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Preparations

Preparing for Mount Toubkal

In our experience, the vast majority of prospective Toubkal climbers would benefit from undertaking a well planned strategy of preparation before beginning an ascent of the highest peak in The Atlas Mountains. The following are areas you are well advised to pay attention to:

While it is not necessary to undergo any specialised form of mountain specific Toubkal training, we do strongly recommend that if you’re planning to climb Toubkal, you should certainly give plenty of thought to how much time you can make available to train for Toubkal.

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Before travelling to Morocco, it is recommended to check with a healthcare provider or a travel clinic for the latest vaccination recommendations. Some vaccinations are recommended or required for visitors to Morocco to protect against certain diseases that are prevalent in the country.

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Most visitors to Morocco require a visa to enter the country. However, some nationalities may be exempt from the visa requirement for stays of up to 90 days.

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We are sometimes asked whether we are able to obtain travel insurance on behalf of our clients. However, we have found over the years that climbers prefer to be in direct contact with the insurers, as in the event of a claim, there is quite a lot of passing information back and forth, and this is generally most easily managed directly, rather than via an intermediary.

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If you choose to climb Toubkal with us you will be required to purchase your flights yourself and to send us details in order to confirm precise dates for your climb, if you are not climbing on one of our scheduled climbs.

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When ascending mountains at high altitude, perhaps the most significant factor contributing to success, beyond acquiring safe and thorough acclimatisation, is the trekker's power to weight ratio. If you're heavy, you're going to struggle, whether the reason you're heavy is that you're carrying a lot of muscle, or your body is well equipped with unused "emergency reserves".

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