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After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. We continue on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to the Neltner Hut at Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner.
We start early for our Toubkal ascent, walking over rocky paths as there is less vegetation at this altitude. Once we pass the 4000m point, we can appreciate the magnificent panoramic views across the tranquil valleys and lower summits of the High Atlas Range. The achievement of standing on the summit is unforgettable and the views from the summit are simply magnificent. To the north we can see the fertile plains of the Magreb and Marrakech, and to the south, the wild rugged landscape of the pre-Sahara. All around us are the many jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching into the distance. We descend to the Neltner Refuge for lunch, then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking.
In the morning, we take a short walk to Imlil to meet our vehicle which will take us back to Marrakech. In the afternoon, we have free time in Marrakech and there is no shortage of things to do. You might like to head to the souks and try your hand at bartering for souvenirs. Or perhaps you would prefer to take a Caliche ride (a bright green horse drawn carriage) to the Majorelle Gardens. These small but tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in Indigo Blue and there is a small and charming museum of Islamic art in the grounds. A final treat would be to go for a hammam, a traditional Moroccan steam bath. In the evening we can visit the Djemma el Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, travelling acrobats and musicians, it is a place of entertainment at night.
2 nights 3-star hotel with en suite rooms, 1 night gite and 1 night refuge with basic shared facilities
3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
Crampons may be needed for April and October departures
Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about GBP4. In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between GBP5-10 depending on what you drink - so an estimate for food would be about GBP15 a day. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. 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 the Exodus Office 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. Since the EU banned the use of iodine tablets, we are no longer able to provide these on trek. The recommended alternative of Biox Aqua drops are not available in Morocco, therefore we advise you buy your own purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, yet please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are increasingly a waste problem.
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