Mount Toubkal Winter Ascent (4,167m)


Hike the highest mountain in North Africa in winter conditions.


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

We'll pick you up from Hotel Ali Cafe in the city at 7:30 PM. If you're arriving at Marrakech Airport today, pick-up time is 8:00 PM.

From there, we'll drive you to the village of Imlil, where you'll enjoy your welcome dinner, and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains. All food, accommodation and transfers are included on this trip.

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

In the morning, you’ll give your main bag to the muleteers. With your day bag on your back, we hike for around 3 hours to the tiny settlement of Sidi Chamharouch. Here your cooks will serve up lunch. There's also freshly squeezed orange juice available from the local stalls, which is not to be missed!

Afterwards, it's another 3 hours to Refuge de Toubkal, where we overnight.

Day 3: Mount Ouanoukrim Peak (4,088m)

Today, the group heads up Ouanourkim Peak (4,088m), which offers wonderful views of the High Atlas Mountain Range. There may be an opportunity to summit the mountain. But, the focus is on gaining experience with your crampons (spikes for your boots), and your ice axe.

In the afternoon, we head back down to the mountain refuge for dinner.

Day 4: Summit Toubkal (4,167m) and descend to Imlil

It's an early start today at around 4:00 AM, with a slow and steady pace upwards. The aim is to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal at 4,167m in around 2-3 hours to see the sunrise. From the snowy summit, you can look down to the green Anti-Atlas Mountains, and the vast Sahara Desert beyond!

After taking some time to enjoy the views, we head back down to the mountain refuge. It's a steep and somewhat slippery slope down, so best to take it easy.

Enjoy lunch in the refuge, then walk down to Imlil. Once here, it's time for a nice hot shower and a delicious dinner.

Day 5: Return to Marrakech

Following a nice breakfast, we leave Imlil at 10:00 AM for Marrakech city, arriving at 11:30 AM. There is also an option to be dropped off at the airport if needed.


What's Included

  • Guides, porters and muleteers.
  • Airport transfers in Marrakech.
  • Accommodation in the refuge.
  • Food.
  • Mineral water (1.5L per guest per day).
  • Accommodation in the guest house in Imlil with dinner and breakfast.
Not Included
  • International and local flights.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Winter equipment including crampons and ice axe (see FAQs for rental prices).
  • Any visa fees (not needed for UK citizens).
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance.
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(May 2024)

Skyhook Adventure were outstanding from start to finish. The whole process was made easy and they were extremely accommodating with our large group of 22 people. Myself and my group couldn't fault the treks, the food, the experience and the guides were absolutely amazing. Thank you Skyhook Adventure. Highly recommended.


(Mar 2024)

Just back and what an adventure..First of all, Thank you Skyhook for organising a hastle free adventure from start to finish. Our guide Mohamed was superb, not only in guiding us but also in teaching us so much about the local culture. Summit day was not to be due to freezing strong winds which made the climb arduous and at times potentially dangerous, the minus 15 strong gusts almost blowing us off our feet. Most teams turned around, including us, just bellow the 4,000 Mtr Col,(ridge), and those that ventured further, also soon were to turn back for safety reasons, one team, just 20 minutes from the summit, with the summit aporoach considered too dangerous in the strong winds. Out of everyone on the mountain that day I believe only one group of 4 were lucky enough to find a window of opportunity to summit. Having said that, safety always comes first, summiting is optional, getting down is mandatory. The following day, local treks around Imlil, up to 2,640 Mtrs was superb in the 26° heat. A fantastic trip from start to finish. Well organised and efficiently run. If I was to return, I would go again with Skyhook and I would definitely recommend you to others. Thank you all at the Skyhook Team.


(Mar 2024)

Great trip. The guide Muhammad made it. He was very informative and answered all our questions we had. He was a great team player on summit day. Our muel guy did all the cooking. What amazing food we had at the refuge and thought out the whole trip. The raid was clean and tidy. Gad a.lovely roof top terrace to sit out on. All in all a very good trip. Lovey every minute of it.


