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Climb Mount Toubkal - Circular Route

Explore Marrakech and summit Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest point in North Africa, via the lesser-visited circular route

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mount Toubkal - Circular Route

Explore Marrakech and summit Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest point in North Africa, via the lesser-visited circular route

DURATION
4 nights
LOCATION
Morocco
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
May—Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Marrakech Menara Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Traditional riad · Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

Full days of scenic hiking, loose footing, altitude - you'll need a fairly good level of fitness for this one.

See the sunrise from the top of Mount Toubkal - the highest point in North Africa!

Hike through the Azzaden Valley alongside Berber guides and your very own mule train

Stay in a classic Marrakech riad and scenic mountain refuges built in incredible locations

Included

Guides

Expert, English speaking Berber guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a mountain refuge and 2 nights in a Marrakech riad

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Porterage

Your very own mule train

Not Included

Tips for your guides

Travel insurance

Flights to and from the meeting point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Leave any time on Day 5

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and your Riad are included for any time (and day) you choose to arrive or depart.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Marrakech from major airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Traditional riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Traditional riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Moroccan food is 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 fresh, healthy and cooked by your Berber muleteers. Breakfast will usually feature bread, jam, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk, while lunch will feature salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, fish (sardines, tuna) and seasonal fruit. Dinner will usually include soup, a classic Moroccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

What is the accommodation like?

Marrakech

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

On the trek

You'll stay in the Lipeney mountain refuge located at 3,000m, or just before it at Azib n Tamsoult. On The second night, you'll stay in the Neltner mountain refuge. Facilities are basic, with bunk-bed dorms, however, there is a fun, social area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from all 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).

Day 1

Explore Marrakech

Fly into the colourful city of Marrakech and head to your traditional riad in the historic medina. Spend the day exploring the souk and the unforgettable main square/ever-changing show that is the Jemaa el-Fnaa – a place that’s been beguiling and entertaining travellers for centuries. Finish the day with some amazing Moroccan food in a local restaurant.

Day 2

The foothills of the Atlas Mountains

Hiking

5hrs · 12km · 700m up · 200m down

Drive through the lovely Moroccan countryside and into the foothills of the Atlas mountains. Meet your guides at the Imlil trailhead and follow the less-trodden path through the ravishing Azzadene Valley to the Ighouliden waterfalls. After lunch in the middle of a juniper forest, continue to the Lipeney mountain refuge (3000m) where you’ll spend the night beneath a huge mountain sky filled with stars.

Day 3

The Aguelzim mountain pass

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17km · 1300m up · 350m down

After breakfast, climb the steep and challenging section out of the Azzadene Valley and over the Aguelzim Mountain pass (3560m.) After lunch with a spectacular view across the Atlas Mountain Range, spend the night at the Toubkal Refuge ready to summit North Africa's highest peak in the morning.

Day 4

Summit Mount Toubkal

Hiking

9-10hrs · 18km · 960m up · 2350m down

Leave in darkness and climb to the summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m) arriving in time for a beautiful sunrise over the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Rest up, bag some epic pics and begin the descent back to Imlil. If you’re struggling, hitch a ride with a donkey before making your way back to Marrakech in the early evening.

Day 5

Departure

Relax over a last Moroccan breakfast and if you have time, explore the city some more, before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's included?

  • Sleeping bag

What's available to hire?

  • Warm jacket
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Head torch
  • Day-pack
  • Water bottle

What do I need to bring?

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat and light gloves or mittens
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Broken-in hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry stuff out)
  • Head torch
  • Day-pack
  • Water bottle
  • Travel towel
  • For April departures, there is a chance that there will still be snow on the ground, so a set of thermals and an extra fleece/layer will come in handy. Warm gloves and socks will also be well used.

Full days of scenic hiking, loose footing, altitude - you'll need a fairly good level of fitness for this one. The walking, however, is of a moderate difficulty and relatively straightforward and the views make the journey more than worthwhile!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

In the summer months, Marrakech is very warm, with temperatures regularly exceeding 35°C. The temperature in the mountains is a lot cooler, averaging 10 - 15°C and dropping below 10°C at night.

View detailed weather for the area here on Mountain Forecast

If you have extra luggage you can leave this in Marrakech where your host will look after it for you.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest a minimum of 150 - 200 Dirham per person.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

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Free Date Changes

Free date changes up to 31 days before departure.

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