Climb Mount Toubkal: The Winter Edition
Don your crampons and trek your way up the mighty Mount Toubkal in the height of winter
Why it's Much Better
Summit North Africa’s highest mountain in the peak of winter. All 4167 metres of her
Think snowy slopes, icy whipping winds and a lot of mint tea
Fuelled by tagine, hike to the roof of North Africa via traditional Berber villages and scenic pitstops
Wake up before dawn to start your final ascent in the dark, ice-axe in hand, head torch on head
Cosy down in a mountain refuge and homestay in the Atlas Mountains and a traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of Marrakech
A rewarding summit adventure that will push you to your extremes. All in a weekend
Expert, English-speaking Berber guides from Imlil
2 nights in a riad and 2 nights in a refuge at 3200m
All your food on the mountain will be taken care of
Both airport transfers and transfers to and from Imlil
Mules and muleteers to carry your overnight luggage to the refuge
Your crampons, ice axe and sleeping bag will be provided
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Fly in and check out the sights and smells of Marrakech
Your host will meet you at the airport and drive you to your traditional riad accommodation in Marrakech’s 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.
Travel to the Atlas Mountains and hike to your refuge at 3200m
On your Feet
Approx. 5 hours of trekking
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 and start your trek. Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley, pass 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.
Take a day to acclimatise
On your Feet
Approx. 5 hours of trekking
940m up / 940m down
Wake up to an incredible view of snow covered mountains and a hot breakfast.
You’ll try out your crampons and ice axe, then 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.
Rise early to summit Toubkal then head back to Marrakech
On your Feet
Approx. 9-10 hours of trekking
1130m up / 2530m down
Breakfast and lunch
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 towards the summit, but once you attain the ridge, the summit is in sight.
Once you get there, there’s just about enough time to scope the view from the top, give yourself a pat on the back, before escaping the whipping wind and beginning the long descent back down to Imlil.
Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to your riad in Marrakech. The night is then yours to find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine to celebrate, before collapsing into bed.
Time to head back to reality
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.
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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.
Same sex dorm
During the trek, you will be staying 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.
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- Ice axe
- Sleeping bag
What do I need to bring?
- Backpack (35-45 litre)
- 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
- 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
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Watch (with light and alarm)
- Water bottle (1 litre)
- Plenty of high energy snacks (chocolate, nuts, gels etc.)
- Toilet roll and ziplock baggies for carrying off the mountain
- Travel towel
- First aid kit and any personal medication
Meet Your Host
Mohammed and team
Born in Imlil at the foot of Mount Toubkal, Mohammed has been guiding people safely around the Atlas Mountains for over 20 years. His team’s love for these mountains and their intimate knowledge of the area means you’re in safe hands. Simply by joining them on an adventure you’ll also be supporting their endeavours to aid important projects that help the remote communities.
Dates & Prices
Bespoke trips only
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