Itinerary

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

You will be picked up at 8 pm from Marrakech Airport, or 7:30 pm in the city center, 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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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 Refuge de Toubkal, where you’ll stay for the night.

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You start at around 5am, 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.

Crampons (spikes for your boots) are provided if needed, and you'll be given training on how to use them, if you've never done it before.

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After breakfast, you will be taken back to Marrakech airport for 12:00 (midday), or the city center if you prefer.

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5.00 (38 reviews)

mark
Verified - Travelled October 2021

Just back from an amazing few days with Hussein and his team ,could'nt have been any better,food and accommodation were excellent.Hussein and his team had everything cov ...read more

Scott
Verified - Travelled October 2021

Brilliant trip, couldn't have asked for a better guide for the weekend! Made sure the whole group made it up to the top for the awesome views. Accomodation was nice, all guides, cooks and porters were ...read more

Catherine
Verified - Travelled October 2021

The hike to climb Mt Toubkal was amazing. Houssain is a first class Guide. Houssain and his team did a great job of making every member of the group feel relaxed and at home in the beautiful Atlas mou ...read more

Imola
Verified - Travelled October 2021

It was an amazing jorney to the summit of Toubkal! Our guide, Houssein was very kind, helpful and supported us during the whole tour. The altitude is challanging, but can be managed following a very e ...read more

Jim
Verified - Travelled September 2021

Amazing trip from start to finish, Houssain and Omar were fantastic guides and even arranged a full moon for the summit morning. The accomodation arranged for us in Imlil and the refuge were both fa ...read more

Mourad
Verified - Travelled August 2021

The best hike of my life. Very demanding but worth every drop if swa4t and every muscle and joint ache. I enjoyed the berber hospitality, A and a big thank you to the guide (rachid) and the riad owner ...read more

Sophia
Verified - Travelled July 2021

Great hike and seamless experience from pick up to drop off. A big thank you to the Atlas Vertical team, especially to our guide Ibrahim who expertly was there to support every step of the way (he als ...read more

Sean
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Unbelievable experience !

Hugh
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Excellent trip with fantastic group. The guides Abdul and Raachid were fantastic. Some of our group felt a little unwell and they were so professional at managing them. The result was we all made it t ...read more

Larissa
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Honestly, one of the best holidays I've had. So memorable, met fantastic people and our guides were so helpful/friendly. Would 100% recommend this trip. And safe to say, I'm going to be a loyal skyhoo ...read more

Chris
Verified - Travelled September 2019

From start to finish, this trip was well organised and well planned. The guides were brilliant and i met several new friends! You do need some level of fitness for this mountain but there is no diffic ...read more

Alex
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Damian is a complete legend and his pep talk helped me get to the summit of mount Toubkal. looking to do Norway now

Tracey
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Just returned from Mount Toubkal. What an amazing experience we had. Damien, our guide was amazing and was so knowledgeable about the local area and culture. We set our own pace and nothing was too mu ...read more

Simon
Verified - Travelled August 2019

I'll admit I was a little nervous with the lack of communication in the days prior to the trip but that is literally my only issue. We were met on time and from that point everything was organised fan ...read more

Loretto
Verified - Travelled July 2019

Best trip ever. Soo well organized and we didn’t have to worry about anything. Just show up and go. A trip of a lifetime and very reasonable. Thanks

Catherine
Verified - Travelled June 2019

Just back from Mount Toubkal and what a fantastic trip. From start to finish the team looked after us really well. Hussein and Omar were really great guides. Lots of chats and laughs and most importan ...read more

James
Verified - Travelled June 2019

Beautiful scenery in Atlas Mountains. Accommodation in mountain hut perhaps not the best but I understand there isn’t much choice up in the mountains! Guides were decent, overall a successful trip, wo ...read more

Donna
Verified - Travelled June 2019

This is literally one of the best things I have ever done. The accommodation was miles better than I expected. The food, cooked fresh every meal time was amazing, and there was so much of it. Absolute ...read more

Maria
Verified - Travelled May 2019

An amazing short trip , just like I like it: 1) Cool crowd 2) Very adventurous 3) Physical demanding

Simon
Verified - Travelled October 2018

Had a great trip to the Atlas Mountains. The guides were great and climbing to the top in the snow and sun rise was amazing.

FAQs

Included:

  • Guides, porters and muleteers
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Food & purified water

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Any visa fees (not needed for UK citizens)
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance

Start: Your guide will meet you at Marrakech airport at 7 pm, or hotel Ali in the Old Medina (Jemaa el-Fnaa) of the city at 6:30 pm. If you have arrived early, we recommend you spend a few hours exploring Marrakech city. It can often take around 1 hour to get through security at Marrakech airport. Please ensure your flight arrives before 6pm.

End: For return flights, you will be dropped back at the airport for 12 pm (midday) on the last day of your trip. You can also be dropped in Marrakech city if you would like to stay on.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Wifi is available in the hotels on the first and last nights, however it can be unreliable given the remote location. There is no internet available in the mountain refuge, and phone signal can be poor.

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 at various village stores along the way. You may want to consider taking purification tablets with you for any spring water. 

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.

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.

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 towards the beginning and end of winter.

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)

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