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

From

Trip Ref #8405

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

What's it like?

    See the photos our community shared

    All our reviews are verified

    We only invite travellers to leave a review if they have booked this trip with Much Better Adventures.

    Luke, June 2022

    Wow. If you’re debating whether to do this trip, stop. Just book it. What an experience. The logistics were made so much easier booking through these guys. Transfers were perfect, food throughout was delicious as always expected in Morocco, the guide was great, we went at a good pace which can be altered depending on the group so it’s do-able for most. We summited for sunrise. We were the first group to leave the refuge (our choice) at 0200 and then the first at the summit and had it to ourselves for around 30 minutes to watch the sunrise, which was mind blowing. It’s a challenging trek made harder with lack of sleep but a million % worth it. Thank you MBA, I already have Kyrgyzstan booking with you for next year and have no doubt I’ll be doing plenty more trips with you.

    Francis, May 2022

    All round awesome experience from Riad in Marrakesh to refuge stops and the amazing views on route to the summit. The trip flowed well to start to finish without any stress. Our guides were great characters, full of experience and good energy. Got the bug to do another trip with MuchBetterAdventures. Many Thanks - Francis

    Liam, May 2022

    A challenging hike with tons of scenic views from dark AM to evening. The guides and hosts were great all round. The mountain refuge can be loud and cramped with many other groups also using it but fine for one night. The people I met on this trip made it all the better and I'd recommended this and MBA.

    Russell, May 2022

    Really enjoyed this trip! Had a great bunch of people, the food was pretty good and the trip very well planned! It was quite the challenge and shouldn't be over looked, I would definitely take lip balm next time! Whilst the marrakech accommodation was perfect the mountain refuge was less so and I'd pay for that private room option to garuntee a good night's sleep before summit day. But everyone was in the same boat and our entire team made it!

    Robert, May 2022

    Extremely well organised trip. All has been as described on the website. Both guide Mohamed and Hakim real professionals through a whole trip. Superb experience. Will highly recommend.

    Agnieszka, May 2022

    I really did enjoy my trek with mba. Our guides Mohamed and Hakim were very helpful and nice. Also the food was good! Thank you!

    Stuart, April 2022

    It was a fantastic trip! The Riad in Marrakech is in a great location in the southern part of the Medina. The guides, mountain refuges and food were terrific throughout as well. The Atlas Mountains are dramatic, beautiful and exotic. Loved it all.

    Stephen, April 2022

    The people on the trek were really nice, the guides too, the scenery was amazing, but progress was too slow for me. (Although this was definitely a minority opinion). I was a bit surprised by the low level of fitness in the group tbh considering this was marketed as a challenging route. Although it is an intermediate trek, not K2! There's two pretty long days. I was as much bored as tired towards the end of those days. To give you a benchmark I am 51 and not an athlete. If you are a relatively fit / experienced trekker, consider before booking the trip that you will have to wait for the slowest in the group so if only one person has over-streched themselves you could be waiting a long time. Also be realistic about your own fitness levels before booking. This is not a hill either. The riad was ok, the food was also ok but not spectacular. Would travel again with muchbetteradventures. I think they are doing some good things.

    Matt, April 2022

    Wow! This trip was my f**k brain tumour trip. A fundraising challenge for people suffering with brain injuries (like myself) MBA have bent over backwards to accommodate my needs and even helped me when I’ve had problems at home effecting my booking. I had to be pulled off the mountain due to altitude sickness 600m from the summit. The guides were amazing. They made sure I was safe and able to get back to base camp safely. This trip has left me with some amazing life changing memories. Thank you MBA!

    Ciarin, April 2022

    The hosts were excellent. The route was incredible.

    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

    map

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    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.

    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

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 222kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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.

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

    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.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    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 specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

    From

    Full Financial Protection

    Your money is safe. Every booking is fully financially protected.

    Covid Refund Guarantee

    If your trip is cancelled due to Covid choose from free date changes, account credit, or a full refund.

    Similar Trips

    From