Winter Toubkal

Only a short flight away the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains in the winter provide a great opportunity to learn or revise winter walking skills whilst climbing three magnificent snow covered peaks, which mixed with the Moroccan culture, makes this trip truly unmissable and unforgettable.

8 days
height 4167M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price 950
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Gateway               Marrakesh

Daily distance       8-15km

Weight                  10kg

Temperature        +5 to -15°C

Max. Height Gain    1000m

Height                      4167m

Nights on mountain      3

Climbing days               5

Challenge                      2

An amazing experience! An absolute must for any budding mountaineers seeking their first challenge. Jamie and Matt from Exped are not just about getting you to the peak and back. Their vast experience really shines through when teaching you essential skills from foot placement to digging snow holes that might one day save your life!” – Varinder

Expedition Details

Toubkal is a stunning mountain and one we returned to over 30 times in the past. It is ideal for beginners, to have a first go at high altitude climbing.

You will have every opportunity during the expedition to develop your own winter skills whilst being advised and mentored along the way.

The Moroccan High Atlas Mountains are only a short flight away and the feel of the mountain range is truly unique. Toubkal commandeers the region, while the spine of the Atlas rises abruptly from the plains of North Morocco to heights of over 4,000m.

Following a careful program of acclimatisation and training we aim to make an ascent of  Mt. Toubkal (4167m), North Africa’s highest mountain. The views from the summit stretch across the Marrakech plains to the north-west; to the south, behind the crags of the great Onimeksane ridge and the distant Jebel Siroua, lies the endless Sahara.

When on the mountain we stay in the locally owned hut called “The Mouflon”, a basic but homely place, from where we set out each morning across boulder-strewn plains and steep snowy slopes, to edge our way towards Toubkal.

This is a great introduction trip and we love the feel of North Africa – read what our previous clients have to say about it in the reviews.

Who is it for?

This is an ideal “first big peak” trip requiring no previous climbing or mountaineering experience. The ascent involves negotiating easy-angled snow slopes using ice-axe and crampons – skills which you will get familiar with during our Training Course, which we run prior to the trip.

If you are used to regular multi day hill-walking in the UK you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek.

More Info

If you would like more information on this expedition you can download the full PDF trip details or drop us a line with your questions!


Although accessible from the road within a day, the Toubkal valley does not have a mountain rescue team. All rescues will be organised through insurance and the Exped mountain guide on the day. This is why we only work with very experienced leaders with the back-up support of our trusted in-country staff and the RMS team (Remote Medical Support).


We provide nutritious expedition food for each participant for all the days trekking. It will be enough calories for the trip, but if you feel like having some extra snacks, please feel free to bring it. We provide locally sourced fresh food cooked by our in-country team. Our selection of food to choose from is based on long experience where energy, taste and also preparation are key factors. Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.


This trip requires thorough attention to equipment. We have provided a kit list on these pages, but we are here to answer any questions and help you choose the right equipment. Our pre-expedition training course is designed to give you time to get to know your equipment before setting out on your trip.

Training Course:

While all of our itineraries have an emphasis on skills and personal development, we regard training in the pre-expedition phase as highly important. This is why it is part of our trip package. Helping our clients gain confidence in themselves and their abilities is something we take very seriously. Our training courses are the reason why our groups are strong and close-knit, and have a strong track record of reaching the expedition goals. The pre-expedition training course is designed to provide you with all the skills and information necessary to succeed on your trip and enjoy the experience. The training course will take you out into the mountains of the Lake District or the Cairngorms, where you have the opportunity to test and get to know your equipment.



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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.


Start Date End Date Days Price Availability
11th Jan 202018th Jan 20208£950


8th Feb 202015th Feb 20208£950


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What is included:
• Accommodation – 1 night Guesthouse, 4 nights Huts, 2 nights Hostel
• Meals – 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 evening meals
• Park fees as appropriate
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• All in-country transfers, including airport transfers
• Expedition team leader and in-country guides
• Access to our RMS team of doctors (See Safety Standards for more information)
• Training course

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
• Any extra costs if we summit a day early and decide to descend sooner
• Ice Axe and Crampon hire is available at £50 for the entire trip. (or individually at £20 ice axe, £30 crampons).

Booking – What happens next:
• The 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 on the training weekend 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.


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