Challenge level: 4 out of 5
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Trek North Africa’s highest mountain in three days on our epic Mount Toubkal Trek 2020!
Starting at the small Berber village of Imlil, our spectacular challenge takes us through panorama after breathtaking panorama until we reach the summit at a whopping 4,167m above sea level. Along the way, we’ll pass some spectacular waterfalls, gorgeous grass valleys and a pre-Islamic shrine.
This trek is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get fit, help your favourite charity in a big way and learn loads about the incredible Moroccan cultures. We’ll meet a number of the friendly Berbers who live in the mountains, before experiencing the mind-blowing Marrakech on our last evening.
Touch the summit in the summer holidays
Taking place in August, there's nothing to hold you back from reaching the peak with our Dream Team. We have a team of fab challenge guides, porters and two doctors to ensure we summit safely.
Worried about fundraising? Don't be...
The Mount Toubkal Trek is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice.
It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small animal sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places for this life changing trek are limited and likely to sell out really quickly, so please register soon to avoid missing out.
We meet at the airport in London and jet to the incredible city of Marrakech. From the airport we’re transferred to our hotel in the city.
Marrakech is the perfect intro to Morocco. Bursting with energy, the city centres itself around its bustling souks. These are made of a maze of stalls, selling all manner of things, from spices and olives to dried fruits and dates, to freshly squeezed orange juice, to hand-carved wooden souvenirs, lavish jewellery and of course, stacks of Moroccan carpets. We’re also likely to spot a snake charmer or two, bewitching a serpent with music from a wooden flute.
It’s in the city that we find our hotel. Once checked in, we enjoy our first group dinner and a briefing from our Challenge Leader.
This morning, we transfer to our trek starting point in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and enter an entirely different environment. The slower pace of the mountains makes a beautiful contrast to the bustle of Marrakech.
After meeting our mule teem in the village, we commence our trek. Hiking through the spectacular Toubkal National Park, we soon reach the awesome Tizi Mzik Pass, at a whopping 2,450 metres above sea level. Our day has only just begun!
From here, we press on up the valley and pass a collection of stunning waterfalls at Ighouliden. Taking a few moments to drink in the enchanting view of the waterfalls, we end today’s hike near Azib Tamsoult. Now at an elevation of approx. 2,250m, we settle down at our comfortable camp.
Our third day sees us trekking yet higher up this mighty mountain. We’re rewarded with unforgettable panoramas of the surrounding peaks and grassy valleys lying far below us. Standing this high up on the planet, it’s easy to forget the mania of every day life.
The first stretch takes us to Lepiney. Then after a rest and refuel at lunch, we venture yet higher, up the Tizi n Taddate Pass. Along the way, we’ll likely pass a number of friendly, local Berbers and their goats. Many of the clothes and carpets in the souks of Morocco are made by Berbers, often from wool and sheepskin, but also from cactus!
At last, we reach the Neltner Base Camp at a staggering 3,207m. This is where we rest for the night.
Rise and shine for our last day of trekking! We wake early to start our last push to the Toubkal summit - the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa and the entire Arab World. The sense of achievement upon reaching the summit is stupendous. We take a few moments here to breathe in the mountain air, marvel at the panoramas – and take a few photos!
Then we make our descent! We trek down past Neltner and on to the river, rockpools and shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Although scenic, this spot in the mountain is home to some macabre rituals. Behind the pre-Islamic marabou Sidi Chamarouch (King of Jinns) shrine, animals are sacrificed daily for healing mental disease, exorcising spirits, solving problems or for good luck and health.
Descending further, we at last reach our finish line in the small village of Imlil. Our coach awaits and we’re transferred to Marrakech for a very well-deserved celebration dinner. Tonight, after toasting our incredible achievement, we settle down at our hotel in the city for our last night in Morocco.
We’ve reached the end of our challenge. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport in Marrakech and catch our daytime flight back to London. This is where we say our goodbyes and make our own way home.
Pay the balance
Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this trek will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. Our trek in the High Atlas Mountains is the perfect motivation to get fit and have the experience of a lifetime. Once you sign up for the challenge, we'll send you a free, realistic and achievable training plan, which builds up gradually as time goes on.
We'll have two UK qualified doctors and a group of fabulous first-aid-trained challenge guides accompanying us the whole time.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Mount Toubkal Trek. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome charity trek.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. You'll also need to bring your own sleeping bag. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
We will stay in three-star class hotels on a twin sharing basis on the first and last night of our challenge. For the rest of our adventure, we'll sleep in comfortable tents in mountain camps. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will send you a full recommended kit list once you've registered for the trek.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Morocco, you will need to come out of our group flights. Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before we start the challenge, so we can arrange this and deduct the cost from your balance.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£149) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Morocco.
Currently, British Nationals don't require a visa to enter Morocco, but we'll let you know if this changes.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.
We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home