Mt Toubkal Climb Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Morocco
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TMM
Activity Rating - Challenging
Challenging

You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday.  Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in north Africa, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb views of the High Atlas Mountains. Our trek passes through impressive landscapes on well-defined paths and is, surprisingly, not too strenuous. As we climb higher, the paths do become steeper but the gain in altitude awards dramatic views towards Marrakech and the spectacular Anti-Atlas mountains. Passing through remote villages and terraced fields we gain an insight into the life of the friendly Berber people and finish with free time in the colourful imperial city of Marrakech.

At a Glance

  • 4 nights camping, 1 night gite with shared facilities and 2 nights 3-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by minibus

 

Trip Highlights

  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa - Toubkal (4167m)
  • Acclimatisation walks amid beautiful remote Berber villages
  • Magnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • Optional ascent of Mt Ouanakrim (4089m)
  • Time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech
  • 2 leaders for all walking days for groups of 11 or more

Is This Trip for You?

This is a challenging yet non-technical trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. Although this trip is not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 5 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a couple of long days with some boulders and steep sections (maximum 8-9 hours). Jebel Ouanakrim requires a small amount of scrambling near the summit but it is optional.

The temperature at particular times of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels. Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Be prepared as well for some stormy weather even during the summer. There can be snow patches in late April/early May and from the end of September so crampons may be needed for April and October departures. We will advise no more than two weeks before departure if extra equipment/clothing is necessary. Crampons and ice axes will be provided free of charge in these circumstances. From May to June, snow can occasionally block some passes in the mountains and force your leader to change the itinerary. As with any trek in mountainous/high altitude areas, safety is paramount and your leaders will always make decisions to amend the itineraries to ensure the safety of the whole group. 

 

Altitude Warning: This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. In order to keep a circular itinerary, this holiday offers four nights camping, with two of these spent over 3000m.

Please note two nights camping are in wild camps as official campsites do not exist in some of the areas we visit. On the treks we use mules to carry personal gear so only a light daypack is required, occasionally carrying a share of the picnic lunch.

Our hotel in Marrakech is of a good standard and has a swimming pool to help relax after a challenging trek.

If you would like to a more strenuous ascent of Mt Toubkal, using ice axe and crampons, please check out our winter itinerary - Mt Toubkal Winter Climb (trip reference TMW).

Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

There will be a local leader, driver and local muleteers/guides throughout. A second leader will join the group for all walking days for groups of 11 or more.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group meeting in the early evening. 
    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Imi Oughlad; climb Tizi n Tacht Pass (2000m) and descend into the Azaden Valley.

    After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Imi Oughlad, a journey that takes us from the plains around Marrakech into the heart of the High Atlas range. After meeting our mules and muleteers we start a 5 hour walk, climbing up to the Tacht Pass (2000m) before descending into the Azaden Valley, famous for its beautiful juniper forests. We camp on the outskirts of a small village by the river. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    643
    Altitude loss (m):
    300
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 3

    Walk through Berber villages and spectacular mountain scenery, including the Ighoulidem waterfall.

    A full day walking through the villages on the northern slope of Mt Toubkal. This famous mountain can be seen from Marrakech thanks to its unique shape. We travel through Azib Tamsoult and the Irhouliden cascade before arriving at our camp for the night, which sits at an impressive 3030m. There is an optional ascent in the afternoon for those who want to try a more demanding 3-hour trek to the summit of Hadjj (3200m), for excellent views of Mt Toubkal.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 8 km / 4 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1230
    Altitude loss (m):
    130
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 4

    Ascend the Aguelzim Pass (3550m) and enjoy superb views of the Toubkal Massif before walking down to base camp

    Today we cross the Aguelzim pass (3550m), the climb is quite steep but once at the top we can enjoy panoramic views of the Toubkal Massif and towards the plains that surround Marrakech. We then descend to Toubkal Base Camp and either enjoy a 2 hour optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3650m) or simply relax. The busy refuge, which sits at an altitude of 3207m, was constructed by Club Alpin Française in 2000. We camp in the grounds but can still benefit from the facilities, including showers, a small shop and the cosy lounge. 

