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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 7:30 PM. Or, we can collect you from Marrakech Airport at 8:00 PM.

From there, you'll be driven to the mountain village of Imlil. After arriving, 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.

Drive time: 1hr 40mins

Driving distance: 64km

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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.

Hiking time: 6hrs

Hiking distance: 12km

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Day 3: Toubkal Summit (4,167m)

Today is an early start to the day. At around 5:00 AM, you will have breakfast. After this, we begin the hike, taking a slow and steady pace towards the summit.

It's a 2-3 hour trek, and we'll aim to reach the summit of Mt Toubkal (4,167m) at sunrise! From here, you can look down to the green Anti-Atlas mountains, and then finally, to the vast Sahara desert!

After taking some time to enjoy the views, we’ll then head back to Imlil. It's a long trek of 6-7 hours, but it's downhill. It's a steep scree slope and can be slippery, we'll take it easy and it's good to use trekking poles.

Hiking time: 10hrs

Hiking distance: 19km

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Day 4: Return to Marrakech

After a relaxing breakfast, we leave Imlil at 10:00 AM to go back to Marrakech. Depending on your plans, we'll drop you either at the airport or at the city centre.

Note that you'll arrive at the airport at about 12 noon. It's advisable not to book flights any earlier than 2:00 PM, which gives you 2 hours for check-in.

Drive time: 1hr 40mins

Driving distance: 64km

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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

205 verified reviews

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And

(May 2024)

Skyhook was great at communicating, as I had to change plans a few times. The trip went without hitch and the team on the ground were accommodating to, my only gripe was the team in Imili did not remind you of key things like take your flip-flops to the refuge, had to borrow some. Don't forget a head torch and times of pick up and leaving is never volunteered you have to ask what and when things are happening. The guides are great and local with massive amount of knowledge, there nit keen on small groups as less tips and they live for tips. I will use them again for my next trip.

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Sharon
Sharon

(May 2024)

I cannot recommend this trip and Skyhook enough. The guides were fantastic and made this a really wonderful experience. I will definitely use Skyhook again!!

Klaudia
Klaudia

(May 2024)

Oh woow. It was so amazing trip. Our guide Abdul was excellent along with the cook. The whole team was amazing to be honest. Well organised from start to finish 👏 👌

Ben
Ben

(May 2024)

Had a great trip, run by Abdul our guide and Hassan our cook. We stayed in a nice/clean hostel on the first night (which we had to ourselves) in Imlil before embarking on the first day of trekking to the refuge camp, which took about 6 hours. The team put on all meals, which were tasty and big portions. Don't expect luxury in the refuge camp, as it consists of big/cramped dorms, but there's nothing you can really do about that (unless you camp) and it's only for a short nights stay as you're up at 3AM the next morning. The hike to the summit on day 3 of the trek is tiring but really rewarding. I didn't need any crampons etc as it was May and about 99% of snow was gone. It is cold though even at this time of year, so definitely wrap up and remember your head torch (which I didn't) for the morning trek! The views were incredible throughout. It took about 3-4 hours to summit, and then about 2.5 hours on way back down to refuge camp. You feel a bit of shortness in your breath towards top, but it's manageable and shouldn't put you off. The remaining trek back to Imlil from the refuge camp took about 4-5 hours. Day 3 is a tough day of about 12 -13 hours of trekking.in total, but is very doable! Finally, you spend a night at the original hostel before heading back to Marrakech on Day 4. All in all, the team from Atlas Vertical Travel who run the actual hike were amazing! I'd highly recommend this tour and Skyhook for facilitating. Will definitely use Skyhook again for future adventures and Atlas Vertical if and when I return to Morocco. Huge shout out to Abdul and Hassan for being knowledgeable and accomodating throughout. Thank you for such a memorable experience!

Georgia
Georgia

(May 2024)

Fantastic trip, our guide was lovely and everything was so well organised. Highly recommend to anyone!

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 • hand sanitiser and wet wipes • 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 • Female sanitary products • 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. The descent from the Toubkal summit is long. From the summit back to the refuge is steep, there's about 3km of scree path which is sometimes slippery. So it's not recommended for someone who suffers from knee problems. The stage from the refuge back to Imlil is 11km but easier.

Please see 'Inclusions & Exclusions' section above.

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

The minimum age for this trek is 18 years, or 16 years 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: £10 (most normal boots can fit the crampons we hire here in Imlil as they are flexible). - Ice axe: £8 - Gloves: £3 - Rain jacket: £6 - Sleeping bag: £6 - walking sticks (poles) : £7

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.

For travellers arriving at the airport meeting point later than 8:15 pm, we can offer a private transfer to Imlil. This will be at an additional fee of 35£ for a taxi (4 seats). If there is more than one person, you can split the fee.

Yes, a single supplement is usually available for the 2 nights in Imlil. This depends on availability, so please contact your Guide straight after booking to make the necessary arrangements for a private room. To do this click "Message your Guide" from your dashboard (after booking) and they'll arrange all the logistics for you. You can then pay on arrival. Single supplements cost £70 for the trip (2 nights in Imlil).

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.

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.

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 £70 for the trip (2 nights in Imlil) 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. Note that this refuge can be very crowded and the bathroom facilities are limited. We recommend bringing some hand sanitiser, toilet paper and also wet wipes. 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. Single supplement costs £70 for the trip (2 nights in Imlil).

Your team prepares hearty meals with good portion sizes, no need to worry about going hungry! Here are some examples of what to expect; A typical breakfast is: Mint tea, coffee, milk, cheese, butter, jam, honey, eggs, porridge, Moroccan nutella (amlou), wheat bread Lunch: Moroccan mixture salad, Moroccan tagine (meat bowls or onion & tomato sauce), rice or pasta, lentils, dessert Dinner: Moroccan soup (Harira), couscous or meat tagines or chicken tagines, dessert.

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.

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 (4 Star Hotel)

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).

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