Mount Toubkal ascent has been the wildest dream of every mountaineer in Morocco. It will take your version of hiking to the next level! It is the highest mountain in North Africa, with a peak standing as high as 4167m. This ascent will take you one step closer to the nature’s heart. Our Toubkal Mountain trek will start from and end in Marrakech. Qualified English speaking guides will escort you, as well as mules to carry your equipment and food higher into the mountain. The ascent should not be impossible for unprofessional mountaineers, as the route to the top is much more of a moderate hike than a serious steep mountain climb.
Find your peace and tranquility, and admire nature and its undisturbed, pristine beauty in this 2 days Toubkal Mount ascent.
2 Days Toubkal Ascent Trekking Trip Highlights:
- Drive across the Haouz Planes towards Imlil Village
- Climb to Toubkal refuge past Sidi Shamharouch shrine
- Spend the night at Toubkal Mount shelter
- Early morning hike to the highest point in North Africa ( Toubkal Summit )
- Climb down to Imlil village and back to Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Refuge
We will have an early start on day 1. Our driver will pick you up early in the morning and drive you south to the village of Imlil. Before getting there, we will drive through the valleys of Toubkal Massif, passing by the Haouz Plain and then past the village of Asni. Asni village will be the beginning point of our climb to the Massif. On our way up, if you look down, you will see all the tiny villages scattered around the hillsides. We continue until we reach the village of Imlil and that’s where our adventure begins. You will meet our expert mountain guides who will be with you all the way to the top. Your luggage and equipment will be carried on mules. We will take care of anything that will be of a burden to you or slow you down on your trek. Be prepared for a long uphill hike (5/6 hours) to Toubkal Refuge. we will start our hike to the mountain passing by the shrine of Sidi Shamharouch, where you will enjoy a pick-neck lunch in nature. After a short break, get ready to resume your hike to Toubkal refuge, which is used as a basecamp located in the sheltering bosom of Mother Nature. Today’s hike will effectively test you legs’ capacity and endurance prior to the following day climb. Relax and enjoy an overnight in the wild. You could either spend the night inside Toubkal refuge or on a tent, provided its summer time. Whichever choice you take, take a goodnight sleep and get ready to meet the majestic Toubkal summit on the next day.
Day 2: Toubkal Refuge – Toubkal Summit – Imlil – Marrakech
After and early breakfast, which will be served at 5:30 AM, we start the climb to Toubkal Summit. Please keep in mind that the routes up to the mountain change depending on the season. During wintertime, the route is shorter but steeper and takes from 3 to 4 hours. Generally the ascent is non-technical and safe, but does not mean it does not get challenging at some point. Closer to the summit, there are some more tricky parts where you need to be cautious, however, our experienced guides will help you prevent risky routes and instead take you through safe ones. We will spend around 45min on the summit; we don’t want to spend too long time so that you don’t suffer from altitude sickness. The views from the summit are unbelievably charming, with views across the entire Atlas Mountains range and the Berber villages. The spectacular sights will make you forget any hardships you faced on your way to the top. Make sure that you don’t let your camera out for a long period during wintertime, as the sub-zero temperature in the summit will quickly drain your camera batteries! Upon our return to Toubkal refuge, we will take an hour or so to recover from the long hike, and then we will retrace our way back to Imlil, where you will meet your driver, and eventually drive back to Marrakech.
- Return transfer from Marrakech to Imlil ( A/C modern vehicle )
- Local licensed English / French speaking mountain guide
- Mules for luggage and meals transportation
- Overnight at Toubkal refuge
- Meals and mineral water ( full board )
- Hiking equipment
- Personal expenses
Questions & Answers
When to hike in Morocco?
Unlike many trekking destinations in the world, hiking in Morocco can be enjoyed all year long. However, in the snowy winter season, minimum trekking skills are required.
Can I climb Toubkal without guide?
Hiring a registered local trekking guide to hike Mount Toubkal is now compulsory. There is a checkpoint in Aroumd Village where everyone climbing Jbel Toubkal needs to be registered, and you will not be allowed to go beyond that checkpoint unless a local guide is leading your way. Do not forget to bring your ID for registration purposes.
How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?
Most people who are in good shape can climb Mount Toubkal easily. However, the snowy winter season requires a minimum of hiking skills.
How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?
Temperature in the winter can plummet below freezing falling as low as -20 Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit)
What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?
- Ice axe
- Sports sunglasses (Cat.3 or 4, 100% UVA/UVB. )
- Ski goggles
- Wool hat
- Sun hat
- Thick gloves
Is it safe to trek in Morocco?
In general it is safe to trek in Morocco. However, hiking alone can be dangerous. You will need local registered guides advice in terms of choosing the routes and safe camping arrangements.