Morocco

Hike Mount Toubkal (4,167m)

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Hike North Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Toubkal. Catch the sunrise at the summit with views over the Anti-Atlas mountains and the Sahara Desert.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech to Imlil (1,740m)

You will be picked up from marrakech city center (Hotel Ali cafe)at 7h30 PM or from Marrakech Airport at 8:00 PM, and then driven to the mountain village of Imlil. Here you can enjoy your welcome dinner, and take in the panoramic views of the High Atlas mountains.

All food, accommodation and transfers are included on this trip.

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

In the morning you’ll give your main bag to the muleteers, and then hike for 3 hours to the tiny settlement of Sidi Chamharouch. Here your cooks will serve up lunch. Don't miss the chance to buy fresh orange juice from one of the local stalls. Afterwards, we continue for another 3 hours to Refuge de Toubkal, where you’ll stay for the night.

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Day 3: Toubkal Summit (4,167m)

You start very early at around 5am, you will have breakfast. After this, we begin the hike with a slow and steady pace upwards.

After 2-3 hours you’ll aim to reach the summit of Mt Toubkal (4,167m) at sunrise! From here you can look down from the snowy summit, to the green Anti-Atlas mountains, and then finally the vast Sahara desert! After taking some time to enjoy the views, we’ll then head downhill for 6-7 hours to Imlil.

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Day 4: Return to Marrakech

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be taken back to Marrakech at 10 am from Imlil. It takes 1h30-2h to drive to Marrakech where you will be dropped either at the airport or to the city center. You will arrive at the airport at about 12-Noon so should not book flights before 14:00 (allowing 2 hours for check-in).

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What's Included

Included
  • Professional mountain guide.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Imlil with dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accommodation in camp or refuge at 3,200m.
  • All meals during the trip, prepared by our cook.
  • Mineral water 1.5L per person per day.
  • Mules to carry the luggage and food.
  • Return transfers between Marrakech and Imlil.
Not Included
  • International and local flights.
  • Extra mineral water.
  • Mountain equipment rental.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.
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Rated 5.0

179 verified reviews

Marissa
Marissa

(Feb 2024)

Such an amazing trip with an amazing guide. Mohammed went above and beyond. He took care of myself and the other person on the trip with such kindness that I can not thank him enough. He was the reason we managed to get to the summit. He also explained about different aspects of the culture, local area and explained all about what we could see as we went. The riad is beautiful inside and has a great roof top area. The food is unbelievable and there is copious amounts. The Berber whiskey (mint tea) keeps you going on the hike and is such a tasty drink. The mountain refuge is basic and it is hard to sleep at due to the altitude and sharing a room with many others( ear plugs advised). But it has a fire, has hot showers, items to buy, WiFi and is a very welcoming place. Don’t under estimate summit day, the summit is tough but what an achievement when you get to the top and what a view!

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Simon
Simon

(Feb 2024)

Everything was fabulous from the food we was given to the guides can’t recommend this company enough,for getting us up and down safety will be booking again for somewhere else very soon

Arthur
Arthur

(Feb 2024)

tremendous mohammed our guide was spot on...epic majestic and brutal...

Neil
Neil

(Jan 2024)

Trip was excellent, guides were amazing and very helpful. Pace of climbing was nice and easy. Very good trip, food amazing.

Chris
Chris

(Jan 2024)

Great trip. Food was excellent and seemed never ending, transfers were faultless and accommodation was better than expected from the description. Guides were great, multilingual and knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommended.

FAQs

Before you go

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) • 2 pairs of thick wool hiking 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 (A 2-3 season bag, which is one that can withstand temperatures as low as 5°C or -5°C (for winter) Available to rent @ £5) • 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)

The summit day can be 9-12 hours (with lots of breaks) so you do need a good level of fitness. We recommend training with jogging or sport 1-2 times a week, in the run-up to your trip.

Please see 'Inclusions & Exclusions' section above.

You can see the latest NHS advice at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco.

Yes, you can leave anything you don't need at the lodge. You will have a chance to pick it up when you come back after your trek.

The minimum age for this trek is 18, or 16 with a parent/guardian.

Yes - all trips are guaranteed, even with only one person.

