Looking for a bit of adventure on your trip to Morocco? Well, this is the tour for you! This two-day trekking tour will introduce you to Mount Toubkal and all that it has to offer. Day one will start off with a drive from Marrakech to Imlil and a trek to the Toubkal Refuge via the Aremd and the Mizane Valley.
Leaving the city behind we drive south, towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. Crossing the Haouz Plain we pass through the tiny town of Asni. From here, our road begins to climb towards the foothills of the Massif. Below us the valley of the Oued Rhirhaia stretches out into the distance and small villages cling to the sides of the steep hills as we meander our way towards the village of Imlil. Here, we leave our vehicle and in the company of our mountain guide and begin our trek, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch.
Continuing east and crossing the flood plain, 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 alike. although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself. The village sits beside a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of houses that seem to melt together into an anarchic mass. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging it’s way up to the snow line and the Toukbal Refuge our stop for the night.
Day two will include a trek to the summit of Jebel Toubkal and a return to Imlil.
Early this 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 and then heading across one of the mountain’s numerous scree fields, where we will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts, however, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile.
Cresting the ridge line, we find ourselves on the plateau. From here it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. Once here you’ll enjoy the unrestricted views from every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Retracing our steps we then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil Prior To drive back to Marrakech.