Itinerary

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

You will be picked up at 8pm from Marrakech Airport, 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.

Accommodation in Riad Bab Imlil.

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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, and you can also get fresh orange juice from one of the local stools. Afterwards you continue for another 3 hours to Toubkal base camp, where you’ll stay for the night.

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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 hours to Imlil.

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After breakfast, you will be taken back to Marrakech airport for 10am (in time for flights after 12.30pm). You can also be dropped to Marrakech city instead, if you want to stay on for a few days.

85 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Eimear
Eimear

Traveled Aug 2022

My husband and I did this hike and would recommend you take on this challenge. The team at Skyhook were fantastic and our guide Omar couldn’t have done enough for us. From our chef to the guide everything was so well organized and there was no unclear information given we were always told what was happening next. The group was small for our booking, 6 of us and we all got on so well and we made friends for life from Switzerland, China, Ireland etc, we are already planning our next adventure with Skyhook together. An experience we will never forget and one that has the personal touch and gave us the confidence that we were in professional hands and our safety was their priority. Well done to all the team and our group. Thank you, Eimear & Pearse

Andrew
Andrew

Traveled Jul 2022

Our trip to the High Atlas Mountains was a superb experience thanks to the Atlas vertical team, in collaboration with Sky hook. Our accommodation was an ideal start and finish to the trek, with a roof top terrace giving great views of Imil and the first stages of the trek. Our guide, Lachine was amazing, having the ablility to adapt the pace for us perfectly, gaging our experience, fitness and vision to ensure we had the best experience possible including a perfectly timed summit approach, arriving at the top of Toubkal 10 minutes before sunrise. The result was a clear summit (we were the first up that day 😄) and some spectacular views. We were looked after extremely well from start to finish and I would like to thank our guide, mule handler and Riad host, also to skyhook for their professional approach and for providing a a very reasonably priced package and value for money summit attempt of Mt Toubkal. We will be back!

Washington
Washington

Traveled Jul 2022

The trip was excellent! We were well looked after, the food was delicious and everyone was so welcoming. It's an amazing experience delivered by awesome people!

Rizwan
Rizwan

Traveled Jul 2022

Fantastic experience. Host and guides were amazing.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Traveled Jun 2022

From start to finish this trip was amazing. The communication from Houssain via What’s app prior to arrival to ensure I knew of the pick up, hospitality in the Riad and food was humbling. Not enough can be said about my fantastic guide Lachon!!! He was absolutely wonderful, he made the trip for me, kind, thoughtful and an excellent cook 😁 I would recommend to anyone!!! Can’t wait to book my next adventure with Skyhook.

Leila
Leila

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely unforgettable experience. Could not recommend this more to anyone , everything was perfect. Right from the airport transfer to the riad , the amazing home cooked traditional food and our incredible guide who made the whole experience even better. Thank you so much for an incredible trip, highly recommend this to anyone.

Andrew
Andrew

Traveled Jun 2022

This was an awesome trip. Faultless Organisation and can’t praise the guide enough(Lachan). Was on my own for group which has both plus and minus so pick whatever suits. Great value. Big tip, if you arrive in Marrakech early book a room for day so you can drop bags have a shower etc. When I arrived I contacted my Riad to use room for a day. Another tip, you don’t need more than a day in Marrakech! The first day is a 6 hour trek up to refuge. Guide takes steady to acclimatize. Next day is an alpine start, 3.30 breakfast, away for 4. Again a great alpine pace,slowly but constantly as many groups on a stop go ascent having no rhythm.Three hours to top. Rewarded with sunrise. Had a little light head and a bit nauseas but that is to be expected with altitude gain. Six/seven hours descent dependent on tea shop stops. 12 hour day and ready for a shower. Do a few long days in the mountains first and you will be fit to do this. So, if you like a test for an epic, this is your trip. Go for it. You wont regret it. Where to next Mr Skyhook?***** rated.

Michael
Michael

Traveled Jun 2022

Fabulous from start to finish. Omar (our guide) was epic! His encouragement and support ensured we reached the summit and down safe. The whole Skyhook team were really friendly and the food was plentiful and tasty. Riad Bab (accommodation) where we stayed the night prior and after was comfortable and clean. Overall a great well organised challenge trip. Great work!

Lukas
Lukas

Traveled Jun 2022

What a great experience! This was an amazing trip and the whole team made it super fun. Hussein: I stayed at his house for 2 nights and he went above and beyond and made sure I have everything I need. Hicham: What a great guide. We pushed to the summit in 1 day (what an amazing experience) and he was always there to make sure I was safe and that I was enjoying the trip. He even called the taxi driver when I was going to the airport and made sure everything went smooth. I can really only recommend going on this trip:)

Dale
Dale

Traveled Jun 2022

The hike, accommodation and guides were all very good. The hike is however advertised as “reaching the summit for sunrise”. This was not the case for our group so for this reason it’s a 4/5.

