Climb Mount Toubkal. Exotic trekking holiday in the High Atlas in Morocco. Along with your local guide, cook and mule driver, you wander through atmospheric Berber villages, lush valleys, narrow gorges, and colorful mountains.
Stay overnight in guest houses and camp in a tent under the fig trees. Along the way you climb Mount Toubkal, which, with its 4,167 meters (13,671 ft.), is the highest mountain in North Africa. The ascent to the top is challenging, but requires no previous climbing experience, and the view at the top is definitely worth the effort.
The trek is in itself a fantastic nature experience, and the program is designed so that there is room to get an impression of the Berber culture in the Atlas mountains. The trekking holiday can be enjoyed by anyone who lives an ordinary active life. There is also time to experience Marrakech with its fire-eaters, snake tamers and colorful markets.
Arrival in Marrakech - The Red City. Airport pick up and transfer to hotel. The day is at your free disposal. See the city's many richly decorated mausoleums and palaces. Also visit the square Djeema el Fna, where fire-eaters, snake charmers, jugglers and musicians entertain.
After breakfast you will leave Marrakech behind and drive over the impressive mountain pass - Tizi n'Tichka at 2,260 meters (7,414ft.). On the highest point of the pass, you will have a short break and the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular view. When reaching the starting point of the trek, you will be introduced to the trekking crew, a guide, a cook and muleteers. When the mules are packed, you will be starting the walk, which is a quite short one on this day. It will take you to Afra, where a tent camp will be set up, while the cook prepares a delicious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
After breakfast you head out from Afra on an old mule track, through a beautiful open valley surrounded by magnificent colorful mountains. The trail continues into the Zat valley, which narrows down until it eventually leads you into a small canyon. You will enjoy your lunch near a small creek under the shade of walnut trees. After lunch you will continue the walk into a side gorge, in which you can either follow the mule track or walk through the gorge further down the path – depending on the water level. When you reach the village of Azgour, your camp for the night will be set up close to the river, under giant fig trees (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The walk continues steeply up through a juniper forest and up on the Yagour plateau. Along the way to the plateau, you will pass the village Ourzast. Just behind the village you can see some 3,500 years old petroglyphs. After lunch you will continue uphill for a while before the path will start going a little downhill again. You will camp on the Yagour plateau, where it is possible to find traces of petroglyphs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
From the Yagour plateau you will begin heading west. Further down the valley, you can see the lower situated Berber villages and their terraced fields. In the distance you can see the silhouette of the mighty Mt. Angout. The path leads you up to a ridge, from where the landscape opens up into the green valley of Ourika. You will eat lunch in the valley and then head up onto the Om Setti Fadma path. The walk on this day will end near one of the closeby villages, where the camp will be set up. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You have a long trek ahead of you today. After about 4 hours of ascents and descents through a spectacular and wild looking gorge, you will arrive in the village of Amenzal. Here you'll have time for a lunch break and some rest, before continuing onwards. The afternoon will take you on another 4 hour walk, before arriving in Tizi Amenzal. Here you will set up the camp near a creek below the mountain pass. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast the trek continues upwards. At the Oumchichka pass, you will be rewarded with a gorgeous panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. After a short break you will continue down to Azib Addouz on the eastern side of the Toukbal massif. The Tinzar river keeps the area well supplied with water, and the surroundings here are lushly green. Late in the day we stop just below the Ourrai pass. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's hike begins with a short ascent through the Ourrai Pass. Here you will have a moment to enjoy the view before starting the long descent into the valley. The path leads you past small villages, where curious kids often come running out to see the “strange” trekkers. In the village of Amsouzert you will spend the night in a typical Moroccan guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This day is a well-deserved resting day. Have a look around and enjoy life in the small Berber village. It is also possible to go on a picnic in the area. You will spend another night in the guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
