Another great summit photo is just in from Mohamed, who guides our Winter Mount Toubkal trips in Morocco, with Hazel on the top this week. The perfect azure skies behind them tell the tale, but the weather is perfect and very settled in the Atlas Mountains at present. It is slightly warmer than the seasonal average, which is making ascents pleasant, with good opportunities for taking photos, without getting your hands too cold! On this trip, you get the opportunity to ascend using crampons and an ice axe for security. No previous winter experience is required, as all skills are taught on the trek. The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but involves some easy scrambling and snow slopes.
As with all our climbing trips, we focus on skills training and acclimatisation, so before you ascend Toubkal, you summit Ouanoukrim 4089m. From both summits, the views are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. All around are the jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching as far as you can see in every direction. This trip enables you to enjoy both the mountains, and the colourful local culture of the Berber villages that are built into the steep valley sides. Your local guide can tell you all about the local culture and traditions, so you get an amazing insight into the region. In contrast, Marrakech provides an interesting start and finish, where you can relax and enjoy shopping and eating in the French area boulevards or the narrow alleyways of the medina.
Our trips cost just £495 including the airport transfers in Morocco, all guiding, hotels in Marrakech, and all meals and lodging on the mountain. It’s a brilliant and colourful experience to visit Morocco, so if you haven’t made plans for a winter getaway, or the UK weather is getting you down, BOOK NOW !!!
If you are keen to join one of our Winter Toubkal trips, these links are useful for your essential pre-trip research and information…
1) Website trip itinerary: click here
2) Printer friendly dossier: click here
3) Mountain focus page: click here
The next Winter Toubkal trips with spaces are;
20-27 February 2016 (2 spaces)
5-12 March 2016 (2 spaces)