TOUBKAL TREK 1 - JEBEL TOUBKAL ASCENT - 3 to 5 DAYS

Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1
Troubkal Trek 1

Take on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in North Africa.

At 4,167m, Jebel (Mount) Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa. This hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering expertise and the reward of panoramic views makes all the hard work worthwhile.

With the start of the trek less than a couple of hours’ drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and return to explore Morocco’s most captivating city in just three days.

 

Brief Itinerary

Trek plus High Atlas transfers – 3 days

Day 1 Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil*
Day 2 Walk from Imlil to Refuge les Mouflons
Day 3 Climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal and then walk back down to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech*

*This itinerary can alternatively be offered without High Atlas transfers

Trek plus all the trimmings – 5 days

Day 1 Arrive in Marrakech
Day 2 Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil
Day 3 Walk from Imlil to Refuge les Mouflons
Day 4 Climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal and then walk back down to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech
Day 5 Depart from Marrakech

Why book this trek?

· Trek through the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
· Reach the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Trek plus High Atlas transfers – 3 days

Day 1: After arrival in Marrakech, you will be transferred to the village of Imlil (1740m), the principal trailhead for treks in the Toubkal Region. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the local area, including the banks of the Aït Mizane Valley and its side valleys, spending the night in a local gite. 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 2: Today you will meet your mule team and, once all our gear is loaded, we begin your trek. Heading south along the Aït Mizane Valley, we pass by the village of Aremd (1960m) and then continue along mule tracks which steadily climb up rocky cliffs, at times rising high above the valley. Descending once more to cross the river, we arrive at the isolated shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m), which attracts devoted pilgrims from both near and far. From here the trail steadily climbs again, snaking its way upwards towards the snowline and the renowned Refuge les Mouflons (3207m). We will either sleep in the refuge or camp outside, depending on the season. 4 to 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 3: We should make an early start to our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal (4167m). After crossing the stream above the refuge, our route leads upwards through the south cirque. Although the walking is relatively straightforward, the scree and altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. However, the views along the way are quite spectacular and when we reach the summit we will be rewarded with breath-taking, unrestricted views in every direction, as far as to the Haouz Plain in the north and to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the fringes of the Sahara Desert in the south. From the summit, it will be necessary to retrace our steps, returning down the mountainside and heading back to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech. 9 hours walking and 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.



Trek plus Marrakech transfers and all the trimmings – 5 days

Day 1: After arrival in Marrakech, you will be transferred to your riad within the ancient medina of Marrakech, close to Djemaa el-Fna, the cultural and spiritual heart of this magical city.

Day 2: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the village of Imlil (1740m), the principal trailhead for treks in the Toubkal Region. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the local area, including the banks of the Aït Mizane Valley and its side valleys, spending the night in a local gite. 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 3: Today you will meet your mule team and, once all our gear is loaded, we begin your trek. Heading south along the Aït Mizane Valley, we pass by the village of Aremd (1960m) and then continue along mule tracks which steadily climb up rocky cliffs, at times rising high above the valley. Descending once more to cross the river, we arrive at the isolated shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m), which attracts devoted pilgrims from both near and far. From here the trail steadily climbs again, snaking its way upwards towards the snowline and the renowned Refuge les Mouflons (3207m). We will either sleep in the refuge or camp outside, depending on the season. 4 to 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 4: We should make an early start to our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal (4167m). After crossing the stream above the refuge, our route leads upwards through the south cirque. Although the walking is relatively straightforward, the scree and altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. However, the views along the way are quite spectacular and when we reach the summit we will be rewarded with breath-taking, unrestricted views in every direction, as far as to the Haouz Plain in the north and to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the fringes of the Sahara Desert in the south. From the summit, it will be necessary to retrace our steps, returning down the mountainside and heading back to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech and spend the night in a riad. 9 hours walking and 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 5: After breakfast, your driver returns to collect you from your riad and transfers you back to the airport in good time for your departure from Marrakech.

Itinerary notes:

Should you arrive in Marrakech in the morning on Day 1, you will be able to spend the first few hours exploring this celebrated city as we will not whisk you away to Imlil until the afternoon.

Upon your return to Imlil, it would, of course, be possible for us to organise for you another night or more in a local gite.

On occasion local weather conditions may require the trekking route to be altered in the interests of your safety.

If this itinerary is not exactly what you had in mind, please do contact us for a discussion as all itineraries can be adapted according to your wishes.