Micro Toubkal

Micro Toubkal – Experience the sunrise in Africa. Our Micro-Toubkal expedition takes you to the summit of Toubkal; the highest point in North Africa and teaches you some invaluable mountaineering expeditions skills along the way and all within a weekend!

3 days
height 4167M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price SALE 350

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TOUBKAL 4,167m | Watch the sunrise from the summit of the highest point in North Africa and learn new mountaineering skills – all in a single weekend!

Micro Toubkal: Expedition Details

For those who are regular hill-goers and want to experience what a longer mountaineering expedition is like, we’ve developed a teaser or ‘Micro-adventure’ in the form of a 3-day expedition. This is the trip you can join if you don’t feel like being away for too long but still want to get some time off to re-set and clear your head, evaluate your assumptions and to get the feeling of what is involved in a mountaineering expedition.

We’ll use the same techniques and structures required for a more committing mountaineering expedition:

Days will be challenging, with a journey to cover at altitude in mountainous terrain a night spend in a high mountain refuge. By the end of the trip you’ll know what it’s like manage yourself in a high altitude mountain environment. You’ll be familiar with an expedition routine and walking at altitude over stunning terrain. You will have the opportunity to practice navigation, and mountaineering skills.

Above all, you will have spent two long days out in proper mountains doing something for both your body and soul.

Micro-Adventures: These trips are for those who want to get away and experience adventure, but only have a few days to spare. It’s the essence of adventure in a short and intense hit. The level of difficulty is pitched at the general ability and enthusiasm of the team. We can do a night-time ski or summit, or take it more leisurely. But all of the time, we aim to maximise the amount of time we have and, staying true to our spirit of seeking remoteness and niche experiences, get you as far away as possible from civilisation and into areas which lend themselves for exploration.

More Info

If you would like more information on this expedition you can drop us a line with your questions!


Equipment is one of the areas we get the most questions on. Being well kitted out for a trip into the mountains is essential. This short expedition to Toubkal doesn’t require any super specialist equipment. If you’re a general hillwalking most of the equipment you currently own will me more than suitable.  Once you are signed up to a trip we will send you a kit list which explains thoroughly what you need. If there are some items which your’e unsure of or indeed need to hire, please just let us know and we can advise on the best course of action. For your personal equipment we are able to offer advice on choosing the best kit, most of which we can order in for you at good discount prices.


The Micro Toubkal trip is fully catered (apart from any meals needed in the airport on Sunday evening) We will be treated to Moroccan Cuisine, with some fantastic breakfasts and of course the famous Tagine. Morocco is well suited to vegetarians and vegans. Just like with all our trips it’s a good idea to bring some snacks and treats to supplement the food provided. At altitude you often lose appetite a little bit so having something you know you like from home is a good idea!

Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.

Training and Preparation

This trip is suited to hill fit people. Theres no need to train intensively for this trip. However, a good level of fitness is required as the days are fairly long and it is quite an intensive weekend, If you’ve any queries on fitness or training please get in touch and we can advise with the help of our training partner – Exped Performance.


Guide-Client ratio is maximum 1:12, which allows for close personal support for each expedition team member. Our teams carry a Garmin InReach device  which sends out a signal via satellite to identify the approximate position of the party.

All of our trips have a strong focus on training and supporting participants to become self-sufficient in the mountain regions. This mini expedition is a dedicated training course, aimed at building your skills for a full mountaineering expedition.

Equipment and Clothing 

The only true way to experience the mountains is by being self-sufficient. Being comfortable and safe out there means paying great attention to detail, practice and techniques and adhering to a workable routine.

Our aim is for you to acquire more technical knowledge yourself and start to know what feels right and works for you. We will be carrying all of our equipment with us to the refuge in backpacks so packing light is right! You’ll learn new skills in personal administration and how to dress appropriately for the mountains.

Fitness Training 

Where our programme is different to others, is our emphasis on fitness training. Having a solid fitness plan and targeted exercises to work with is essential to prepare your body for the stresses of a mountaineering expedition, and is the area where preparation falls short in most cases. We provide advice in this area. If you are extremely serious about your personal development in mountain environments and have big targets in mind we can support your training with our partner company Exped Performance.

Mountaincraft & Navigation

We will cover mountaineering and trekking techniques, methods for roping up and other safety procedures needed for a mountain environment. We will spend time re-practicing techniques and re-familiarising ourselves with all the equipment and navigational techniques.

Hazardous Conditions 

Experiencing different conditions, knowing what to expect and learning how to cope best is one of the most important things you will learn. Our rule of thumb is to be prepared for the worst and pleasantly surprised with the favourable.

There may be days of whiteout when cloud reduces contrast and definition and sky and horizon are merged into one. Any sense of scale and distance are lost, causing complete disorientation. It will be necessary to take compass bearings and know our rate of travel. Crosswinds, temperature and conditions underfoot can influence our direction and speed.

Strong wind and wind chill is common – we will learn to deal with this, looking at protective clothing.

The altitude needs to be managed effectively and we have several important acclimatisation periods built into the trip. You’ll learn all about altitude illness and how to properly acclimatise and what to look out for.

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You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.


Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running and walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.


Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.


Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.


Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).



Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.


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What is included:
• Accommodation –  1 night guest house, 2 nights refuge
• All expedition meals (2 breakfasts, 2 dinner, 2 lunch)
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• Transfer journey Marrakech Airport to Imlil return.
• Expedition team leader
• Access to our RMS team of doctors

What is not included:
• Travel to and from UK airport
• International flights and taxes
• Personal equipment.
• Travel insurance
• Drinks, snacks and personal spending
• Tips for local staff


Flights are not included as part of the trip price and have to be booked individually, however, we are happy to give advice on best flight times. British Airways, RyanAir, EasyJet and Royal Air Maroc operate flights that get you into Marrakech in the morning on Friday and have evening outbound flights which leave enough time to reach the airport from Oslo. Prices for a return flight range between £80 – £140 if booked early.

Booking – What happens next:
• The 50% deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.

Bespoke option:
We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.

You will need a travel insurance policy that caters for the activities you will undertake on your trip with Exped Adventure. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy. For advice on best policies get in touch.


British Citizens do not currently need a visa to enter Morocco.


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