Morocco

Luxury Mt Toubkal (4,167m)

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Summit North Africa's tallest mountain while indulging in boutique lodgings and Morocco's rejuvenating spa traditions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Imlil

Welcome to your Luxury Mt Toubkal adventure. Upon arrival, a private driver swiftly takes you on an hour-long scenic drive to your mountain retreat.

Set amidst breath-taking Moroccan landscapes, the prestigious Kasbah du Toubkal or its annexe lodge Dar Imlil provide an authentic haven. Settle in and relax in serene private gardens, with the option to enjoy a traditional Moroccan hammam (under request) In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal as your head guide does introductions and goes over the plan for the next few days.

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Day 2: Acclimatisation and Cultural Immersion

Experience the majesty of the High Atlas Mountains on a relaxed 6-hour acclimatisation walk, taking ample breaks to appreciate the scenery. Delve into the captivating atmosphere of a secluded village, observing traditional Moroccan bread-baking methods first-hand.

As dusk falls, return to your accommodation for a peaceful evening, resting in anticipation of tomorrow's impressive ascent.

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

Start the day by entrusting your belongings to our adept muleteers and set off on a captivating 3-hour trek to the charming village of Sidi Chamharouch. Savour a delicious lunch prepared by our team cook, and consider buying fresh orange juice from a local stall. Continue your ascent for another 3 hours, reaching the Refuge de Toubkal for a memorable overnight stay.

Embrace the rustic allure of this remote mountain refuge, evoking the feel of European alpine refuges (it's managed by the French Alpine Club). Bear in mind, however, that due to its isolated location, the accommodation is far more basic than the rest of your trip, with limited electricity from the solar panels, and no Wi-Fi. This is a great place to disconnect from the digital realm and, if you step outside into the cool evening air, the views of the stars are fantastic.

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Day 4: Summit Toubkal (4,167m)

Begin an early morning ascent at 5am, steadily climbing towards the summit. After 2-3 hours navigating the majestic terrain, experience the awe-inspiring sight of the sun's first rays reaching Mt Toubkal's summit (4,167m). Marvel at the mesmerising views of the snowy peaks, green Anti-Atlas mountains, and the vast Sahara desert. After taking some time to take photos and enjoy the views, you'll then start the 6-hour descent to Imlil, followed by a private transfer to Marrakech.

In the evening, retire to the luxurious Riad Al Omara Kasbah (or similar). Enjoy a full-body massage if you wish ( under request, not included). Enjoy a final dinner with the team on the rooftop terrace in one if the restaurants close to the main square.

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Day 5: Marrakech

Enjoy a delightful breakfast on the sunlit terrace before saying goodbye to the charming Riad Al Omara Kasbah. Our private transfer will ensure a smooth journey to Marrakech International Airport in time for your return flight.

If time allows, we highly recommend a leisurely wander around the historic medina, enclosed by the city's ancient stone walls. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the bustling markets, and seize the chance to pick up souvenirs to remember this extraordinary journey.

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What's Included

Included
  • Professional guides, porters, and muleteers.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Private ensuite rooms in Toubkal Kasbah, available as twin, triple, or quadruple.
  • Private basic room in the Refuge de Toubkal for groups of 6 or more.
  • Luxury Riad accommodation in Marrakech (only breakfast included).
  • Food, water, and tea during the trek in the mountains.
Not Included
  • International and local flights.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Other beverages.
  • Any visa fees (not required for UK citizens).
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance (most customers use the BMC, Snowcard or similar).
  • Additional spa and steam bath & massage services in Marrakech and at Kasbah de Toubkal hotel.
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Rated 4.5

6 verified reviews

Sarah
Sarah

(Aug 2023)

Wonderful adventure from start to finish, extremely well organsied, our guide Omar was superb, friendly, accommodating and overall absolutely fabulous. Would HIGHLY recommend, thank you so very much.

Claire
Claire

(Aug 2023)

The most incredible experience, from start to finish we were made to feel so welcome our host Omar was on hand to at all times an not only did he ensure we had the experience of a lifetime he went above and beyond ! I will absolutely recommend Skyhook tours and cannot wait for my next adventure.

Heidi
Heidi

(May 2023)

Excellent trip. Loved it. Hotels were great. Only down side was being kept waiting at the airport on arrival for a couple of hours. Also how the situation was handled when one of our team was struggling with altitude, could have left an uncomfortable feel. It is being dealt with now, and feedback given. We did feel a bit at the mercy of the guides and not always consulted on things. e.g. the meal on the second night, would have been nice to have at the hotel instead it was at the owner of the companies house?? Great food, but meant we didn't have time for our so called free massage etc.

