What is it?

The Soldiers’ Charity will be working with Tribal Tracks to offer you a bespoke Mount Toubkal Challenge that will be provided exclusively to the charity.  Mount Toubkal is in Morocco and is the highest mountain in North Africa. Morocco is exotic and spectacular but is only 3.5 hours away from the UK and just a six day challenge.  This makes it an ideal location, as it is not too far away and not too long away from work commitments.  Being part of a charity only team will bond and cement our supporters together, raising money for our charity.

Group dates and size

The planned dates for this challenge are from Tuesday 10 September to Sunday 15 September, however these will be subject to flight availability. As soon as the team is confirmed we will be able to book flights and confirm exact dates, but the earliest departure date will be 10th September.

The maximum group size is 18 people and the minimum is 10 people.  The group will be accompanied by a Tribal Tracks UK Leader as well as supported by local, in-country guides. Due to the limited places they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Challenge Experience – Toubkal Adventure HIGHLIGHTS

  • A six-day Mount Toubkal Challenge trip to Morocco beginning in vibrant Marrakech
  • Acclimatisation trek followed by the summit of Mount Toubkal, 4167m
  • Fully supported trek with mountain guides, cooks and a UK leader
  • Stunning High Atlas Mountains with views of the Sahara from the top!
  • A final night celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement

 

Challenge Experience – Toubkal Adventure 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 Africa 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 5 hours, heading to Tizi n’ Tamatert, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2358m.  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 6 – 7 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

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 7 – 8 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 to freshen up and enjoy a well-deserved rest.  Tonight the team can celebrate their achievements!

Overnight in Gite in Ouirgan in twin share rooms and full board.

Day 6 – Homeward bound

After breakfast we will transfer back to Marrakech for our flight home.  Lunch and dinner included

The Trip Includes:

Tribal Tracks Leader; International flights between London and Marrakech; UK international departure tax; Accommodation in shared rooms in Marrakech, Imlil and Ouirgan; 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.

 

2019 Payment per person

 

  • £300 Non Refundable registration fee due on booking payable to Tribal Tracks Ltd
  • £1360 payment to The Soldiers’ Charity for Minimum Sponsorship Sum due 10 weeks before departure
  • £340 payment to The Soldiers’ Charity for the balance of the fundraising sum due no later than 4 weeks after completion of the Mount Toubkal Challenge

 

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.

 

Payment and Financial Protection

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and is a member of the Travel Trust Association, member number Q6327. All client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. The trustee is a Banker, Chartered or Certified Accountant, or Solicitor appointed by the Travel Trust Association. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe. For more information and to verify our membership (Q6327) please visit www.traveltrust.co.uk.  Flights booked for the clients by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected.

 

REGISTER NOW

Funding – Minimum Sponsorship

In order to confirm your place on the Mount Toubkal Challenge you will need to complete the following:

Stage 1- Register by 31 January 2019
Complete, sign and send your booking form by email to Charlie Richards Tribal Tracks – charlotte@tribaltracks.co.uk and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £300 to Tribal Tracks Ltd (account details are on the booking form).

Stage 2 – Fundraising
In additional to the payment on the non-refundable registration fee of £300 in Stage 1, team members must also pledge to raise a minimum of £1700 sponsorship (“the Minimum Sponsorship Sum”) for The Soldiers’ Charity.  A minimum of 80% (£1360) of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum must be received, in clear funds, by The Soldiers’ Charity at least ten weeks before you depart (payment details are on the booking form).  If you do this, your place on the challenge is secured. The balance of the fundraising sum (a minimum of £340 (£1700 less £1360) is due no later than 4 weeks after the Mount Toubkal Challenge team return. The Soldiers’ Charity will be setting up a Just Giving Toubkal Team page that can be used for fundraising. Once you have registered you can join the team page.

Please note: Under certain circumstances where airlines or suppliers require earlier payment not covered by the non-refundable registration fee, we reserve the right to request those costs to be paid prior to ten weeks before departure.

Fundraising support

We have got lots of resources to get you started 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 726132.

 

 

Private Camp

The private camp on the climb will include:

-Dining tent – this will be a comfortable communal area.
-We provide twin share tents with mattresses.
-Hot water provided to wash with in the morning.  No shower facilities.
-Food – Moroccan dishes will provide tagines, Couscous, salads and fruit.
-Drinks – water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate

Map

Marrakech

Mountains

Dining Tent

 

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 6 – 8 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 daypack, packed with essentials like your camera, sunscreen and water. During your training, make sure you’re carrying the daypack 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-waring 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 (2 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- 1 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
  • 2 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

Who is 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 Advisor 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.