Experience Africa in a blanket of snow, a wonderful experience to see the pristine mountains of the High Atlas.
Take time out to explore the fascinating city of Marrakesh, losing yourself in the labyrinthine souks.
Don an ice axe and crampons and put winter climbing skills to the test.
In the winter months, under a blanket of snow, the High Atlas mountains are a magical place for some fantastic winter trekking. The peaks and high passes that looked spectacular in summer are now even more enticing as they glisten with ice and the promise of crisp, cold mountain air on windswept summit ridges.
If you have a craving to hear the crunch of snow under your boot and the feeling of your crampons biting into the ground as you kick steps upwards to reach a distant peak, you have come to the right place.
On this adventure you will climb Ouanoukrim (4088m), the second highest peak in Morocco and Mount Toubkal itself (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa.
You will be accompanied by expert mountain guides every step of the way and all your technical gear is provided plus you'll have time to explore the colourful city of Marrakesh.
With an ice axe and crampons, tackle the High Atlas in full winter conditions.
Summit not one, but two 4000m peaks in one incredible adventure.
Explore the phenomenal city of Marrakesh, soaking up authentic Moroccan culture.
Marrakesh Menara Airport
Fly to Marrakesh, taking a transfer to the hotel.
Morning tour of Marrakesh, before an afternoon transfer to Imlil, the base for the next two nights.
A warm-up day, with a climb to the Tizi n'Mzik col. A steep, rocky, snow-covered track offers a good opportunity to test out the use of crampons and ice axe. Return to Imlil in the afternoon.
Follow a trail out of Imlil, leading through the village of Aremd, before continuing up the valley to Sidi Chamarouch. Reaching the snowline, continue further up the valley to reach the Nelter Refuge, the base for the next three nights.
An early start, leaving the refuge between 0400 and 0500. Follow the Ait Mizane valley to reach Tizi n'Ouagane, where a two-hour gradual ascent leads to the summit of Ouanoukrim. Option to continue to the second summit of Ras Ouanoukrim, which requires more scrambling. Returning to the Nelter Refuge to overnight.
Another early start, leaving the refuge at 0500. An enthralling climb leads to the summit of Mount Toubkhal, at a mighty 4167m, starting out under the light of head torches, before the dawn arrives as the group reaches the South Cwm. After embracing the sublime views over the Sahara Desert and surrounding mountains, return carefully via the same route.
Descend through the valley to arrive back at Imlil. After lunch, take a transfer to Marrakesh, with time to explore the city.
Transfer to the airport to start the journey home.
This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.
All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.
This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.
Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.
All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.
Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.
This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.
Price per person (inc deposit)
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