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 6 km / 3 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    550
    Altitude loss (m):
    300
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 5

    Early assent of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Free afternoon to relax at base camp

    We make an early start from base camp for the ascent of Mount Toubkal, climbing steeply through scree before traversing the southern ridge to reach the summit at 4167m. After enjoying the magnificent panoramic views, we descend back to base camp.  Here we have the rest of the afternoon free to reflect on our achievement. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 6 km / 3 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    960
    Altitude loss (m):
    960
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 6

    Climb Mt Ouanakrim (4089m); descend to the village of Arroumd

    We have an exciting opportunity this morning to ascend another of Morocco's 4000m peaks - Mt Ouanakrim. Although lower than Toubkal this summit is considered more challenging, but is often a highlight of the week for many Exodus clients. Depending on weather and the group’s ability, our leader will decide if this walk is achievable. On return we leave base camp to walk down to the village of Arroumd (1904m). If there is time, we will spend the afternoon exploring the village. Other may chose just to relax on the pretty terrace. 

    Please note that distance below do not include optional climb.

    Hotel Armed or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5 miles
    Altitude loss (m):
    1300
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 7

    Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech for guided tour

    The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 4 km / 2 miles
    Altitude loss (m):
    170
    Activity (hours):
    1
  • Day 8

    End Marrakech

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

On this trip you will spend 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms and small swimming pool. 4 nights will be spent camping, 2 at the Toubkal base camp while the other 2 are wild camping. Here camp chores will be done for you but there will be limited washing facilities and no fixed toilets. On day 6 you will spend 1 night in a cosy gite with hot showers and toilets. There may be times when the weather forces us to use a gite instead of camping at basecamp. This gite is more akin to a mountain refuge with dorm rooms and single supplements are not available for these nights.

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Accommodation - Pre trip

Pre-tour accommodation available in Marrakech on request. 

Accommodation - Post trip

Post-tour accommodation available in Marrakech on request. 

Single supplement from 184,15 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. Main meals will often be in the form of tajines of meat and vegetables with a great mix of herbs and spices and light fluffy cous cous. Salads will often comprise of both cooked and raw vegetables including tomatoes, smoked peppers and aubergine. Seafood is also popular as are dried fruits and pastries. 

When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip.

If you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

We advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but as recycling is not fully established in Morocco plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

Transportation

For this trip we use a private bus, the size of which will depend on the group size, with a local driver. Roads in Morocco are reasonable and driving conditions in towns and on the plains are good. On mountain roads, the pace will be slower. Although the buses normally have air-conditioning and heating, this may not be up to European standards.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30degC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms.

Weather Information

In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30ºC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms. During the summer months, Marrakech is very hot (33 - 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas. At medium altitudes the days will be hot and the nights warm. Only at 3000m+, when it will be cold, will you require warm clothing. During the summer, the sky should be clear but as in all mountain areas the weather can be unpredictable and late August can have some stormy weather. Rain can be experienced on all treks, usually showers but sometimes storms. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be a little snow lying at the higher altitudes. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or Royal Air Maroc (depending on  availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Marrakech

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Marrakech in the of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

The airport in Marrakech is famously inefficient, and transit through it can be a lengthy process. Upon arrival, you can expect at 2 hours to be spent in getting through immigration, security and baggage reclaim. You should have a pen with you to complete the arrivals form and have the details of your accommodation to hand also for this purpose. Operators are not allowed to wait inside the terminal building for clients, so please find your Exodus representative outside the main doors.

Upon departure from Marrakech, we always suggest allowing 3 hours to navigate the airport as checking in, bag drop, immigration and security can take even longer on exit for Marocco. The airport doesn't accept mobile boarding passes, so we suggest having a printed boarding pass to avoid subjecting yourself to further delays.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Marrakech
Location end:
Marrakech

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or equivalent 
  • Gloves & hat (for summit days)
  • 3 season sleeping bag 
  • Travel pillow
  • Water bottle 
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunhat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Daysack 
  • Strong walking boots with good ankle support and tread 
  • Water free hand gel
  • Travel towel 
  • Soap 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Torch (flashlight) 
  • Earplugs if you have trouble sleeping

In addition to the items mentioned above, essential kit for treks departing in April, May, September and October:

  • Warm jacket
  • Warm trousers 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • 4 season sleeping bag

If you decide not to bring a kitbag, please make sure to bring a soft holdall and not a hard suitcase. 

As Morocco is a strict Muslim country, we ask that you wear suitable clothing, i.e. over the knee skirts/shorts/trousers and with shoulders covered. Additionally, women should avoid wearing close-fitting or revealing clothes.

