Mount Toubkal Trek – Trekking In Morocco
Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa, at 4,167m. Climbing Mount Toubkal is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from the summit makes all the hard work worthwhile. This is a classic Morocco trek and your hard work to get to the summit will be rewarded!
Private Toubkal Treks
Minimum of 2 adults are required for all private treks to ensure safe climb to Mount Toubkal. Children under 10 years old can join private climb treks for 50% of the Adult price.
Shared Toubkal Trek 3 days (see the date picker above)
The shared Toubkal treks enable you to join an existing group. A minimum of 2 people are required for a shared Toubkal trek to operate on each date. If more people book the shared trek for the same date, then you will recieve a discount. We operate the shared treks on set days each month. If you don’t find the date that you require, you can ask us to start a new shared trek for a date that suits you. Get in touch here if you’d like to know more. The prices will depend upon how many people also book the same date.
The booking system is secure and we never get to see your card or payment details. You complete your reservation via our online booking partner. Our online booking partner operates the booking system securely and is available to help you with your planning for your trek and any questions that you may have.
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 one of Morocco’s most captivating cities, Marrakech.
Depart by car from Marrakech around 9am. The drive takes about 1h30 and goes south up the Moulay Brahim Gorges, past the Asni weekly market every Saturday then to Imlil. Imlil is (1740m) set in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains, a main trail-head with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here we shall leave our vehicle to take a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for a 4km excursion. We will go travel south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd) (1843m), passing the hamlets of ait Souka, Targa, and Imoula, up and down the stark slopes, the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif before us – Jbels Aguelzim (3547m), Aksouâl (3847m) and the Adrar Adj (3122m) watching us all the way.
We stop at Aroumd to visit this rather singular village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley, built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur, overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables. We’ll then carry on for another Half an hour to get to our lunch stop, which will be served among a Berber familly in the village of ait Souka.
We will stay in Dar Ouassaggou for the night.
From the village of Imlil we will begin our Morocco trekking proper. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we’ll first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We’ll then continue east and cross the flood plains as our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we’ll eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims from far afield.
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.
Today we’ll be up early and climbing Mt Toubkal (4,167m).
From the summit, clouds allowing, you’ll have wonderful views over the Atlas Range and the Sahara Desert. When we’re ready, we’ll take a long way back down past the refuge and then onto the well-worn path back to Imlil. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m of ascent and then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil!
You will normally be dropped off at around 5.00pm in Marrakech.
- Transport from Marrakech and back.
- Qualified Mountain Guide
- Accommdation: berber house or refuge
- All the food during the trek
- Cook to prepare your meals
- Mule to carry your luggage
- International Flights
- Sleeping bags
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and Tips
- Items of a personal nature
Guides, porters and muleteers
Airport transfers in Marrakech
Food & water
Any visa fees (not needed for UK citizens)
Personal travel/rescue insurance
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 9am
.You can also be dropped in Marrakech city center if you would like to stay on.
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.
The minimum age for this trip is 18, or 13 with a parent/guardian.
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). Here is the equipment and clothing we suggest.
Clothing & Equipment:
-Good walking boots and –socks
-season sleeping bag
-Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
-Lightweight waterproof -over-trousers / rain-pants
-Headtorch / headlamp
-Basic First Aid Kit – refer to trip dossier for details
-Ice axe and crampons (winter)
-Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
-Fleece jacket or warm jumper
-Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
-Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)
-Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
-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
-Zip-Up bags for camera
-Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Yes, you can leave anything you don’t need.
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.
On the first and last nights, you’ll stay in a comfortable Riad called “Dar Ouassagou” in the village of Imlil. A variety of rooms are available, but usually, you will be sharing with one other person from the team. During the middle nights, you’ll stay in a mountain refuge which is very basic, with dormitory-style accommodation.
Wi-Fi is available in the Riad 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.
Each group is typically 12 people, with a maximum of 20.