Atlas Mountains Trek
Join us on our trek to Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa, followed by a camel expedition in the Sahara Desert!
This challenge tackles contrasting terrains and landscapes. From the hot, dry desert to the snow topped Mount Toubkal, standing at 4,167m. You will enjoy traditional Moroccan culture, including many tagines, cups of mint tea and lessons on the history of this incredible country.
Whilst Mount Toubkal can be trekked in two days, we have added an additional acclimatisation day to give you the best possible chance of reaching the summit.
Saturday 22nd June – Arrival
We arrive into Marrakech, where we will spend the night in the heart of the Medina. Marrakech is a frantic but friendly city, with plenty to see and do and incredible restaurants.
We anticipate that people will arrive on different flights throughout the day. We will gradually meet up and relax before the adventure begins!
Sunday 23rd June – The Adventure Begins
The starting point for this trek is Imlil in the mountains, and here we will meet our guides and supply mules. From here we’ll trek for 5 hours or so towards the Neltner Refuge at 3207m, having lunch along the way, before staying in either a refuge or a tent, depending on the conditions.
Monday 24th June – Acclimatisation Day
Toubkal Refuge is more than twice as high as anywhere in the UK. To enable our bodies to adapt to the altitude, today will be spent acclimatising before taking on Toubkal. Toubkal is the tallest of the Atlas Mountains, today we will tackle some of its ‘smaller’ neighbours!
Tuesday 25th June – The Summit of North Africa
Today we will ascend the highest peak in Northern Africa, Mount Toubkal, which is 4167m. From the top you will be able to see the desert (which you will be travelling across, on the back of a camel, several days from now), before you head down toward Imlil. Dinner and accommodation will be in a local house.
Wednesday 26th June – Dades Gorge
Today is more restful as you travel, passing lots of spectacular views and beautiful villages before you get to the desert, at which point the scenery will transform into riversides of oases and kasbahs. This part of Morocco has seen filming of many Hollywood Blockbusters. Overnight will be spent in Dades Gorge.
Thursday 27th June – The Sahara
After your breakfast at the hotel, you and your group will transfer to the Todra Gorge, a gigantic fault line that divides the Atlas Mountains as a narrow valley peppered with Berber villages and rises to 300m. After your lunch, you will head deeper into the desert, to a tiny village called Merzouga, where you will trek overnight with the camels (you will get to sleep, do not worry!) to the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes – the highest dunes in Morocco. You will then ride your camels for an hour and a half at sunset and sleep under the stars at a desert camp after a welcome Berber meal.
Friday 28th June – Ait Benhaddou
You will awake at sunrise for a second camel ride, whilst watching the beautiful sunrise across the desert. Breakfast will be served before we travel to Ait Benhaddou (Game of Thrones fans may recognise this as the city of Yunkai!) – a World Heritage Site where we will spend the night.
Saturday 29th June – Marrakech
Visit Ait Benhaddou in the morning before completing the journey to Marrakech, following the former route of the merchant caravans.
Your accommodation for this evening is included, before departure the following morning. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Marrakech – perhaps for a well deserved Moroccan Hammam or to relax by the pool in one of the nearby resorts?
The fundraising target for this challenge is £1,000, plus a £100 deposit.
Costs include transport in Morocco, English-speaking guides, mules and porters to carry luggage, all accommodation, food (except for meals in Marrakech and lunches in the desert).
Costs do not include international flights, tips for guides and porters (we recommend £30), souvenirs, meals in Marrakech and lunches in the desert, drinks, clothes and equipment.
Should you have any questions about the trek, please contact Ben via firstname.lastname@example.org.