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel/gite in Imlil (breakfast included);
  • 5 nights accommodation in gites / refuges;
  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel/riad in Sidi Kaouki;
  • 3 nights accommodation in a hotel/riad in Essaouira;
  • services provided by Romanian international mountain leader and local (Moroccan) mountain guide;
  • Mules and muleteers (during the trekking stage in the mountains);
  • A cook and cooking equipment (during the trekking stage in the mountains);
  • Full board during the trek;
  • Camels hiring in Sidi Kaouki;

Cost doesn't include

  • Airfares;
  • Tips for local mountain guide, cook, drivers and muleteers (50 euros/person);
  • Entry fees at the touristic objectives (20 euros/person);
  • Dinners and Lunches in Marrakech, Essaouira and Imlil (10-20 euros/person/meal);
  • Mineral water and beverages;
  • Insurance;
  • Other expenses that are not included;

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Marrakesh, Jebel Toubkal and Essaouira-Morocco
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Good to know

  • minimum 5 persons - maximum 10 persons
  • 4167m
  • all in-country transfers included
  • 3* hotel-riad in Marrakech and Essaouira; gites and mountain refuges during trekking.
  • 18
  • 60

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