Following the huge success of our 2019 Toubkal Summit team ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are once again offering this amazing challenge to the Atlas mountains in Morocco.Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa.

This incredible challenge will take you on a journey through the Toubkal valley, passing through terraced farmland and Berber villages, where you can immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings. It will feel like stepping back hundreds of years and it is a wonderful escape from, and contrast to, the fast- paced lives we live in the UK.At the summit, you will be rewarded with views in every direction, from the High Atlas peaks in the north and to the south, the Sahara, rolling far away to the heart of Africa.  On the final day, we will have time to explore Marrakech and its famous Medina, the walled medieval city, with buzzing souks (marketplaces) where we can try a little bartering.This is a unique opportunity to share a fantastic experience with fellow supporters of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, while challenging yourself and raising all-important funds for the Army family.

Challenge highlights

  • A six-day Mount Toubkal Challenge trip to Morocco beginning in vibrant Marrakech.
  • Acclimatisation trek followed by the summit of Mount Toubkal, 4,167m.
  • Fully supported trek with mountain guides, cooks and a UK team leader.
  • Stunning High Atlas Mountains with views of the Sahara from the top!
  • A final night celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement.

Why trek with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity?

Taking part in the Mount Toubkal Challenge will help us raise vital funds so that all soldiers, former soldiers and their families can have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.The overall scale, breath and range of the charity’s support is vast. We help serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss; provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come; provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages; we are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.In the past year, we have helped 70,000 people in 68 countries across the globe and funded numerous charities and organisations to support the Army family at large. Our challenge in 2019 raised over £25,000 for our incredible beneficiaries.

Dates and group size

The dates for our Mount Toubkal Challenge is 12th – 17th September 2022.The maximum group size for each trek is 20 people. Demand is likely to be very high due to the success of our previous adventure challenges. The minimum group size will be 10 people. The deadline for booking is 1st December 2021 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Interested in entering as part of a corporate or company team?

Do you know five people or more interested in entering a team from your company? If so, contact us on wales@soldierscharity.org call 02920 726 132 to find out more.For the full itinerary and the online booking form, please click here .

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Mount Toubkal Challenge Itinerary 

Day 1 – Marrakech

On arrival, the team will be and met by our guide at the airport and be transferred to your Riad in Marrakech near the main square.  In the afternoon you can enjoy a tour of the city and its famous Souks.  Overnight in a Riad in Marrakech (Riad Nesma or similar) in twin share rooms, lunch and dinner.

Day 2 – High Atlas Mountains

After breakfast, the team transfers to the mountains to start this exciting adventure in the Berber homelands. You will have lunch surrounded by the stunning Atlas Mountains before heading off on your acclimatisation trek, approximately five hours, heading to Tizi n’ Tamatert, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,358m. You will pass through the mountain villages and meet the local Berber communities. Berber history dates back to prehistoric times, and their way of life still remains blissfully simple, it is like stepping back in time when you visit this area.Full board and overnight in Gite Dar Imlil or similar in twin share rooms.

Day 3 – Base Camp 

The trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal will be tough and challenging and the terrain can be demanding.  After an early start it is time to start to ascent route to Base Camp which will be between six to seven hours of trekking, we will have lunch en route. We will arrive at our campsite where we can rest before the summit day. You will have exceptional support throughout the trek with the help of expert mountain guides and a full support crew.Camping in twin share tents with full board supported by our trek crew.

Day 4 – Summit day

Today is the big day! Summiting the highest mountain in Northern Africa and looking across the valleys and mountains will be a once in a lifetime experience.  It will be an early start for Summit day and the trek to reach the summit and return to Base Camp will be between seven and eight hours of trekking. It will be a steady, non-technical trek with plenty of stops. Tonight, we will camp with full board supported by our trek crew.Camping in twin share tents with full board supported by our trek crew.

Day 5 – Descend to Imlil and time to relax

Today will be a steady trek back to Imlil and transfer to our Gite in Ouirgane to freshen up and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Tonight the team can celebrate their achievements!Overnight in Gite in Ouirgane in twin share rooms and full board.

Day 6 – Homeward bound

After breakfast we will transfer back to Marrakech for our flight home.  Depending on flight times, we should have time for some last-minute shopping in the souks before a final lunch in Marrakech. Breakfast and Lunch includedFor the full itinerary and the online booking form, please click here .

