Woman sat looking at the sunrise on Toubkal's summit in Morocco.
4.8
| 76 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal (4167m) in a Week

5 nights
Challenging

Hike a circular route to summit North Africa’s highest peak, acclimatising in the remote foothills and exploring bustling Marrakech

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking Berber guides

All Accommodation

2 nights in a riad, 2 nights in mountain refuges and 1 night in a guesthouse

Meals

All your breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners

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
| 76 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

Trek the top of Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas, catching an epic sunrise on the tallest mountain in North Africa

Enjoy a relaxed pace as you hike the lesser-trodden Azzaden Valley over four days, sleeping in cosy mountain huts and a Berber village guesthouse

Delve into the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakech's captivating medina and kick back in a peaceful, traditional riad

Short on time? Try our much-loved classic Climb Mount Toubkal in a Weekend

Key Information

Day 1

Explore Marrakech

Night time scene of Jemaa el Fnaa main square in Marrakech

Fly into the colourful city of Marrakech and head to your traditional riad in the historic medina. Spend the rest of the day exploring the souks and the iconic main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa – a place that’s been beguiling travellers for centuries. By day, throw yourself into the hustle of market traders and the typical orange juice vendors who inhabit the famous plaza, or retreat to one of the many rooftop bars overlooking the square to people watch over a glass tea or a tasty tagine. Nighttime is the busiest time in the square, with exotic smells flowing from the tempting food stalls and the ambient sounds of street performers, magicians and traditional dancers entertaining the gathered crowds. After sampling the atmosphere, return to the calm of your riad to prepare for the mountain adventure ahead.

Day 2

The foothills of the Atlas Mountains

View of Imlil village in front of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Hiking

5hrs · 12km · 750m up · 240m down

Driving

1.5 hrs

Drive through the lovely Moroccan countryside and into the foothills of the Atlas mountains. Meet your guides at the Imlil trailhead and follow quiet trails through the Azzaden Valley to the Ighouliden waterfalls. Away from the main walking routes of Mount Toubkal, the first two days of this trek are perfect for seeing a hidden and often missed side of the Atlas mountains. After lunch in the middle of a juniper forest, continue to the Tamsoult Refuge (2250m) where you’ll spend the night beneath a vast, starry mountain sky.

Day 3

The Aguelzim mountain pass

Hiker descends down a scree mountain pass in Morocco's Atlas Mountains

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17km · 1300m up · 350m down

Today is a challenging day, starting with a steep uphill section out of the Azzaden Valley and over the Aguelzim mountain pass at 3560m. After lunch at a scenic lookout, with a spectacular view across the Atlas mountain range, continue hiking to Les Mouflon mountain refuge. Bed down and get a good night's rest ahead of an early start to the tackle summit tomorrow.

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 · 2170m down

Leave in the darkness of the early hours of the morning and clamber to the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m), arriving in time for a beautiful sunrise over the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. You'll have time to bask in your accomplishment and bag some epic pics before beginning the long walk down. With over 2000m to descend, your legs will be thankful for the stop in the village of Armed (2000m), where you can enjoy a final evening in the mountains over a glass of mint tea and views of the mountains you have just traversed.

Day 5

Head back to Marrakesh

Koutoubai Mosque at sunset, Marrakech

Hiking

2 hrs · 4 km · 300m down

Driving

1.5 hrs

After a relaxing breakfast, enjoy a short morning walk down to the trailhead at Imlil where you'll meet your driver. Wave one last goodbye to the Atlas Mountains and begin your journey back to Marrakech – you'll be back in your riad by lunchtime. You're free to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Marrakech, picking up any last-minute souvenirs or just relaxing in the serenity of your riad. In the evening, you can head out with your fellow adventurers to explore the local food scene, perhaps indulging in celebratory farewell meal.

Day 6

Goodbye Marrakech

Colourful tagines in the markets of Marrakech

Relax over one 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

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

2 traditional Moroccan tagines

Moroccan food is a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tagines (stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous and bastillas (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 tagine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

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

In the mountains, you'll stay at Tamsoult mountain refuge (at 2250m) and Les Mouflon 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 Berber 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).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

Full days of scenic hiking, loose footing, high altitude - you'll need a fairly good level of fitness for this one. The views make the effort more than worthwhile!

Allowing two extra days on the mountain (compared to our classic 3–night trip) gives more time for acclimatisation to the altitude, as well as breaking up the long summit day and descent. The final day of trekking involves just a short couple of hours down to Imlil, meaning you return to Marrakech with time to explore the city in the afternoon and enjoy a celebratory meal in the evening.

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 seven 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 occasion – 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!) Night time 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

map

Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

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 any time you 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.

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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
  • Lightweight, 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

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!

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)