Climbing to the highest point of the Atlas Mountains – Toubkal

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It will be an incredible journey to the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains and the whole of North Africa. According to ancient Greek legend, the mighty titan Atlas held the sky here on his shoulders. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the mighty rocks, forests, green valleys with vineyards and the place from which the endless Great Sahara Desert begins.
Morocco is one of the most unusual countries of the Black Continent, the land of canyons and gorges, ancient fortresses, snow-white beaches and gardens of fragrant roses right in the desert. This Arabian kingdom miraculously absorbed the cultures of France and Spain, retaining the unique flavor of the oriental bazaars, magnificent palaces and mosques with the tall minarets of the ancient cities of Marrakesh and Swayra.

You need to go because:
Toubkal (4167m) – the highest point of North Africa;
The tour does not require training;
Marrakech is the heart of Morocco;
Dades is the most beautiful canyon of Morocco;
Benhaddu – the famous fortress city;
Ouarzazats – African Hollywood;
Swayru is a great Mediterranean resort.

Information

Date: august, september 2019
Location: Morocco
Number of participations: max 10
Price: 1300 Euro

Itinerary

Thread route: Marrakesh – Imlil – peak Toubkal (4167m) – Benhaddu – Ouarzac – Dades – Marakesh – Essueyra

Day 1: Beginning of the program – arrival in the city of Marrakesh

You will arrive in Marrakesh, a city with almost a thousand years of history. It is called the heart of Morocco, thanks to the fabulous gardens, ancient mosques, oriental bazaars and the old city surrounded by a multi-kilometer wall, in the central square of which you can see acrobats, dancers and musicians.

Day 2: Transfer to the city of Imlil, Tizi Misk Pass

You will move to Imlil (1700m), a cozy town in a green valley, from where the ascent of the Atlas Mountains begins. You are expected to cross the Mizan gorge and the Mizk village to the Tizi Misk pass (2489m) and the tent camp (2400m). Things ride on mules.

Day 3: Agzim Pass, the transition to the shelter “Tubkal” (3200m)

Today, there is an ascent to the Agzim Pass (3500m), a picturesque place, from which a view opens onto the rugged gorges ridge of the High Atlas. This is a famous place for paleontological excavations where dinosaur bones were found.
Then you go down to the Toubkal shelter at an altitude of 3200 meters, where there is a dining room and even a living room with a fireplace.

Day 4: Climbing Toubkal

The path to the top of Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest point of North Africa, goes past the mountain forests of oak and cedar, juniper bushes, tamarisk and green meadows.
In winter, Toubkal is covered with snow and becomes the center of alpine skiing. From its summit a breathtaking panorama of the Atlas Mountains opens, and in the distance you can see the beginning of the sands of the Great Sahara Desert. These mountains are inhabited by Berbers, who converted to Islam in Africa. In the narrow valleys of the northern slope they graze cattle and gather olives and grapes, and in rare oases in the arid south the date palm is the only cultivated plant.
Descent to the shelter and the village of Imlil.

Day 5: Transfer to Benhaddu

From Imlil you will go to Benhadda. The road leads through Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m), the highest mountain pass in the northern part of the continent, passes by many Berber villages and then descends into the Valley of Roses. Here, at the end of spring, a unique Damascus rose is grown, which grows only in a few places in the world. According to the legend, its seeds were brought to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains by pilgrims from Mecca in the 10th century. Damask roses make famous essential oil.
On the left bank of the Ouarzazat River, which originates in the mountains and passes through the desert, is located the famous ksar Benhaddu, a fortress city that was built in the XI century to protect the caravan route, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Transfer to Ouarzaz. Dades Gorge

You will move to the city of Ouarzaz, where the so-called African Hollywood is located. Many famous directors shot their pictures here. You will receive a tour of the film studio.
Then go to the picturesque mountain gorge Daids with family hotels, which are called riads. In small gardens of such houses they keep famous Moroccan goats and grow trees, from the fruits of which they make world famous argan oil. Dades is the most beautiful canyon of Morocco, at the bottom of which is a green oasis, and around the lifeless desert. Its length is more than one hundred kilometers, and its depth reaches 500 meters.

Day 7: Transfer to Marrakesh

After visiting the observation deck, you will admire a beautiful view of the Dades Gorge, then go to Marrakesh. Visit the shady garden “Majorelle” with an amazing collection of plants from around the world. Designer Yves Saint Laurent took care of him after the death of the owner, artist Jacques Majorelle. In the center of the garden is a house, the color of which contrasts sharply with the lush vegetation around, and this color was given the name Blue Majorelle.
You will see one of the main attractions of the city – the richest palace of Bahia, translated from the Arabic “glitter”, built in the 19th century by the vizier of Marrakesh for his numerous wives and concubines. In the evening, stroll through the authentic local bazaar and medina, the quarters of the ancient streets of jewelers, shoemakers and sellers of dishes and spices. You will be in the center of the famous Square of the “Headed”, where they carried out terrible executions, and you will see the Al-Kutubiya mosque, whose 69-meter minaret has served as a guide for travelers for centuries. Medina ends at the massive red walls that protect Marrakesh for a thousand years.

