Mt Toubkal Winter Climb Trip Notes

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

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: 18

Trip Overview

During the winter, Mt Toubkal and the surrounding peaks of the High Atlas turn into a walker's paradise with empty trails, clear air and spectacular views over the Toubkal Massif. Starting from the bustling city of Marrakech we venture right into the High Atlas to climb North Africa's highest peak (4167m) amidst breathtaking scenery. Crampons and ice axes are usually required throughout the trip (depending on weather), but this trip is designed to be achievable by those who are fit and determined enough, even if they are new to winter walking.

At a Glance

  • 3 nights 3 star hotels, 4 nights gite/refuge
  • 5 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 10, plus winter guide and staff. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Full porterage included. No previous ice axe and crampon experience required

 

  • Countries visited: Morocco

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent panoramic views from the summit of Mt Toubkal
  • Vibrant city of Marrakech
  • Experience the rural village of Imlil and the local Berbers'.
  • Free transfers for any flight

Is This Trip for You?

Trekking Conditions: This is a strenuous winter trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. The trip is designed for confident trekkers who are well equipped, even if new to winter walking as well as those who have some experience of trekking on snow. Some sections, especially on Toubkal and Ouanoukrim ascent days, can be steep and rough. It is expected that large parts of the mountainside will be covered in snow, therefore ice axe and crampons will normally be necessary on all departures. Although these sections are not technically difficult they are high and can be exposed, leading the requirement of ropes. Where there is a high level of exposure the guide will cut steps in the snow and/or provide use of a rope. It is mandatory that you obey the wishes of the guide/s in these circumstances. Snow cover will of course vary, but the use of ice axes and crampons is essential when crossing steep snowy terrain. Some previous experience would be helpful in order to quickly pick up the necessary skills needed to use both the ice axe and crampons but is not essential. The guides will give a full briefing and run a training session before the ascents of Toubkal and Ouanoukrim.

Risk Warnings: This trip goes to high altitudes (maximum 4167m, average 2600mm) where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. It is imperative that if you feel unwell, you advise the guides so they can assist you. Winter walking can be dangerous and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk, we can never eradicate it altogether. The main danger is from tripping then sliding down a snow slope, and in certain conditions, avalanche. The guides are well trained and experienced in handling all of these scenarios, and have the necessary equipment to do so.

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

The group will have one mountain guide tour leader who will look after the group for the duration, but for groups of 4 or more an extra mountain guide (with a slightly different qualification) will join us for the mountain days. Due to the technical terrain, we ensure that there is never more than 5 clients to 1 guide. The guide has the final decision according to the conditions, experience and equipment of the group, or individual, as to whether the group or any member of it can participate on any particular day. If you feel that you would like to discuss the skill requirements for this trip first hand, please don't hesitate to call our sales team and ask to be transferred to one of our Morocco experts. Please be aware that although our guides help you to become accustomed to the techniques of crampons and ice axes, they are not instructors and will not be able to provide a comprehensive instruction course. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have read these Trip Notes carefully and understand the terrain and level of competence required to attend. We will also have our own cook who will prepare all meals for us on the mountain days. Muleteers and/or porters will be used to transport our luggage to and from the Les Mouflans Refuge (Toubkal base camp).

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
10

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time free for exploration of this wonderful, colourful city.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Imlil, short walk to Aroumd

    After a leisurely morning and lunch in Marrakech we transfer by minibus to Imlil, a journey of just under two hours which takes us from the plains around Marrakech to the heart of the High Atlas range. In the afternoon we take a short walk to our mountain gite in Aroumd where there is some free time to explore the area. 

    Hotel Aremd or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 2.7 km / 1.6 miles
  • Day 3

    Climb to Toubkal Base Camp, visiting the Mizane Valley and Sidi Chamarouch Shrine

    Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley to the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non-Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at an altitude of 3209m.

    The afternoon is used to practice with the crampons and ice axe. The guides will find an appropriate patch of snow and demonstrate the important techniques of walking in crampons and ice axe arrest - stopping yourself with your axe if you are sliding on a snow slope.

    Les Moflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 8.7 km / 5.4 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1200
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 4

    Ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) the highest mountain in North Africa

    An early start (6-7am) for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing steeply through deep snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit, we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to Marrakech - not visible on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. 

    The afternoon is free to relax and warm up with a lovely mint tea. 

    Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 5.9 km / 3.7 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    960
    Altitude loss (m):
    960
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

    Climb Jebel Ouanoukrim, or other peak.

    Today, the group can choose from several trek options, including Jebel Ouanoukrim, North Africa's second highest peak that dominates the head of the valley, which although lower than Toubkal is technically more challenging. This peak has an exposed ridge where scrambling is required, and will only be attempted if a) the wind conditions allow and b) if the entire group is up to the challenge. The scramble is easy, but a little exposed in some places so the guides will set up a rope where needed. It's about 100 metres in length, with only the middle section requiring any particular care. 

    Your guides will discuss with you the options, of which there are many depending on how the groups feel after the exertion of the previous day. Another superb option is the Tizi n' Ouanoums pass, where which offers views of the stunning Lac d'Ifni and Jebel Ouanoukrim . It is another steep, long climb through fantastic scenery and will require another early start to get the best weather. Again, you will return to the refuge for a late lunch.

    Les Mouflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 5.5 km / 3.4 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    900
    Altitude loss (m):
    900
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 6

    Descend to Aremd, and on to Marrakech

    Today we make our way back down to the gite in Aremd, where we enjoy a final hot lunch with incredible views of the mountains. Here we will bid farewell to our chefs and muleteers before we then continue to walk for a further hour or so to the village of Imili. This is where we pick up our bus transfer to Marrakech. En route back to the city, we will stop briefly at a Women's Argan Oil Cooperative, where you can learn to the production process and have the opportunity to purchase some products if you wish.

