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Morocco Winter Toubkal Charity Challenge

Mt Toubkal Winter Summit
Charity Trek

6 – 10 Feb 2019

Morocco Winter Toubkal Charity Challenge

Mt Toubkal Winter Summit
Charity Trek

6 – 10 Feb 2019

Summit North Africa’s highest peak (Mt Toubkal) in crisp winter conditions.

Add an extra dimension to summiting an already challenging peak; go up under winter conditions.

Fly from London to Marrakech, overnight before departing for Imlil early the next day. It takes 3 days to trek up to the imposing French Alpine Refuge at Neltner (a total of 2 nights are spent here), summit Mt Toubkal and return. You will need crampons, boots capable of taking a crampon, an ice axe and suitable clothing. Crampons and ice axes can be hired from us, in Morocco.

This is a great, short but challenging event within 4 hrs flying time of London. It’s within the capabilities of the averagely fit person.

Full details below.

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Fundraising and Itinerary

FUNDRAISING

Trip cost = £870.
Bookings made within 6 months of departure may be subject to increased flights costs.
You will be informed of any increase prior to booking.

Self Fund

Deposit – £250 on booking
PLUS
Interim self payment – £200
payable 1 Sep 2018
PLUS
Final balance of £420 payable 28 Nov 2018

Total trip cost – £870

PLUS
Raise as much as you can for your charity

Flexi Fund

Deposit – £250 on booking
PLUS
Balance payment – £200
payable 1 Sep 2018

Cost to client – deposit + balance = £450

PLUS
Fundraise £840 in sponsorship
to be complete by 28 Nov 2018
£420 is retained by the charity
£420 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Min Sponsorship

Deposit – £250 on booking

PLUS
Fundraise £1240 in sponsorship
to be complete by 28 Nov 2018
£620 is retained by the charity
£620 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us on the dates stated.
You then raise at least the stated amount (as sponsorship) for the charity by 13 July. You can continue to fundraise after 13 Jul.

You pay us the deposit PLUS the stated balance on the stated dates.
In addition, you commit to raising the stated amount of sponsorship for the charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining fees for your trip will be paid to us by the charity.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity by 13 Jul 2019. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
Fly from London to Marrakech. On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2.Depart for Imlil, begin trekking to Nelter Refuge (3200m)
After breakfast, you will depart and drive into the High Atlas mountains to the town of Imlil. This is just a 90 min journey. Once you have met your trek crew, you will be on your way. It will take between 5 and 6 hrs to reach the Refuge; a steady climb throughout the day. BLD

Day 3.Toubkal (Summit Day) – Return to the Refuge
A pre-dawn start for the ascent of Toubkal (4167m). The terrain varies and can be steep in places. Any ropes that are required will be carried by your Guide. There are some great views from the infamous triangle that marks the summit. The descent is by the same route. Overnight at the Refuge. BLD

Day 4. Trek to Imlil, transfer to Marrakech
In the morning, it is a 4 hr descent back to Imlil, meet the transport, say goodbye to your trekking crew and transfer back to Marrakech to enjoy the city. BL

Day 5. Depart B

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

What the Price Includes

  • International flights and airport transfers in Morocco
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide (winter trained)
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities
  • Personal safety equipment (boots/crampons)
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 5 days UK – UK.
>  Trek length – 3 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – the weather generally in this changeable environment and the trip hazard.
>  All meals on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Marrakech, tents/refuge on trek (weather dependant).

Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your visit. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required. You need to complete an immigration form on arrival.

Flight Tickets – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. In the majority of cases, we check you in and supply your Boarding Passes by email. If you are required to check in yourself, we will inform you of the process.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size 2.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

You will be walking between 4 – 8 hours per day.

This take place in Feb so expect the temperatures to be low! On the summit, expect sub zero temperatures, especially with the wind chill. This area tends to have a micro climate and it can change rapidly. It can be sunny or blowing a gale with min visibility. There can be blizzards. If the weather is such that it becomes dangerous, he will make the call to turn around.

You must remember also that you are sleeping at 3200m (over twice the altitude of Ben Nevis) and the summit is at 4167m (13,671 feet) so the altitude alone will reduce ambient temperatures. You will need to be well equipped with layers as well as a full range of protective clothing.

The tracks are typical mountain trails normally. The route to the summit is well known but of course the any snow down will mask the actual paths. Even in summer, there are plenty of pockets of snow, which lie year round.

Should the weather be against you on summit day, it is possible to try again the next day but it would involve the summit + trekking down to Imlil to transfer you back to Marrakech on the same day. It can be done but it is a long day.

This trek would be considered moderately challenging.

We recommend a reasonable level of fitness and adopt a regular training regime well before you depart.

The altitude is high enough to affect you, read more>>

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts will consist of a variable buffet spread: cereals (including porridge), bread with various spreads (jam, nutella, etc..), cream cheeses, omelettes, hot drinks.
  • Lunches are prepared freshly by the camp chef and can be soups, bread, salads of varying type and fruit. Hot drinks.
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits served on arrival into camp each day.
  • Evening meals consists of 3 courses: soup, main course and desert.
    Starter – various soup with bread.
    Main course – traditional tagines of chicken, lots of vegetables, rices, lentils, pasta and similar hearty dishes. Catering for vegetarians presents no issues.
    Deserts – normally tinned fruit.
    Hot drinks.

Accommodation

  • Hotels, Marrakech – twin share, same sex basis.
  • On trek – tents or Refuge. Tents are on twin share basis, same sex. Refuge is a classic alpine mixed sex communal bunk bed system.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £60. This includes the 2 x hotel nights.

Our default flights are London Gatwick (LGW) – Marrakech (RAK), direct flights.
In rare circumstances we may use other airports and indirect flights but this is usually as a result of very late bookings close to departure.

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional non London airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Flights from regional airports are highly likely to be indirect (ie involve at least 1 stop).
Please ask for advice.

China Great Wall, international flights

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Morocco:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid.
  • Consider: Hepatitis B; Rabies.
  • Yellow Fever – No Yellow Fever certificate is required for Morocco.
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco.aspx
  • Malaria – Malaria not normally present unless the illness was contracted abroad.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and airline fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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