Hike Mount Toubkal

Looking down from the summit of Toubkal, it's impossible not to be impressed by the High Atlas mountain range.

Two days ago, you will have been driving through the Saharan desert to a mud-brick village called Imlil, but today it's completely different.

You can now see the snowy peaks of the High Atlas around you, warm grasslands below and then finally the desert that you travelled through a few days ago. Occasionally you even make out the Mediterranean in the distance

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5 things to know when hiking Mount Toubkal

  1. Start from Imlil rather than Marrakech. At nearly 2000m, you'll find it far easier to acclimatise to the altitude.
  2. Pack light. The ascent day is long - so pack a small rucksack with just the essentials rather than using your main bag. Don't worry - we'll send you a full packing list!
  3. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. There may be snow on the ground, but the sun can still be relentless.
  4. Hiking poles help enormously. They significantly increase your efficiency and chance of success (we include them for free).
  5. Enjoy the culture. The local Berber population are very friendly - you'll be given plenty of Berber Whiskey (just spiced tea with lots of sugar) whenever you stop.
Day 1: Marrakech to Imlil (1,740m)

Your guide will pick you up from the airport (8pm) and take you to the village of Imlil, at the foothills of the High Atlas Range. The team cooks will serve you up a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Hike to Refuge de Toubkal (3,207m)

Trek up to the remote mountain refuge – it’s a six hour up-hill hike which feels a little harder with the altitude. The muleteers will take your heavy bags though, so you just have to carry a small day sack, and the team of cooks will prepare lunch at the half way point.

Day 3: Summit Toubkal (4, 167m)

Today is the big day when you summit Mt Toubkal (4,167m). It's a long day out; 3-5 hours to the summit and then 5-6 hours all the way back down to Imlil, but the views are completely worth it!

Summit of Mount Toubkal

Day 4: Return to Marrakech

After breakfast, you will be taken back to the airport in the morning. Alternatively you can be dropped off in the Marrakech Medina (old city) for some sightseeing.

marrakech medina

1. Requirements

Fitness: Moderate. You'll need to be fit enough to hike for an eleven hour day. If you're worried, make sure to start training with some jogging or hikes, at least six weeks before.

Skill Level: Beginner

2. Logistics

Everything is included except international flights.

Your guide will pick you up from Marrakech airport (or city if you have arrived early) and drop you back at the end. All in-country travel, food, accomodation and instruction is included.

3. Equipment

You must bring:

  • Clothing suitable for hiking in temperatures from +25C to -10C. 
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • One large rucksack to be taken to the Refuge by our muleteers, and one small rucksack (20L for summit day)
  • A headtorch and water bottles

The full kit list will be sent to you when you apply for the course.

Availability & Prices

Sat
13 Apr 8pm
Tue 16 Apr 12pm
$343
($152 deposit)
Based on 260 GBP
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5 spaces
Fri
19 Apr 8pm
Mon 22 Apr 12pm
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2 spaces
Fri
26 Apr 8pm
Mon 29 Apr 12pm
$343
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2 spaces
Fri
3 May 8pm
Mon 6 May 12pm
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4 spaces
Thu
9 May 8pm
Sun 12 May 12pm
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Fri
14 Jun 8pm
Mon 17 Jun 12pm
$343
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4 spaces
Fri
19 Jul 8pm
Mon 22 Jul 12pm
$343
Based on 260 GBP
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Fri
26 Jul 8pm
Mon 29 Jul 12pm
$343
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Fri
2 Aug 8pm
Mon 5 Aug 12pm
$343
($152 deposit)
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5 spaces
Thu
5 Sep 8pm
Sun 8 Sep 12pm
$343
Based on 260 GBP
FULLY BOOKED
Thu
19 Sep 8pm
Sun 22 Sep 12pm
$343
($152 deposit)
Based on 260 GBP
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4 spaces
Sat
5 Oct 8pm
Tue 8 Oct 12pm
$343
($152 deposit)
Based on 260 GBP
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6 spaces
Fri
11 Oct 8pm
Mon 14 Oct 12pm
$343
($152 deposit)
Based on 260 GBP
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5 spaces
Thu
17 Oct 8pm
Sun 20 Oct 12pm
$343
Based on 260 GBP
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1. What is included?

Included:

  • Guides, porters and muleteers
  • Airport transfers
  • Accomodation in Imlil and on the trek
  • All food, water and some tea/coffee on the trek
  • Hiking poles

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance

2. Do I need immunisations?

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx  .

3. Am I fit enough?

Mount Toubkal is a steep mountain with a long summit day. Give us a call if you're unsure and we will be happy to help you.

4. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

 

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