From Amsouzert you continue towards one of the most beautiful lakes in the High Atlas. The trail leads through an inhabited valley and the village of Imhilene. At midday you will reach lake Ifni. The lake is situated on the south side of the mountain, and despite the considerable altitude, it is nice to have a swim in the lake. The water is around 18 degrees C (64,4F). Take the opportunity to freshen up and relax before beginning the strenuous climb to Mt. Toubkal. You will be camping near the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Well acclimated, you have now reached the most demanding day on the trek. In the morning you will follow the seemingly endless path that winds like a snake up towards Tizi ‘n Ouanoums. From this point the trail will zigzag down to the Neltner hut, where you will spend the night in the tent camp. Those, who are adventurous, can grab the opportunity to cool off under the nearby waterfall. In exchange of a small fee, it is also possible to get a hot shower. On this night, going to bed early is recommended, as the climb to the Toubkal summit begins early in the morning. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Even before sunrise you will be leaving the camp to begin the ascent to the summit of Mt. Toubkal. The ascent in itself is not exhausting, but there are a few steep and slippery parts to be passed, and you will feel the thin air up here. In July, there may still be some old snow left, requiring a little extra attention. After 2-3 hours of walking, you will reach the top. The views here will surely outweigh the struggles of getting up here. On days with good visibility, you can see both the Sahara desert and the snow-capped Atlas peaks. The experience will boost your energy levels for the walk down to the Neltner hut, where you will spend another night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast you will go down a wide trail to the town of Imlil. The trail leads through the Mizane Valley and past the sanctuary Sidi Chamarouch. Here you will have a break. Many Muslims go here because the place is said to have healing powers. The trail continues down to the village of Aroumd and further on down to the oasis of Imlil. Here you will say goodbye to your Moroccan crew after a final lunch together. Your driver awaits you and will take you the 64 km (40mi) back to Marrakech. Here you relax in a beautiful riad and let your experiences from the Atlas Mountains settle in. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This day is at your free disposal, with the opportunity to explore the lively Marrakech. Stroll through the markets to buy souvenirs or you hire a guide to show you around the town. Staying in riad. (Breakfast)
You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for departure.
This is an individual holiday. This means that it is only you, who is on the trip, and you have your own guide and own carriers. If, for example, you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and then we will put you together with others if they should have the same desire.
On this trip you have a local guide and a cook with you on the trip. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
The holiday can be booked all year round, starting on any day of the week.
In the wintertime (November-March) the tour will have some changes, as there are fewer hours of daylight and there is snow on top of Toubkal. It is still not a problem to complete the climb. Any piece of equipment you might need, can be rented locally.
Please note that transportation to and from Marrakech is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
We ensure that you are picked up from and brought back to the Marrakech Airport no matter what time of day you arrive and depart.
In Marrakech, breakfast is included, but you need to buy the other meals yourself. On the trek all meals are included, and you will have the possibility to buy sodas at the guesthouses. The kitchen team provides drinking water and tea / coffee on the trek.
In Marrakech you stay in a so-called "riad" - a charming tourist class hotel with breakfast included. On the trek you will stay at local guesthouses and in tents. The guesthouses on the trek are absolutely basic, so don't expect anything like a hotel.
If you are on a winter trek, it is important to note that the cabins on the road are not heated. This places requirements for your sleeping bag (see below under "Practical info & packing list").
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6 - 6.30am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8am.
At approx 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the overnight stay location in the afternoon.
This tour is a level 3-4. You will walk on good paths, above 2000 meters (6,561 ft.). You will have several long walking days (7-8 hours), and the last last stretch leading to the top of Mt. Toubkal is fairly rocky. As you will be well acclimatized, most people adjust well to the altitude. It is advised to be in good shape with experience within walking tours in hilly terrain over several days.
It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.
We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
Note: If you book the tour with a departure date that lies between November and April, it might be necessary to use crampons and ice axes. These can be rented locally from your guide.
Crampons: 20€ for a pair
Ice axes: 15€ per piece
It is also possible to rent sleeping bags. A sleeping bag costs 20 euros for the whole week. If you are on a winter trek, it will be ideal with a sleeping bag that can handle -20°C (-4°F) and this type of a sleeping bag you will need to bring yourself. The sleeping bags that are available for rent locally can can be used down to -7°C (20°F), so you'd need to sleep in warm clothes inside the sleeping bag.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
Mount Toubkal can be climbed all year round, even in the winter. In the November to April period, it is cooler in the lower regions, with daytime temperature at around 10-15°C (50-59°F).
March to October are best months for this trek. The average temperatures in spring and autumn is around 20-25°C (68-77°F). In the summer it is hot, with over 30°C (86°F) in the low-lying areas. The temperature drops down as you approch the areas of higher altitude and there is snow on the top of Mt. Toubkal. Here is some general climate data for Marrakech: