A beautiful journey of discovery through the heart of the High Atlas mountains in winter ascending high peaks, enjoying some steep ski descents and experiencing remote Berber villages with their renowned hospitality.
This is an opportunity to combine excellent early season ski touring with the unique culture and customs of this fascinating North African country. We start and finish the trip in Marrakesh - a historic melting pot of frenetic activity!
Arrive in Marrakesh. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel Riad Omar just a few minutes walk from the Jemaa el Fna Square. This is an authentic Moroccan Riad on the edge of the old town. Time to explore – the Souk, Medina, museums, palaces and gardens - and soak up the unique atmosphere of this enchanting and historic city.
Depart the hotel at 6 am for the 2-hour journey by private Landcruiser 4x4s along mountain roads to the trailhead at Oukaimeden, which is also the highest ski resort in North Africa.
Once on our skis the route takes us over Tizi'n Eddi (2928m) followed by a descent into the Tachddirt valley and the villages of Tameguist and Tachddirt (2250m). Stay overnight in the village.
Duration: 4-6 hours.
Ascent of Tizi'n Likemt (3615m) followed by a stunning descent.
At the foot of the mountains the mules will be waiting for us for the interesting trek over the Col de Tamatert (2279m) to M'Zik (1750m). Views en-route of the mountain oasis at Imlil. Stay overnight in the village.
Duration: 5-8 hours.
A long uphill day, walking and skinning to the Toubkal hut (3100m)
Overnight at the hut
Duration: 4-7 hours.
Toubkal ascent (4167m). This is the highest mountain in North Africa and with clear weather the panoramic views from the summit are just astonishing.
Depending on snow conditions you may not be able to ascend to the summit on skis but will need to climb in boots to reach the top.
Return to the hut via the same route.
Duration: 5-7 hours.
The beautiful ski traverse and ascent of Tizi'n Tadat (3600m) with stunning panoramic views. This is followed by an excellent descent to Tazarharht hut (3300m).
Night in the hut.
Duration: 5-8 hours.
Early start for the ascent of Tazarharht (3980m). Return to the hut and the ski down to M'zik and Imlil.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Drive back to Marrakesh via Asni, site of one of the largest souks. Celebrate a great trip with dinner on the terrace enjoying superb views across the city. Overnight at the Hotel Riad Omar**
Breakfast in the hotel. Return to the airport for the flight home.