Running to the top of any mountain isn’t easy but we have made running to the top of this particular peak achievable. The mountain can be climbed (trekked) throughout the year (weather permitting), this event takes place in October and conditions will be dry and warm.
We are proposing a 4 1/2-day visit to the country, running for 3 days over 42km, ascending (cumulatively) 2500m.
This will be a real test of durability as you will be dealing with altitude for at least 1/3 of the run but this event is fully supported, and nothing will be left to chance to ensure your safety while running in the Atlas Mountains.
7th October – Arrive Marrakech, transfer to the village of Oukaimden in the High Atlas Mountains (Breakfast & Dinner). Kit taken to next accommodation in Aroumd – extra charge for single rooms
8th October – Run from Oukaimden to Aroumd over the high pass and arrive at your gite (approx. 14km around 700m of ascent) (Full board)
9th October – Aroumd to Neltner Base Camp (approx. 8km, around 1000m of ascent) bare essentials of kit taken to base camp by mules. (Full board)
10th October – Summit Day! High Altitude ascent from 3300m up to the summit 4165m then descend to Aroumd then Imlil to collect minibus for return journey to Marrakech (long day!) that evening, celebrate your success with an entertaining meal at a former Moroccan Palace, return to hotel and prepare for journey home.
11th October – Breakfast then transfer to the airport, Return Home!
Accommodation and meals, twin or shared rooms
2 x Running guides
Transfer to and from High Atlas Mountains and transfer of luggage to Aroumd by bus and porter, transfer of overnight gear by mule to and from base camp
Transport to and from the airport
Celebratory evening meal on the last night. (Alcoholic beverages extra)
What’s not included?
International return flights
Meals not mentioned in the Itinerary
Personal running gear and daysacks/running vests
Any extra night’s accommodation
Any single supplement accommodation
Any entrance fees, extras or activities not mentioned in the Itinerary
Suggested Running Kit list for Run Toubkal
- Two of pairs trainers – a good amount of cushioning is recommended as trails tend to be rocky and hard packed. Also shoes with good drip/tread.
- Compeed or blister plasters, talc
- Vaseline may also be useful
- A bivy bag or foil blanket
- A simple first aid kit
- Running tops – long and short sleeve
- Running shorts
- Running Socks – good quality ones! Like Injinji 😊
- Running longs in case of cooler weather
- Waterproof top – lightweight (and bring bottoms if you have them just in case)
- Jacket (down or synthetic) – warm for evening, expect temp to be below freezing
- Fleece – warm for the evening
- Drinking bottles x 2 or camelback type reservoir, enough for up to 1.5 litres
- Running pack or large bum bag or running vest (enough to carry light waterproof, fleece layer, packed lunch, 1.5 litre of fluid, emergency rations – i.e. energy bars.
- Sun cream + lip salve
- Sun cap
- Sun glasses
- Buff and thin gloves
- Cash for cafe visits, tips and extras that aren’t included in price of trip
Poles – lightweight running ones – you will need a pack to be able to carry them
Calf compression supports, or longer socks are quite a good idea – they can stop some of the prickly vegetation irritating you on some of the runs
Arm warmers (cycling style)
Gilet style windproof
Emergency gels – although most people never use them they are a good backup and are easily packed away.
Drink tabs to add to your water or energy drink/powder
All items on our suggested kit list can be purchased from Trek Hire UK.
£575.00 per person (flights not included), a £150.00 non-refundable deposit will be required, and full trip notes will be provided when booking your place.