Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to independently explore this wonderfully colourful city. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continuing on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the snow covered mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner. If the snow fall is heavy there is a possibility that we may need crampons on the final approach to the refuge. *Les Muflons Refuge or similar*
An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing through scree and snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all th eway to Marrkech - not viisble on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. We then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking. *Hotel Aremd or similar*
The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs. *Hotel Gomassine or similar*
For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.
* 2 nights 3-star hotel with en suite rooms, 1 night gite and 1 night refuge with basic shared facilities * 3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage * Free transfers to meet any flight * Group normally 5 to 10, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs * Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m * Travel by private minibus * Crampons will be needed
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included. Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem. We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.
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