Jo
Jo

(May 2023)

What a phenomenal adventure! Not for the faint hearted this trip is so highly recommended. A great physical challenge on some tricky terrain but extremely rewarding. We were very well looked after with our fabulous guide Hussain and cook Ahmed. Delicious food in abundance, stunning accommodation in imlil and Marrakesh. Hussain read our group so well and ensured that each and every one of us made it safely to the summit & back down - a very impressive feat!! Very highly recommended. We unfortunately missed out on the included massage in Marrakesh as the ascent / descent took us almost 15 hours. There was also some confusion about the final meal but all hiccups only minor and easily solved by Lahouceine.

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Jokull
Jokull

(Sep 2022)

Excellent trip in all respect. Had an experienced and skilled guide (Hassan) who managed our pace perfectly, pushed when needed and held us back where appropriate and was always calm and relaxed even in the difficult conditions we had on Toubkal (snow, cold and windy). Atlas Vertical is flexible enough in their plan/schedule that when a change in conditions at Refuge forced a change in the accommodation plan it was managed fairly well in rather difficult circumstances and the acclimatization day is shaped to the client as needed. I recommend taking the equipment list on Skyhooks website seriously, especially if going in late summer or fall as conditions can be almost winterlike if unlucky with the weather. The Kasbah is perhaps not luxurious but quite nice (recommend the hamman) and Riad Nisma in Marrakesh is very good.

FAQs

Before you go

Please see 'Inclusions' section for a full list of what's included & excluded

The summit day can take 9-12 hours, including numerous breaks. Therefore, a good level of fitness is essential. We recommend engaging in jogging or sports activities 1-2 times a week in preparation for your trip.

Expect varying temperatures, with highs of 30°C in Marrakech and lows of around -10°C on Toubkal's summit. A full packing list is provided below: Documents: • Passport & visa if needed • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Wallet • Pen for filling in arrivals form Clothing: • 2-3 base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) • Fleece/soft-shell jacket • Waterproof jacket • Insulated jacket for warmth, if possible (from e.g. Rab, Alpkit, Mountain Equipment) • Spare clothes for Marrakech • Underwear • Base-layer trousers (optional) • Trekking Trousers • Waterproof trousers • Shorts • Swimwear for Marrakech (optional) • 4 thick wool mountaineering socks • Warm Gloves and Hat • Walking Boots • Footwear for Marrakech Other: • Large rucksack for the mules/porters • Daysack (25-35L) • 3L of water bottles (Minimum) • Sunglasses • Suncream • Sunhat • Insect repellant • Glasses/contact lenses (if needed) • Sleeping bag (2-3 season) • Bathroom items including travel towel • Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor (French plug style), phone & charger • Lipsil • Book/mp3 player (optional) • Walking poles (optional -Available to rent for €3)

Yes, all trips are guaranteed to run. However, please be aware that itinerary changes may be made due to adverse weather conditions and safety is always the first priority in making these decisions.

We recommend consulting your doctor or referring to your government's vaccination advice. For UK residents, this information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

On your trip

Winter season (Nov – Mar): Winter can be quite cold on Mt Toubkal, with summit temperatures dropping to as low as -20°C. March sees a rise in temperature with an increased chance of rain. Early/Late season (Apr – May & Oct): Lower altitude temperatures can reach 26°C, with minimal rain. Summit temperatures may still dip to -10°C due to wind chill. Summer (Jun – Sep): June can be warm with a higher likelihood of rain. July to September are the hottest months, with temperatures at the lowest altitudes reaching 30°C. Toubkal's summit can experience temperatures as low as -10°C with wind chill.

Your local guides use mules to transport your main bag, allowing you to carry only a small bag with essentials like water, sun cream, and waterproofs while trekking. Your belongings that will be taken by mules should be packed in a flexible duffel bag and weigh no more than 8kg.

We follow a sensible acclimatisation plan suitable for most participants, which includes regular breaks and a gradual increase in sleeping altitude. Altitude affects everyone differently, so it's crucial to inform your guide of any symptoms (e.g., headache or nausea) you may experience.

Each group has 8 people. On occasion, we may have space for 16 participants on a trip. In such cases, we'll divide the group into two. If this happens, we'll inform you, ensuring you remain with anyone else you may have booked alongside.

Other FAQs

Yes, you can leave anything you don't need.

We recommend tipping between £50-100 per customer for the entire trip. However, the final amount is completely at your discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the services provided.

Climbing Toubkal in winter (November- May) is a very different experience from the warmer months. Depending on annual conditions, snow covers the mountain top which brings additional challenges to the route. We usually expect snow from early January to mid-May but some years, the snowy season lasts longer or is shorter than usual so it's hard to predict exact conditions. The main difference if you are planning to trek during the winter months is that you will need additional equipment. Crampons and icepicks (which can be rented) become necessary to safely navigate the snow and ice-covered mountainside. This makes the trek somewhat tougher. We generally recommend winter treks for those with some prior mountaineering experience. You will also need additional, warm clothing layers.

Your head guide is Lahouceine

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Atlas Vertical, based in Asni.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Lahouceine