Overview for Climb Mount Toubkal
Our Climb Mount Toubkal trek is an active way to spend a weekend with just one night and two days in the mountains to approach, summit and descend the highest peak in North Africa. This is a privately guided trek, you will not be part of a group and your party will be accompanied by a personal certified guide and a muleteer. You can optionally book an extra acclimatisation day in Imlil before the climb, as well as extra nights in Marrakech.
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Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil (1,740m) to Mt Toubkal Base Camp (3,207m)
Morning private transfer from Marrakech to the village of Imlil (90 km / 2 hours). There you will leave the vehicle and, in the company of your mountain guide, begin your trek, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch.
Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an exciting mix of traditional terraced farming and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. Continuing east and crossing the floodplain your route takes you along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley.
Crossing the river you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the shrine itself). From here the trail continues to ascend steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Mouflons Toubkal Refuge (3,207m), your stop for the night.
Accommodation: Refuge LeMouflons
Meals: packed lunch and dinner; tea and coffee
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Day 2: Base Camp (3,207m) to Mount Toubkal (4,167m)
Early in the morning (around 4 am), you will make your attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The route takes you up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the numerous scree fields, where you will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make it difficult, however, the views along the way make the walk more than worthwhile.
Cresting the ridgeline, you will reach the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas are quite breathtaking. From the peak there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara.
Retracing your steps you then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil, before your transfer back to Marrakech in the early evening.
Accommodation: no overnight included, you can optionally book extra nights in Marrakech
Meals: breakfast, packed lunch; tea and coffee
Walking time: 9-11 hours
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The Toubkal base camp refuge Les Mouflons is located at 3,207 meters height. Its 600 m² area allows it to offer single and family rooms with separate showers, as well as seven dormitories. By default you will be accommodated in a dormitory there; we can optionally try to accommodate you in a private room with en-suite facilities, but this depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed.
Accommodation: Refuge Les Mouflons
Packed lunches are included on both days, as well as a dinner on Day 1 and a breakfast on Day 2.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
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Marrakech Menara Airport is served by numerous airlines from the UK, European and international destinations.
Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airport
Private transfer from the airport to Marrakech on Day 1 and from the hotel to the airport on last day are NOT included in our arrangements, but can be organised at an extra charge. This is because most of our clients usually take a few days in Marrakech before and/or after the holiday – either booked through us or independently.
During the tour, your luggage is transferred to your following night’s accommodation either by car or by a mule.
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Difficulty Grade: Strenuous
The climb to Mt Toubkal is non-technical but demanding. This trip requires an excellent physical condition and solid trekking experience. No mountaineering or climbing experience required.
The terrain varies, and the trails are often exposed to the sun. In the mountains, the route follows ancient Berber tracks, which can be high, steep, narrow, uneven and rough underfoot (read more about difficulty grades). Part of the walks are above the snow line. We will provide crampons if needed, which might be the case if doing the trip in winter months.
Due to the lack of signposted trails, you will be supported by a local qualified mountain guide. This is a very remote area. You should be a regular walker and have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this walk.
When to Go
This trip is available to start on any date between 6th of January and 20th of December. July is the hottest month in the Atlas Mountains with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July. Some walks are above the snow line year-round.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.
Please note that during the festival times of Ramadan and Eid Al Adha many restaurants and shops will be closed and this may affect your trip experience. The dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr change on a yearly basis.
In 2018, Ramadan is from 15th of May until the 14th of June. End of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr 2018 will begin on the evening of Thursday, June 14th and ends on the night of Friday, June 15th. Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 21st until the 25th of August.
In 2019, Ramadan is from 5th of May until the 4th of June. End of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr 2019 will begin on the evening of June 4th and ends on the night of June 5th. Eid Al Adha is from the 11th until the 15th of August.
What to Bring
Having the correct personal equipment will make your walking holiday more enjoyable and comfortable. We hope that you find the following suggestions useful when considering what to take on your trip. They are based on personal experiences, and we are confident that you may find other solutions working equally well.
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited (and please note that on some days your luggage is carried by a mule!). Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.).
Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots (not shoes!), which can fit crampons (obligatory if you are doing the trip between December and March!
- Hiking socks
- Thermal socks and thermal base layer
- Sleeping bag (night temperatures can drop significantly!)
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap and winter (woollen) beenie if going in December-March
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
- Water bottle or (recommended) hydration pack (camelback)
Note: if doing the trip in winter months, you may need crampons and a snow axe; these will be provided by our guide locally.
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- 1 night in a mountain refuge (lodge)
- 1 breakfast
- 1 dinner
- 2 packed lunches
- Private car transfer from Marrakech to Imlil on Day 1 and back to Marrakech on Day 2
- Luggage transfers of one bag of up to 20 kg per person
- Services of a qualified mountain guide and a muleteer as appropriate in the mountains
- 24/7 emergency assistance by our local office in Morocco
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable. Please note that in mountain refuges single room accommodation cannot be guaranteed.
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Flights and airport transfers
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program.
- Recommended: Extra night in Imlil before the Mt Toubkal climb (guided acclimatisation walk will be included at no extra cost)
- One or two extra nights in Marrakech before or after the holiday (standard accommodation)
- One or two extra nights in Marrakech before or after the holiday (luxury accommodation)
(You can also book one of our guided day tour extensions – listed below – for these extra days, or just relax and stroll the streets of Marrakech.)
- Ourika Valley full day guided tour after the holiday
Ourika Valley, due to its many waterfalls and several attractions, is a very popular day trip from Marrakech. This valley is the sole location within the High Atlas Range where the endangered primate Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus is known to occur; this primate is found in the Middle Atlas and a few disjunctive populations in Algeria and Gibraltar. The region is inhabited by Berber people who practice a traditional way of life. You can picnic in the oasis or hike up to the famous seven waterfalls. It is an easy hike, accompanied by an official guide, and it can take between 1 and 3 hours.
Note: Overnight accommodation not included, please choose an extra night in Marrakech extension when booking.
- Fishing port of Essaouira full day guided tour after the holiday
- Visit the fishing port of Essaouira and watch the local fishermen returning inland with their catch
- See Skala Kasbah, which was a citadel in the times of war
- Visit some of the beautiful Essaouira art galleries scattered in the Medina
- Stroll in the Medina of Essaouira, which can be explored easily as the streets are aligned opposite to every other Medina streets in Morocco, which look like a maze.
- Shop at leisure for some local souvenirs
- Have a seafood lunch in the harbour stalls or at a local café terrace
- Walk down the beach and watch local boys playing football
- Sunbathe at the 6 km long sandy beach
Note: Overnight accommodation not included, please choose an “Extra night in Marrakech” extension when booking the guided tours (or book a hotel on your own).