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- Ascend North Africa’s highest mountain, Jebel Toubkal, at 4167m
- A breath-taking short adventure set amongst a rocky Indiana Jones style landscape
- Walk amongst Berber villages and enjoy the beautiful colours of summer
- Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery as it shrouds you on your Mt Toubkal Trek
- Stand on the summit and be captivated by the panoramic view of the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and the environments that have enclosed them for centuries
- Enjoy delicious home cooked Moroccan meals and cooling drinks during your mountain adventure
- Opportunity to further explore the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech
- Your mountain trek will make a huge difference to the work of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice enabling them to continue to support more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire affected by life-limiting or a terminal condition.
Immerse yourself in another world with this short but action-packed mountain adventure in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Starting from bustling Marrakech you will venture into the Grand Atlas Mountains in central Morocco to climb North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal at 4167m. Your adventure allows you time to absorb the vast mountain surroundings, historical culture of the Berber life and the chance to acclimatise for your summit bid of Mount Toubkal. Tackling varied terrain and outlooks with your highly experienced guide, you’ll receive friendly Berber hospitality as you wind your way up this rocky giant. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you’ll see (and feel) at the summit. From the mountain peak 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. What better way to spend a long weekend than with this iconic mountain adventure with such warm hearted Moroccan people.
To book on to the St Barnabas Mt Toubkal Trek 2021, please sign up via the St Barnabas website.
Flight from UK to Marrakech, Morroco
You will be met at Marrakech Airport by your Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader before being transferred to the Berber mountain village of Imlil at 1700m, the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. This transfer will take approximately 1.5 hours. On arrival you will have time to get to know your fellow team-mates and make final preparations for your trek. Over a traditionally cooked Moroccan dinner there will be a trek briefing to ensure you’re ready for the adventure ahead.
Flights: Economy return flights from London UK to Marrakech Morocco
Transfer: Private minibus transfer from Marrakech airport to Imlil
Accommodation: Imili Guesthouse (twin/triple share basis)
Trek Imlil to Azib Tamsoult (2,400m)
After a delicious Moroccan breakfast, your crew will load up all the equipment and food supplies ready for your trek of Mount Toubkal. Leaving the quaint Berber mountain village of Imlil, your route winds its up the Mizane valley before heading west over the Tizi Mzik pass (2489mt) for lunch. The trail then slowly leads its way to Azib Tamsoult (2400mt) to your camp for the night.
Approximately 6 hours trekking
Kit bag transfer: From Imlil to Azib Tamsoult (porters)
Accommodation: Camping at 2,400m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Azib Tamsoult to Netler Refuge
Today is a planned acclimatisation day which will help prepare you for your Toubkal summit attempt the following day. The team will leave camp early morning and aim for the summit of Aglzim at 3,500m. Once on the summit you will be rewarded with stunning views over the High Atlas before starting your decent into camp. Arriving at camp in the Mizane Valley at 3,206m at the foot of Mount Toubkal late afternoon.
Approximately 7 hours trekking
Kit bag transfer: From Azib Tamsoult to Nelter Refuge (porters)
Kit hire provided: Helmets, if required
Accommodation: Camping at 3,206m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Today is another early start as the team 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 camp. 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. Approximately 10 hours of trekking.
Kit bag transfer: From Nelter Refuge to Imlil (porters)
Kit hire provided: Helmets, if required
Accommodation: Guesthouse (twin/triple share basis)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & celebratory dinner
Imlil – Marrakech
After a relaxing breakfast it’s a short drive back to Marrakech.
Depending on flight times you can either 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. Or be transferred directly to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Transfer: From Imlil to Marrakech Airport
Flights: Marrakech Morocco to London UK
Meals: Breakfast only
Due to COVID-19, the St Barnabas Hospice Toubkal Trek has been postponed from October 2020 to 19th May 2021. Rest assured that we have carefully created COVID-secure operating procedures to enable this fundraising trek to proceed in support of the vital work of St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire. Part of these new operating procedures include:
- COVID-19 risk assessments
- New Health, Safety and Well-being Guidelines for all leaders, crew and trekkers
- Maintaining social distancing rules
- Ensuring our leaders and crew have the respective PPE and that hand sanitiser is frequently available for all teams
These are all live documents and will be updated according to new government and WHO guidelines as they are released. The health and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we pass through are our top priority.
