Sunrise at the summit of Mountain Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
4.8
| 235 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal (4167m) in a Weekend

3 nights
Challenging

A classic. Trek and sweat your way through the Atlas Mountains and catch sunrise from North Africa’s highest mountain

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking Berber guides from Imlil

Mountain hut & Riad

2 nights in a riad and 1 night in a refuge at 3200m

Meals

All your food on the mountain will be taken care of

Transfers

Both airport transfers and transfers to and from Imlil

Porterage

Mules and muleteers to carry your overnight luggage during your climb

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 235 reviews
Great experience!
July 2024
Francesco I.
Great experience!
July 2024
Francesco I.
Great experience!
July 2024
Francesco I.
Great experience!
July 2024
Francesco I.
Amazing experience
July 2024
Genet D.
What a great experience - Toubkal
June 2024
Owen B.
What a great experience - Toubkal
June 2024
Owen B.
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
June 2024
Lara M.
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
June 2024
Lara M.
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
June 2024
Lara M.
I did it!!! Toubkal 4167 m
June 2024
Susana M.
I did it!!! Toubkal 4167 m
June 2024
Susana M.
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
June 2024
Harriet F.
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
June 2024
Harriet F.
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
June 2024
Harriet F.
Mount Toubkal
June 2024
LIZ C.
Mount Toubkal
June 2024
LIZ C.
Mount Toubkal
June 2024
LIZ C.
Mount Toubkal
June 2024
LIZ C.
Mount Toubkal
June 2024
LIZ C.
A fantastic but challenging weekend
June 2024
Laura A.
A fantastic but challenging weekend
June 2024
Laura A.
Fantastic Trip, Fantastic Group of People! A++
June 2024
Raymond S.
Do it!
June 2024
John B.
Great trip but some issues with this trip
June 2024
Craig C.
Great trip but some issues with this trip
June 2024
Craig C.
Great trip but some issues with this trip
June 2024
Craig C.
Great Trip and adventure
May 2024
Thomas N.
Great Trip and adventure
May 2024
Thomas N.
Awesome Experience!!!
May 2024
Robert B.

Climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal and be rewarded with the sunrise of a lifetime

Earn the views from the Marrakech Plain and High Atlas peaks all the way to the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara

Stay in a mountain refuge in the High Atlas and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of Marrakech

Want to tackle Toubkal at a more relaxed pace? See Climb Mount Toubkal in a Week to get an extra couple of days on the mountain, plus time to explore Marrakech.

Key Information

Day 1

Check out the sights and smells of Marrakech

Panorama of the Old Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Your host will meet you at the airport and take you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s historic medina. You'll then get the chance to spend the day exploring the city’s colourful souks, wander the UNESCO-listed main square and indulge in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

Travel to the Atlas Mountains and hike to your refuge at 3200m

A view of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Hiking

6hrs · 10km · 1540m up · 130m down

Wake up early and drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Imlil, where you'll meet your support crew and start your trek. Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley, pass Berber farming villages and stop for lunch on the trail. In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the refuge. Settle in, meet other hikers and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew. Sleep well before your summit attempt tomorrow!

Day 3

Rise early to summit Mt Toubkal

A silhouette of hikers at the summit of Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Hiking

10hrs · 17km · 1130m up · 2530m down

Wake up while it’s still dark and begin your final ascent, which will include some steep and loose sections of terrain. Reach the ridge and finish the climb to the top (4167m) in time to watch the sunrise. Rest up and then begin the long descent back to Imlil. Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to Marrakech. You’ll arrive at your riad in the early evening in time to find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine before collapsing into bed.

