Sunrise at the summit of Mountain Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
4.8
| 229 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal

3 nights
Challenging

A classic. Trek and sweat your way through the Atlas Mountains and catch sunrise from North Africa’s highest mountain (4167m)

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
| 229 reviews
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.
Awesome Experience!!!
May 2024
Robert B.
Awesome Experience!!!
May 2024
Robert B.
Incredible trip
May 2024
Jamie J.
Incredible trip
May 2024
Jamie J.
Incredible trip
May 2024
Jamie J.
Great trip
May 2024
Philip M.
Excellent Trip
May 2024
ISHA A.
79,000 steps, 1 awesome adventure
May 2024
Eva R.
79,000 steps, 1 awesome adventure
May 2024
Eva R.
79,000 steps, 1 awesome adventure
May 2024
Eva R.
79,000 steps, 1 awesome adventure
May 2024
Eva R.
79,000 steps, 1 awesome adventure
May 2024
Eva R.

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 Atlas Mountains and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of 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 tajines (a stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous, and pastilles (flaky pastries stuffed with meat and dusted with cinnamon and sugar). Food is often spiced with cumin, turmeric and ginger.

Meals on the trek are cooked by the Berber muleteers. The food is fresh and healthy. Example meals:

  • Breakfast: Jam, bread, cookies, fruit, juice, butter, coffee, milk
  • Lunch: Salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, fish (sardines, tuna), seasonal fruit
  • Dinner: Soup, classic Moroccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts, fruit

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request 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

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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)

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

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)
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal

Much Better Adventures once again delivered with this amazing and challenging weekend. I enjoyed every minute. Great food, great local guides, a beautiful Riad as a base and a proud moment at the Summit. Don't underestimate the challenge here... it's not a technical climb but lack of sleep from an exceptionally early start, altitude and high winds made for a tricky summit. You need a decent level of fitness 💪 Thanks so much MBA, you were amazing.

Laura A.(June 2024)
A fantastic but challenging weekend
A fantastic but challenging weekend
A fantastic but challenging weekend

I really enjoyed the weekend as a whole. The guides and the group were lovely, and scenery spectacular. I found the distance and incline manageable and most fit and well people would manage it. Having said that, I was affected by the altitude significantly more than expected and for several hours of the summit day I felt really nauseous, dizzy and a significant headache, which did make most of the hike and descent above 3500m really challenging. It did take quite a bit longer than planned (partly due to me feeling so unwell, partly due to it being a mixed group). If you’re a very experienced hiker/trail runner, you might find the pace they do to accommodate mixed groups frustrating. The guides are also clear on everyone leaving the refuge together, so as some did not want to wake up at the time required to try summit for sunrise, it meant the faster members keen to do so were not able to. We did end up walking a protracted route through Imlil in the dark, not reaching the pick up van until approx 9pm. It was comical by the end but a 17hr hiking day so make sure you have sufficient snacks and experience with time on your feet. There was more than enough food provided at every meal, and more variety than expected. The refuge was nicer than expected in structure (with showers!) but as expected, didn’t lend much to sleep at all.

Jennifer S.(June 2024)
Brilliant people, amazing views, fast and fun adventure

Thank you to all involved in the MBAdventure trek up Toubkal

Ian S.(June 2024)
Definitely a tough one but worth it!

I am pleased I made it to the top and back but I wished I could have accended more slowly and decended more slowly. It's easy to forget to do warm ups and cool down exercises before and after something as epic as this. I wish it would have been part of the program as I could hardly walk afterwards, even getting the plane home my body was feeling it. If we had to lose more sleep to have more time to accend Mount Toubkal I wouldn't have minded as some of us didn't sleep well in the refuge anyway.

Kate C.(June 2024)
Excellent adventure!

very well organised and excellent caring staff and Guilds. it is a very fair price, and Would highly recommend.

Raymond S.(June 2024)
Fantastic Trip, Fantastic Group of People! A++
Fantastic Trip, Fantastic Group of People! A++

We had an absolutely amazing trip with a brilliant group of very interesting and like minded people. Mount Toubkal is beautiful with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. I cannot recommend this hike and tour any higher. You do ache a bit for a few days after though!

Sofia H.(June 2024)
An amazing trip up Toubkal

An amazing trip up Toubkal and a great group of people to do it with! Well organised with good communication and the guides Mustafa and Said were excellent - not sure I would have made it to the top with Mustafa’s help and encouragement! Would definitely recommend.

John B.(June 2024)