Day 8: Drive to Sawira

Today you are waiting for the transfer to Es Sweiru, the third largest fishing port of Marroko. In the past, it was the capital of pirates and the city of hippies, and today it is the mecca of surfers and divers, as well as a magnificent Mediterranean resort with a unique oriental flavor.

Day 9: Sueira

Another day you will spend exploring El Sueira. Inside the large jagged walls of the city, there are streets and houses in the Moorish style, many art galleries, artisan shops with carpets and silverware and a cafe serving fresh fish.

Day 10: Return to Marrakesh. Departure to home

You will return to Marrakesh. On this day, you are expected to fly to Home.

This is included

local guides
mules
professional chef on the track
accommodation in 3 * hotels in cities and on the ocean, on trekking in tents and shelters
meals: full board on the tracks, breakfasts in hotels in cities
transfers according to the program

This is not included

air flight
insurance
Lunches and dinners in the cities
entrance tickets to sightseeing objects
souvenirs and individual expenses

Good to know

Necessary clothes and shoes
down jacket at -10 ºС
storm jacket (you can ski)
fleece jacket (or wool sweater)
waterproof trousers
trekking trousers
thermal underwear
socks are trekking warm
socks are tracking thin
warm gloves (you can ski)
cap
cap
t-shirt, shirt with long sleeves (2 pieces)
shorts
rain cover
trekking boots (on snow)
hiking shoes
trekking sandals

Tourist equipment
glasses
cats
personal dishes
thermos
sunblock
telescopic sticks
headlight
backpack 40-50 liters
sleeping bag at -10ºС
flat mat

Documents
Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of return.
Morocco has a visa-free regime with Russia. For citizens of Russia who enter Morocco for a period not exceeding 90 days, a visa is placed at the border crossing.

Transport
All transfers according to the program are carried out on comfortable buses with the conditioner.

Accommodation
In the cities – accommodation in family hotels-riads.
On the track in the Atlas Mountains – shelter or tents.

Nutrition
Full board in the mountain part of the program.
In the cities – breakfasts in hotels.

Weather

Morocco has a Mediterranean climate: dry summers and wet winters. The temperature in the summer is 30º-35ºС, and in the winter -15º-20ºС. In the north-west of the country, the climate is milder. In the southeast affects the proximity of the Sahara desert.
Insurance and medicine
No special vaccinations are required. Each participant must be issued climbing insurance on the mountain part of the route and the usual on the rest of the way.

Other

Country Details

Morocco: The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Morocco, located in northwest Africa. The capital of Morocco is the city of Rabat, which has a population of one and a half million people, and in total there are about 32 million people in the country. The largest cities are Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Fez, Tangier, Agadir, Tetouan. The initial population of the country is Berbers and three-quarters of all modern Moroccans have Berber roots. The Arabs, who constitute the majority of the inhabitants of large cities, form the second largest ethnic group. A significant number of mixed marriages in the country between Arabs, Berbers and black Africans broke the differences among ethnic groups. Approximately 100,000 Europeans live in Morocco, most of them French. The official language is Arabic. The second official language in Morocco is French. In mountainous areas use local dialects. Berber and Spanish are also widespread. Some of the specialists who had once studied in Russia speak Russian. On the Mediterranean coast of the country, the climate is mild, subtropical, the average temperature in summer is about + 24-28 C (sometimes reaches + 30-35 C), and in winter + 10-12 C. Further south, the climate becomes more continental, with hot (up to + 37 C) in the summer and cool (to + 5 C) in the winter. In winter and summer, the daily temperature difference can reach 20 degrees. Air masses from the Atlantic Ocean have a great influence on the north-western part of the country – the climate here is cooler, and daily temperature drops are much lower than in the rest of the country. In the mountainous areas of the Atlas, the climate strongly depends on the altitude of the place. Precipitation falls from 500-1000 mm. per year in the north to less than 200 mm. a year in the south. It rains mostly in the winter months.

A responsibility

This tour, as well as any outdoor activity, can be a danger to human health and life. A guide accompanying the group throughout the program ensures safety only if the rules and safety regulations of all participants are taken into account. Therefore, we recommend to listen to the opinions and advice of the accompanying guide. During the program, and especially in critical situations, participants must fully and undoubtedly follow the recommendations and guides of the guide. All actions and decisions on the route during a situation that threatens the safety of participants are solely the responsibility of the guide accompanying the group. During all of our programs, the guides carry with them the necessary group equipment, a mobile phone with the numbers of the district’s rescue services, and a first-aid kit for first aid. Security for us remains the main condition for fulfilling obligations to the client!

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