A group of hikers trek through the snow towards the summit of Mount Toubkal, Morocco.
4.8
| 144 reviews

Climb Mount Toubkal: The Winter Edition

4 nights
Tough

Don your crampons and trek your way up the mighty Mount Toubkal in the height of winter

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking Berber guides from Imlil

Riad & Mountain Refuge

2 nights in a riad and 2 nights in a refuge at 3200m

Meals

All your food on the mountain will be taken care of

Transfers & Porterage

Airport transfers, transfers to/from Imlil, plus mules and muleteers to carry your overnight luggage

Equipment

Your crampons, ice axe and sleeping bag will be provided

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 144 reviews
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
May 2024
Daniel S.
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
May 2024
Daniel S.
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
May 2024
Daniel S.
Epic trip!
May 2024
Eleanor R.
Epic trip!
May 2024
Eleanor R.
Epic trip!
May 2024
Eleanor R.
Epic trip!
May 2024
Eleanor R.
Amazing Few Day
April 2024
Harry D.
Great time climbing toubkal
April 2024
Jordan M.
Great time climbing toubkal
April 2024
Jordan M.
Great time climbing toubkal
April 2024
Jordan M.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Exceptional adventure
March 2024
Francesca H.
Great trek to the top of North Africa
March 2024
Stephen G.
Mount Tobukal
March 2024
Juliette H.
Mount Toubkal was amazing
March 2024
Alice A.
Mount Toubkal was amazing
March 2024
Alice A.
Mount Toubkal was amazing
March 2024
Alice A.
Epic!
February 2024
Naomi C.
Epic!
February 2024
Naomi C.
Marrakesh and Toubkal: what's not to love
January 2024
Simon R.
Incredible trip
January 2024
Krystian Z.
Mount Toubkal Winter Summit January 2024
January 2024
Shaun B.
Mount Toubkal Winter Summit January 2024
January 2024
Shaun B.
Mount Toubkal Winter Summit January 2024
January 2024
Shaun B.
Mount Toubkal Winter Summit January 2024
January 2024
Shaun B.

Summit North Africa’s highest mountain in the peak of winter. All 4167 metres of her

Fuelled by tagine, hike to the roof of North Africa via traditional Berber villages and scenic pitstops

Cosy down in a mountain refuge and homestay in the Atlas Mountains and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of Marrakech

Key Information

Day 1

Check out the sights and smells of Marrakech

Panorama of the Old Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Your host will meet you at the airport and drive you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s historic medina. The day is yours to explore the city’s colourful souks, wander the UNESCO-listed main square and indulge in some amazing Moroccan food.

Day 2

Travel to the Atlas Mountains and hike to your refuge at 3200m

A view of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Hiking

5hrs · 10.3km · 1540m up · 130m down

Wake up early for the drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Imlil, where you'll meet your support crew. Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley, passing Berber farming villages and stop for lunch on the trail.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the refuge. Settle in, meet other hikers and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew. Wrap up warm, get in your sleeping bag and head to bed looking forward to the high altitude days ahead.

Day 3

Take a day to acclimatise

A mountain guide leans against his ice axe on the snowy slopes of Mount Toubkal, Morocco.

Hiking

5hrs · 7.1km · 940m up · 940m down

Wake up to an incredible view of snow covered mountains followed by a hot breakfast. After trying out your crampons and ice axe, set out to summit some of the lower peaks around the refuge in preparation for the final ascent of Toubkal tomorrow.

You’ll be back at the refuge by late afternoon to eat, relax and dream about the views from the summit.

Day 4

Rise early to summit Toubkal

Pre-dawn stars in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.

Hiking

9-10hrs · 16.5km · 1130m up · 2530m down

Rise when it's still dark, head torch on and start climbing up and out of the valley. You’ll soon face steep, snowy slopes, ice and high winds on the way to the summit, but once you attain the ridge, your goal is in sight. Once you get there, scope the view from the top, give yourself a pat on the back, then escape the whipping wind as you begin the long descent back to Imlil.

Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to your riad in Marrakech, where the night is yours to find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine to celebrate, before collapsing into bed.

Day 5

Time to head back to reality

A cyclist cycles the back streets of Jamaa el Fna Market in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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.

Day 1

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A group of hungry hikers help themselves to traditional Moroccan food.

Moroccan food has a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tajine (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 cooked by the Berber muleteers. The food is fresh and healthy. Example meals include:

  • 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 Moroccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts, 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

In Marrakech, you'll stay in a beautiful riad - 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.

A view of the Mouflons Refuge in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.
Mount Toubkal

During the trek, you'll stay in either the Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge depending on availability and group size. The rooms are basic shared dorms with bunk beds. There’s a common area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from 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).

This trip has been rated as Tough

This trek requires a very good level of fitness.

As this trip takes place during the winter, you must be capable of hiking all day up paths of moderate difficulty and be prepared to face rain, snow and high winds. During the lower parts of this trek, the walking is relatively straightforward, but the loose footing and high altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. You should pack enough personal food and snacks to power you through 3 full days of hiking at altitude. Towards the summit, you will encounter steep snowy sections where crampons and ice axes will be required; Your guides will give you a full safety briefing on how to use these. However difficult it gets, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. On any winter hike in a high mountain environment, you will potentially encounter high winds, rain, snow, ice and steep slopes. The Atlas Mountains are no different and you should be experienced and prepared to face these conditions. For the higher parts of the trek, you will use crampons and have an ice axe to hand.

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.

