Climb Mt. Toubkal and Explore Marrakech: Winter Edition

Experience vibrant Marrakech then climb the highest peak in Morocco. 3 days off work.

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Climb Mt. Toubkal and Explore Marrakech: Winter Edition

Experience vibrant Marrakech then climb the highest peak in Morocco. 3 days off work.

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

Explore the vibrant souks and plazas of Marrakech, then travel to the Atlas Mountains for a few days of outdoor adventure. You’ll spend 2 nights in a mountain refuge and climb famous Mt. Toubkal (4167m) in time to catch sunrise from the summit. Your hassle-free long weekend includes:

  • 3 days hiking Mt. Toubkal
  • 2 nights of accommodation in a mountain refuge
  • 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast in a Marrakech riad
  • Expert, Berber, English-speaking mountain guides
  • All technical winter climbing equipment
  • Airport transfers and activity transfers
  • Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage
  • All meals on the hike

Perfect for:
This is an excellent adventure for fit, regular hikers who want to experience the thrill of climbing Northern Africa’s highest peak in winter. No previous mountaineering experience required, but you should be prepared to face snow, ice and potentially high winds if you want to reach the summit.

What to Expect

Thursday: 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.

Friday: Travel to the Atlas Mountains and begin the trek

Wake up early for the 1.5-hour drive through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Imlil. There you’ll meet your guide and support crew and begin your trek.

Gradually ascend the Toubkal Valley with your eye on the prize: the mountain looms over everything! Enjoy the stunning scenery, pass through traditional Berber farming villages, and stop for lunch on the trail.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive the mountain refuge at 3200m. Settle in, meet other hikers staying at the hut, and refuel with a well-earned dinner cooked by your support crew.

5 hours walking

Saturday: Mountain skills and acclimatisation day

Wake up to an incredible view and a hot breakfast.

You’ll learn about crampon and ice axe use, 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 you’ll see tomorrow!

5 hours walking

Sunday: Summit Mt. Toubkal and return to Marrakech

Wake up while it’s still dark and start climbing up and out of the valley. Attain the ridge and finish the climb to the summit (4167m) in time to watch the sunrise of a lifetime.

Rest up, then begin the long descent back to Imlil with as many stops as you like along the way.

Say farewell to the Atlas Mountains and drive back to Marrakech. You’ll arrive at your riad in the early evening. Find a restaurant for couscous or a tasty tajine before collapsing into bed.

9 - 10 hours of walking

Monday: 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.)

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. Sleeping bags will be provided.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

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 (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. As you trek up through the Toubkal valley you’ll pass through terraced farmland and precipitous villages where the streets 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 Marrakech Plain and High Atlas peaks to 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 your vantage point high above the valley it is easy to understand why.

Marrakech is 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. Every night performers and food vendors fill Jemaa el-Fna, a broad square listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

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)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 14. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

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

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

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 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. 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. Towards the summit, you will encounter steep snowy sections where crampons and ice axes could 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!

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 is still pleasant for hiking. You can look forward to trekking on snow on the higher paths with your crampons and ice axes at the ready to give you extra stability.

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

Around 500,000 British nationals visit Morocco every year. The vast majority of visits are trouble-free. The country has been affected by terrorist activity in the past, but the UK government does not currently advise against travel here.

All technical winter climbing equipment is included in the price of this trip (Crampons + Ice Axes). For your own kit, here’s what your local host recommends you pack:

  • Thermal underwear top and bottom
  • Down, fleece or wool jacket *
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Scarf, hat and mittens or gloves
  • Long-sleeve and short-sleeve hiking shirts
  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots with full ankle support *
  • 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

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.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here. Please make sure your policy covers hiking over 4000m and the use of mountaineering equipment such as crampons and ice axes.

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