A taster of Toubkal

14th January 2019

This year we’ll be launching an exciting new overseas event – a challenging trek to the summit of beautiful Mount Toubkal in Morocco

Meningitis Now Toubkal Trek event blog

The trek, taking place in early September, will introduce participants to the scenery, people and cuisine of a fascinating country. We’re keeping the numbers for this event small – a minimum of 20 – so you can get the most from your experience and really get to know your fellow trekkers over the course of four days.

We’ll be releasing more details about the event soon, but as a taster of what you can look forward to if you do sign up, here’s a short blog written by our trek leader Craig Saunders:

“Morocco and the Atlas Mountains are definitely in the top ten of awe-inspiring places that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Marrakesh has so much charm and character - you'll get lost in the maze of narrow streets and shops in the Medina, filled with colour and the scents of Argan oil and the many spices that frequent the air."

“The trek starts at the small Berber village of Imlil. Imlil is a bustling centre of activity where the majority of trekkers meet their guides and mules for their onward journey into the mountains. The trek up to the Toubkal Refuge takes you through small and sleepy Berber communities, houses stacked high on the mountain passes and quaint stalls selling refreshments chilled by snow melt water that flows down the valley."

“Mule trains pass frequently carrying goods and bags up to the Refuge and high mountain passes. As you progress up the valley, the mountains beside you rising higher and higher, the Refuge is a pleasing sight. Two refuges sit in the head of the valley, a hive of activity with tents and camps scattered, lots of climbers checking kit and prepping for their early start. The smell of lush home-cooked food fills the air setting your taste buds alive - food cooked up here is better than any five star restaurant!"

“Summit day starts super early, up in a flash and ready to rock! The sun has still yet to rise, stars fill the night's sky as we start our summit bid. Lots of scree slopes to tackle as we ascend, slow and steady!"

“As we reach the summit ridge we stop to take in the view of the sun rising to the East, stretching out towards the Sahara. The final 100m to the summit is highly rewarding with jubilation as the metal structure appears in sight, the final steps are filled with excitement and anticipation. The 360 degree view from the summit is like no other; it's well-earned and worth every step - and the perfect place to reflect and share a snack with the chipmunks!”

Watch this space for more information!

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