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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is behind Trekking-toubkal.com ( TREKKING TOUBKAL ADVENTURE ) ?
A:
 The driving force behind Trekking-Toubkal.com is Houssain & Mohamed 
Originally from Imlil (Berber village in the Atlas Mountains), he started out as a muleteer with individuals and groups. For years now, he has organized and lead tours and treks in the Atlas Mountains and around the Kingdom of Morocco. From basic one day guided walks to full package tours and treks, including transfers, accommodation, food, guides, mules, tents, kitchen materials and much more !

 

Q: What is the general duration of the treks?
A: The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on your interests. Generally speaking, your trek can range from 2 - 3 to 22 days. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their physical fitness, wishes and interests on the route.

 

Q: What is the best time to travel to Morocco ? 
A:The best time to visit Morocco is in the spring (March to May) when the country is lush and in bloom, or in the fall (September to November) after the heat of the summer.

 

Q: What is the best time for trekking?
A: Best time for trekking is autumn (September through November) and spring (March through May). For winter enthusiasts we also offer a Toubkal winter trek.

 

Q: Is it safe to eat during the trek?
A: Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept gites for our routs. During a camping trek your cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic clean facilities are used.

 

Q: Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival? 
A: Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, he will be displaying an Eco-friendly Treks & Expedition sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hôtel or Ryad.

 

Q: Do you provide any equipment while trekking?
A: On all our camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. When you stay overnight in local gites, you will not have to bring any equipment. If you spend the night in the Toubkal Refuge, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or rent one in Imlil).

 

Q: What is the weather like?
A: Morocco has such a varied climate (snow capped peaks to scorching desert dunes!) that there is always somewhere to go. Taroudant is the warmest place in Morocco between October and April. Essaouira is the perfect place at any time of year, as the temperature varies so little. Ouarzazate and the Deep Desert is best in spring and autumn to avoid extremes. Being further inland Marrakech, Fez and Ouarzazate have a more extreme climate. 
Note that there can be a great contrast between day and night temperatures. Even in the depths of winter the sun tends to produce very pleasant warmth during the middle of the day.

 

Q: Is it safe to eat during the trek?
A: Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept gites for our routs. During a camping trek your cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic clean facilities are used.

 

Q: How difficult are the treks?
A: Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness. To give you an indication of the difficulty of the treks, we have graded our treks from 1 to 3:

 

Easy : 
Tend to be short day treks at low altitudes. Easy trek can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.
Moderate : 
Will usually involve some longer treks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these treks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Moderate trek may contain some optional difficult days, and so as to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join
Strenuous : 
Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Trekking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

 

Q: What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
A: For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Here is the equipment and clothing we suggest/

 

Clothing Equipment
 Good walking boots and socks  3 to 4 season sleeping bag
 Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse  Walking stick
 Trekking pants  Day sack/backpack
 Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants  Headtorch / headlamp
 Underwear  Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
 Long johns  Ice axe and crampons (winter)
 T-shirts  Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
 Fleece jacket or warm jumper  Penknife (useful)
 Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket  
 Hat  
 Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)  
 Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves  
   
Other  
 Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
 Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
 Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
 Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
 Trail snacks
 Zip-Up bags for camera
 Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

 

Q: Is it possible to make a booking through the website? 
A: Yes you are able to make a booking through the website. You can do this as followed: Click on Contact us. This will open a form.
Fill out your personal information, select your preferred trek or tour, the preferred start date and the number of people in your group.
After filling out the form, click on send to send us the information. After receiving your enquiry, we will contact you as soon as possible by email.

 

Q: How can I pay? 
Before we start making the arrangements for your trek we need to ask you to send us a deposit as a confirmation. This deposit can be paid either by Western Union or to our bank account. If your departure date is close, then a phone call will also be sufficient as a confirmation.

 

Q: Can I pay by credit card? 
Yes, for the moment we offer you this service.

 

Q: Do you employ local people wherever possible? 
A: We employ local people when ever possible (muleteers, drivers, guides, guest house owners in the mountains, etc). By booking with Trekking-Toubkal Adventure you also help support the local economy with cash, spreads the wealth from private home to local shopkeeper in the village and beyond.

 

Q: Can we change the itinerary? 
A: Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. On occasion local weather conditions may require the trekking route to be altered to ensure your safety

 

 
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