    The evening is free to explore the city, perhaps enjoy a well-earned drink overlooking Djemaa el Fna.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included:
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 8.7 km / 5.4 miles
    Altitude loss (m):
    1664
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 7

    : Marrakech; free day to explore souks or visit the historical sites of the old city.

    With a full free day, you have lots of time to explore Marrakech and do some serious bargaining for souvenirs. Djemaa el Fna, the open-air market place around which traditional life of Marrakech revolves, is an exciting place to visit. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.

     Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

    A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it.

    If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere.

    Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • 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 & Refuges

You will spend 3 night in Marrakech in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms and a small swimming pool.  The other 4 nights are spent in a gite and the Toubkal refuge (3 nights) which has shared facilities. Rooms are dormitory-style at the base camp refuge, there is a small shop selling snacks and soft drinks. There are showers, although the water is rarely warm so be prepared for a very cold shower! Our gite in Aroumd is twin share with shared facilities, including hot showers, and a lovely terrace overlooking the mountains. 

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

Single supplement from 63,50 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. 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. Please note that 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. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you to bring water bottles and your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

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

Marrakech is likely to be warm (rather than hot) during the day, and a little chilly at night however at altitude you can expect the temperatures to be low, day and night. In the mountains expect temperatures to vary from 10degC or so in the sun during the day, to below freezing out of the sun and at night. Any warmth provided by the sun soon goes after the sun disappears behind the mountains in the late afternoon.

Weather Information

Marrakech is likely to be warm (rather than hot) during the day, and a little chilly at night. In the mountains expect temperatures to vary from 10 or so degrees in the sun during the day, to below freezing out of the sun and at night. Any warmth provided by the sun soon goes after the sun disappears behind the mountains in the late afternoon. Heavy snowfall, rain and storms can be expected in the mountains during winter, but they are normally reasonably short-lived. Although it would be unusual to experience more than two days in a row of bad weather, you should be prepared for all conditions. If there is a stable high pressure over the mountains in winter, which is common, we will enjoy clear, cold crisp days, and nights with temperatures dropping well below freezing. The first snows often come in late October or early November, but some years can see little snow cover up to December.

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. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Marrakech 

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Marrakech in evening 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

  • Full mountain waterproofs: jacket, trousers and gaiters
  • Warm fleeces or down jacket
  • Ski pants/warm trousers for trekking days
  • 3/4 season walking boots (with rigid or semi-rigid soles and good ankle support – see below)
  • Trainers for wearing at the gite/refuge.
  • Warm hat and sunhat
  • Gloves (both a thin and thicker pair recommended)
  • Water bottle (min 2 litres capacity)
  • Sunscreen ( high factor)  and sunglasses (and snow goggles preferably)
  • Backpack (min size 30 litres and preferable with side straps or ice-axe loop)
  • Trekking poles
  • 3/4 seasons sleeping bag
  • Head torch
  • Soap/towel, toilet paper, wet wipes / anti-bacterial gel
  • Earplugs ( the refuge can be noisy)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Easy to eat snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars and chocolate for energy on the trek.

3 - 4 season walking boots

All crampons must be fitted to an appropriate boot. Fitting a pair of crampons to an insufficiently sturdy or rigid boot can lead to crampons coming loose, and accidents. The crampons required for this trip are C1 crampons (entry level mountain crampon). A C1 crampon should be fitted to a B1 boot. A B1 boot is a 3 to 4 season walking boot with a rigid or semi-rigid sole, and good (high and stiff) ankle support. The guides will check all participants boots prior to the trek to confirm they are compatible with the crampons to be used.

Crampon and Ice axe hire

Local hire is available of Camp Magix 10 crampons and Camp Neve axes. These will normally be issued in (or before) Aroumnd. These must be pre-booked through the Exodus office to ensure availability and cost £30 (approx. US$50) per person. Our crampons fit all walking boots from sizes UK womens 3 (US5.5/EU35.5) - UK mens 14 (US15/EU49.5).

As Morocco is a Muslim country, we ask that all group members wear suitable clothing, i.e. over the knee skirts/shorts/trousers and with shoulders covered. Additionally, women should avoid wearing closefitting 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.

 

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek (unless on booking you stated a preference not to receive one). 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.

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. 

 

ATM Availability

It is easy to use Visa / MasterCards at the ATM machines in Marrakech by using your normal PIN number. 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. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency you take provided it is declared on arrival. 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.

Extra expenses

Hot showers are available at the refuge for 10 Dirhams (£0.80) per person, per shower.
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 for this (see Food section).
Entrance fees to some historic and religious sites such as the Jardin Majorelle:  allow up to £10 (approx. US$15).
Allow approximately £2-4 (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, which the leader will ask for at the beginning of the trip – about £15 per person, which will go towards porters, as well as snacks and drinks on the way up and down the mountain. f you do not wish to join in on the group kitty, do not feel pressured. 

We are aware tipping can cause confusion and embarrassment of not knowing how much or how little to tip local staff. On this trip many clients also wish to tip their leaders ( x2), cooks and muleteers who have assisted them at the end of the trip, and this is best done at the final lunch in Aremd. We suggest £20 per leader and £5-7 for the cooks and muleteers This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

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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.

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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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 shopkeepers in the main tourist areas, but seldom elsewhere.

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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.