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Mind the Mountain – Toubkal 2022

16th Jun 2022 - 21st Jun 2022

6 days/Morocco /Challenging

Overview

Located in the High Atlas Mountain range a spectacular peak awaits. Jbel Toubkal is Morocco’s highest peak and offers a tempting challenge to adventurous and fit trekkers. This non-technical peak, at 4,167m altitude, offers great trekking in the rugged and dramatic Toubkal National Park. The first recorded ascent of Toubkal was in 1923 although the mountain is likely to have been summited long before this by Berber tribesmen during hunting trips. This 5-day trip takes you on a journey through the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the highest peak in Morocco and all of North Africa, the famous Mt Toubkal at 4,167m.

There is also the option to extend your stay after the trek to explore more of Morocco for an additional cost.

NB. Please note this trip is exclusive to Co-op colleagues. Contact info@different-travel.com for more details.

 

A Challenging Trip. You will be camping for two nights, the summit day is tiring, the terrain is steep and you will trek for up to 8 hours a day, starting early in the morning. Although tough, this challenge is achievable for anyone with a good level of fitness who has trained appropriately. It is important that you stay positive, remember your goal, and keep your own steady constant pace. The hard work pays off after you reach the top and are greeted by spectacular views.

This trek is accompanied by professional English-speaking local guides who have an excellent knowledge of trekking in the region and are first aid trained. You will also be supported by a full support crew of cooks, muleteers (and mules) and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

The terrain is generally very stony and dry with some sections of loose scree and small boulders you may have to scramble over. There may be snow on the ground. Towards the summit there may be exposed areas but your guides will offer you support throughout. There will be lots of uphill sections and subsequent descents so it is very important that you have done adequate training on hills before departure.

Temperatures in the Atlas Mountains in June can reach highs of 33°C but wind chill may make this feel colder and temperatures can drop to around 5°C after the sun sets. Some snow may remain on the higher slopes of Toubkal and if conditions require it you may need to use crampons (which can be hired in Imlil if required – approx. €5 per day). It is unlikely that snow will fall during the trek, however it is not impossible. Although the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate, climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. Should this happen the guide will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and ultimately the safety of the group as a whole.

Typically breakfast comprises bread, eggs and hot drinks. Lunch will be bread, cold salad, fresh and dried fruits. Evening meals tend to begin with a hot or cold salad, followed by a tagine (a traditional fish, chicken or lamb stew with vegetables served in a clay pot) served with bread and couscous (made from semolina) accompanied by vegetables. A cup of sweet mint tea is commonly used to end the meal.

You will stay in a guesthouse in Imlil for one night before the trek, camp near the refuge on the mountain for two nights and then spend the final night of the challenge in a hotel in Marrakech. While camping you will be provided with a foam mattress but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag suitable for temperatures as low as 0°C.

You must be aged at least 18 to participate unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are aged 16 or 17 years old if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian–please contact us for advice. There is no upper age limit. An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new.

You are strongly advised to train to a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s walk. The distances covered may not be great but you must be prepared for, and be capable of, trekking for many hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a daypack of around 6-8kg in weight. If you attempt to complete the trek without training, it will be unnecessarily challenging and will hinder your experience, and the experience of your teammates.

This trek is graded challenging. You will be camping for two nights, the summit day is tiring, the terrain is steep and you will trek for up to 8 hours a day, starting early in the morning. Although tough, this challenge is achievable for anyone with a good level of fitness who has trained appropriately. It is important that you stay positive, remember your goal, and keep your own steady constant pace. The hard work pays off after you reach the top and are greeted by spectacular views.

The summit of Toubkal is 4,167m however exposure to altitudes above 3200m (the elevation of your campsite) is limited to the trek from camp to the summit (4,167m) and back over the course of 4-6 hours. As such there is only a small chance of altitude related symptoms.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport & copy
Travel Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£ Sterling) / ATM card(s)
Head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Camera + spare batteries

Clothing & Footwear

Hiking boots*
Trainers for cap (optional)
Non cotton trek socks (2 pairs)
Underwear (sports bra for ladies)
Long sleeved base layer
Non-cotton t-shirt
Warm mid-layer or fleece
Waterproof / shell jacket
Light insulated jacket
Trek trousers
Sun-hat and warm hat for evenings
Gloves
Swimwear

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Shower gel* + travel towel
Comb/hair brush
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper (1-2 rolls)*
Sun cream (high SPF)*
Moisturiser lotion*
Hand sanitizer
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy bags (for used toilet paper)*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters
Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Scissors/tweezers (optional)
Indigestion remedy (optional)
Zinc oxide tape 
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Mobile phone + charger
Portable charger (optional)
Video camera (optional)
iPod/MP3 player
Trekking poles (optional)
Sewing kit (optional)
Books/playing cards

Luggage

Suitcase for main luggage
Trek kit bag (carried by mules)
Daypack (25-30 litres)
Combination Padlock

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak)
1-litre standard water bottle
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Ear plugs (essential)
Sleeping bag (comfort rating 0°C)
Sleeping bag liner (silk or thermal)
Pyjamas (or use light thermals)

Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on info@different-travel.com

*Please ensure you pack your hiking boots into your hand baggage in the unlikely event your checked luggage goes missing or is delayed.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday 16 June 2022):

London* – Marrakech – Imlil (1740m)
Depart London* for Marrakech. On arrival you will transfer by road to Imlil village (approx.1.5 hours), passing green valleys and attractive scenery en-route. Imlil is the departure point for treks to Toubkal and you will stay overnight here at a traditional guest house. You can enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore before a briefing and dinner this evening.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 2 (Friday 17 June 2022):

Imlil – Camp (3200m)
After breakfast, you begin the trek to camp with a long ascent along the valley. Halfway through the trek you will reach Sidi Chamharouch (2350m) a small Islamic shrine believed to heal mental illnesses. Nearby there are some shops and restaurants where you will stop for lunch. After lunch you will continue your trek and will arrive at camp which is the base for the next 2 nights.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camping

Day 3 (Saturday 18 June 2022):

Camp – Toubkal Summit (4167m) – Camp
You will depart early this morning to trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal at 4,167m – the highest peak in North Africa! The ascent will take 4-6 hours and you will be rewarded with stunning views over the Atlas Mountains and even as far as the Sahara. After savouring the views and celebrating your achievement you begin your descent back to camp. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure allowing you the opportunity to rest.
Trekking: Approx. 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camping

Day 4 (Sunday 19 June 2022):

Camp – Imlil – Marrakech
This morning you will leave the camp to trek back to Imlil village where you will be met by the vehicle and driven back through the Houaz lowland to the vibrant, bustling and exotic city of Marrakech (journey approx. 1.5 hours) for dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5 (Monday 20 June 2022):

Marrakech
A free day to enjoy the frenetic city of Marrakech! You will gather for a celebratory farewell dinner tonight.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Overnight: Hotel 
 

Day 6 (Tuesday 21 June 2022):

Marrakech – London*
Transfer to the airport and flight back to London*.
Meals: Breakfast

*Flights from Manchester are available upon request.

Notes: The day-to-day program is subject to weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £325
and then

Sponsorship: £1300

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to Mind, SAMH or Inspire. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • A total of £650 must be raised by 1 January 2022.
  • The remaining £650 must be raised by 24 March 2022.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

What's included

  • Return flights from London
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Morocco
  • Accommodation in guesthouse (1 night), camping (2 nights) and hotel (2 night)
  • Tents and sleeping mats on trek
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Porters, mules and cooks
  • Trek permits

What's not included

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money (tips and gratuities, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit
  • Travel insurance

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