What does the cost include and exclude?

The Trip Includes:

Kit list and full pre-departure notes/briefing; Tribal Tracks UK Leader; International flights between London and Marrakech; UK international departure tax; Accommodation in shared rooms in Marrakech and Imlil; Accommodation in shared tents on trek; Supporting In-country guides; Fully supported trek – Moroccan Mountain Guide, cooks and porters; All transfers by private minibus or bus as per itinerary; All meals from lunch on day of arrival to lunch on day of departure; Vegetarian or other meal plan can be provided, please specify at time of booking.

The Trip Excludes:

Personal Travel Insurance, Immunisation costs; Personal equipment and clothing; Boots suitable for mountain trek, sleeping bag; Visa fees (currently not required for UK passport holders); Any locally paid international airport departure taxes; Items of a personal nature; Tipping for local guides and drivers; Single supplement.

Security of Booking – Payment and Financial Protection

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and has a trust account with the Protected Trust Service, member number 5566. This means that all client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe.  For more information please visit www.protectedtrustservices.com/services/consumer-protection/.  Flights booked for you by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected under our own ATOL certificate.Tribal Tracks is fully insured and carries public liability insurance up to £5 million.

Who are Tribal Tracks?

Charlie Richards, ex Army Officer, will be your dedicated Tribal Tracks advisor for this trip and will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that every single detail of the tour runs smoothly, from start to finish.Tribal Tracks will provide the following:

  • Dedicated Tribal Tracks Adviser to The Soldiers’ Charity and its supporters;
  • A full, detailed itinerary, trip notes and kit list;
  • Booking and terms and conditions;
  • 24-hour support when the team is in country;
  • Robust in country infrastructure with expert Moroccan team;
  • A suitably qualified UK based leader, who will be handpicked for expertise as well as an ability to bond the team and make the trip fun.

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Online fundraising

Join The Soldiers’ Charity Just Giving team page here.We will also send you your fundraising pack in the post, which is full of top tips, sponsorship forms and more. We are here to support you every step of the way. Check out our Facebook page to meet and connect with your fellow trekkers.

Fundraising support

We have got lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and information on Gift Aid. We can also post you resources such as sponsorship forms, collection tins, and posters and balloons for your fundraising events.  If you need anything simply email wales@soldierscharity.org or call us on 02920 726 132.

Photo Gallery 

Some amazing images captured by Behind the Lens Media of our 2019 team trekking to the summit of Mount Toubkal.

Photography ©Behind the lens Media

Fitness 

It is important that the team understand that this challenge requires a good degree of physical fitness.  Although it is not technical, the distances and conditions will require stamina and strength, which you should recognise and train for.  We don’t want to scare you – it’s just that you will have a much better time if you are fit and prepared.

Preparing for your Trek

The best way to build endurance fitness is to start with some gentle walks and gradually build up both the distance and duration over the next few months.  In the last 2 months, we would recommend to go out and do long days, ideally in the hills, to build up the strength in your legs. About a week before the trek, limit any training to short walks – you want to have fresh legs at the start!For the trek you should be comfortable trekking between six to eight hours per day, but remember we have all day to achieve the distances and will not be going at racing snake pace. It may sound obvious, but make sure that you are walking properly, hitting the ground with your heel first, then rolling onto your toe, which pushes you onto the next step (this will help reduce the risk of shin splints and tendon pulls). Walk with your head up, eyes forward and shoulders level.It is a good idea to develop a level of cardiovascular fitness (exercising and strengthening your heart and lungs). This comes from running, cycling or swimming for between 20 minutes and an hour, and will really help develop your endurance fitness. Three sessions a week is normally advised, increasing time and distance over time.On the trek you won’t be carrying your main pack, but you will need to carry a small day pack, packed with essentials like your camera, sunscreen and water. During your training, make sure you’re carrying the day pack that you will be using on the trek.Remember train hard trek easy.

Mount Toukbal Challenge – SUGGESTED KIT

It is important to pack good quality and hard-wearing kit, this can make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one.

