- Prices between £749 - £799
- 5 days
4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
4 nights’ accommodation in a twin-room hotel and mountain inns
All activities, from trekking to hammam spa, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
Max 14 Flashpackers
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus
2Ciels Boutique Hotel, Marrakech
Vibrant poolside hotel with art deco design
Sumptuously decorated rooms with waterfall showers, wifi and air con set the standard here. After a few lengths in the courtyard pool, you can either relax at the sunny rooftop tapas bar or head to dinner at the seafood restaurant.
Why we stay here
The sleek marble hammam with steam and treatment room will become your sanctuary. Or maybe you’ll just hit the rooftop cocktail bar.
Refuge Les Mouflons, Toubkal Base Camp
Remote guesthouse in Ait Mizane valley
A wilderness haven shrouded by the rolling hills of the Atlas Mountains of Toubkal National Park, at 3,207 metres.
Why we stay here
Facilities here are no-frills and you’ll be staying in multi-share rooms (there are several people per room, of both sexes). However, the service here is warm, the restaurant serves home-cooked Berber cuisine and it’s the nearest guesthouse to the summit of Toubkal.
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Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.
Welcome to Marrakech! A private transfer awaits to whisk you off to your gorgeous garden hotel and it’s worth getting here early to explore the bustling souks nearby. As well as the medinas, we recommend popping by serene Jardin Majorelle, a Ville Noveau villa once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, and the resplendent Ali ben Youssef Medersa with its ancient Moorish architecture. At 6pm, we’ll meet at the hotel and head out across Djemaa El Fna Square, where you’ll see hundreds of street food stalls come alive in a chorus of lights and wafting smoke. Wander amid the troupes of snake-charmers and storytellers en-route to a local restaurant. From succulent kebabs to steaming tagines and spicy fish chermoula, Morocco is bursting at the seams with great food. Get set for a riot of flavour as you get to know your guide and fellow Flashpackers over supper. Fuel up for the hike ahead.Read more
Into the Atlas foothills
We’ll begin at 8am, driving two hours south to Imlil village – the gateway to Mount Toubkal, at 1,740 metres. Watch as the city heat gives way to snow-capped peaks looming above lush terraced slopes and tree-lined valleys. We’ll begin with a short hike to lunch at Aroumd village, at 2,000 metres, before crossing the Ait Mizane floodplain. This next trail takes around seven hours and it’s challenging yet beautiful. We’ll tackle the 1,207-metre hike in altitude by zigzagging along a series of switchbacks, following sun-dappled mule trails that snake through the rugged terrain. We’ll pass by orchards, streams and Berber dwellings, stopping to admire Sidi Chamharouch, a Muslim shrine that houses the tomb of a local marabout. We’ll then go up to 3,207 metres and our cosy but basic guesthouse at Neltner, set between craggy peaks. Feast on a hearty home-cooked dinner before getting an early night. Tomorrow, our summit beckons!Read more
Summit in the skies
We’ll be up at dawn for a ten-hour trek. The summit climb involves scrambling across steep scree fields and we’ll take it steady to manage the rising altitude. After four hours, we’ll cross a ridgeline crest to a wide plateau: the fabled roof of North Africa, looming majestically at 4,167 metres. Prepare for your heart to swell, because views from “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa” (Pliny) are quite spectacular. Look west to glimpse the Atlantic coast beyond the peaks of Nfiss valley. To the east lies the shimmering plains of the Sahara, while the extinct volcano Siroua lingers to the south. Toast to your feat over an al fresco breakfast before we loop four hours back to Neltner for lunch, arriving in the lovely Berber village of Imlil at dusk. This is your last chance to drink in the solitude of the Atlas foothills, with waterfalls, rivers and terraced emerald fields.Read more
Wind down, hammam-style
You’ve done the hard work: now’s the time to treat yourself. After breakfast, we’ll travel 90 minutes back to Marrakech and our beautiful oasis hotel. Our summit climb behind us, we’ll hit up a local hammam for a purifying body ritual. Slather yourself in Argan oil body milk and get pummelled and scrubbed in the plumes of a steam bath in this time-honoured Moroccan rite. After an all-body exfoliation with black soap – the cleanser of kings – cut a move to the turquoise hotel pool and wallow in the sunny shallows, drink in hand. As twilight sets in, we suggest you venture out for a farewell dinner, moseying through Djemaa El Fna square as it flickers in the glow of fire dancers and a thousand twinkling lights. Take your place alongside the acrobats and the henna tattoo artists, or hunt down one of the city’s sleek rooftop bars to party the night away.Read more
Au revoir, Morocco
Flashpacker, today our Moroccan getaway draws to a close. But what a journey it’s been! We’ve scrambled over screes to summit Mount Toubkal at 4,167 metres, drinking in extraordinary views across the Sahara Desert and the shimmering Atlantic coast. We’ve tackled high-altitude trekking through mule trails and forest pathways, zigzagging our way through switchbacks that cut across steep valley ravines. We’ve soaked in the unspoilt beauty of the Atlas Mountains, far from the hustle of everyday life, and basked in the warmth of Berber hospitality in traditional guesthouses. And we’ve stayed in one of Marrakech’s finest boutique hotels, with pristine gardens, a rooftop bar and an Art Deco-style courtyard and pool. It’s up to you to arrange your own transfer to the airport as you please or – if you can’t quite bear to tear yourself away – sunset camel rides and luxury glamping await in our longer bucket-list Morocco adventure. The choice is yours!Read more
- Fly into and out of Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK).
- Please try to arrive before 4pm on Day 1 and you’re free to depart anytime on Day 5.
- You’ll need to be relatively fit to tackle this trip and capable of hiking all day through moderately difficult terrain. It’s not Everest but our route involves a series of steep climbs in high altitude. On Day 3, you’ll likely be on your feet for around 10 hours or perhaps slightly longer. We’ll take it at our own pace and make plenty of stops en-route for snacks and mint tea/freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Trekking times will vary according to the abilities of each individual group.
- If your guide feels that it is unsafe to climb to the summit due to weather, we will make an earlier descent down the valley instead.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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