Winter Skills Expedition in Morocco £540pp

The Atlas Mountains of Morocco are stunning.
Each year we run 5 day winter skills courses in this fantastic area and most times we summit the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal 4167m.
With fast and cheap flights from the UK to Marrakesh, its as easy and cheaper than going to the Alps!

All in all this is a fantastic week in the mountains, It maybe your first 4000m peak as well as learning essential winter skills, add in the great cultural experience you will have from staying and exploring the souks in Marrakesh and it changes this course in to something special.

2019 Dates

March 18th – 22nd Sorry Fully Booked!

Where is the course? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?

Where?

Atlas Mountains Morocco

Who is the course for?
Ideally you will already have 3 season hill and mountain hiking experience. You will need a very good level of fitness for this course due to the altitude we will be at and the acclimatisation days.

Course Ratio’s

Maximum ratio’s during the week are 6 clients to 1 instructor

What kit do I need?

A full kit list will be emailed to you, you will however need full winter clothing and B3 rated winter boots, crampons and walking axe plus a good quality winter sleeping bag for use in the lodge.

Course Outline

Day 1
Meet in Marrakech early morning and using 4×4’s, drive towards the Atlas with a lunch break then an acclimatisation hike finishing in the village of Imlil.

Day 2
Today we hike up to the Mouflon (Toubkal) refuge situated at the base of the highest mountain in North Africa. Its a steady hike uphill with breathtaking scenery and as we pass through the 2000m height we will probably be at the snow line.
Expect an 8 – 9 hour day.

Day 3
Today is an important acclimatisation day where we can summit an extra peak and refresh some personal crampon and ice axe skills along the way. It will be an evening of stacking up on food and getting as hydrated as possible for an early start for the summit tomorrow.

Day 4 Summit Day
An early start for the summit of Toubkal. Generally we leave the refuge around 07.00 or possibly earlier depending on time of year, weather and conditions. Our route of choice on Toubkal itself, is the north-cwm route (which is by far the less frequented of the main routes starting at the refuges below). However
we will only attempt this route if weather, snow conditions and group abilities allow – otherwise we will climb Toubkal by the West Ridge or South Cwm route.
Whichever route we do climb, you can be assured of a great day out! Expect a 7-8 hour energetic day before we get back to the refuge for late lunch. Then sit in the sun and savour the experience.

Day 5
After breakfast, trek down to Imlil to arrive around mid-day. A last coffee there before our transfer back to Marrakech.
Aim to arrive Marrakech mid afternoon.
Head to accommodation the out for a celebratory meal.

What’s Included

Vehicle transport from Marrakech to the start of the trip and a return back to Marrakesh after the trip.
Accommodation for the 4 nights in the mountains – Berber village house, Mouflon mountain refuge.
All food throughout from the time we leave Marrakech until we get back there.
All transport costs associated with the official trip itinerary
Porters / mules to carry all our communal gear and food.
Professionally qualified guides during the trip – Guides will either be International Mountain leaders (IML) or UIAGM (International Mountain Guide) or Winter Mountain Leaders.
Company Civil and Public Liability is included as a legal standard.

Food during the trip
Morocco has some of the finest cuisines in the world.The expedition cooks are superb and very proud of their cooking which is fantastic! and they ensure that all the food on the trek is freshly prepared using local ingredients and that there is plenty for everyone.

A typical menu on this trip would be:

Breakfast: Fresh bread with cheese, jam, margarine, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and hot milk.
Lunch: A light lunch consisting of fresh mixed salad, tinned fish or meat,bread and cheese, followed by fresh
local fruit.

Afternoon tea: Tea / coffee / hot chocolate with some dates, figs, nuts and biscuits.

Dinner: The evening meal is always a hot meal and is different every night – traditional Moroccan cuisine of Tajineor couscous with meat and vegetables or the occasional pasta meal. This is followed by fresh fruit and the famous mint tea.!

Currency / Visas / Language

Visas for entry into Morocco are not required by nationals of Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and most EU countries.
The currency in Morocco is the dirham (dh).It is impossible to get dirham outside Morocco – therefore take Euros, Sterling or US$ and exchange on arrival. Alternatively or in addition, there are plenty of ATM’s in the airport and Marrakech. Do not depend on using your credit card for purchases – this is a cash society in the main!
Language is Arabic / Berber but French is also understood / spoken widely. Little or no English spoken /
understood outside of main tourist areas.
Time difference = GMT all year.

What you need to provide
The additional costs for you once we meet up would be just bottles of water, drinks outside of meals, any showers charged for separately by the accommodation providers and any additional snacks you may wish to purchase.

You obviously have to get to Marrakech (there are any number of cheap flights these days from UK / Europe with Easyjet, Ryanair, Atlas-Blue, Jet4You & BA).

Organise travel / medical insurance (we check on this when you are booking) and sort out accommodation in Marrakech either side of your trip. Again there is a huge selection to suit all tastes and budgets.