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.

Highlights in 60 seconds

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.

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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185 verified reviews

Jackson
Jackson

(Apr 2024)

The hiking trip was well organised and Lhouceine and his team did a super good job . I was picked up as stated at exactly 8pm at the airport and headed straight to Imil .Accomodation was excellent and the food just awesome and in plenty . Next few days were excellent as I attempted to go all the way up the summit Toubkal . Everything is as described And the people are friendly . The base camp Refuge de Toubkal is nice ...they have hot water showers And they look after you , just before you set of for summit at 3am . All in all ....excellent hike

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Emma
Emma

(Mar 2024)

This was amazing trip with my son! The weather was quite changeable whilst we were there but the guide was constantly monitoring this and our safely came first. The Mountain guide was brilliant, looking after us all the way. Just an amazing experience, if you're thinking of doing it, just book it, you won't regret it!

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Graham
Graham

(Mar 2024)

Brilliant trip with my son, we joined a group of 3 lads in their mid-40s and a lady sole traveller. We all got on fantastically and thoroughly enjoyed every part of the Mount Toubkal trip - fab value, never fitted so much into a long weekend. Whilst full sun and Sahara views would have been grand at the top, instead we far happier (after the event) with -10, deep snow and -22 chill factor 😊. The accommodation, meals, hospitality and guides all far exceeded expectations. We would definitely recommend this trip and indeed, we’ll be using Skyhook again - reliable, quality and value.

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Mike
Mike

(Mar 2024)

Excellent trip! The accommodation in Imlil exceeded expectations: clean, comfortable, and with good food (and plenty of it). Our guide, Mohamed, was perfect:: courteous, knowledgeable and professional. The base camp accommodation is Spartan but adequate, if a little crowded, but the food was also good and plentiful. The mountains are amazing. And really unspoilt. But do keep in mind it is a strenuous walk and a scramble in places. You have to watch your feet every step of the way as the ground is rocky and uneven. Boots are definitely recommended. You’ll get a real sense of achievement (and sore legs) once you’ve finished. The admin and logistics were smooth through out. Definitely recommended. Thank you for a memorable experience.

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Gary
Gary

(Mar 2024)

Amazing trip, people, guides and porters! Wouldthouroughly recoommend doing this trip with Skyhook. One thing to note is that it is listed as 'moderate'. One a good day, possibly. Altitude and weather conditions can certainly make it a tough undertaking so take your preparation and kit list seriously. I'm ready for the next adventure now!

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.

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: £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.

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. 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.

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).

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)

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