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Climb Mount Toubkal

A classic. Trek and sweat your way through the Atlas Mountains, and catch the sunrise atop North Africa’s highest mountain (4167m)

Duration

3 nights

Annual Leave

2 days off work

Location

Morocco

Starts & Ends

Menara Airport, Marrakech

Average Rating

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Difficulty

Challenging

You’ll need to be fit and capable of hiking up to 10 hours a day up paths of moderate difficulty, with some steep, loose sections.

Why it’s much better

Take on the challenging climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal. Be rewarded with the sunrise of a lifetime

Fuelled by tagine and mint tea, you'll pass traditional Berber villages and scenic pitstops

Wake up at 3.30am at 3200m and hike the final kilometre to the top, following only a guide and a headtorch

Earn views from the Marrakech Plain and High Atlas peaks to the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara

Stay in a mountain refuge in the Atlas Mountains and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of Marrakech

A summit adventure that will push you to your limits. All in just a weekend

The Route

What's Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking Berber guides from Imlil

Accommodation

2 nights in a riad and 1 night in a refuge at 3200m

Meals

All your food on the mountain will be taken care of

Transfers

Both airport transfers and transfers to and from Imlil

Porterage

Mules and muleteers to carry your overnight luggage during your climb

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly in and check out the sights and smells of Marrakech

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Traditional riad

Your host will meet you at the airport and take you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s medina.

You'll then get the chance to spend the whole day exploring the city’s colourful souks, wandering the UNESCO-listed main square and indulging in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

Travel to the Atlas Mountains and hike to your refuge at 3200m

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of trekking

Distance

10.3km

Elevation

1540m up / 130m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain refuge

Meals

All meals

Wake up early for the drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Imlil, where you'll meet your support crew and start your trek.

Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley, pass Berber farming villages and stop for lunch on the trail.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the refuge. Settle in, meet other hikers and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew. Sleep well before your summit attempt tomorrow!

Day 3

Rise early to summit Toubkal then head back to Marrakech

On your Feet

Approx. 10 hours of trekking

Distance

16.5km

Elevation

1130m up / 2530m down

Accommodation Type

Traditional riad

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Wake up while it’s still dark and start your final ascent. Reach the ridge and finish the climb to the top (4167m) in time to watch the sunrise.

Rest up, then begin the long descent back to Imlil.

Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to Marrakech. You’ll arrive at your riad in the early evening. Find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine before collapsing into bed.

Day 4

Time to go home. Weekend well spent

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Breakfast

Relax over your last Moroccan breakfast, explore the town some more if you have time, then transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Marrakech

Accommodation

Traditional riad

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

In Marrakech, you will be staying in a beautiful riad. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

Mount Toubkal

Accommodation

Mountain refuge

Rooms

Mixed dorm

Meals

All meals

During the trek, you will be staying in either the Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge depending on availability and group size. The rooms are basic shared dorms with bunk beds. There’s a common area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from around the world.

Need to know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

When

Flexible

Your host will be in touch to arrange where and when to pick you up prior to arrival.

End

Where

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

When

Flexible

Your host will arrange a transfer from your accommodation to the airport in time for your return flight.

Kit list

Bag

  • Day pack (25-35 litres)

Clothes

  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Broken-in hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves or mittens

Other

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry out)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Towel

What's included?

  • Sleeping bag

What's available to hire?

  • Warm jacket
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Day pack

Meet Your Host

Mohammed and team

Born in Imlil at the foot of Mount Toubkal, Mohammed has been guiding people safely around the Atlas Mountains for over 20 years. His team’s love for these mountains and their intimate knowledge of the area means you’re in safe hands. Simply by joining them on an adventure you’ll also be supporting their endeavours to aid important projects that help the remote communities.

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