Adventure Queens Winter Toubkal Trek
- Calling all Adventure Queens, get your 2019 off to an adventurous start with a winter ascent of North Africa’s highest mountain
- Trek Mount Toubkal (4167m) and the Atlas Mountains at their snowy best
- Perfect introduction to winter trekking in the High Atlas Mountains
- This mountain range provides some of the most spectacular winter trekking on earth
- Crampons and ice-axe provided as well as winter mountaineering training
- This trip is for members of the Adventure Queens group only and is women only
- Opportunity to lengthen you stay and explore the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech
Adventure Queens, why not start your 2019 with a great mountain adventure? The Adventure Queens Winter Toubkal Trek is a 5-day trip only a short distance from the UK. Starting from bustling Marrakech you will venture into the heart of the High Atlas to climb North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal at 4167m. This incredible mountain range provides some of the most spectacular winter trekking in the world! With its traditional villages, friendly Berber people, awesome trails and breath-taking mountains, this dramatic area takes on a magical appearance in winter time. From the summit of Toubkal who will experience stunning 360 degree panoramic views which extend across the rocky Atlas ranges and southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara Desert. Crampons and ice axes are usually required during the trek (depending on weather), but this trip is designed to be achievable by those who are fit, even if you are new to winter walking as training will be provided.
This is a fantastic winter adventure to be shared with your fellow Adventure Queens. The perfect opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones as this women’s only group will have many stories to share following the trip. There is also the opportunity to lengthen your stay Morocco’s most colouful and vibrant city, Marrakech, following your trek!
Included in the price of the trip
2 nights Accommodation in Imlil
2 nights Accommodation in Neltner Refuge
Qualified UK Mountain Leader (groups 6+)
Qualified Moroccan Mountain Guide
All meals in Imlil & whilst trekking
Not included in the price of the trip
Flights to and from Morocco
All drinks and snacks
Accommodation in Marrakech
Meals in marrakech
Marrakech – Imlil
Arrive Marrakech and spend time exploring this amazing and colourful Moroccan city. Option to find yourself a cafe for lunch and watch the world go by before your 1.5 hour transfer by minibus to the Berber mountain village of Imlil at 1700m. Tonight you will stay in a guest house, meet your team and make final preparations for the trek.
Imlil – Neltner Refuge
After a delicious Moroccan breakfast, your Adventurous Ewe team will load up all the equipment and food supplies ready for your trek of Mount Toubkal. You will leave the quaint mountain village of Imlil and head for the Neltner Refuge. Your trekking route will pass through walnut and cherry orchids while slowly making its way up the Mizane Valley stopping at the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch for lunch. After another Moroccan meal you will continue your ascent to reach the refuge in Neltner at 3208m.
Approx 6hrs walking
Acclimatisation Day / Quanoukrim
Today is a planned acclimatisation day which will help prepare you for your Toubkal summit attempt the following day. This is also the perfect opportunity to learn and practice some winter mountain skills which are appropriate for the current conditions. The Adventure Queens team will leave the refuge early morning and continue up the Mizane Valley. As part of your acclimatisation and preparation, the team will summit of Quanoukrim (4088m) which is the 2nd highest mountain in the High Atlas Mountains. The team will then arrive back at the refuge in the late afternoon and enjoy the surrounding mountain views.
Approx 8hrs walking
Today is another early start as the Adventure Queens take on the highest mountain in North Africa with your summit attempt of Mount Toubkal at 4,167m. Your ascent starts climbing steeply as soon as you leave Neltner Refuge. As a team you will make your way up the south cwm before traversing the south ridge to the summit. On reaching the summit you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the High Atlas Mountain range which is simply jaw-dropping. With time to take your summit photos you will then make your way back down to the refuge for a well-earned break and some food before continuing down to Imlil.
Approx 10 hrs walking
Imlil – Marrakech
After a relaxing breakfast it’s a short drive back to Marrakech. Time permitting, you can explore Marrakech and visit the Djemaa el Fna, an open-air market with food stalls, colourful spice stands, a huge array of clothing, leather goods and all sorts of trinkets, travelling musicians and acrobats. There’s also some great bargain hunting to be had.
There’s also the option to extend your stay in Marrakech if you wish. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like to extend your stay or for any further information on this trek.
Weather & Safety
The weather during the winter months is generally sunny days and cold nights. However, conditions can change very quickly. What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. Winter walking can be dangerous and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk we can never eradicate it altogether. The main danger is injury from avalanche or falling/sliding down a snow slope.
Although the guides can assist you in becoming accustomed to the use of ice axes and crampons, the trip is not a winter skills training course. If you have not used ice axes or crampons before it is essential that you feel confident in picking up the necessary skills.
Your Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
All our Guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.Currently there are no compulsory vaccinations for Morocco but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.
This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Our itinerary is designed to enable you to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. The refuge is at 3160m and so whilst you may feel some initial effects of this you are unlikely to have any serious AMS issues. It is very important to drink plenty of water and maintain a good hydration level.
In Imlil we stay in a village house/gite with basic facilities. The Neltner refuge is reasonably basic and provides dormitory accommodation with a number of large communal rooms one of which is heated by an open fire.
Passport & Visa
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their relevant embassies. Adventurous Ewe is not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.
It is a condition of this trip that you are insured against medical and personal accident. Adventurous Ewe require documentary evidence of your insurance prior to departure.We also recommend that you enrol with Global Rescue prior to embarking on your trip (optional). Global Rescue is the world’s premier provider of medical & security advisory and evacuation services.
To complete the Toubkal trek comfortably, it is preferable that you have previous experience of long walks in varied and irregular terrain. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness in order to manage the sections of ascent and long duration of the trek, combined with carrying your backpack every day. Due to the unpredictability of the climate during the winter months, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change extremely rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important.Walking hours stated are given as approximates only.
Adventure Queens group
This particular trip is set up specifically for the Adventure Queens group and is a women only trek. If you are a member of this group or have been invited to join this challenge, then please sign up online. You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £95.00 at the time of booking. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need any further assistance.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.