> 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).
– 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.