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Toubkal Long Weekend ATA

Visiting: Morocco
Trip Duration 5 Days
 

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Toubkal Long WeekendScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(5 out of 10)

SS

Essex
Having spent the last 30 years walking hills / mountains SAFETY is always the first priority on any expedition, but sadly this excursion lacked the very basics. no safety communications between the guides or the base camp. No safety equipment, no evaluation of the participants and their capabilities and why would you climb any snow covered mountain without crampons whether you thought you needed them or not? Overall amazing views of the Atlas Mountains which was poorly led.
Confirmed traveller: 09 May 2016
Published on: 11 May 2016

We were certainly very concerned to read your review, SS, and I am sorry that you felt the trek was unsafe and poorly led. We’ve been in touch with our local team to discuss your points and we are confident that your safety was not compromised at any point during your ascent or descent on Toubkal.

In general, it’s appropriate to use crampons in deep consolidated alpine snow, not wet slushy snow where you can kick steps into the snow. We provided the previous group with crampons and 2 ice axes but they didn’t use them as the path was well used by trekkers. Lahcen, your Explore Leader, was aware that they left this equipment at base camp for your group as the leaders met half way.

Although there was some fresh snow overnight, it was soft and Lahcen felt that you didn’t need crampons for the ascent. We feel that the ascent was safe and your leader and assistant guide took their time to ensure your group climbed Toubkal using the safest route. This is why the ascent and descent took in excess of 10 hours. We know that other groups also completed the ascent with no crampons that day.

As you’d expect, mobile phone signal is limited on the mountain. There is a signal at the top of Toubkal and at the base camp and the distance between the summit and base camp is roughly 2km. In case of an emergency, the leaders and guides would arrange help from the refuge, which would take between 15 and 30 minutes. It’s worth me highlighting that the emergency procedures on Toubkal are well established and involve leaders or guides from all other groups in the area.

Please let me assure you that we only use well-trained, regular guides who are all qualified mountain guides under the Moroccan Mountain guide scheme. The guides have enough local knowledge to judge the climbing conditions and the appropriate equipment to use, they managed your ascent very carefully and everyone returned safely.

In terms of conducting an evaluation of the group, we make it clear that this is a challenging trek and each participant confirms that they are fit and able to fully participate. Our local leaders and guides are empowered to decline anyone they deem unable to do so. Unfortunately, a member of your group was unable to complete the ascent and we provided full assistance to ensure she was both safe and comfortable.

I do hope that you returned with some positive memories of your time in Morocco.

(8 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

The tour ran smoothly but unfortunately the weather did not allow us to complete the ascent to the top of Toubkal! Our guide Aziz was very pleasant company and ever attentive to the needs of the group. Thank you Aziz. Highlights: seeing how steep and rocky the ascent was at daybreak. The hustle and bustle of Djemma El Fna at nightime and wandering the Souks at daytime. Very Welcoming and attentive, clearly enjoyed his work.
Confirmed traveller: 09 July 2015
Published on: 11 December 2015
(8 out of 10)

Michelle

Manchester
This is a challenging trip, the explore team were fantastic. I couldn't have achieved the climb without their support. My best advice is don't underestimate how tough this trek is, it's worth it though the views are amazing and you will feel a sense of achievement. I know I was extremely proud of myself for doing it. Would I use explore again? Of course already started looking for my next challenge.
Confirmed traveller: 12 October 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Andrew

Swindon
Reaching the summit of Toubkal was great, but the entire trip was really excellent. But the highlight was the opportunity to meet a group of people who I now consider to be friends. The trip was well organised and all the Explore team were exceptionally friendly and helpful. While the accommodation wasn't five star (at the time of booking accommodation was indicated as basic) I think the hotel and guest house used were far from basic. I had an extended stay at the Hotel and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, but speaking a few words of French / Arabic would help. Food on the trip was good and plentiful, as a vegetarian I found the choice great.
Confirmed traveller: 13 October 2015
Published on: 05 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

LAWRENCE

Sheffield
Although the weather did not enable us to summit getting up for the early start in the dark was most exciting and the scenery spectacular as the sun rose.

Djemaa el-Fna square and the souks absolutely facinating place.

As a sole female traveller I felt safe.
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2014
Published on: 02 October 2015