Berber Villages & Toubkal Trek

A trek to the High and Central Atlas, with an option to climb North Africa's two highest peaks

At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from he summit makes the hard work worthwhile.

With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within a week and still have time to explore Morocco’s most captivating city, Marrakech.

Grade: Moderate
Length: 8 days
Price: from €350

This trek is available throughout the year. You can start on any date you wish.

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Itinerary

1
Day

Pick up from the airport in Marrakech and transfer to the riad where you will spend the night.

2
Day

Transfer from Marrakech to Imi Ouglad village (1300m). This will be about an hour and 15 min drive from Marrakech. There you will meet your mule and muleteer. First you will walk to Tizi l'bour (1500m). Then on to Imsker village (1300m). Then you walk up to Ousertik valley. Here you will spend the night in a local village gite (2200m). Approx 5 to 6 hours walking.

3
Day

Transfer from Marrakech to Imi Ouglad village (1300m). This will be about an hour and 15 min drive from Marrakech. There you will meet your mule and muleteer. First you will walk to Tizi l'bour (1500m). Then on to Imsker village (1300m). Then you walk up to Ousertik valley. Here you will spend the night in a local village gite (2200m). Approx 5 to 6 hours walking.

4
Day

Today we cross the Imnane Valley, one of the most famous valleys in the Toubkal massive. We walk by Tizi 'n Tamatert (2300m) and will end up in Imlil where you will spend the night. Approx 3 to 4 hours walking.

5
Day

Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Mouflon Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Here we will spend the night in a tent nearby the refuge.

6
Day

Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here 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. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and spend the night in the refuge again.

7
Day

Today we head back towards Imlil. After arrival back in Imlil you transfer back to Marrakech. Night in a riad.

8
Day

Transfer back to the airport and departure.

What's included

  • Fully Escorted: fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
  • All Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included (except meals in Marrakech)
  • Accommodation: 3 nights simple hotel or riad in Marrakech, 3 nights in local gites, 14 nights camping in the High Atlas
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4 for transfers to / from High Atlas and airport transfer

What's not included

  • International Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Entrance Fees
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

Prices

Group Size
2-3
€450
4
€400
5-12
€350

Why book this trek?

  • Trek the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Attempt the summit of Mt Toubkal, highest mountain in North Africa

What to Bring

For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Equipment

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Other

  • Good walking boots and socks
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
  • Trekking pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Trek Grades

Grade 1 walks (Easy)

Tend to be short day walks and rambles at low altitudes. Grade 1 walks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.

Grade 2 walks (Moderate)

Will usually involve some longer walks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Grade 2 walking tours may contain some optional strenuous days, and in order to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join.

Grade 3 walks (Strenuous)

Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

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