Mountains and Medinas
Jebel Toubkal (4167m / 13,671ft) is the roof of North Africa and the highlight of our Moroccan adventure, as we journey through traditional Berber settlements and wild mountainous landscape.
We blend exquiste accommodation in Marrakech, with a charming guest house in Toubkal national park, and scenic mountain camps, as we journey through the High Atlas to climb North Africa’s tallest mountain.
Adventure and culture in abundance, we absorb the sites, sounds and smells of this vibrant and diverse country. An optional Hot Air Balloon flight and/or hamman leaves us feeling fullfilled with our North African adventure.
6th – 14th July 2021
(Private departures also available)
Duration: 9 days
Grade: Challenging to Strenuous
Airport: Marrakech (RAK)
Authentic, flavorful Moroccan cuisine
4* Spa hotel in Marrakech
Optional pre-dawn, Hot Air Balloon flight
Days 1 - 3
Beginning in Marrakech in a luxurious 4* Riad (Hotel), we explore the walled medina. Highlights include the Musee des Confluences and Le Jardin Secret, both of which are beautiful introductions to Moroccan architecture and craftmanship. Departing Marrakech for the High Atlas we spend our first night in a traditional adobe/earth stone Guest House with views over the Mizane Valley, and a perfect opportunity for star gazing in the night sky. We meet our trekking crew and organise our mules before starting on the trail climbing up to our first high pass of the trip, Tizi n’ Likemt at 3540m. A long descent takes us to the grazing area of Azib Likmet where we camp overnight near streams.
Days 4 - 6
From our camp we ascend through the Tinzart Valley through high meadows to cross the col of Tizi Ourai (3109m) with far reaching views of the Toubkal massif before descending to our camp near Amsouzart. The following day we hike via Lake Ifni, the only freshwater lake in the Toubkal region. Day 6 we cross the Tizi n’ Ouanoums at 3664m, a long and sustained climb but worth every ounce of energy as arrive in the shadow of Morocco’s two highest peaks at over 4000m before descending to our basecamp and overnight at the comfortable Refuge Mouflons.
Today is the big day! A pre-dawn start we expect to reach the roof of North Africa in approximately 2.5 – 3.5hrs. From the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) we enjoy unparalleled 360 views, a perfect photo opportunity and chance to celebrate our climb before descending for lunch back at basecamp. After lunch we walk down to the trailhead at Imlil. An opportunity to explore before travelling back to Marrakech. A long but rewarding day.
Days 8 - 9
The final part of our trip is all about R&R with the opportunity to take a pre-dawn Hot Air Balloon flight and/or enjoy a relaxing hamman with a choice of many different treatments including the invigorating clay wrap. Used for centuries for its cleansing properties, the word Ghassoul meaning “matter which washes” is a clay found and extracted only at the edge of the Moroccan Atlas. The alteration of dried volcanic rocks that are filtered and rinsed give crude Ghassoul. Essential oils of eucalyptus or orange blossom are added before it is intended for cosmetic treatments used in traditional hammam. We enjoy a final farewell dinner before departing this charming country.
Need To Know
3 x nights in 4* Hotel in Marrakech with Spa facilities
1 x night in a mountain guest house
1 x night basecamp refuge
3 x nights mountain camping
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night. (Except one lunch and one dinner Marrakech).
Traditional Morrocan cuisine such as tagines, Moroccan flatbread, mint teas, rice, olives, prunes. *Specific dietary requirements catered for on request.
We provide private vehicle support throughout the trip including 4×4 jeeps
Our guides are exceptionally experienced with a passion for sharing the mountains, desert, flora, fauna and culture. Qualified and licensed Mountain Leaders will bring the trip alive.
We adopt an excellent guiding ratio working with our local in country team and LBH guide.
Booking and Price
Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions (updated Jan 2021) – All trips are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter T&Cs).
All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.
All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.
