Climb Mt. Toubkal Circular Trek and Explore Marrakech.

5 day, 4 night adventure to climb Mount Toubkal by a less visited circular route, and explore Marrakech.

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Climb Mt. Toubkal Circular Trek and Explore Marrakech.

5 day, 4 night adventure to climb Mount Toubkal by a less visited circular route, and explore Marrakech.

  • Morocco
  • April—October
  • Menara Airport, Marrakech (RAK)

An epic 3 day circular trek with two nights in mountain refuges and sunrise on top of Mt Toubkal, with a night in a classic Maarakech riad at the start and end. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days hiking the Azzaden valley and Toubkhal massif
  • Expert Berber, English speaking mountain guides
  • 2 nights in a mountain refuge
  • 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast in a Marrakech riad
  • Airport transfers and transport to/from trek
  • Mules to carry your luggage and all meals on the hike

In a rush? Try the express weekend for a route that is one day quicker.

Perfect for:
Fit, regular hikers who love the challenge of a high peak. No technical skill required, expect easy scrambling and snow slopes.

*Read what The Independent and FS Magazine had to say about the short version of this epic mini adventure. *

What to Expect

The Plan

Mt. Toubkal is the highest mountain in the Atlas range and is on the bucket list of many! While most take the there-and-back two day trek to the peak, you’ll take a less trodden path through the Azzadene valley. You’ll spend two nights in mountain huts, before hitting the peak (4167m) at sunrise on the final morning. You’ll be picked up and dropped off in Marrakech, famed for it’s bustling souks and UNESCO heritage market square, so save some time to explore the city too.

Day 1, arrival and explore Marrakech

Your host will meet you at the airport and drive you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s medina.

Spend the whole day exploring the city’s colorful souks, wandering the UNESCO-listed main square and indulging in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2, set off (6 hours walking)

You’ll be picked up early for the drive through the foothills of the Atlas to Imlil (1.5hrs), where you will meet your mountain guides.

Set out into the Azzadene Valley, and pass Tizi N’Mzik at 2,450m, the refuge at Azib n’Tansoult and the Ighouliden waterfalls. Enjoy lunch prepared by your cook in the middle of a juniper forest. Sleep overnight at the Lipeney mountain refuge at 3,000m.

Day 3, Aguelzim pass (8-9 hours walking)

After breakfast, set off on a fairly stiff climb out of the Azzadene Valley to the Toubkal Refuge over the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m. Lunch will be taken with spectacular views over the Atlas Mountain Range.

Stay overnight in the Toubkal Refuge where you’ll likely be sharing a bunk room with other trekkers tackling Toubkal early the next morning.

Day 4, summit Toubkal and back to Marrakech (8-9 hours walking)

A very early start, aiming to summit Mt Toubkal (4167m) in time for a beautiful sunrise over Morocco and the Sahara. Rest up, bag some epic pics, then begin the long descent back to Imlil - 900m up then almost 2,500m back down.

You might be able to hitch a ride with a donkey if you are struggling. A 1.5 hour drive, and you’ll be back at your accommodation in Marrakech by early evening.

Day 5, departure

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.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

In Marrakech, you will be staying in a beautiful riad. Riads are 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 photos shown are Riad Boussa and Riad Dar el Souk. Please note, these are for illustration purposes; you may be in a different riad of similar quality.)

On the trek, you will be staying the first night in the Lipeney mountain refuge at 3,000m (or before at Azib n Tamsoult).The second night will be in the Neltner mountain refuge.

The accommodations are basic shared bunk bed dorms with a social area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from around the world. Sleeping bags will be provided.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Pre/Post trip accommodation Payable Before Departure
Pre/Post trip accommodation €50.00 Per Person, Per Night
Airport Transfers Payable Before Departure
1 Way Airport Transfer €18.75 Per Person

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Location

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Mt. Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa and the highest mountain in the Atlas range. It’s on the bucket list of many for a reason! As you trek up through the Toubkal valley you’ll pass through areas of traditional Berber terraced farming, and mountain villages nestled into the side of mountains with streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. The Berber people are extremely friendly and always happy to see trekkers, you may even pass through the village your guide is from!

From the summit there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Pliny, the great Roman scholar, once described the High Atlas Mountains as “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa” and from our vantage point high above the valley it is easy to understand why.

Marrakesh itself needs no introduction. A bustling city home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire with maze-like alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. Food vendors line Djemaa el-Fna, a broad square where storytellers and musicians perform.

Start point?
You will be met by your local host at the Marrakech airport. Your transfer is flexible and will meet the most suitable flight for you. Your host will be in touch before the trip to confirm details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Marrakech airport 2-3 hours before your chosen flight on Monday. Your host will be in touch before you leave to collect this information.

Getting there and away?
Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is served by regular low-cost flights. You can get any flight that suits you and your host will meet you at the airport. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Tips for your guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodations in Marrakech before and after the tour
  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Note that airport transfers and accommodations can be arranged if needed once you’ve booked the tour

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Moroccan food has a unique blend of sweet and savory flavours. Local specialties 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, tumeric 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 Morooccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts, fruit

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

Here’s what your host recommends you pack:

  • Warm jacket *
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat and light gloves or mittens
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Broken-in hiking boots of hiking shoes *
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry out)
  • Head torch *
  • Day-pack *
  • Water bottle *
  • Towel

Items marked with an asterisk can be hired locally in Imlil at the start of your trek

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

For a more detailed look at the weather in the Atlas Mountains have a look here:
 https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Toubkal/forecasts/4167

All of the guides speak very good English and French.

In winter most of Morocco is still fairly warm at 10 - 15°C. However, up in the mountains it gets very cold and snowy! In winter this route is not advised. Check our winter edition trek instead!

Millions of tourists visit every year, the vast majority of visits are trouble-free. The country has been affected by terrorist activity in the past, but for the latest UK government advice, head here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco

The following costs are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Marrakech
  • Lunches and dinners in Marrakech
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers mountaineering
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Start point?
You will be met by your local host at the Marrakech airport. Your transfer is flexible and will meet the most suitable flight for you. Your host will be in touch before the trip to confirm details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Marrakech airport 2-3 hours before your chosen flight on Monday. Your host will be in touch before you leave to collect this information.

Getting there and away?
Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is served by regular low-cost flights. You can get any flight that suits you and your host will meet you at the airport. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

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