Luggage

  • Large expedition bag for carrying clothing and equipment by mule – rucksack or soft bag (no suitcases) – 15kg weight limit
  • Day pack – 25 litres in size for the trek (preferably with a waist band for extra support)

Feet

  • Trekking boots with decent ankle support (to be worn on the flight)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking socks (x 4)
  • Trainers – for evenings around camp and when travelling by vehicle
  • Foot powder
  • Blister plasters (Compeed plasters are highly recommended)

Your boots will be crucial to the comfort of the trek and ensure you use these to train, we would suggest a proper trekking boot with ankle support.  Wool socks are good and we would recommend this over synthetic ones. The most important advice we can give is to ensure they are worn in and have been tried and tested.  If you don’t have boots already the outdoor shops are normally really helpful as their staff are trained on recommending the right footwear e.g. Cotswold Outdoors, Blacks and Millets.

Legs

  • 2 x Lightweight trousers for trekking (zip off trousers are ideal and can double up as shorts)
  • 1 x Shorts

Body

  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Fleece x 2
  • T- Shirts (quick dry) x 2 – wicking tops are recommended rather than cotton
  • Long sleeved wicking top x 2
  • Lightweight scarf (ideal for sun protection)
  • Down Jacket – very warm jacket is required for the evenings whilst camping
  • Thermal top and bottoms for sleeping

Head/hands

  • Warm Hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sun hat – wide brimmed to protect back of neck
  • Sun glasses
  • Head torch (spare batteries)
  • Warm gloves

Other

  • Sun protection minimum 30 Factor
  • Lip salve with sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle or bladder (two litre minimum) – if you are bringing a bladder ensure you have a rigid bottle as well in case it punctures
  • 3 season sleeping bag and pillow (we will provide mattresses)
  • Wash-bag and toiletries – travel size bottles recommended
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Trek towel – quick dry material
  • First aid kit with prescription drugs if required (take extra) – plasters, zinc oxide tape, Vaseline, painkillers, antiseptic cream, dioralyte sachets- one per trek day
  • Baby wipes
  • Favourite sweets/snacks (nuts and dried fruit will be provided on trek)
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • A good book
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Passport
  • Two passport size photos
  • Watch
  • Copies of your travel insurance document, passport and e-ticket
  • Set of casual clothing for hotels
  • Ear plugs just in case there are a few snorers in camp

Booking Procedure and Payment terms

Option 1 Minimum Fundraising

Stage 1

Complete our online booking form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £350 to Tribal Tracks Ltd (account details are on the booking form).

Stage 2

Then, in addition to the payment of the non-refundable registration fee of £350, team members must also pledge to raise a minimum of £1,945 sponsorship for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (“the Minimum Sponsorship Sum”).  A minimum of 80% (£1,556) of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum must be received by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at least ten weeks before you depart. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will be setting up a Sahara Challenge fundraising team page which can be used for fundraising and for the depositing of the funds, just to make life easy for you.The balance of the fundraising sum (a minimum of £389 (£1,945 less £1,556) is due no later than four weeks after you return from the challenge.

So, in summary:

£350 non-refundable registration fee payable to Tribal Tracks Ltd on booking;

  • £1,556 payment to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for Minimum Sponsorship Sum due 10 weeks before departure;
  • £389 payment to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for the balance of the fundraising sum due no later than 4 weeks after completion of the Mount Toubkal Challenge.

Option 2 – Self Funded

Complete the online booking form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £350 to Tribal Tracks (account details are on the online booking form).The total cost of the trip is £1,295 per person. The final payment of £945 is due ten weeks before departure – you will be invoiced by Tribal Tracks.ABF The Soldiers’ Charity asks you to aim for an additional fundraising amount of at least £1000 per person. A minimum of 80% (£800) of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum must be received, in clear funds, by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at least ten weeks before you depart. If you do this, your place on the challenge is secured. The balance of the fundraising sum (a minimum of £200 (£1000 less £800) is due no later than four weeks) after Mount Toubkal Challenge team return.

Insurance 

It is a requirement of Tribal Tracks booking terms and conditions that each supporter must hold their own travel insurance which covers the trip and the activities they are doing. We may require evidence of this.  Tribal Tracks is fully insured and carries public liability insurance up to £5 million.

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about this event, after that it is up to you. Registration allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.

Contact Us

If you need to get in touch with us, please contact the team at contact us on wales@soldierscharity.org call 02920 726 132 to find out more.