January, February and March are the best months to do winter treks in the Atlas Mountains. January sees the lowest temperatures - average 6 °C throughout the month - but it's still pleasant for hiking.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Catch any flight on Day 1

Ends

Marrakech Airport (RAK)

Catch any flight on Day 5

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 5, 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 regular, daily flights to Marrakech from airports in the UK and Europe. Day one is yours to explore Marrakech: you'll meet your guide and fellow travellers the next morning.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport and you will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

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?

  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Sleeping bag

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack (35-45 litre)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the mules to carry overnight kit)
  • Large lightweight backpack liner
  • Small waterproof stuff sacks
  • Waterproof shell jacket and trousers
  • Goretex gaiters (or equivalent)
  • Very warm insulated down or Primaloft jacket
  • Thick fleexe or softshell jacket
  • Wool or microfleece top
  • Mid-weight trekking trousers
  • Long sleeved base layers and thermals
  • Warm hat or thin balaclava
  • Buff
  • Sun hat or cap with neck veil
  • Two pairs of thin liner gloves
  • Warm insulated mitts (with straps)
  • Shell mitts (optional but good in wet conditions)
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm mountain socks
  • Warm winter mountaineering boot, ideally B1 or B2 crampon compatible or hybrid (i.e. Scarpa Manta or Charmoz)
  • Full plastic double boots are not required and are likely to be uncomfortable for most of the terrain encountered.
  • Sandals or flip flops for the refuge
  • Travel clothes
  • Glacier glasses (cat 3 UV polaroid)
  • Ski Goggles (cat 2-3 UV polaroid - optional but useful in windy conditions)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermal pyjamas and hat
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Watch (with light and alarm)
  • Water bottle (1 litre)
  • Flask
  • Plenty of high energy snacks (chocolate, nuts, gels etc.)
  • Toilet roll and ziplock baggies for carrying off the mountain
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toiletries
  • Travel towel
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit and any personal medication
*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)

Anthony A.(May 2024)
Fantastic Jebel Toubkal Experience

The whole experience was wonderful and well organised and I'd particularly like to mention our main guide Said.

Said was excellent and professional and made sure we were well informed, well fed and was very attentive and responsive to everyone's needs and questions.

Daniel S.(May 2024)
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
Excellent trip. Everyone in the
Excellent trip. Everyone in the

Excellent trip. Everyone in the group was successfully guided to the summit of mount toubkal. Great food and great company. Fantastic value for money.

Eleanor R.(May 2024)
Epic trip!
Epic trip!
Epic trip!
Epic trip!
Epic trip!

An awesome trip! Unfortunately we didn't get the snow I'd hoped for - I booked a late April trip so end of the winter season anyway but wanted to use crampons! The trek was challenging especially in parts where it's very steep and loose, but so rewarding. Incredible views. Our guides were brilliant and the food was exquisite! Recommend bringing card games for the refuge!

Harry D.(April 2024)
Amazing Few Day
Amazing Few Day

Amazing few days in the mountains with all the food, pickups, guides, organised very well. What I will say is I done the trek in April and there was no snow so didn't get the full winter experience we paid for. However thats the weather and you cant predict it, but was told there's been no snow since Febuary. So if you want the full winter experience be sure to check the weather before you book it.

Jordan M.(April 2024)
Great time climbing toubkal
Great time climbing toubkal
Great time climbing toubkal
Great time climbing toubkal

Just got back from climbing Mount Toubkal, from the get go everything was extremely smooth, from airport pick up to hotel check in. Well fed throughout full trip and the guides were great. Always a variety of food so something for everyone. Summiting was as picturesque as it gets and good first introduction into higher altitude peaks. Due to us having little snow for our ‘winter edition’ we did an optional sun rise hike to a near mountain pass to make up for the lack of snow. Would definitely book through this company again.

James M.(April 2024)
Excellent guides, special thanks to

Excellent guides, special thanks to Abdul for getting me to the summit when I didn't think I'd be able to make it. Food is super tasty and varied every day,

Thomas W.(April 2024)
Faultless experience

Absolutely fantastic trip from start to finish! No stone left unturned by both Muchbetteradventures and the guys in Morocco. Great value, great food and unbelievable hospitality from start to finish. Can't wait to book my next adventure. Thanks 😊

Ben D.(April 2024)
Great Weekend in the Atlas Mountains

Had a great weekend in the Atlas Mountains, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly we had a good group of people whom I was meeting for the first time. For anyone who is thinking of doing this trip, I would thoroughly recommend it.

Keith G.(March 2024)
Great value for money

Really well organized, food was good guides were very knowledgeable. Would recommend.

David I.(March 2024)
Mount Toubkal Winter Edition

Fantastic Trip!

Alice B.(March 2024)
Bring on the next adventure!

This was my first Much Better Adventures trip, and I was so glad that I made the (somewhat last minute) decision to book it. Having read other reviews and researched how strenuous the Mount Toubkal climb is, I wasn’t sure if I was going to feel out of my depth (as someone that had done only one other multi-day trek in the last 3 years). I think it’s fair to say I had to dig deep, but the pace was well managed, the advice and care from the guides was brilliant and the route was adjusted based on democratic votes from the whole group depending on how we were feeling. We battled heat in the valley, snow at the refuge, a wind chill of -20 and freezing fog at the summit - the weather certainly played a part in making this an adventure! From a culture perspective this trip was a fantastic intro to both the beautiful craziness of Marrakech and authentic rural mountain life. We were incredibly well fed considering how basic the mountain refuge facilities were.

Francesca H.(March 2024)