Flexible date changes
If you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change to another trip, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.
If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance company. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.
Secure online payments
All bookings can be made online with Mastercard, Visa and debit card or via BACS. You can also opt to pay via monthly direct debit instalments. We use WorldPay to handle all our online payments as it is a payment platform which is a global leader in payment processing offering superior security for both you and us as a company. For any further information or to organise monthly instalment payments, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Pay in instalments, interest free
We’re well aware that adventures can be a significant investment so we’ve set out to make it easy to afford. Once you’ve put down your deposit, for those who are on the ‘self-funder’ package, you can pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments with no extra charges so you can get out there and live your dream.
Adventure info available through our mobile app 24/7
On booking your adventure, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to all your trek info, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.
On joining us for the St Barnabas Hospice Mt Toubkal Summer Trek, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app, Vamoos. You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.
St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire
Once you are registered, the friendly team at St Barnabas Hospice will support you all the way up to and including the event itself. You will be provided with a discount card for local sports and outdoor gear outlets, sponsorship forms, fundraising posters and fundraising/training support, as well as a nine-week training guide. You will be personally supported by our Challenge Events Fundraiser Mike Pastor as well as the event organisers, Adventurous Ewe.
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on the Mt Toubkal Summer Trek and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.
Plus with Chief Ewe, Jim, having previously lived in Morocco, we can help you with plenty of tips and recommendations of things to do and see, places to explore & stay and suggestions on where to eat & drink once you’ve joined us for this exciting trek.
Return economy flights are included in your Mt Toubkal Summer Trek package. Once booked the flight details will be available through your mobile travel app.
For any further info on flights, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 3 months beyond the intended length of stay in Morocco. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 3 months validity.
British nationals do not require a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. For the latest entry requirements, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements.
It is a condition of travelling with Adventurous Ewe that you have a suitable travel insurance policy which covers you for your entire Mt Toubkal Summer Trek. Please ensure your policy covers, among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the trip, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this summer trekking challenge at 4167 metres in altitude. You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than one month prior to departure.
Global Rescue Membership
For peace of mind whilst trekking in the mountains, Global Rescue provides short term membership giving access to travel, security, medical advisory and evacuation services up to $US500,000. They’re a specialised field rescue company, and assist from the point of illness or injury by getting you to the closest and most appropriate medical facilities to get stabilised. Once fit to fly if you require additional inpatient treatment Global Rescue will further evacuate and repatriate to your home hospital on record. These services are all covered through their upfront membership fee with no claims process. For more info, please click here.
There are currently no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations include: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
For the most up to date information on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 6 – 8 weeks in advance of travel. For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS government website ‘Fit for Travel’.
Apart from the recent COVID-19 pandemic there are no other health risks in Morocco. We are monitoring and activating the guidelines and recommendations put in place by the respective governments and World Health Organisation as a result of COVID-19. You will receive our operational guidelines for this expedition when you join the trip and hand sanitiser and face masks will be provided for travel. Rest assured your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.
There are currently no mandatory vaccination requirements for Slovenia however we would recommend that your tetanus jabs are up to date.
For the most up to date details on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel and check the latest health advice for Slovenia from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website.
Apart from the recent COVID-19 pandemic there are no other health risks in Slovenia. We are monitoring and activating the guidelines and recommendations put in place by the respective governments and World Health Organisation as a result of COVID-19. You will receive our operational guidelines for this expedition when you join the trip and hand sanitiser and face masks will be provided for travel. Rest assured your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.
If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.
The Mt Toubkal Summer Trek is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something incredible. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.