(Mar 2024)

Fantastic trip. Very well organised from start to finish. Summit day was tough but our guide Muhammad fromAtlas Extreme was superb. Definitely would recommend the trip


(Feb 2024)

Can't recommend this trip enough! Our guide Mohammed was extremely knowledgeable about the area, hilarious and a local celebrity. We felt cared for by the team for the whole duration of the trip. There was even an option to extend my stay in Imlil. The cook Abdul was incredibly talented, serving delicious meals in remote locations! Unfortunately we were not able to summit Toubkal due to weather conditions, but Mohammed was extremely flexible, offering alternative routes and solutions- It's well worth trusting his recommendations and local knowledge of the area. The mountain Refuge was basic, but the riad in Imlil was extremely spacious and comfortable. Thank you to the whole team for making this trip such an incredible and memorable experience!


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 long-sleeve t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) - Fleece/soft-shell jacket - Waterproof jacket - Insulated jacket for warmth (e.g. Rab, Alpkit, Mountain Equipment) - Spare clothes for Marrakech - Underwear - Base-layer trousers - Trekking Trousers - Waterproof trousers - Shorts - Swimwear for Marrakech (optional) - 4 thick wool mountaineering socks - Warm Gloves and Hat - Winter hiking boots, that are well insulated, waterproof and have good ankle support - Footwear for Marrakech - Wool hat - 2 – 3 pairs of gloves Miscellaneous; - Large rucksack for the mules/porters - Daysack (25-35L) - 3L of water bottles - Sunglasses - Suncream - Sunhat - Insect repellant - Hand sanitiser and wet wipes (useful to have for the refuge) - Glasses/contact lenses (if needed) - Sleeping bag (comfort rating of -5 degrees Celsius, 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 (available to rent @£3) - crampons (availlable to rent @£6) - ice axes (available to rent @£5)

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. Crampons and ice axes are available for rent in Imlil. Note that 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. Note that most normal boots can fit the crampons we hire here in Imlil. They are flexible. Here's a list of equipment we have available to rent (prices are for the entire trek); - Crampons: £6 - Ice axe: £5 - Gloves: £2 - Rain jacket: £3 - Sleeping bag: £5

The summit day can be 6 - 8 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 the 'Inclusions' section above

You can see the latest NHS advice at

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

You must get appropriate travel insurance for winter hiking up to 4,169m. Popular providers include the BMC and Dogtag. Please check that your insurance includes mountain rescue.

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. You just need to carry a small bag with water, sun cream and waterproofs whilst trekking. Your belongings that will be taken by mules should be packed in a flexible duffel bag and weigh no more than 8kg.

Winter season (Nov – Mar) Winter can be quite cold on Mt Toubkal, with temperatures on the summit going as low as -18 °C. March starts to warm up with a higher chance of rain.

Yes, you can leave anything there that you don't need for the trek.

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

On the first and last nights, you'll stay in a comfortable hotel in the village of Imlil. A variety of rooms are available, but usually, you will be sharing with one other person from the team. 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. On the middle two nights, 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.

Start: There is an airport pickup from Marrakech Airport at 20h00, on the first day of your trip. Alternatively, if you have arrived early, we recommend you spend a few hours exploring Marrakech city. You can be picked up from the main Medina, in the city center (Jemaa el-Fnaa) at 19h30 pm. End: For return flights, you will be driven from Imlil at 10h00 am and dropped back in the city centre around 11h30. There is a possibility of direct airport drop off if needed (on request)

Day 1: No hiking Day 2: 4-5 hours (11km) Day 3: 6 hours (7km) Day 4: 6-8 hours (6km) Day 5: 3 hours (11km)

Wi-Fi is available in the hotels on the first night, however, it can be unreliable given the remote location. There is no internet available in the mountain refuge, and phone signal can be poor.

While it is the intention to adhere to the itinerary described, there is a certain amount of flexibility owing to conditions and, on occasion, it may be necessary to make alterations. Your guide will make dynamic risk assessments throughout the whole trek, and his or her decision is final.

Where there are twin-share rooms, 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. You can also choose to book private rooms for the trip - 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. The price is £30/night in Imlil and £90/night in the refuge. Single supplements are subject to availability. Note that in the refuge it's primarily set-up with dormitory-style rooms (typical of almost all high-altitude refuges ). This means that it's quite common to book a private room just for the parts in Imlil.

Other FAQs

Yes! Many people choose to do this before the trip. You can use the group chat to arrange to meet other people from your team.

You will spend most of your time with the Berber-people of the Atlas Mountains who are very friendly and welcoming. However, if you decide to visit Marrakech before/after the trek, there is a higher risk of crime. You can see the latest travel advice from the FCO at .

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 GBP per traveller.

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!