2 independent reviews for Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

Reviews for Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

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review 19 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The overall challenge of climbing to the summit was wonderful. Waking in the mountains every morning and spending a few hours happily hiking whilst enjoying the fresh mountain air and the views was just perfect. I loved it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring lots of sunscreen, extra layers, and be prepared to rough it out in the mountain refuge - the conditions there are challenging, with guests sharing a room with around 30 people at a time, and with very few toilets and less than hygienic conditions. But it was all absolutely worth it. A brilliant trip!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not sure about conservation, but the team guiding us was all local. The leader explained that for every trip they rotate the support team (porters) so that the income is spread out among local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An experience of a lifetime. I loved it all, and the group dynamic was so supportive and friendly. It was great, as a single female traveler, to feel safe and relaxed in the knowledge that all the arrangements were taken care of, and that we were being well looked after.

review 3 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching the peak of Mount Toubka, of course! But equally the lovely new friendships I have made from a great group of people to travel and climb with and the absolutely stunning and spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

For the Mount Toubkal climb, I would say GET FIT. Do lots of climbing practice - both ascents and descents and practice with a day pack on your back. Also bring a camera that can take good photos - the scenery is stunning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It certainly benefitted local people as it is the local Mountain Berbers who guide us, run the pack mules and host us in the towns when we stay in gites. With the others I am not so sure, as Morocco still has a terrible problem with litter and it was sad to see all the rubbish - plastic bottles, papers, discarded items lying all over the countryside and all around the little villages. We could try our hardest to use local water with purification tablets, but it is still much easier and it is encouraged by the locals to buy bottled water. I always gave my empty bottles back to a shop or our guide to ensure they were disposed in a more environmental manner (at least I hope so). There are other examples but that is the most obvious.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fabulous vacation. I achieved my goal of climbing Mount Toubkal (with a bit of help from the guide/porters), met some lovely people, (now new friends), learnt a lot about the Moroccan culture and the Atlas Mountains, and saw some spectacular scenery. Can't ask for much more than that!

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