You will be accompanied by your Adventurous Ewe Leader for groups over 7 people and Local Mountain Guide. Our Leaders are First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading groups in this region. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice website for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.
We also ask that you please ensure you use your antibacterial hand gel at all times to minimise the spread of any germs throughout your fellow flock of trekkers!
An Adventurous Ewe UK Leader will accompany groups of over 7 people and is an experienced high-altitude leader. Leaders have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Your Leader will be Wilderness First Aid trained too.
Your Local Leader is a key part to this trip. They are all expertly trained and experienced in every field of this high-altitude trek, bilingual (English and Arabic) and qualified in first aid and/or Wilderness First responder. They also have a huge passion for what they do and have plenty of knowledge ready to share with you. They are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and fun attitude. The Leaders have radio and satellite phone contact with base, the local office and Adventurous Ewe’s HQ.
We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment and to make your experience more authentic and safe.
The minimum group size for the Mt Toubkal Summer Trek to run is 6 people and the maximum group size is 16 people.
You are most welcome to join this trip as a group of family, friends, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo traveller. All funds raised are in support of the vital work of St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire.
A bespoke mountain trek training programme will be provided when join the team for this Summer Mt Toubkal to help you with your preparations. This includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme which is ideal for strength and endurance training. This programme is also perfect for people who are tight on time. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
A full kit list will be provided when you book onto this Toubkal Trek. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers.
An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this expedition.
Rest assured any equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and will not be used for the next 72 hours.
To help you get the very best from your Mt Toubkal Trek we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and this mountain trek.
Please note Ramadan runs from the evening of 13 April to evening of 12 May 2021 – Typically we do not operate trips during Ramadan. However, if your trip overlaps into this period, please take into consideration that the energy levels of our crew and local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time in a Muslim country – each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there’s a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.
Trekking experience and level of difficulty – ‘Tough’
This is a strenuous trek in a remote area of North Africa. It is graded ‘Tough’ due to the warm conditions and high-altitude trekking. The trip is designed for confident trekkers who are looking for a short yet rewarding mountain ascent. Although this trek is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 5 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a couple of long days with some boulders and steep sections (maximum 8-9 hours).
The temperature at particular times of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels. Please note that during the summer months of July and August, Morocco can get very hot during therefore departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. In addition, please be prepared for some stormy weather during the summer months. There can also be snow patches in late April/early May and from the end of September. We will advise no more than two weeks before departure if extra equipment/clothing is necessary. As with any trek in mountainous/high altitude areas, safety is paramount and your leader will always make decisions to amend the itineraries to ensure the safety of the whole group.
Trekking to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain (maximum 4167m) involves walking and sleeping at altitude, therefore altitude sickness is a possibility. Your base camp is at 3,208m and therefore mild symptoms may be experienced, such as headaches, nausea and loss of appetite. The best way to adjust to altitude is to walk slowly, rest as often as possible and drink plenty of water! Rest assured your Leader is experienced in high altitude trekking and will advise you accordingly if you are starting to feel the effects of altitude.
During the main summer months temperatures in Marrakech can be very high (33 – 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas, however in the mountains you can expect daytime temperatures above 2500m to be around 20 ºC to 25ºC. At night, the temperature, even at the Neltner Refuge, is unlikely to fall below freezing. The weather is usually good at the time of our departures. However it’s good to remember that mountainous weather is difficult to predict. Occasional rain or even short-lived storms are not uncommon, so best to be prepared for all. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be some snow lying at higher altitudes.
We recommend that you check the mountain weather forecast in the days leading up to your trek by clicking here.
Guesthouse (2 nights twin/multi share rooms) and camping (2 person tents)
We’ve sourced our accommodation very carefully in Imlil and picked a locally owned guesthouse in line with the Adventurous Ewe style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards. The rooms are on a twin or multi share basis. Whilst some rooms have ensuites, others have a shared bathroom.
