Ski touring full of contrasts in Morocco

  • Adventure Factor
    courageous
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    mindblowing
  • Fitness / Struggle
    enjoy
  • Risk
    feel free to tell your partner about it
  • Travel Comfort
    sophisticated

Contrasts are known to attract each other as the saying goes. And this travel to Morocco is probably the perfect evidence for this quote:

The Arabian Nights   vs.  4.000 m summits
Desert                     vs.  Snow
Riad                        vs.  Shelter huts
Mint tea                   vs.  Climbing skins
 
Discover this magic land out of a fairytale also from its more unknown perspective. This unique ski tour takes us deep into the Atlas mountain range, which divides the lush coast of the country from the Sahara Desert and is home to lots of small oasis villages. As our ultimate goal, we aim for the highest mountains of northern Afrika, the 4.167 m high Djebel Toubkal. An incredible amount of snow awaits us, with fantastique ski touring terrain and even adventurous steep passages where we will have to use our crampons. But never fear, all efforts will be rewarded with long, wonderful runs in the legendary Afrika corn snow and a once-in-a-lifetime scenery of snow in the Sahara Desert.

At the end, we will return to a whole different world, into the more famous part of Morocco: Marrakesh – the pearl of the orient. And while we are soaking up all the exotic smells of the bazars, watch the street vendors on the lively Djemm El Fna market and sip on our delicious mint teas, we are realizing that contrasts really do attract each other.

Highlights:

  • Two faces of Morocco
  • 6 days of ski touring in the Atlas mountains (some very steep runs included)
  • “Afrika-corn-snow”
  • Guides-Dream-Team: one certified Austrian UIAGM mountain guide plus on local guide
  • highest mountain of northern Africa: Djebel Toubkal (4.167m)
  • One more 4.000er for acclimatisation
  • City tour through Marrakesh – the pearl of the orient
  • Flight included

 

March 02 - 09, 2019 (8 days from/to Imlil)

Booking Code: MAR19

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Price per person: € 1.990

Minimum members: 6

 

Included Services:

Flight form Munich to Marrakesh and back (just contact us for alternative departure airports)

6 day (depending on weather and snow conditions) guided ski touring in the Atlas mountains with one of our Austrian UIAGM mountain guides and one local guide

2 nights in a Riad (traditional guest house) in Imlil, including breakfast

Several nights at various mountain huts during the ski tour

1 night in a double room at a hotel in Marrakesh

Meals during the ski tour

Transport of material and equipment by mules and/or local porters

Transfer from/to the airport

Transfer from Marrakesh to Imlil (starting point of the tour) and back

Guided city tour through Marrakesh

Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

What the price does not include:

Personal medication

Personal insurance

All beverages, mineral water

Meals in Marrakesh

tips

Personal equipment (sleeping bag, ski, crampons, ice pick, hiking boots, daypack, waterproof clothing, safety equipment, etc.)

Excess and ski luggage on all flights

Personal expenses of all kind

All costs and services that might occure due to any events beyond our control e.g. natural disasters, flight cancelation, strike, increase of fees for hotels, transport, etc

All not specifically mentioned included services

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1: Transfer from Marrakesh airport to Imlil (1,5 h). Check-in at the Riad, get together with our group, briefing for the upcoming week.

Day 2: A van takes us from Imlil to Tachedirt, where we start our ascent to the snow line and are going to cross the Tamatert Pass (2.300 m), ski down into the Imenane Valley and start our ascent to the Bouygunouane (3.800m) where a breathtaking view awaits us. After that, we will ski down 1.400 vertical meters to Tacheddirt Village (2.400m) again, where we will spend the night.

Day 3: We start in the early morning. 3-4-hour ascent to Likemt Pass (3.600 m), followed by a thrilling 2-3-hour ski descent. Afterwards the van will take us back to Imlil. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Day 4: After breakfast, we will meet our mules and drivers. After a short briefing and luggage arrangement, we set out for a 6-hour trek to the base camp (small hut on the foot of Mt. Toubkal). The path is very steep and narrow at some sections. Here we will first get to use our crampons. But this demanding route rewards us with some exceptional views on the Atlas Mountains. After crossing of a few passes, we will reach the Neltner hut, where our guide will surprise us with his cooking skills. Full and tired we will go to bed early, to safe our strength for the days that lie ahead.

Day 5: For acclimatization purposes, we climb the beautiful 4.045 m high Quankrim. The trek leads over a few easy climbing passages to the summit where a we will again enjoy a marvelous scenery of the area. A ski descent brings us back to the hut, where we will spend another night.

Day 6: Woken up by the smell of breakfast, we start our big tour to the highest summit of northern Afrika.  Even though we got used to height on the day before, we will ascend slowly and steady to make sure that everyone reaches the summit. The route winds its way up to the top and when we finally reach it, the greatest moment of this travel has come – the feeling of the peak victory paired with a great panorama of the landscape below. When everyone has savored enough of victory’s sweet taste, it is time to return to the hut where we will enjoy our well-deserved dinner and a nice cup of delicious hot tea.  

Day 7: Today, we enjoy one more small peak before we are heading back to Imlil and further on to Marrakesh. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Today we will discover Marrakesh – the pearl of the orient, on a tour through the city. We visit markets and sights and soak up the oriental atmosphere of this beautiful city. (The exact itinerary and the possibility of this tour is depending on the weather and general conditions in the mountains and on the streets). After the sightseeing, there will be a transfer to the airport, followed by your individual flight home. 

General 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperatve that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain.


Equipment 
Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. We will supply you with adequate safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceive)


Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

 until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

 

 

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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