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5-day Trek to Climb Mount Toubkal

Explore remote valleys and Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains on your way to climb Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

Trek through stunning valleys and over high mountain passes as you make your way to the summit of Mt. Toubkal, staying in small Berber villages along the way. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 5 days hiking through the beautiful Atlas mountains
  • Ascent of majestic Mt. Toubkal
  • English-speaking expert Berber mountain guide
  • All meals prepared by a Berber cook
  • Mules to carry your luggage
  • 2 nights in gites (Berber homes) and 2 nights in mountain refuges
  • Transportation between the trek and your accommodation in Marrakech

Perfect for:
Fit, regular hikers who love to explore local landscapes and cultures, and who enjoy the challenge of a high peak. No technical skill required.

  • Mountain huts/refuges
  • —Mount Toubkal
  • Activity Type
    • Walk/trek from place to place, with a guide
  • Groups up to 12
  • Features
    • ensuite rooms


The Plan

At 4167 m, Mt. Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. You’ll spend five days trekking through the ruggedly beautiful Atlas Mountains to attain its lofty summit, spending nights in local Berber homes (gites) and mountain refuges. You will be picked up and dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech, famous for its bustling souks and vibrant market square, so be sure to save some time to explore the city too!

Day 1: Marrakech to Tiziane (5 hours walking)

You’ll be picked up early at your accommodation in Marrakech for the scenic drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to the trailhead at Imi Oughlad (1450 m). The view of Mt. Toubkal will get you excited for what lies ahead!

After meeting your guide, cook and team of mules and muleteers, begin your trek on a switchbacking trail through fields of corn and forests of pine and juniper. Break for lunch after 2 ½ hours of gentle ascent, then descend slightly for another 2 ½ hours to the red clay village of Tiziane (1750 m). You’ll spend the night there in a comfortable gite.

Day 2: Tiziane to D’knt (5 hours walking)

A 2 ½ hour walk through walnut groves takes you up and over your first mountain pass, Tizi n’Taghrhourte (1995 m), then along a rare and enjoyable flat stretch to Assaka Spring. Enjoy lunch in the shade, and oncer you’re rested continue 2 ½ hours to the village of D’knt (1870 m). Enjoy another delicious Moroccan dinner before sleeping soundly at the gite.

Day 3: D’knt to Tamsoult (6 hours walking)

The first 3 hours of walking will take you through terraced fields of corn and barley to your next pass, Tizi n’Tagdalte. Descend gently to another refreshing spring for lunch. A further 3 hours through groves of walnut and cherry will bring you to a gushing mountain river, and, just beyond, the terraced villages of Tizi Oussem (1850 m) and Tamsoult, where you’ll spend the night in a mountain hut.

Day 4: Tamsoult to Toubkal Refuge (6 hours walking)

A moderately difficult hike will take you to the highest point yet of the trek, the pass of Tizi Aguelzim (3550 m). After you catch your breath (and take some photos!) you’ll traverse across the upper Toubkal Valley to the Toubkal Refuge, nestled in the rocks at snowline (3207 m).

Enjoy the company of other trekkers and climbers from around the world before eating a hearty Moroccan dinner and getting a good night’s sleep—tomorrow will be a big day!

Day 5: Summit Mt. Toubkal, descend to Imlil, drive to Marrakech (9 hours walking)

You’ll begin the 3 hour ascent of Mt. Toubkal at 6:00 am. The trail is steep and relentless, but not technical, and the view at the top will make every step worth the effort! Enjoy the thin air and stunning panoramas from the top before descending back to the refuge for a well-earned lunch.

Continue your descent, visiting the pre-Islamic marabout shrine of Sidi Chamharouch along the way. A final 2 hours of walking will bring you to Imlil, the typical start of Toubkal climbs, and the end of your Atlas Mountains trek.

Relax during the 1 ½ hour drive back to Marrakech. You’ll be back at your accommodation by early evening, leaving you time to explore the bazaars—if you have the energy!


Two nights will be spent in gites (local Berber homes), and two nights in mountain refuges. 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. Toilets are basic.


Located an hour and a half due south of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa and the crowning gem of the Atlas Mountains. Snow often remains on the high peaks year round, providing a stark contrast to the surrounding desert.

The valleys leading up to the peak are lush and green with agricultural fields and terraces fed by fresh snowmelt. Vibrant and bustling Berber villages lie nestled in these valleys, and the friendly locals are full of smiles.

From the summit you can see the expansive Sahara desert to the south, and the jagged peaks of the Atlas Mountains extending away to the east and west. If you’re lucky you may see a herd of Barbary sheep, or spot a Lammergeier or Booted Eagle soaring overhead!

Start point?
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech on the first morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Marrakech at the location of your choice. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular low cost flights to Marrakech throughout the year. The airport is just a 15min drive from the city centre. Airport transfers can be pre-booked for you by your host.


What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Tips for your guides
  • 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.

Can I book on my own?

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

How big will the group be?

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.

What is the food like on the trek?

Meals on the trek are prepared by your Berber cook. The food is fresh and healthy, and dinners are distinctly Moroccan.

  • Example breakfast: Bread and jam or butter, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk.
  • Example lunch: Salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils or beans, rice or pasta, sardines or tuna, and fruit.
  • Example dinner: Soup, tajine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?

Absolutely. Just let us know about your catering preferences when you confirm your booking to ensure any dietary requirements are met.

What is the hike like? How fit do I need to be?

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

What’s the weather like?

From April to October, daytime temperatures in the valleys are typically warm (25 - 30°C) but it cools off considerably at night. The higher you go, the cooler it gets. In the winter, daytime temperatures are still warm (10 - 20°C), but nighttime temperatures often drop below freezing.

Afternoon storms are always possible in the Atlas Mountains during the summer months, but typically the winter months are wetter. It rains in the valleys and snows on the peaks roughly a third of the days in the winter. Still, the amounts are small and generally don’t prevent anyone from enjoying the trek.

Can I do this in winter?

In winter the mountains get quite cold and snowy, but the valleys are still warm. This trip is available year round, with crampons and ice axes provided in the winter to help you attain the summit. In fact, the snow just makes the scenery that much more beautiful!

What equipment is provided?

All dining utensils are included. Beds in the gites and refuges are provided, or, if you opt to camp instead, tents are provided.

What should I pack?

You will need to bring sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, all personal toiletries or first aid items, a 3-4 season sleeping bag, warm layers including gloves and a hat, sun protection, a small backpack to carry daily items, a flashlight or headlamp, raingear (jacket and trousers), and a personal water bottle or hydration bladder. Many of these items, including sleeping bags, are available to rent through your guide.