Toubkal summit. Photo: Customer/Kasia Rylow
4.7
| 79 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal: The Circular Route

4 nights
Challenging

Explore Marrakech and summit Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest point in North Africa, via the lesser-trodden Circular Route

What's Included?

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?

4.7
| 79 reviews
I went on the mount Toubkal trip in Septemb...
November 2023
Rachael
I went on the mount Toubkal trip in Septemb...
November 2023
Rachael
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
May 2023
Kieron
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
May 2023
Kieron
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
May 2023
Kieron
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
May 2023
Kieron
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
May 2023
Kieron
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
December 2022
Lewis
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
December 2022
Lewis
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
December 2022
Lewis
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
December 2022
Lewis
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...
October 2022
Chris
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...
October 2022
Chris
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...
October 2022
Chris
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
October 2022
Alicia
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
October 2022
Alicia
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
October 2022
Alicia
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
October 2022
Alicia
The trip was very organized, meals and acco...
October 2022
War
The trip was very organized, meals and acco...
October 2022
War
The trip was very organized, meals and acco...
October 2022
War
The trip was amazing. Very well organized w...
October 2022
Tanja
Very well organised, easy transfers and com...
October 2022
Peter
What a fantastic adventure. 3 hard days of...
September 2022
Adrienne
What a fantastic adventure. 3 hard days of...
September 2022
Adrienne
What a fantastic adventure. 3 hard days of...
September 2022
Adrienne
An incredibly rewarding experience with ast...
July 2022
Amy
An incredibly rewarding experience with ast...
July 2022
Amy
An incredibly rewarding experience with ast...
July 2022
Amy
Another fantastic trip with MBA! A challeng...
July 2022
Simon

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

Key Information

Day 1

Explore Marrakech

An aerial view of the rooftops in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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 Azzaden 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 Azzaden 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

A man sits on a rock at the summit of Mountain Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

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

Panorama of the Old Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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.

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional mint tea served in three glasses from a silver teapot with mountains in the background

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?

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

The Mouflons Mountain Refuge in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
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. On your way down after the summit you will stay in a well-appointed guesthouse in the village of Armed.

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).

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Leave any time on Day 6

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 6, 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.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Sleeping bag

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
  • Electrolytes/rehydration solutions (especially if travelling during the summer)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (hand sanitiser, 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.
*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)

Rachael(November 2023)
I went on the mount Toubkal trip in Septemb...
I went on the mount Toubkal trip in Septemb...

I went on the mount Toubkal trip in September when the earthquake hit. The company was very organised, friendly and efficient. Unfortunately we didn't get to summit due to it not being safe. The guide Mohamed and his team looked after us so well and I can't thank them enough. They still looked after us , cooked us every meal and gave us a place to stay when they didn't even know if their own family's were alive. Apart from the earthquakes the trip was great as we got to hike with beautiful scenery and had an amazing team. I will be there next year to summit! 🙌

Kieron(May 2023)
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...
Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doin...

Fantastic trip, if your thinking about doing this trip then I could t recommend it enough. From when you land to when you finish is organised faultlessly. Hosts and guides are welcoming and work there socks flof to accommodate l. Food was lovely, there is also plenty of food is enough to have 3 plates full at each meal. The climb is high to the mountain but the route is gradual, IE alot of zig zagging to gain height. The last day is the toughest out of the 3 but well worth it. The accommodation on the mountain Had alot more facilities than I expected, shower and power for charging,

Aithne(May 2023)

Communication by MBA and the local tour guides was unparalleled. Our trek guide, Mohammed, was exceptional. 100% would recommend. Note that the last day of walking is a big day out so ensure to bring plenty of snacks and take lots of breaks to appreciate the views!

Nicky(May 2023)

This was a fabulous trip - amazing scenery and delicious food, and our guides Mohammed and Ahmed were professional and looked after us well. Do not under estimate the fitness and stamina that's needed for this trek though. Not only will you be walking at altitude, but the last day is long and hard going with a 12km hike after summiting to get back from the refuge to Imlil. Well worth it though!

Lewis(December 2022)
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...
Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a m...

Brilliant trip , if you haven't climbed a mountain outside of the UK before MT Toubkal is a great challenge to start with , local guides are great and the Atlas mountains provides views that will take your breath away.

David(November 2022)

Super trip! Three days of hiking between mountain refuges, led by local Berber guides who introduced us to the landscape and Berber culture. The walking got progressively harder, and we acclimatised to the altitude gradually. Summit day was a real tough slog through snow but the views from the top were sensational.

Fiona(November 2022)

Fantastic experience, the guides are amazing, knowledgeable and strong as an ox (or a mule!) as they carried the bags for those who weren’t feeling great. They looked after us well and fed us regularly with yummy snacks. The scenery was stunning and it felt so good to reach the top. If you’re just going to climb the mountain I’d totally recommend either a day before or a day after to venture into Marrakesh to see the city too. It’s an experience! The Riads were beautiful, the mountain huts were much bigger than expected, but don’t expect luxuries like hot water or electricity, or high levels of cleanliness.

Chris(October 2022)
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...
Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly e...

Cannot recommend MBA and this trek highly enough. Great choice of local hosts and guides. Was well supported all the way through the trip, will definitely take mother trip with them in the future

Claire(October 2022)

This is an excellent trip and I would definitely recommend. The mountains were beautiful, the guides were experts and extremely helpful. If you can, extend your stay to experience more of Morocco. You definately need to be physically fit to do this trip and make sure you bring lots of warm layers for the last day if you are doing this in autumn or spring - coldest I have ever been!

Alicia(October 2022)
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...
Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazi...

Fantastic trip. Our local guides were amazing and so so helpful. Can't fault them.

Accommodation in the refuges is basic (as expected). Expect cold showers, 7-25 people sleeping in a room and simple food. Each night there was bread, tagine of some sort and a western style pasta (spaghetti). If you have a sensitive stomach bring cereal bars etc to snack on. Kendal mint cake was a life saver for the nausea caused by altitude sickness! Bring earplugs and wet wipes! Our climb in October was pretty chilly with minus temperatures reached on summit day - don't skimp on the cold weather clothing! Painkillers and anti-altitude sickness tablets were a life saver.

The hike itself it totally doable if your generally active! The last day is the toughest but the guides will bend over backwards to help you get to the summit. Large groups make pacing a bit of a challenge.

If you're thinking of booking it - do it!

Elizabeth(October 2022)

Would definitely recommend - well organised, safe, with friendly knowledgable guides! Food was of a much higher standard than expected. Had a fantastic time!

War(October 2022)