Mount Toubkal Climb (8 days)

A Wonderful Eight-Day Trek to Climb Mount Toubkal, North Africa's Highest Mountain!

At 4,167 meters, Mount Toubkal 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.

You will visit Tacheddirt, Azib Likemt, Amsouzert, Ifni Lake, Nelther Refuge and Toubkal Summit.

Grade: Strenuous
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

Marrakech
We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to Riad Dar Malak in the Medina of Marrakech.

2
Day

Tacheddirt 
We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil (1740 meters) via Asni. Imlil is the principal trail head for walkers. This is the place where we meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8 km from Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi'nTamatert (2279 meters). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra (2200 meters) and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (2300 meters), where we set up camp near the river. Approx. 4 hours walking. We climb from Imlil at 1740 meters to Tacheddirt at 2300 meters. A difference of 560 meters that you will climb up.

3
Day

Azib Likemt
We immediately start the day with a long, slow ascent to the pass at TiziLikemt (3555 meters). At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal Massif before a long downhill descent to the village of AzibLikemt (2200 meters), where we set up our camp for the night. Approx. 5 hours walking.

We will go from Tachedirt at 2300 meters to TiziLikemt at 3555 meters which mean you will climb 1255 meters up and go from Tizi Likemt down to Azib Likemt at 2200 meters, we descent 1355 meters.

4
Day

Amsouzert
This day is going to be a long but quite easy day, passing many different landscapes. From Tizi'nOuouraine (3120 meters) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal Massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3876 meters). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert (1700 meters), one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a local gite or in a camp. The gite is very basic accommodation. Approx. 6 hours walking. 

We will walk from AzibLikemt at 2200 meters to Tizi 'n Ououraine at 3120 meters and further to Ifni Dome at 3876 meters which mean you will go up for 1676 meters. After that you will go down to Amsouzert at 1700 meters which mean going down for 2176 meters.

5
Day

Ifni Lake
West of Amsouzert are several small villages, which we explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake (2300 meters), the only lake in the Massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area. Approx. 4 hours walking. 

You will walk from Amsouzert at 1700 meters to Ifni Lake at 2300 meters;going up for 600 meters.

6
Day

Nelther Refuge
By now we should be both fit and acclimatized, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizin'Ouanoums (3664 meters), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelther Refuge (3200 meters), where we spend the night in tents. Approx. 6 hours walking.

We will walk from Amsouzert at 1700 meters to Tizi'nOuanoums at 3664 meters which mean a climb of 1964 meters. After that we will go down 464 meters to the base camp at 3200 meters where we will spend the night in tents.

7
Day

Toubkal Summit
We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit of Toubkal (4167 meters). If conditions are good it should take no more than 2-3 hours to reach the summit, where we enjoy beautiful views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of SidiChamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil.  Approx. 9 hours walking. Night at Imlil Lodge.

8
Day

Marrakech
Transfer back to Marrakech Hotel or 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: 2 nights simple hotel in Marrakech, 5 nights camping or village houses 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
  • Stay in small Berber villages

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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