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TOUBKAL TREK 2 - JEBEL TOUBKAL ASCENT AND CIRCUIT- 8 DAYS

Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2
Troubkal Trek 2

A wonderful week-long trek to climb Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain.

At 4,167m, Jebel Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic views from the summit make all the hard work worthwhile.
With the start of the trek just a couple of hours’ drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and complete a circuit around its southern flanks, taking a swim in the waters of the stunning Lac d'Ifni (Lake Ifni) en route, within a week and still have time to return and explore Morocco’s most captivating city.

 

Itinerary (brief)

Day 1 Transfer from the airport to your riad in Marrakech
Day 2 Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil. Walk from Imlil to Tacheddirt
Day 3 Walk from Tacheddirt to Azib Likemt
Day 4 Walk from Azib Likemt to Amsouzert
Day 5 Walk from Amsouzert to Lac d’Ifni (Ifni Lake)
Day 6 Walk from Lac d’Ifni to Toubkal Refuge
Day 7 Ascend to the summit of Jebel Toubkal and then descend to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech
Day 8 Depart from Marrakech

Why book this trek?

· Trek through the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
· Attempt the summit of Jbel Toubkal, highest mountain in North Africa
· Stay in small, traditional Berber villages

Itinerary (detailed)

Day 1: Transfer from the airport to your riad in Marrakech.

Day 2: We leave Marrakech after breakfast and drive to Imlil (1740m) via the bustling market town of Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for trekkers in the Toubkal Region. This is where we meet our mule team and, once all our gear is loaded, we begin walking through a side valley that heads eastwards towards Tacheddirt, some 8 km away. At first the trail rises as we climb up to the pass of Tizi n’Tamatert (2279m) after which we descend on the far side to the pretty village of Ouaneskra (2200m) in the Imenane Valley. We then continue gently upriver for a further half-hour or so to Tacheddirt (2300m), where we set up camp near the riverside.1.5 hours transfer; 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 3: We immediately begin a long, slow ascent to Tizi Likemt (3555m), the pass to the south of Tacheddirt. The reward for our climb is a fine view of the Toubkal Massif before we set about a long downhill descent on the far side to the isolated hamlet of Azib Likemt (2600m). Once there, we set up our camp for the night beside a lovely stream in the beautiful Tifni Valley. 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 4: This day is long but quite easy, passing through an ever- changing landscape. From Azib Likemt we climb, gently at first but gradually more steeply, to Tizi n’ Ouraï (3109m) from which we enjoy further views of the Toubkal Massif, including the summit itself (4167m) and Ifni Dome (3876m). The trail then leads down towards Amsouzert (1740m), one of the many striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a local gite. 6 hours walking, approximately.

Day 5: The trail heads along the Islane Valley to the west of Amsouzert. It leads through several small villages, which we have time to explore, as we make our way towards Lac d’Ifni (2312m), the only lake in the Toubkal Massif and the largest lake in the entire High Atlas. It is a memorable sight; encircled by steep-sided rocky mountains, its deep, blue-green waters invite you to take a swim and wash away the mountain dust. Expect to arrive by lunchtime and to spend the afternoon relaxing before camping for the night right by the lakeside. 4 hours walking, approximately.

Day 6: By now you will have fully acclimatised, be fully into your walking stride and be ready to tackle the hardest two days of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass of Tizi n’Ouanoums (3664m), a narrow ledge leading between two rocky faces. From here it is a long zigzag descent on the far side to the renowned Toubkal Refuge (3207m), where we spend the night in tents. 6 hours walking, approximately.

Day 7: We leave before dawn, following a clear trail to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m). Although the walking is relatively straightforward, the scree and altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. However, if conditions are good, it should take no more than 3 hours to reach the summit. What is more, 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. Retracing our steps to the Toubkal Refuge, we then descend further and fairly rapidly to the venerated shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m) and the historic village of Aremd (1960m), before following the Mizane River along a well-forested path back to the trailhead at Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech and spend the night in a riad. 9 hours walking and 1.5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 8: Depart from Marrakech.

Itinerary notes:

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.