Mt. Toukbal Climb – Morocco
Mt. Toukbal Climb – Morocco
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
For pure mountain air that cuts through the heat and leaves you giddy, don’t miss the highest mountain in North Africa: snowcapped Jebel Toubkal (4167m), situated in the heart of the Toubkal National Park. Mountain trails criss-crossing JebelToubkal start from Imlil, which is located at the end of the Mizane Valley.
Jebel Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak, has captivated mountaineers for centuries. Our ascent up the rocky giant of North Africa — the tallest in the region — is no picnic, but is accessible to anyone in good shape and hungry for a thrilling high-altitude adventure. Traditional Berber communities line the route on this trip and you’ll have plenty of time to learn their customs through village visits and overnight camping with hearty home-cooked meals. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you’ll see (and feel) at the top.
- International Flights
- Airport Transfers
- Hotels (2 nts), mountain gîtes (3 nts), camping (1 nt, 2-man tents).
- Atlas Mountains trek with a qualified mountain guide (5 days).
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Group Leader
- Personal expenses
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your Group Leader will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Marrakech/Tizi Oussem(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Transfer to Imi Oughlad and enjoy a long walk up to the Tizi ‘n Tacht Pass. Descend into the Azzadene Valley and visit the village of Tizi Oussem.
Leave the plains around Marrakech, wind your way through the Moulay Brahim Gorge and the foothills of the western High Atlas Mountains. Pass the village of Asni to Imi Oughlad, where we meet our mules and muleteers to begin the trekking adventure.
Wind your way up past cornfields and woods of juniper and pine to the Tizi N’Tacht pass (2000m/ 1243 ft). Be sure to stop and admire the views back down to Imlil and the Ait Oussaden valley. Descend to the Azzadene Valley, passing red-clay terraced villages to reach the village of Tizi Oussem (1720m/1069 ft) where we stay in a mountain gîte for the night.
Tizi Oussem/Aroumd(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Today is a full day of walking through villages on the northern slopes of Mt Toubkal.
We stay in another village gite for the night.
Aroumd/Jebel Toubkal(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Ascend the beautiful Mizane Valley, passing the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, before arriving at our Mt Toubkal base camp.
Time permitting, enjoy either a 2-hour optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3,650m/11,975 ft) or simply relax at base camp for the night.
Ascend the beautiful Mizane Valley via the pilgrimage hamlet of Sidi Chamharouch, with the shrine of a marabout (please note that only Muslims may cross the bridge to visit the shrine). From here our trail continues to zigzag steadily upwards to reach the Mt Toubkal base camp. Time permitting, we can either enjoy a 2-hr optional climb to the summit of Ouanoums (3,650m/11,975 ft) or simply relax at our base camp for the night. Tonight we camp in two-person tents near the busy Mt Toubkal refuges, located at an altitude of 3,207m/10,522 ft.
Jebel Toubkal/Aroumd(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Savour the satisfaction of the ascent and the spectacular views across the valleys below when summitting the 4,167m (13,671 ft) Mt Toubkal today.
Set your alarm early for the start of this challenging 10-hr trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal. The route ascends through scree fields, over boulders and rocks. The hiking is not too difficult, but the effect of the altitude can make this trek tougher. Take your time, drink lots of water, and rest along the way. Your reward? Once up and over the ridge, the views from the summit and downwards are spectacular!
Descend to the village of Imlil before travelling back to Marrakech for a free afternoon.
Take advantage of a few hours in the early evening to explore this wonderful city – perhaps for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.
Enjoy wandering in the souks, sipping mint tea or just kicking back and enjoying this great city.
Depart at any time.