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MOROCCO – MT TOUBKAL TREK

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MOROCCO – MT TOUBKAL TREK

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MOROCCO – MT TOUBKAL TREK
This is a short challenge but it is a fantastic five-day mountain trek and a tour of Marrakech. Climbing Toubkal does not require any previous mountaineering experience just determination to scramble up innumerable scree slopes! Toubkal is Morocco’s and indeed North Africa’s highest mountain and on clear days the views are incredible in all directions and especially north to Marrakech and south to the Sahara. Take on the challenge of reaching the summit and you’ll take a real sense of achievement back home with you. Jbel Toubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco. At 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and in North Africa. It is located 63km south of the city of Marrakech, in the Toubkal National Park. The first ascent by Europeans was on 12 June 1923 by the Marquis de Segonzac, Vincent Berger and Hubert Dolbeau, but the mountain may have been climbed before that date.

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY 1 FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER 2010 UK – MARRAKECH We board our international flights to Marrakech. On arrival we are met by our venture leader and transferred to our hotel where we receive a full expedition briefing before heading to bed for a good night’s sleep. Accommodation: hotel We fly from London Heathrow to Marrakech via Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc, departing early evening and arriving later the same day. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change. DAY 2 SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2010 MARRAKECH – IMIL – LOUIS NELTNER MOUNTAIN HUT

We get up early for breakfast and transfer to the village of Imil where we start our ascent of the mountain. From Imil the trail zigzags up the valley crossing over a stream by the Hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch and across a gorge to Koubba of Sidi Chamharouch, a popular Berber shrine.

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As with many of the mountain cults, a Muslim saint has been created out of traditional beliefs in the spirit of the mountain and the guardian of the spring. From here it is approx a 3-hour climb to the Louis Neltner hut and our camp. The hut is sited on the tree line beyond which stretches the completely barren boulder and scree faces of J’ebel Toubkal. Transfer: 1 hour Trek: 9 hours (approx 15km) Altitude: 3,207m Accommodation: camping DAY 3 SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER 2010 LOUIS NELTNER MOUNTAIN HUT – SUMMIT – CAMP

Today we climb to the summit of Toubkal (4,165m), an approximately 5-hour climb up a relatively clear approach along the south corrie. The views from the summit both South to Djebel Siroua and north to Marrakech are stunning in the clear hazeless light of the morning. After celebrating reaching the summit we return back to our camp at Louis Neltner Mountain Hut. Trek: 9 hours Altitude: 4,165m (summit), 3,207 (camping) Accommodation: camping: DAY 4 MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 2010 CAMP – IMIL We continue back to Imil and board our transfer back to Marrakech for a well-earned rest and shower! This evening we celebrate our achievements with a meal and explore the exciting city of Marrakech. Trek: 3 hours Transfer: 1 hour Accommodation: hotel DAY 5 TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER 2010 DAY IN MARRAKECH A day to explore Marrakech and do some shopping in the Medina (food and drink will be at participants own expense). Accommodation: hotel DAY 6 WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2010 RETURN TO THE UK

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We transfer to the airport for our journey home to the UK. We fly from Marrakech to London Heathrow via Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc, departing late morning and arriving back in the UK later that afternoon. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change. PRICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Prior to the event Public liability insurance Safety management plan Route research and analysis Casualty evacuation analysis Provision of event manual Picture images if appropriate/ available Attendance at one client information evening Support in production of marketing materials for sections relevant to ATD Head office administration costs During the event Price includes flights, all services; accommodation, transport and food in-country Day-to-day running of the event Safety and logistical management Provision of UK safety staff Provision of UK medical staff Organisation of emergency evacuation if necessary Radio back up and support Satellite telephone All safety equipment needed to run the event THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT INCLUDED: Visas Personal travel insurance
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Airport taxes Tips to local staff Drinks at meals i.e. beer & wine Items of a personal nature

NOTES
PURPOSE, AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF THE EVENT ATD’s Mt Toubkal trek trip is provided as a fundraising challenge. This 6 day trip includes 3 days of trekking to the summit of Mt Toubkal. TIME OF YEAR We recommend that this event is run between May – October. WEATHER CONDITIONS The average temperatures will be min 10°C / max 25°C ALTITUDE Highest altitude on this trip is 4,165. Altitudes above 2,500 meters are classed as being at high altitude and the effects of lowered oxygen levels will be felt by numerous participants. ATD manages this trip in accordance with the latest advice on altitude and acclimatisation*. Selection of leadership team on any ATD high altitude trip includes experience of altitude. ATD provides full medical back up in terms of a British qualified doctor equipped with a full high altitude medical kit and oxygen. *Advice provided by ‘The High Altitude Medicine Handbook, Andrew J Pollard & David R Murdoch, 1998’. PARTICIPANT SUITABILITY Participants must train, be fit enough, and have experience and confidence to achieve the following: Trekking, both up and downhill, including some steep sections and scrambling up loose scree slopes Continued activity for up to eight hours a day over consecutive days LEADERSHIP TEAM A single gender leadership team may be selected for this challenge. ATD’s leadership team for this event will be selected on their experience and qualifications, these include: Altitude Medical Navigation Group management
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Communication skills Radio communication ATD standard operating procedures Crisis management Risk management Minimum staffing levels for this trip (including venture leader and doctor) are: Number of participants 20-30 31-45 46-60 AMENDMENTS TO ITINERARY This route is subject to change due to weather conditions, permits and the overall fitness of the group. ATD JURISDICTION Across the Divide’s leadership team are responsible for all aspects of the event, excluding down time. Any periods of down time* are clearly indicated in the itinerary. *Down time is a period of time, occurring within the overall duration of the venture, identified by agreement
between venture provider and participant prior to commitment to participation, as being beyond the jurisdiction of the venture provider.

Number of staff 2 3 4

VISA REQUIREMENTS Visas are not needed for UK passport holders. Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry. Other nationalities will need to make their own checks. BRITISH STANDARD 8848 (Compliant for any venture booked from Sept 2008) Venture provided by Across the Divide to British Standard 8848, Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK. Self declared.

ATD supports the Expedition Medicine & Leadership Company to provide the highest quality in expedition medicine.

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