Day 4

Time to go home. Weekend well spent

A cyclist cycles the back streets of Jamaa el Fna Market in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Relax over your last Moroccan breakfast, explore the town some more if you have time, then transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A traditional serving of mint tea in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Moroccan food has a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tagine (stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous, and bastillas (flaky pastries stuffed with meat and dusted with cinnamon and sugar). Food is often spiced with cumin, turmeric and ginger. While on the trek, your meals will be cooked by the Berber muleteers. The food is fresh and healthy, and will consist of things like bread, jam, cookies, fruit, juice, and coffee for breakfast; salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, and fish for lunch; soup, classic Moroccan tagine, couscous, olives, nuts, and seasonal fruit for dinner.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

The inside of a beautiful riad in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Marrakech

In Marrakech, you'll stay in a beautiful riad - traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

The Mouflons Mountain Refuge in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Mount Toubkal

During the trek, you'll stay in either the Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge depending on availability and group size. The rooms are basic shared dorms with bunk beds. There’s a common area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from around the world.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge for the nights in Marrakech, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability and they are very limited due to the layout of traditional riads).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

This trek requires a good level of fitness. You must be capable of hiking all day up paths of moderate difficulty with steep, loose sections. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the loose footing and high altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts and can be mentally challenging. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile!

What will I need to carry?

Mules will carry your main overnight luggage during the trek and you will need to carry your daypack with your daytime essentials (extra layer, snacks, water etc.). For the welfare of the mules, please ensure your main overnight luggage is in a soft-sided bag and weighs no more than 15kg.

Spring and autumn temperatures in Marrakech average 10 - 25 °C, and it rains a small amount roughly 7 days each month. From June to September it gets quite hot in the city, averaging 15 - 35 °C, and it only rains a few days each month. In the height of summer, daytime temperatures in Marrakech have been known to approach 45°C on occasions so please ensure that you come prepared with sun protection, light and airy clothing and electrolytes/rehydration solutions if travelling at this time of year.

In the Atlas Mountains from March to October daytime temperatures average 25 - 30°C but it cools off considerably at night, and the higher you go the colder it gets (you may even need gloves on a summit day in August!) Nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing at and above the mountain refuge. Afternoon storms are always possible, but they are usually quick and generally don’t prevent anyone from enjoying the trek.

View detailed weather for the climb here on Mountain Forecast

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Leave any time on Day 4

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and your riad are included for any time you choose to arrive on day 1 and depart on day 4, or if you have booked additional pre or post trip accommodation with your host.

If you are making your own arrangements to extend your stay in Morocco, private transfers between Marrakech airport and Marrakech city are not included but can be arranged with your host for an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for details.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Marrakech from major airports across the UK and Europe. Day 1 is yours to explore Marrakech: you'll meet your guide and fellow travellers the next morning.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

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What's included?

  • Sleeping bag (you can bring your own if you like)

What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack (25-35 litres)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the mules to carry overnight kit)
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Broken-in hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • First aid kit
  • Electrolytes/rehydration solutions (especially if travelling during the summer)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (hand sanitiser, toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry out)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Sleeping bag liner
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer between Marrakech Airport and Marrakech City (per vehicle)

Francesco I.(July 2024)
Great experience!
Great experience!
Great experience!
Great experience!
Great experience!

I had a wonderful time hiking Toubkal! All was perfectly settled and organized. The guides were amazing and the food really good! Such an amazing experience for my Moroccan weekend!

Genet D.(July 2024)
Amazing experience
Amazing experience

Quite challenging hike during summer due to highest temperatures. I do recommend it for the amazing spots but people registering the tour should be systematically sporty and not basic people walking on the street…

Owen B.(June 2024)
What a great experience - Toubkal
What a great experience - Toubkal
What a great experience - Toubkal

This was the first time booking with MBA, and I cannot tell you how pleased I was . The trip was extremely well organised. I was constantly kept up to date regarding pick up and drop off times , the Riad that we stayed in was very good. The hosts in Morocco were super friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend. Everything was well organised and very punctual, not only was it well organised the hike itself was amazing . It was a little challenging coming down as it’s a long day but the views were worth it .

