Easter 2015 Jebel Toubkal Expedition
So here’s something a bit diffferent. If you fancy a change from hoping the UK sun will shine and eating too much chocolate next Easter, why not hop over to Morocco with us for a dose of winter skills (or we can also offer a winter mountaineering option for more experienced clients – please get in touch for more details) and an ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa……
For Easter 2015 Peak Mountaineering is putting together a belter of a trip and you are warmly invited to join us. We’ve been running Morocco expeditions for years and can never get enough of this vibrant and magical country. We’ve also been running fantastic winter skills adventures in Scotland for many years too. In a stroke of Hooky Gold (our current favourite brew) influenced genius we wondered why we don’t, for 2015, combine the two.
Morocco’s Atlas Mountains are stunningly beautiful while also being easy to access. They are also the perfect venue for learning winter skills. Our itinerary, which is designed to allow plenty of skills development and acclimatisation time, will require minimal time off work as it is cunningly moulded around the 4 day Easter weekend. Even better, flights for this itinerary are also currently excellent value with options from Manchester currently at less then £150 return (it is also possible to fly from various other airports and we can offer advice on this).
1st April – The team will head out from the UK and fly into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. A speedy transfer from the airport will get us to our first night base in the tranquil village of Imlil which is the perfect jumping off point to the Atlas Mountains.
2nd April – After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we’ll trek up to the Toubkal refuge. A slow and steady approach will allow our bodies to start adapting to the altitude increase and allow us plenty of time to savour the mountains. We’ll also make use of the friendly muleteers to carry the bulk of our luggage ensuring we can saunter along with just a small day pack of essentials. We’ll arrive at the hut in time for a good meal and a cosy bed.
3rd and 4th April - With our base established at the hut we’ll now spend the next couple of days developing a range of essential skills. The itinerary will be kept flexible to make best use of the weather and conditions but we’ll cover a host of skills including;
Choosing suitable equipment and clothing for winter
Developing efficient footwork for winter
Use of ice axe/ ice axe arrest
Use of crampons/ movement techniques
Avalanche awareness and avoidance
Introduction to winter weather and winter navigation
Managing safety on steep ground
Planning a day out in winter
Constructing emergency snow shelters and emergency procedures
Route choice in winter conditions
5th April – An early night on the 4th will help prepare us for a very early start up Jebel Toubkal today. Toubkal is certainly a challenge but our time at altitude and our winter skills practice over the last few days will have prepared us well for the ascent. We’ll make our way to the top, enjoy the obligatory summit photo opportunities and then head back down to the hut for lunch. After lunch we’ll continue our descent back to Imlil before transferring to Marrakech for a night in a cosy hotel. Marrakech is a vibrant and bustling city that really comes to life at night – perfect for enjoying a well earned celebratory meal.
6th April – Our last day in Morocco will give you the chance for some souvenir shopping, to visit a few sites or maybe to just relax in a traditional Morroccan Hammam (bath house) before we transfer to the airport for the journey home.
You may be returning to your desk on Tuesday morning but you’ll do so with a rosy glow and the memories of a great adventure under your belt. A perfect adventure.
Depart UK 1st April 2015 and return 6th April 2015
£570 per person (excluding flights)
All you need for this adventure is a reasonable level of hill fitness. As a guide if you can walk up hill at a steady pace for 6 hours you will be able to manage the physical demands of the expedition. Previous experience at altitude is not required.
All accommodation costs
Transfers to/from airport
All meals on the trek
Use of technical equipment (crampons, ice axes and helmets)
UK instructor supported by Moroccan guides
Cook and additional cooking team
Additional drinks with meals
Meals in Marrakech
Tips for cooking/guiding team