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. In an effort to reduce waste from single-use plastic bottles we strongly encourage you to bring a means of purifying or filtering water which can be collected from streams. This can be done via water purification tablets, water bottles with a built in filter, portable filtration pumps or the use of sterilisation tools such as steripens. Steripens use UV light in order to kill viruses and bacteria as do purification tablets whilst filtration systems or bottles, obviously, filter these out. There are numerous brands available such as ‘Water-to-Go’, ‘Grayl’ and others, similarly there are numerous water filter pumps such as ‘Lifesaver Liberty’ and others. These are just suggestions of possible brands but you may want to research into which is most suitable for you. It is possible to buy bottles of water at various points but we discourage this as it contributes to plastic waste.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles

Exodus Kitbag

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek. Once you have booked you will be sent instructions on how to claim your free bag (they will not be sent out automatically). There are also details on how to claim for another item from the Exodus shop should you already have one of these. If you book via an agent, it is at the agent’s discretion and you should speak directly to them to arrange delivery. Please note that if you book less than three weeks before the departure date we cannot guarantee that your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts, so if this is the case please contact us on [email protected] to let us know. For full T&Cs see www.exodus.co.uk/kitbags.

Reading List

Lonely Planet Morocco - the latest edition was published in August 2017.

Practical Information

Passport

Morocco

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects. 

Visa

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Altitude Warning

This trip includes one or more overnight stays above 3000 metres/9850ft, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. Our itineraries are designed to allow most people to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected by AMS.

A number of medical conditions or medications can reduce your body's ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking.

Please note: that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Morocco's Timezone:
Africa/Brazzaville WAT (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Morocco's Electricity:

127 & 220 Volts. Plug types C & E; establishments often take two round pin plugs. 

220 volts AC, 50 Hz. The gite does not have shaving points but there are electrical plugs in communal areas. While camping there will be no opportunity to charge electrical items.

Money

Morocco's Currency

The national currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 12.4 to the GBP,  9.8 to the USD, 7.4 to the CAD, 10.9 to the EUR, 7.5 to the AUD and 7.1 to the NZD.  Please note that Moroccan dirhams cannot be purchased and should not be taken outside of the Kingdom of Morocco. 

 

ATM Availability

It is easy to use Visa / MasterCard at the ATM machines. Note that ATM machines are only available in larger towns and cities.

Credit cards are normally accepted for more expensive souvenirs, such as carpets (but shops may charge a 5% supplement for this).

Please do not bring travellers cheques

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend you change your money at the airport into the local currency, as Morocco only allows 1000 dirhams to be imported or exported.  When changing your money, ensure that you keep hold of your exchange receipt as you may need to show it at the airport bank at the end of your holiday where it's normally possible to change any unspent Dirham notes back into Euros, Sterling or US Dollars.

Drinks and snacks whilst in the hotels and refuge (please note there is only mineral water and chocolate at Neltner Refuge) - approximately £2-3 (approx. US$3-5) per day should be enough.
Allow approximately £2-4 (approx. US$3-6.50) per day to cover small souvenirs or postcards etc. Some may be cheap, but carpets, for example, can cost a lot.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus and tipping is at your discretion for both the leader and the local staff. However we would like to advise that tipping is part of the local culture and generally expected. If you do wish to tip, we have found it useful for the group to have a kitty for tipping – about 200 dirhams per person, this can ease confusion and embarrassment of not knowing how much or how little to tip local staff (such as drivers, cooks and guides). If you do not wish to join in on the group kitty, do not feel pressured. Many clients also wish to tip their leaders at the end of the trip, we suggest 30 dirhams a day per person. This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Throughout the trip, we spend some nights in a hotel and the remaining in campsites. All of the accommodation used employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible ensuring that most income generated is reinvested into the community. There is the opportunity to pass through small mountain communities and chance meetings and interaction with some of the villagers often occur.

When in Marrakech, we strongly encourage our passengers to have a delicious meal at the Amal café. The Amal café is a non-profit dedicated to empowering women from disadvantaged backgrounds through restaurant training and job placement to enhance their capabilities and learn new skills. With the skills gained, it increases the chances of them securing a job in a restaurant, hotel or Kasbah and gain financial independence. Exodus Travels has sponsored a number of women through the training process with Amal Café. 

Exodus, in conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, has supported the development of the remove Atlas Mountains village, Tijhza, as well as building a hammam which now generates income for the village. Exodus also raised funds to provide emergency supplies when the village was devastated by mudslides in 2014. Though we do not have the opportunity to visit this particular village on this trip, a number of other Exodus trips do visit it.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

Arabic is the official language of Morocco, and is spoken by virtually everyone in the plains and the larger cities. The business language is French, which is understood by almost all shopkeepers and many people in the mountains who have come into contact with foreigners.

The Berbers have their own language which has several dialects and is used by almost all mountain people. English is understood by many of the shopkeepers in the main tourist towns, but seldom elsewhere.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.