Mateusz M.(June 2024)
Great people, hike so-so

Definitely the highlight of the trip was the group, super friendly, it was a pleasure to spent the weekend with them. As of the hike it was alright but there really should be more guides to allow group to split into a faster and slower pace cohorts, especially that the whole hike is in the full sun. The food was in general plenty but low quality, overcooked chicken (which was the only proper protein for the whole hike), pasta with canned tuna etc. I understand that you cannot expect michelin service in the mountains but for example having some glucose syrop pretending to be honey is a big wasted opportunity to try local, natural flavours.

Lara M.(June 2024)
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
A Weekend Adventure Indeed
A Weekend Adventure Indeed

This was an incredible weekend, but it absolutely isn't for the faint hearted! It's a lot of altitude and distance to cover in 2 days, especially if (like us) you have a group with varying levels of fitness.

Accomodation: charming Riad in the centre of Marrakesh within walking distance of lots of things to see, and absolutely loved hosts there who were extremely helpful. The Refuge was so much better than expected - flushing toilets, hot showers, and 4 person bunks with mattresses. I struggled to sleep as did everyone, but I'd say that's due to the altitude more than anything else!

Food: fresh and delicious throughout, and plentiful! They were happy to accommodate any dietary requirements.

Guides: Mohammed and Nassan from Aztat Treks were wonderful. They kept the group together, set the pace, and were very upfront about how challenging Day 2 was going to be. This helped inform a couple of our number who decided not to attempt the summit.

I appreciated this trip; it's given me a huge confidence boost as it reminded me that I can do hard things! If you're fit, then you should manage this - trust the guides, eat/ drink plenty, and support your team.

My friend and I had a day either side of the trip on Marrakesh which I would recommend. We enjoyed having time to explore the souls/ Medina/ palaces, and also booked in for a much needed Hamman and massage after the trek.

Book the trip and do the thing, you won't regret it.

Nick J.(June 2024)
An incredible experience

As a group we came came to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Toubkal and although the climb was challenging as expected the logistics of the trip was smooth and this was totally down to the professionalism of the Aztat team in Morocco. From the start communication was timely and clear and any questions were promptly answered. From the mountain guides to the support staff in Marrakech every one of the Aztat team were exceptional very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to be flexible when circumstances changed and most importantly kept everyone safe on the mountain. I can't rate this experience highly enough

Peter H.(June 2024)
Not for the faint hearted

After being dropped off in the little town of Imlil we had a 10k trek to the refuge, stopping around half way for lunch, after which the climb becomes steeper. Dinner at the refuge then sleep (if possible with 20 others in the room). Awake 2.30-3.a.m we set off in pitch dark with only our head torches to light our way. It’s a rocky and often steep climb. We arrive at the summit 3 1/2 to 4 hours later. The return is almost as difficult as the climb, eased perhaps by being in daylight. Lunch at the refuge followed by a short rest before the return trek to Imlil.

Susana M.(June 2024)
I did it!!! Toubkal 4167 m
I did it!!! Toubkal 4167 m
I did it!!! Toubkal 4167 m

Almost a month after climbing Toubkal, it is still difficult for me to write about what I felt and experienced. I only know that I did it 💪… it was very tough, but my legs held up and I handled the altitude well. I am very proud of myself and my friends, Patrícia and Helena, who I adore, as it would have been harder without them. Thanks to MuchBetterAdventures and AztatTreks, especially the guides who accompanied us, the famous "Hassam's."

Christopher W.(June 2024)
Fantastic experience

I had the best time climbing toubkal with MBA. Couldn’t recommend them enough to anyone considering it! Great food, accom and guides

Harriet F.(June 2024)
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home
Amazing weekend - so sad to be home

We were all incredibly well looked after on this epic adventure up Mount Toubkal. Probably the most productive weekend I’ve ever had but also time to relax in marrakech. I couldn’t recommend more

LIZ C.(June 2024)