Day 1 – Arrive in Imlil (1, 740m)
We do pickups from Marrakech (7.45pm) and the airport (8:00pm), before the one hour drive to our Gîte (guesthouse) in Imlil. Once here, we’ll serve up some tea and introduce you to the full team.
Day 2 – Hike to Refuge Toubkal (3,200m)
From Imlil, we load up the mules with a week’s worth of supplies and your equipment, and send them ahead to the Refuge. The hike up takes 6 hours.
Day 3 – Winter Skills Practice
We head out from the refuge at 9am to practice ice axe and crampon technique. After becoming comfortable with the basics, we put these skills into practice by heading up one of the old passing points for trade between the mountains. The terrain is steep (Grade I/II) so it’s a great place to practice kicking steps and self-belay with the axe.
Day 4 – Tizi n’Ouanoumss Pass (3,660m)
On day 4 we hike for five hours up to Tizi n’Ouanoumss pass, with the possibility of continuing to the summit of Ras (4,080m) for fit team members. Along the way we cover avalanche assessment and the basics of snow shelters in case things go wrong.
In the evening, you’ll pour over the maps and guidebook to work out an appropriate route for summiting Toubkal!
Day 5 – Summit Toubkal (4, 170m)
Summit day is all about putting your skills into practice, becoming confident in using them more independently. Our fun and experienced instructors will also be on hand to assist with any sticking points.
Usually it takes 3-6 hours to summit, depending on the route, and we return to the Refuge with plenty of daylight spare.
Day 6 – Return to Marrakech
In the morning, we hike down for 4 hours to Imlil, and then travel back by car to Marrakech.
Day 7 – Extra Day in Marrakech
Most participants will stay for an extra day in Marrakech to take in the sights, including a walk around the medina (old city). The bath houses also come highly recommended for some recovery and relaxation!