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Climb Mount Toubkal: The Winter Edition

Don your crampons and trek your way up the mighty Mount Toubkal in the height of winter

Duration

4 nights

Annual Leave

3 days off work

Location

Morocco

Starts & Ends

Menara Airport, Marrakech

Average Rating

39 Reviews

Difficulty

Tough

This is a serious adventure. You’ll need to be fit, experienced and be prepared to face steep slopes, snow, ice and high winds.

Why it’s much better

Summit North Africa’s highest mountain in the peak of winter. All 4167 metres of her

Think snowy slopes, icy whipping winds and a lot of mint tea

Fuelled by tagine, hike to the roof of North Africa via traditional Berber villages and scenic pitstops

Wake up before dawn to start your final ascent in the dark, ice-axe in hand, head torch on head

Cosy down in a mountain refuge and homestay in the Atlas Mountains and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of Marrakech

A rewarding summit adventure that will push you to your extremes. All in a weekend

The Route

What's Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking Berber guides from Imlil

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 to the refuge

Equipment

Your crampons, ice axe and sleeping bag will be provided

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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 drive you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s medina.

The day is yours to explore the city’s colourful souks, wander the UNESCO-listed main square and indulge in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

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

On your Feet

Approx. 5 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. Wrap up warm, get in your sleeping bag and head to bed looking forward to the high altitude days ahead.

Day 3

Take a day to acclimatise

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

7.1km

Elevation

940m up / 940m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain refuge

Meals

All meals

Wake up to an incredible view of snow covered mountains and a hot breakfast.

You’ll try out your crampons and ice axe, then set out to summit some of the lower peaks around the refuge in preparation for the final ascent of Toubkal tomorrow.

You’ll be back at the refuge by late afternoon to eat, relax and dream about the views from the summit.

Day 4

Rise early to summit Toubkal then head back to Marrakech

On your Feet

Approx. 9-10 hours of trekking

Distance

16.5km

Elevation

1130m up / 2530m down

Accommodation Type

Traditional riad

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Rise when it's still dark, head torch on, and start climbing up and out of the valley. You’ll soon face steep snowy slopes, ice and high winds on the way towards the summit, but once you attain the ridge, the summit is in sight.

Once you get there, there’s just about enough time to scope the view from the top, give yourself a pat on the back, before escaping the whipping wind and beginning the long descent back down to Imlil.

Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to your riad in Marrakech. The night is then yours to find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine to celebrate, before collapsing into bed.

Day 5

Time to head back to reality

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

Same sex 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

  • Backpack (35-45 litre)
  • Large lightweight backpack liner
  • Small waterproof stuff sacks

Clothes

  • Waterproof shell jacket and trousers
  • Goretex gaiters (or equivalent)
  • Very warm insulated down or Primaloft jacket
  • Thick fleexe or softshell jacket
  • Wool or microfleece top
  • Mid-weight trekking trousers
  • Long sleeved base layers and thermals
  • Warm hat or thin balaclava
  • Buff
  • Sun hat or cap with neck veil
  • Two pairs of thin liner gloves
  • Warm insulated mitts (with straps)
  • Shell mitts (optional but good in wet conditions)
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm mountain socks
  • Warm winter mountaineering boot, ideally B1 or B2 crampon compatible or hybrid (i.e. Scarpa Manta or Charmoz)
  • Full plastic double boots are not required and are likely to be uncomfortable for most of the terrain encountered.
  • Sandals or flip flops for the refuge
  • Travel clothes
  • Glacier glasses (cat 3 UV polaroid)
  • Ski Goggles (cat 2-3 UV polaroid - optional but useful in windy conditions)

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermal pyjamas and hat

Other

  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Watch (with light and alarm)
  • Water bottle (1 litre)
  • Flask
  • Plenty of high energy snacks (chocolate, nuts, gels etc.)
  • Toilet roll and ziplock baggies for carrying off the mountain
  • Toiletries
  • Travel towel
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit and any personal medication

What's included?

  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Sleeping bag

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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