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F or the fit and energetic trekker or hill-walker, North Africa's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal is a perfectly feasible objective for a one week holiday. After a night in Marrakesh we make the short drive into the Atlas mountains and meet our trekking crew near the village of Oukaimden. Over the course of the next few days we'll trek up and over a series of high passes that lead us ever closer to our ultimate goal. The scenery is dramatic with rugged peaks and deep plunging valleys. We'll pass through small Berber settlements and alongside icy mountain streams, before reaching the base of Toubkal via Lac d'Ifni, the largest lake in the Atlas. We'll make an early start to catch sunrise from the summit of Toubkal before heading back to spend a final night in Marrekesh - celebrating our trekking adventure amidst the exotic sights sounds and smells of the Djemma el Fna by night.Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing for £775 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £175.L eaving Marrakesh we head into the heart of the High Atlas to begin our traverse of the Toubkal Massif. We trek from the east through isolated valleys, crossing high passes and camping in open pastures or by rushing streams. From the busy little village of Amsouzerte we trek on via the turquoise waters of Lac d'Ifni to cross the Tizi n'Ouanoumss pass at 3,664m/12,010ft. Fit and acclimatised, it's now a straightforward climb to the summit of Toubkal, which rewards us with views over the High and Middle Atlas and occasionally the Sahara beyond. Over two more trekking days we complete our traverse westward, enjoying a traditional Meshui feast and perhaps a hammam (steam bath) before leaving the trail and heading back to enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakesh. Mount Toubkal Ascent 4,167m/13,750ftAn excellent short trek in the High Atlas to the summit of Jebel Toubkal.Berber Trails to Mount Toubkal 4,167m/13,750ftA unique trek, avoiding the busiest trails, to North Africa's highest peak - Jebel Toubkal. Toubkal dawn, John TurnerGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients£695£935Land OnlyFlight IncludedSun 29 May - Thu 09 Jun 11Sun 18 Sep - Thu 29 Sep 11On Trek: 9 days Local LeaderAccommodation: Hotel: 1 Camping: 6 Riads/Kasbahs: 4Optional: Single Room £95 Single Tent £30Insurance: £48Trekking Peak | Duration: 12 DaysOther Trekking Peaks - see pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 70 Grade: Vigorous On Trek: 6 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Riads/Kasbahs: 3 Camping: 5Optional: Single Room £85 Single Tent £25Insurance: £42 Trekking Peak | Duration: 9 DaysOther Trekking Peaks - see pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 70£595£835Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 28 May - Sun 05 Jun 11Sat 10 Sep - Sun 18 Sep 11Sat 01 Oct - Sun 09 Oct 11Grade: Vigorous Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comAfrica & the Middle East Morocco69telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.com

70Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comT he classic Chamonix to Zermatt route has an amazing variety of scenery, terrain, flora and fauna. There are many high passes to cross and each one brings its own rewards with spectacular views of famous alpine peaks such as Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Weisshorn, and the Matterhorn. Each day we walk through flower-filled alpine meadows where marmots scurry. At night we stay in comfort in quiet, alpine towns or villages, with their beautiful Swiss chalets and dramatic mountain backdrop. Our trek concludes with an exciting two-day traverse of the high level Europaweg, finishing at Zermatt, home of the majestic Matterhorn.W e undertake the entire 100 mile plus circuit clockwise starting from Chamonix. This means we have time to gain fitness for the harder days on the trail and that the dramatic views of the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses are unveiled as the climax to our trek. Right from the start though, we are surrounded by classic alpine scenery of tumbling glaciers, towering peaks and verdant meadows. Our route takes us on lesser used paths whenever possible, through Switzerland, Italy and France and crosses nine cols, including the Fenêtre d'Arpette at 2,665m/8,743ft. The diversity of scenery, language, cuisine, flora and culture is truly remarkable. Our bags will be transported for us daily so we only need to carry a small day pack. Along the way we'll stay in a variety of accommodation, carefully chosen for comfort and character. O ur alpine base is the tranquil valley of Saas Grund, where we stay in a mixture of hotels and mountain huts. We begin with climbs to the summits of two spectacular mountains of over 4,000m/13,000ft, these might be the Weissmies, the Alphubel, the Bishorn or the Strahlhorn. These are excellent, non-technical mountaineering objectives and assist with our acclimatisation to altitude. An alpine skills day ensures familiarity with glacier travel, crevasse rescue and ice-axe and crampon use before we trek up to the Tête Rousse hut. We spend two nights here which, as a safeguard against poor weather, provides two opportunities to undertake the final trek to Mont Blanc's summit, for an unforgettable alpine sunrise. The Definitive Walker's Haute Route A classic yet challenging trek through some of the finest alpine scenery.Tour du Mont BlancCircuit Mont Blanc in style with the best route, excellent accommodation and an experienced leader.Mont Blanc Summit 4,810m/15,781ft An exciting trip carefully designed to maximise the chances of a successful summit bid.£1,675£1,665£1,595Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlySat 09 Jul - Sun 24 Jul 11Sat 20 Aug - Sun 04 Sep 11 Sun 03 Jul - Fri 15 Jul 11Sun 14 Aug - Fri 26 Aug 11Sat 02 Jul - Sun 10 Jul 11Sat 30 Jul - Sun 07 Aug 11Sat 03 Sep - Sun 11 Sep 11On Trek: 11 days Appointed LeaderWinky O'NealeAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 11Mountain huts: 4Optional: Single Room £65Insurance: £48On Trek: 11 days Appointed LeaderWinky O'NealeAccommodation: Hotels: 11 Auberge: 1Optional: Single Room £65Insurance: £48On Trek: 7 days Appointed LeaderKevin O'Neale Accommodation: Hotels: 4 Refuges: 4Optional: Single Room £75Insurance: £42Trek | Duration: 16 DaysTrek | Duration: 13 DaysTrekking Peak | Duration: 9 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clientsOther Trekking Peaks - pages 34, 44, 52, 65 & 69Guaranteed to run for a minimum of Guaranteed to run 2 clientsfor a minimum of 6 clientsGrade: Moderate/Vigorous Grade: Vigorous/StrenuousPas Entre Deux Sauts, Tour du Mont Blanc, Vic ChambersFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe AlpsThey may not be far from home but the European Alps can hold their own amongst the world's great mountain ranges with an amazing variety of walks and climbs. We've selected three classics, each offering a distinctive challenge and delivering memorable mountain experiences.Grade: Strenuous (Expedition Grade)