We would recommend a good pair of hiking boots. They need to be warm, waterproof and have good ankle support. For those a little technically minded, a B2 boot, or similar would be ideal. If you are trekking over winter, crampons and ice axes are available for rent in Imlil. Here's a list of equipment we have available to rent (prices are for the entire trek); - Crampons: £6 (most normal boots can fit the crampons we hire here in Imlil as they are flexible). - Ice axe: £5 - Gloves: £2 - Rain jacket: £3 - Sleeping bag: £5

Yes, we can cater for most dietary requirements. Please indicate this on the trip form before you go. We will also check with you on arrival.

On your trip

The local guides use mules to carry your main bag, so that you can just carry a small bag with water, sun cream and waterproofs whilst trekking. Your personal belongings for the mules should be packed in a flexible duffel bag. This should weigh no more than 8 kg.

The weather will usually go from one extreme to another, with highs of 30°C in Marrakech and lows of around -10°C (with patches of snow) on the summit of Toubkal. Here is a general guideline of what to expect each season; Winter (Nov – Mar) Winter can be quite cold on Mt Toubkal, with snow on the summit and temperatures dropping as low as -20 °C. March starts to warm up with a higher chance of rain. Shoulder Season (Apr– May & Oct) Temperatures at lower altitudes can reach 26°C, with little chance of rain. Summit temperatures can still drop as low as -10°C with wind chill. Summer (Jun-Sep) June has a higher chance of rain but stays fairly warm, July to September are the hottest months with temperatures at the lowest altitudes reaching 30 °C. The summit of Toubkal can be as low as -10°C with wind chill.

You will follow a sensible acclimatization plan that works well for most participants. This includes regular breaks and a gradual increase in the altitude at which you sleep. Altitude affects everyone in different ways. Immediately notify your guide if you are experiencing any symptoms (headache/nausea) as soon as you feel them.

You stay in a hostel in Imlil which has big rooms of 3-6 beds with private facilities (shower & toilet). If you would like a private room, it's usually possible to book this. Single supplements cost 45£ and are to be paid in Morocco. You sleep in a mountain refuge on Toubkal. We sleep in shared dormitories which are typical of mountain refuges around the world. There is intermittent internet access and hot showers are not always available. Toilets are also very basic. Snacks are available to purchase at these huts. It is worth taking small denominations of cash, as they sometimes do not have change available.

Each group is typically 12 people, with a maximum of 14.

The guides will provide you with 1.5L of water each day. Water is also available from natural springs and also sold at village stores along the way. Consider taking purification tablets with you for use in spring water.

Start: Your guide will meet you at the airport at 8 pm (just outside of arrivals). Alternatively, they can meet you at 7.30 pm at Hotel Ali in the Old Medina (Jemaa el-Fnaa). If you have arrived early, we definitely recommend you spend a few hours exploring Marrakech city. It's just a short bus/taxi ride from the airport (around 10-15 EUR by taxi). Return: Transfer from Imlil to Marrakech Airport, you will be transported from Imlil at 10 am. You will arrive at the airport at about 12-Noon. Please do not book flights before 14:00 as you will need to allow 2 hours for check-in. You can also be dropped in Marrakech city, also at about 12:30, if you would like to extend your trip.

Wifi is available in the hotels on the first and last nights, however, it can be unreliable given the remote location. There is usually internet available in the mountain refuge, but the signal can be poor.

Solo travellers will be paired with other solo travellers of the same sex. If this is not possible (for instance you are a woman and there are only men on your trip) you will get your own room, at no extra charge. Extra rooms are subject to availability. Please contact your guide in advance to confirm if a single supplement is available and arrange this. To do this simply click "message your guide" from your dashboard (after booking) and they'll arrange all the logistics for you. You can then pay on arrival.

Other FAQs

Yes! Many people choose to do this. You can use the trip Facebook Group/ Skyhook chat to arrange to meet other people from your team.

The muleteers have been trained by a UK-based vet on ethical treatment of the mules. They use modern harnesses and follow strict weight limits.

Climbing Toubkal in winter (November- March) 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. There is also a difference in the Toubkal summit route over winter months. In summer, you normally ascend from the west side and descend on the north. During winter, it's more common to return down on the west side (to avoid avalanche risk).

Morocco has a strong tipping culture. Tipping is at the discretion of the guest and depends on your personal experience. At the end of your trip, if you feel that your guides and porters did an outstanding job, then tipping is greatly appreciated. A good rule of thumb is around 30 – 50 Euros per traveller.

These are our recommendations for extending your stay in Marrakech - Hotel Ali ( basic) good position - Riad Assia - Riad Omar - Riad Al Omara ( luxury) - Riad Africa ( luxury) - Hotel Chems ( 4stars Hotel)

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