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Welcome to Morocco and the start of your journey through the land of the berbers! Upon arrival at Casablanca airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the centre of Marrakech. This evening there will be a welcome briefing on the upcoming trip, after which you’re free to explore the delights of Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place, which literally comes alive at night.
This morning we head out of the city and ascend by car to the High Atlas mountain to the small rural commune of Oukaimden. Arriving here, meet the mule team who await to load up and begin the journey, we then hike over our first pass to the village of Taccheddirt where stay the night in a trekkers lodge.
Today we start the days trekking to the pass of Tizi-n'Tametert where we can look down into the deep gorge of the Imanane valley. Continuing on we trek to Imlil (1740m) in the beautiful Mizane Valley. This is one of the most verdant valleys in the High Atlas and the region’s fertile valleys support a thriving agricultural community. From Imlil we continue the trek to the Berber village of Aroumd where we stay for the night.
Today we trek and ascend into the foothills of Toubkal to Sidi Chamarouch and from there onwards and upwards to the base camp at Neltner where we stay for the night.
Early this morning our climb to the summit of Toubkal takes around four hours from the Neltner base. The initial part of the climb is done in the very early hours of the morning when it will still be dark, but by the time we reach the Tizi-n-Toubkal col at 3941m the sun will have risen and we will be rewarded with sensational views across the entire Atlas chain. From the col the route ascends a ridge line towards the summit at 4167m from where we have views in all directions. After a long rest and numerous summit photographs we begin our descent back to the Neltner Base Camp.
Today we have an easy trek down the valleys to the village of Imlil, this is where our driver awaits to collect you. Say farewell to your mule team and then take the transfer back to Marrakech.
Spend the morning with the Marrakech town guide to get an overview of this wonderful city and its bustling souks. Stretching over the medieval part of Marrakech, the souks are winding streets of stalls and small businesses. Interspersed are palaces, madrassa (Qur'anic schools) and many cafes and restaurants. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Marrakech at your own speed. Perhaps visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs or take a Caleche (horse drawn carriage) ride to the Jardins de Majorelle. This evening consider visiting the Hivernage with its upmarket cafes.
Enjoy the morning to explore the city. When ready we will drive you to Casablanca. After hotel check in you are free to spend the rest of the afternoon and the next day at leisure. Perhaps consider visiting the Hassan II Mosque.
After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.
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