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    trip highlights ● Reach the summit of Mount Toubkal ● Trek through cherry orchards and walnut groves ● Experience the famous Berber hospitality ● View Mount Aguelzim and Tizi Melloul ● Descend into the picturesque Mizane Valley ● Stay in Berber villages perched in the mountains ● Explore the souks and sites of Marrakech

    ● Activity: Trekking - Altitude ● Location: Mount Toubkal, Morocco ● Duration: 7 days / 4 days trekking ● Difficulty: Moderate - Tough ● Distance: 60 km ● When: Sep 2014 / Jun & Oct 2015 ● Group size: 15 -25

    at a glance

    Action Challenge have been leading inspirational team adventures across the world for individuals, private groups, charities and corporate clients since 1999. Our trips enable people to experience the world’s most exhilarating locations, often in aid of charity. At the heart of every challenge is team spirit and fulfilment; together we take on once-in-a-lifetime adventures, achieve formidable goals and forge friendships for life.

    The hike to Mount Toubkal leads us through orchards and Berber villages, along rivers and over gorges as we climb steadily towards the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain. This fabulous week away offers stunning scenery, a challenging trek and a tantalizing taste of Marrakech.

    We start our trek in the foothills of the High Atlas, where picturesque valleys are lined with juniper and pine trees, walnut groves and cherry orchards offer shade and terraced fields of corn and barley are tended by Berber farmers. As we climb higher into the fresh mountain air we cross deep gorges and mountain passes, trekking through tiny Berber villages where life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. We stay in mountain gites where we experience the famous Berber hospitality and glasses of sweet warming mint tea.

    As we hike steadily closer to Mount Toubkal we begin to rise above the tree line, the landscape becomes barren and the trail zigzags far above us towards the peak. Our ascent is a long but exhilarating day of trekking, culminating in a steep climb up the final slope to the summit at 4,167 m. From here the view is superb, we stand as a team and look out across the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the north and to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara in the far south.

    Back in Marrakech, we relax with a day exploring the city’s souks and sites before coming together as a group for a fabulous celebratory dinner lasting long into the night, in true Moroccan style!

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  • The best time to complete this challenge is during late spring or early autumn.

    It is recommended that the winter and summer months are avoided because temperatures during the summer can reach over 40 degrees and, during the winter, winds can become extremely strong in the mountains.

    climb Mount Toubkal

    This fully-inclusive adventure to Mount Toubkal will begin as soon as you register! You will receive a challenge pack including a training guide, kit list and discounts for all the essentials you may need. If you are raising money for a charity, we will sort out all the formalities so you can concentrate on your own preparation and fundraising. We offer pre-challenge briefings and training weekends in the UK, where you can meet our trek leaders, members of your group and others taking part in challenges around the world. On the day of departure you will meet your group and Action Challenge leader at the airport in London. Whether you’re joining the challenge on your own or with others, you will instantly be made to feel welcome. As a team we will board our flight to Marrakech, ready to take on Mount Toubkal and the hike of a lifetime!

    introduction

    brief itinerary

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

    Arrive in Marrakech Tassa Ouirgane - Tizi Oussem Trek to Aroumd Mount Toubkal base camp

    what’s included

    Why not stay on after the challenge and explore some more of Morocco’s highlights?

    Extensions include: ● Visit Esaouira ● Stay in a Traditional Riad ● Tour Marrakech

    Please email us for more information

    Sep 2014 / Jun & Oct 2015

    Please visit our website for more details

    All inclusive trip cost from £999 Initial £199 deposit to sign up

    Three payment options available

    Please visit our website for more details

    · International flights · Action Challenge mountain leader · Full support team, including local guides · UK medic · All accommodation · All meals, except in free time · Airline taxes · Treated drinking water · All transfers in local vehicles · National Park entrance fees · Celebration dinner in Marrakech · Invitation to a challenge briefing in London · Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons · Fitness and training guide · Discounts from UK retailers · Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

    +44 (0) 207 609 6695 www.act ionchal lenge.com events@actionchal lenge.com

    We will be walking for over six hours a day along undulating terrain, with our ascent day of Mount Toubkal being particularly strenuous. It is therefore necessary for each participant to have a good level of endurance to complete this challenge.

    Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

    Summit Mount Toubkal Visit Marrakech Arrive in the UK

  • Breakfasts each morning will be in camp. Lunches will be en route and evening meals will be freshly prepared in camp in time for your arrival. In Marrakech, all meals will be at the hotel or a local restaurant, except in free time.

    All meals are full of carbohydrates, protein and nutrients to keep us well fuelled throughout the trip.

    We can cater for all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

    • Three nights in a comfortable 2/3* hotel. • Three nights in gite’s on the trek

    Hotel accommodation is on a twin/triple- share basis whilst gite accommodation will be in small dormitory shares. All accomodation will be on a single-sex basis with people of a similar age, where possible.

    If you wish to share a room with someone you are travelling with, please specify this on your registration form.

    itinerary

    DAY 1 - Arrive in Marrakech

    DAY 2 - Tassa Ouirgane - Tizi Oussem

    We depart on our flight to Morocco and transfer to our hotel in central Marrakech. This evening we meet with our local guides who give us a detailed briefing on the challenge ahead.

    Meals: L,D* Accom: Flight / Hotel * *(dependent on flight schedule)

    We wake early for breakfast and transfer (1.5 hours) across the Haouz Plain to the Ouirgane valley where we start our trek from the village of Tassa Ouirgane. Here, in the foothills of the High Atlas, we will meet our muleteers and begin our journey into the heart of the mountains. We start our challenge at the base of a lush valley, trekking alongside a tributary to the Oued Nfis River. We have lunch on the river bank under the shade of walnut trees before continuing our uphill afternoon trek. We arrive early evening at the small village of Tizi Oussem (1,785 m) overlooking the Ouirgane Valley. We spend tonight in typical basic Berber style, enjoying the relief of the fresher mountain air and wonderful Berber hospitality.

    Meals: B,L,D Accom: Gite

    DAY 3 - Aroumd

    We leave Tizi Oussem and head deeper into the Ouirgane Valley to the tiny village of Azib Tamsoult. We cross the ancient mountain pass at just under 3,000 m, along routes used for centuries by the Berbers. We have lunch just below the pass, with great views of Mount Aguelzim (3,542m) and Tizi Melloul (4,015m). The afternoon is spent descending to the picturesque Mizane Valley, one of the most verdant in the Atlas. Tonight our accommodation is in Aroumd, a village clinging tightly to the steep valley slopes.

    Meals: B,L,D Accom: Gite

    If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

    Please email us for more information

    • Insurance - approximately £60 • Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters. • Tips for local staff - recommended amount £30 • Airline fuel surcharge / supplement as applied by airlines. Please note that this is capped at a maximum of £150.

    DAY 4 - Mount Toubkal

    We wake early for breakfast and start our ascent towards the mighty Mount Toubkal. Leaving the river below, we climb gradually until reaching the tiny settlement of Chamharouch at (2,310 m) where we stop for lunch. We continue to climb during the afternoon until we reach the base of Mount Toubkal where the surrounding environment is barren and rocky. We arrive at the Neltner refuge to a welcoming cup of mint tea and excellent Berber hospitality.

    Meals: B,L,D Accom: Gite

    +44 (0) 207 609 6695 www.act ionchal lenge.com events@actionchal lenge.com

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  • A kit list will be sent to you on receipt of registration. Many everyday items can be used on this challenge, and we offer a kit hire service to keep costs down.

    DAY 6 - Marrakech

    DAY 7 - Return to London

    Today, after a lie-in, there is ample free time to explore this fascinating city. Visit the souks, try your hand at haggling for leather bags and enjoy the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square, alive with food stalls, musicians and snake charmers. Alternatively, a visit to the famous historical site of Medersa Ben Youssef or the Koutoubia Minaret will give you a glimpse of the stunning Islamic architecture found in Morocc