Pete
Pete

Traveled Jun 2022

Excellent trip: lovely guides, great food, and an "inclusive" approach. Recommended.

Alison
Alison

Traveled Jun 2022

Fabulous trip - well organised, professional, wonderful guides and excellent food. Everyone felt safe and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Sarah
Sarah

Traveled Jun 2022

An amazing experience. The guides were great - so friendly and helpful. The chef was outstanding! The organisation was top notch. I feel like i really experienced Moroccan mountain life as well as conquering a mountain. This is a tough climb, so a good level of fitness is needed. Overall it was a great trip, I would highly recommend!

Nick
Nick

Traveled May 2022

What a great experience this was from start to finish ...... I had wanted to do this trek for a long time. It was really tough but thanks to the help of our fantastic guides I got to the summit where the views were just amazing! The food we had was terrific too (you need loads of carbs). If you're considering doing this be warned its not easy but even for someone with average fitness like me it's doable. Thanks again Atlas Vertical! 🙂

Edward
Edward

Traveled May 2022

This trip was really great and I would recommend. Huge thanks to Omar and Hicham who were very encouraging and did a fantastic job guiding us on the route. Ahmad is a great cook providing food with a big smile. The food provided is homely, plentiful and extra delicious when you are exhausted from hiking. The hospitality provided by Lahousine and the team in Imlil on the first and last night is great. The living areas at the refuge (where everyone on all tours stay after the first day of hiking) are cool. But the dorms and bathrooms at the refuge are ... character building.... Ultimately, would very much recommend the experience, but as Nick says in a different comment, be warned it is not easy and a lot to tackle in two days of hiking. I would recommend doing as much prep as possible beforehand.

Sam
Sam

Traveled May 2022

This trip was fantastic, its a lovely few days trecking in beautiful scenery and good company. I would like to extend a huge thank you to our guides Omar and Hicham who did an excellent job leading us through the route. They were so friendly and we enjoyed lots of conversation. I would also like to thank Lahousine for his hospitality at the accommodation and Ahmad for his wonderful cooking. The food was a real highlight for me on this trip. Meals were plentiful and delicious. Accommodation was lovely in Imlil. The night in Toubkal refuge was an experience, and the summit sun rise was incredible. I would highly recommend this trip and will be booking with Skyhook again.

Aikaterini
Aikaterini

Traveled May 2022

I had the best experience with the Atlas Vertical team in Toubkal. The team is extremely kind, generous, knowledgeable and went above and beyond to support us. Lahouceine had planted everything from the pick up on the first day to the drop off to the city center on the last day. Our stay in Imlil was at a lovely hotel with great views and amazing food. Omar our guide created an unforgettable experience for us made sure we are all safe and literally held my hand when I needed help. I wouldn’t have done it without them. I strongly recommend visiting Toubkal it’s a once in a lifetime experience and if you do, trust the team here they really worth it.

Magdalena
Magdalena

Traveled May 2022

A beautiful adventure. Top quality of guides.

Barbara
Barbara

Traveled May 2022

Amazing experience! Everything was fantastic organised: the food and accommodation was really good. Special thanks to our guides Abdul, Joussef and Lassan from Morocco Epic Trails for patience, professionalism and a dose of humour:)

Anna
Anna

Traveled May 2022

It was great experience! From start to finish very well organised. Accommodation at Imlil was spotless clean with fab view from terrace. Cooks did amazing job - preparing delicious fresh and plenty of food. Big thank you to our guides - Youssef and Lahacen making sure we all made to the summit safe. Thank you to porters for all your support and effort. Hussain - Thank you for your hospitality during whole trip. Highly recommend Atlas Vertical and Skyhook! I’ve already booked another trip 😊

Karen
Karen

Traveled May 2022

Very happy with my Toubkal climb. The whole experience was excellent. The lodging in Imlil was a beautiful Riad, hosted by Hussain. Hamid took care of all our delicious meals. Lunch on the trail was first class. Our guide Omar made sure we made to the top and back down safely.

Aagash
Aagash

Traveled May 2022

Fantastic experience. Great food, friendly host and guide. Would definitely recommend to anyone, be they a beginner or expert at mountain climbing.

nils
nils

Traveled May 2022

Fantastic trip! Well organised, fantastic staff all from the hotel the refuge and the mountain guides. The ascent is hard though 😉

Darren
Darren

Traveled May 2022

An incredible experience! The guides accommodation, food and organisation were all 1st class. We all felt looked after and safe by Omar and the team so that we could focus on the trek and taking in the surroundings. Extremely well organised and the best trip I've had. We will most certainly return to the Atlas and book other adventure with Skyhook. Absolutely brilliant!!

Will
Will

Traveled May 2022

Brilliant! The guides, accommodation & food are perfect for this hike & make the tough climb much more enjoyable. It was good fun hiking with a group of like minded people & I will definitely be recommending Skyhook to my friends.

Simona
Simona

Traveled May 2022

Amazing! Just as advertised. Omar and Abdul were great guides and supported our group so we all made it to the summit. Highly recommend!

