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8 Days Mount Toubkal Winter

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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.

  • Toubkal
  • 8 Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Type: Adventure
Tour Details

North Africa’s highest mountain is the centerpiece of that incomparable view southwards from Marrakech, often shocking with its unexpected silvering of snow, but it also holds out an easier summer ascent.

Departure & Return Location

Marrakech Airport

Meeting Time

Arrival time of your flight

Price Includes

  • Fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (except in Marrakech)
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Marrakech, 3 nights in guesthouse and 2 nights at the refuge
  • Transport: minibus or 4x4 car

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Crampons / ice axe, Walking poles
  • Tips
  • Soft drinks , Meals not mentioned

Why book this trek?

  • Attempt the summit of Mt Toubkal, highest mountain in North Africa
  • Perfect introduction to winter trekking in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Trekking in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Experience the Berber way of life
  • Enjoy the city of Marrakech
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:

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

Day 1

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

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Today you will walk from Gliz village to Oukaimeden (premier resort of ski 2500m). Then its on to Tizi ‘n Addi (3000m) and to Tacheddirt (2300m) village where you will spend the night.Tacheddirt is the highest village in the Atlas Mountains. Approx 5 hours walking.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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 Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Approx 5 hours walking.

Day 6

Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, 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 at the refuge again.

Day 7

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

Day 8

Transfer back to the airport and departure.

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