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Skitouring Morocco

Contrasts are known to attract each other as the saying goes.
And this trip 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.

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion mindblowing
Fitness / Struggle enjoy
Risk feel free to tell your o
Comfort sophisticated

Highlights:

• Two faces of Morocco
• 6 days of ski touring in the Atlas mountains (some very steep runs included)
• “African-corn-snow”
• Guides-Dream-Team: one certified Austrian UIAGM mountain guide and one 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

 

Trip dates:

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Price per person: 0

The following schedule is planned:

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

2. Day: Imlil – Tizi n’Tamatert – Bouigenouane – Tizi n’Tacheddirt
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.

3. Day: Tacheddirt – Tizi n’Likemt Pass – Imlil
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.

4. Day: Imlil – Sidi ChamharouchToubkal BasecampAfter 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.

5. Day: Basecamp – Ouankrim – Basecamp
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.

6. Day: Basecamp – Toubkal – Basecamp
Aufgeweckt durch den guten Duft des Frühstücks starten wir noch relativ früh die Tour auf den höchsten Berg Nordafrikas (4.167m). Auch wenn wir uns gestern schon etwas an die Höhe gewöhnt haben, lassen wir uns genügend Zeit, damit alle als Gruppe am Gipfel ankommen. Die Route schlängelt sich zum Gipfel und oben erwartet uns einer der großartigsten Momente der Reise – das Gefühl des Gipfelsiegs gepaart mit der Aussicht auf die überwältigende (tieferliegende) Landschaft. Hat jeder dieses Gefühl genügend ausgekostet, machen wir uns auf den Rückweg zur Neltner Hütte, wo wir unser wohlverdientes Abendessen und eine leckere, heiße Tasse Tee genießen.

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

8. Day: Marrakesch
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.

check_circle_outline  Included:

• 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

 

highlight_off  Not included:

• 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

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

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 a certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

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

 

 

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

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.

 

language 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.

 

work  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)

 

perm_identity 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.

 

local_hospital  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.

 

insert_chart_outlined  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.

 

payment 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.

 

 

directions_run 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.