2. Health and fitness
Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. In order to assist with this, all trips are graded and we welcome the opportunity to discuss trip details/answer questions in advance of your reservation. Trip members must be in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip, and if unsure seek medical advice in advance. For your own safety, you need to inform us of any medical conditions in advance or at the start of the trip. Trip members are also required to bring adequate clothing/equipment as advised in the pre-departure information.
3. Dietary Requirements
We endeavor to work with clients and accommodate their dietary requirements. However such is the nature of adventure travel we may be limited to specific menus e.g remote Mountain Huts, Tea Houses in the Himalaya’s etc. We fully encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your requirements then we have every opportunity to explore options thereafter.
4. Cancellations and Fee Schedule Per Person
91 days or more prior to departure – €250 cancellation fee
61 – 90 days before departure – 25% of the trip cost
46 – 60 days before departure – 50% of the trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Fees are calculated from the date we receive written cancellation notice which can be via email. If clients are unable to access email and cancel over the phone we will confirm in writing the cancellation.
If you cancel 91 days or more prior to departure, it may be possible to transfer to another trip without occurring any fees. Please discuss this with us in the first instance.
With specific departures, there may be an increase in cancellation fee if the accommodation provider T & Cs mean we are liable for payment.
4.1 Cancellation due to COVID travel restrictions.
If your chosen destination country or the country where you reside have restrictions in place due to COVID, meaning you are unable to travel, you have three options:
4.11 Postpone your trip until a later date.
4.12 Take a credit note and use against a future trip with LBH.
4.13 Request a full refund.
If any other reasons prevent you from travelling, including quarantine measures then our normal (4) T&Cs will apply. We recommend that you check with your travel insurance provider to fully understand your level of cover.
If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible, in the first instance your leader is often your obvious point of contact. This ensures we have every opportunity to explores solutions to the problem(s) arising and we will do all we reasonably can to resolve the complaint. You must tell us within 4 weeks after your holiday of any complaints that you feel have not been dealt with properly.
6. Alterations By Us
We will tell you as soon as reasonably possible if we must make any alteration to your holiday. Most alterations are minor, but very occasionally we might have to make a major alteration. A major alteration is a change of location or to a lower standard of accommodation for a substantial part of your holiday, a change in start/finish dates or necessary price rise in your holiday caused by rises in costs (e.g. exchange rates, internal transport etc). You may then choose as follows:
- To accept these alterations
- To withdraw from the holiday, in which case we will repay all monies paid to us including your deposit and this is the sum of our liability to you
- To accept an alternative holiday that we may propose to you, in which case if the proposed holiday is a lower price we will pay you the difference and if it is a higher price we may ask for the difference.
You must inform us of your choice as soon as possible after we contact you.
7. Group Leadership
On a guided holiday your leader is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the whole group and has sole discretion, on behalf of Live Breathe Hike, to exclude temporarily a participant from the group. They may also choose to terminate the participants holiday without the possibility of a refund if the leader thinks the participant is likely to endanger the group safety or spoil its enjoyment.
8. Your Responsibility
Mountain holidays by their very nature are adventurous, with a certain level of risk is undertaken. Individuals need to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner at all times; responding to advice, guidance, and instruction that may be given by the group leader / experienced professional and take all reasonable actions to eliminate accidents or injury.
9. Our Responsibilities
We will take all reasonable care to ensure that the information we give to you is accurate, including on our website, in your schedule and information pack. We will do all that we can to provide the service as described in the information we give to you. We are not liable if any failure is:
- Attributable to anyone other than us
- Attributable to a third party unconnected to us, and unforeseeable or unavoidable
- Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken
- Due to an event which even with all due care we could not foresee or forestall
10. Cancellation By Us
Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistics problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall relate Live Breathe Hike from any further liability.
Live Breathe Hike must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure; (acts of God, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding etc), Live Breathe Hike will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, Live Breathe Hike does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made.
11. Additional Costs
Live Breathe Hike shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may required to get to from a trip start or end; expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trails conditions, land slides, flooding, sickness etc); (c) expenses occurred in recovering lost luggage by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (d) visa and other incidental costs.
Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any trips, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without payment.