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The group leader/ guide was a great bloke who kept everything well organised and the group well informed. A very nice friendly guide and he also told us a lot about the local culture and customs. I thought he did a very good job - an excellent choice to lead the group.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This was the highest I'd ever been on my own two feet, and reaching the summit of Toubkal at 4167m felt like a great achievement. Seeing the plains of Marrakech to the north and the start of the Sahara to the south was quite something. For me, though, the highlight was a day or two before summit day, when we were high enough in the mountainous valleys to see clouds wisping their way up the valley below us. I'd never been above cloud level before and it took my breath away!
Another highlight was the craic. As with the two other group holidays I've been on, it was the other group members that made it a great trip.
Excellent. Endlessly patient and keen for us to get an insight into modern-day life in Morocco. Took time to socialise with us during down-time, such as in the evenings, and seemed to enjoy our company.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be fit enough to do this trip. Don't just show up if you've never walked the length of yourself. You won't enjoy it and you'll hold the whole group up (which is what happened with one member of the group I was on). If you're a regular day or weekend walker, you should be fine.
Bring toilet paper and soap, as these are rarely provided in the lodges you'll be staying in.
Bring two walking poles.
Be prepared to go a day or two without hot water.
Not a trip for those who enjoy a drink each evening, as alcohol wasn't readily available in most locations.
If you fancy a bit of luxury at the end, add an extra night or two in a nice hotel in Marrakech.
Look into booking your own flights and taking the Exodus land-only option. We did that and saved ourselves £££. Plus it's easy to vary your arrival and departure dates then. EasyJet and some other low-cost carriers do flights from the UK to Marrakech.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A great trip to try out a first experience of altitude. Having coped with Toubkal, I'm keen to try Nepal now!
If you're going, go with Exodus. Their organisation was second to none. I highly recommend this trip.