Mark
Mark

Traveled May 2022

My wife and I recently travelled to Morocco with Skyhook to climb Toubkal. We were slightly nervous as neither of us had climbed to that height, so weren’t sure how the altitude would effect us. There was no need to worry because our guide, Lahcen, was awesome! He took us up the mountain at such a good pace, stopping for breaks and ensuring we reached the summit with no problems. Our stay at the refuge, prior to the climb was also made comfortable by our great cook Mohammed who fed us so well. It’s a worthwhile challenge supported by a great team all round. Definitely worth doing a bit of training prior to the challenge (which we did) so that you can fully enjoy the experience. We would thoroughly recommend this trip with Skyhook. Mark & Abigail (UK)

David
David

Traveled May 2022

Fantastic experience. Everything went very smoothly. Guides were fantastic, especially Omar and Yousef. The food was great and the riads adequate. Thanks to all involved.

Richard
Richard

Traveled Apr 2022

Where to begin! We booked our trip in December 2018 and it was cancelled and re booked 4 times due to the pandemic. The team at skyhook couldn’t have handled the situation any better than they did and allowed us to transfer our deposits and bookings on to future dates. Throughout the process Damien and Allan’s communication was second to none, they couldn’t be more helpful and responded to all my emails straight away. This was the first time I have used a company for a trip like this and I can honestly say I will never use any other company now other than Skyhook as I was that impressed. We will be using them for Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp in the future. As for the trip it’s self, everything went 100% according to plan and the company/staff they use (Atlas Vertical) in Morocco we’re just as professional, kind and helpful. We felt completely safe throughout and was welcomed with open arms. For anyone considering to book this trip and who is a little unsure, rest assured you are in great hands both in the UK with skyhook and in Morocco with Atlas Vertical. One thing that is worth knowing, don’t underestimate the Altitude. A lot of people found the final summit day taxing on their body’s due to the altitude and sheer distance you cover on the day. You do follow an acclimatisation plan but some admitted at the end they would have benefited from another day as you get up and down quite quick so make sure you attend in your best physical condition. Thank you Skyhook for an unforgettable experience and outstanding service. I can’t wait to travel with you again in the near future Best Regards Richard

Paul
Paul

Traveled Apr 2022

Overall it was an amazing adventure, we really enjoyed it - although was far harder than we anticipated. I thought the guides were amazing and ensured we had a really memorable experience, the accommodation at Imlil was good, at the refuge it was 'an experience' and not sure any of us got any rest before the summit climb. few things to feedback from us, although the kit list etc on the skyhook website covered most things, there was a lack of pre event comms which was disappointing, one key thing that was not discussed at all was around altitude sickness, 2 of our group didn't summit due to this and we all felt the effects, there should have been more awareness of things to look out for and what can be done to limit / prevent it. Secondly, the only slight criticism of our hosts was a lack of kit check before the climb, one of the team went up without gloves and had the weather turned this could have had serious implications due to the extreme temperatures. Overall, it was such an amazing experience, i would certainly recommend it for others.

FAQs

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 especially between Dec till end March. 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 (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)

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.

Included: - Guides, porters and muleteers - Airport transfers - Accommodation in camp or in the refuge depending on season. - Food & purified water Excluded: - International flights - Tips - Any visa fees (not needed for UK citizens) - Personal travel/rescue insurance

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.

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

Winter season (Nov – Mar) Winter can be quite cold on Mt Toubkal, with temperatures on the summit going as low as -20 °C. March starts to warm up with a higher chance of rain. Early/late season (Apr– May & Oct) Temperatures at lower altitudes can reach 26°C, with little chance of rain. The summit can still go as low as -10°C with wind chill. Summer (Jun – Sep) June has a higher chance of rain, but still stays warm. July to Sept 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 stay in a hostel in Imlil and a mountain hut on the mountain. The lodge will offer twin shared rooms, with intermittent internet and warm showers.

The mountain refuge is very basic, and showers do not always offer warm water, with basic style toilets. The mountain hut does sell snacks. It is worth taking small denominations of cash, as they sometimes do not have change available.

You will follow a sensible acclimatisation 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. However, the key is to mention if you are experiencing any symptoms to your guide (headache/nausea) as soon as you feel them.

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

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

Yes! Many people choose to do this, and you can use the trip Facebook Group to arrange to meet other people from your team.

Start: Your guide will meet you at the airport at 8pm (just outside arrivals). Alternatively they can meet you at 7.30pm 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, as it's just a short bus/taxi ride from the airport (around 10-15 EUR by taxi). End: For return transfer from Imlil to Marrakech kech Airport , you will be transported from Imlil at 8am. You can also be dropped in Marrakech city if you would like to stay on.

The guides will provide you with 1.5L of water each day. Water is also available from natural springs and at various village stores along the way. You may want to consider taking purification tablets with you for any spring water.

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

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

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.

Yes - all trips are guaranteed, even with only one person. In practice however most trips get fully booked up.

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