Ski Touring in Morocco High Atlas Mountains is one of the most exotic ski touring destinations, and skiing in this country that evokes more deserts and beaches is an experience that will not leave you indifferent. .
Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa at 4167 m above sea level, is surrounded by high mountains forming a barrier, 80 km south of Marrakech.
This, along with the altitude and the collection of valleys allow for constant snow in winter. During this ski tour in Morocco, we will stay in shelters or Berber houses, and each step will lead us to discover a new valley and unusual and beautiful landscapes.
We will also be accompanied by a local team: guide, cook, porters and mules to transport our equipment when we have to walk in the valley. Original!
During this trip we are likely to encounter a variety of snow conditions from very soft to hard and icy. Generally at this time of the year the snow is in excellent condition for skiing.
Typically we will ski for 6 – 8 hours each day. It will be necessary at some points to carry skis and to ascend using crampons.
The downhill slopes will be maximum 35 degrees. This holiday is suitable for experienced off-piste skiers. Participants should have very good control of turns and stops, particularly on hard slopes. In addition the relatively high altitudes encountered will mean that a good level of physical fitness is also required.
Itinerary day per day:
Day 1: Marrakech
Arrive at Marrakech airport then transfer to a Riad.
Marrakech – Imlil – Tazaghart
After an early transfer from Marrakech to Imlil where we meet our mule team and guide we set off, over the Tizi Mezzik Pass (2450m) via Tamsoult to the refuge at Tazaghart (3000m) where we will spend the night.
Tazaghart – Tadat Pass – Toubkal Refuge
To climb up to the Tadat Pass (3800m) we might need ropes and crampons but we are rewarded by spectacular views across to Toubkal (4167m). From the pass, we descend 600m to the Toubkal refuge where we spend the night. A total of 6 to 7 hours.
Day 4: Ski from The Mount Toubkal
Toubkal refuge – Toubkal summit – Toubkal refuge
This is a climb of 1000m to the summit of Toubkal – with a panoramic view across the Anti-Atlas in the south and the Marrakech plains to the north. From the summit, we descend the 1000m back to the refuge – some fabulous skiing. A total of 5 – 6 hours.
Day 5: Back to Imlil village
Toubkal Refuge – Sidi Chamarouch – Imlil
We start by climbing up in the direction of Ouanoukrim (4083m) to descend to Sidi Chamarouch (2318m) – an exhilarating, long descent. From here we complete our descent to Imlil where we stay the night in a Berber house (gite). A total of 6 hours.
Day 6: Skiing in The East of Mount Toubkal range:
Imlil – Tizi n ‘ Tamatert Pass – Tachdirth – Bouygnouane
We set out from Imlil to cross the Tamatert Pass (2300m) before dropping down to the Imenane valley, ready for the ascent of Bouygunouane (3800m). From here we have splendid views before we descend 1400m to our gite in Techdirt village (2400m) where we spend the night.
Day 7: Tachdirte village
Techdirt– Tizi n ‘ Likert Pass – Imlil – Marrakech
Early in the morning, we set off for the Likert Pass (3600m) – a 3 – 4 hour climb – followed by a final exhilarating descent of 2 – 3 hours (1200m) back towards Imlil where our transport is ready to transfer us back to Marrakech.
Day 8: Back Home
You depart to the Airport after your breakfast.
Whats Included in the Tour?:
- English speaking guide, and cook
- Muleteers, porters and mules for luggages
- Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
- Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel – trek – hotel )
- 2 nights in a riad in Marrakech
What is not included in the Tour?
- Accommodation in Marrakech
- Travel insurance
- Bottled or Mineral water during the trek.
- Ski equipment (Ski Touring), Crampons, Ice Axes,…
- Medical or accident insurances ,
- personal gear (sleeping bags, shoes, ….) ;
Your own team, fully qualified and accredited, will allow you to discover Merzouga in the best possible way.
Morocco, a country of contrasts, by his diversified relief, offer all kind of trek, camel, mule, horse riding.
- Hot water provided every night for showering, same thing for drinking water.
What do you need to bring?
- Sleeping Bag
- Day-Pack *
- Sunglasses *
- Water Bottles * : Most Of The Time Is Possible To Buy During The Trek From Villages.
- Ziplock Baggies *
- Needle And Thread / Safety Pins
- Camera, Batteries And Film – Bring Lots! Clothing
- Sarong (Can Double As A Towel, Lightweight Sheet Or Scarf)
- Cotton Long Sleeved Shirt (For Intense Sun) *
- Light Wind-Proof Jacket
- A Hat (Sun) *
- Lightweight Long Pants *
- 2-3 T-Shirts
- Woolen Sweater/Fleece *
- Cotton Scarf (Doubles As A Wash Cloth)
- Hiking boots or hiking shoes*