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Toubkal Climb

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Activities

    Adventure, Climbing, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $320 USD per trip
  • Duration

    3 days

  • Avg Distance


  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    What is included: fully escorted by local mountain guide, muleteers and cook; accommodation: 2 nights in Toubkal Refuge or in tents depending on the weather; all meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included; transport: minibus or 4x4 for transfers to / from High Atlas

  • Notes

    Check list for Atlas Trekking: For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in. Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking: Clothing Equipment Good walking boots and socks 3 to 4 season sleeping bag Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse Walking stick Trekking pants Day sack/backpack Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants Headtorch / headlamp Underwear Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details Long johns Ice axe and crampons (winter) T-shirts Water bottle or camel back (recommended) Fleece jacket or warm jumper Penknife (useful) Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket Hat Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer) Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves Other Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash) Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in Matches e.g. burn toilet paper Trail snacks Zip-Up bags for camera Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


  • Enjoy trekking through the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Learn about Berber culture, and interact with the local community.
  • See great examples of Moroccian architecture.
  • Stunning views - like no other.
  • Spectacular photography opportunities.

Trip Info

At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from the summit makes the hard work worthwhile. With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within 2 days and still have time to explore Morocco’s most captivating city, Marrakech.

Day 1: After a transfer to the little village of Imlil we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night.
Approx. 4 to 5hrs walking.

Day 2: Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back to the Toubkal Refuge where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Today we walk back from the Toubkal Refuge to Imlil. After arrival in Imlil we will transfer back to Marrakech.

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