Your campsites are serviced by a mountain refuge giving you access to their facilities. You will be required to bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Most camping chores will be done for you and a single tent can be organised for you on request at an additional cost. Please let us know prior to departure if you would prefer a 1 person tent.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation in order to keep the cost at a minimum for you. Single rooms and tents may be organised for an additional cost however this is dependent on accommodation availability. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multi-share. For more info or to request a single room/tent, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included
On your trek the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for you by your trek cook. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereal, bread, jam and honey. Lunches will be provided on the days of trekking. Dinner will be provided in the guesthouse and mountain refuge. Dinner usually consists of rice, pasta, couscous, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) and maybe some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent on the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.
Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform Adventurous Ewe at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.
It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.
There are two fundraising packages available for this Mt Toubkal Tre:
Full Sponsorship Package
Deposit: £99 per person payable on booking.
Sponsorship pledge: £1650 per person. 80% of your sponsorship total must be received by the charity no later than 6 weeks prior to the trek start date. The final 20% of your sponsorship total must be received by the charity no later than 4 weeks following the completion of your trek. All fundraising monies to be sent directly to St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire
Deposit: £99 per person payable on booking.
Remaining balance: £851 per person. Remaining balance payable to Adventurous Ewe no later than 6 weeks prior to departure. Raise as much sponsorship as you can and send it directly to St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire.
To book on to the St Barnabas Mt Toubkal Trek 2021, please sign up via the St Barnabas website.
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- Personalised trip support from your Adventurous Ewe team
- All trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app
- Training guide with discount code for personal training programme
- Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both in shop and online
- Financial Travel Protection
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning
- Monthly payment plan available for ‘self-funder’ package
On your trip:
- Qualified UK Mountain Leader
- Qualified Moroccan Mountain Guide
- All ground crew per your itinerary including Cook and luggage transfer on the trek via mules (please ensure your kit bag does not exceed 10kgs for the mules)
- Return economy flights from London UK to Marrakech Morocco
- Satellite telephone and VHF radio
- 2 night’s guesthouse accommodation (twin or multi share)
- 2 night’s camping accommodation (2 person tents / single tents available on request at an additional cost)
- Tents and camping equipment
- All meals as outlined in your itinerary – 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
- Private vehicle transfers as outlined in your itinerary
- Safety equipment and first aid provisions
What's Not Included?
Items not included
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Clothing and equipment as detailed on the Kit List (including sleeping bag & sleeping mat)
- Any personal snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets and medication
- Single room supplement including single tents
- Personal spending money, cash is needed for purchases of snacks & drinks along the trek route
- Tips for local crew
- Other items not listed on your itinerary
- Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of flight costs.
Thoughtful and Responsible Travel
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering travel experiences in a responsible and ethical manner and with sustainable development at its core. We believe strongly in low impact and positive impact tourism.
We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment! For full details of our Responsible Tourism Policy please visit: https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Responsible-Travel-Adventurous-Ewe-2018.pdf
Some of the responsible travel features embedded in our Summer Toubkal Trek:
- Using local crew and drivers wherever possible who are all extremely knowledgeable and willing to share their local way of life often with a big friendly smile
- Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
- Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
- Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
- Careful management of limited energy and water resources
- Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
- Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – “Take only photos, leave only footsteps and keep nothing but memories’.
- Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.
Morocco is predominantly a Muslim country. However, Morocco is very conservative when compared with standards you may be accustomed to at home and you should dress accordingly. As a guideline, shoulders, cleavage and knees should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts (men and women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature and family homes, and is considered disrespectful to the local culture. Long, light-coloured, lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers and skirts are respectful, cover your body, keep you cool in the heat and protect you from the sun.
Wherever possible, we contract local Moroccan suppliers and assist them to improve the quality of their services. By booking this trip, you’ll be helping us to support service providers, small businesses and guesthouse throughout Morocco.
We use local guides with wide experience and knowledge of cultural traditions and an ability to interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited.