Cultural & walking tours in the High Atlas and beyond

Basic Mount Toubkal Climb

2 Days/ 1 Night

Our basic 2 day Toubkal climb is the perfect for those trekkers who have limited time to take away from home.
This 2 day trekking will take you through remote Berber villages and terraced fields and experience a stunning and impressive landscapes and scenery across the High Atlas

Trek Duration: 2 days

Starting time 8/10 AM

Walking grade:

Moderate To Challenging


Itinerary

DAY 1: Marrakech - Imlil - Toubkal Refuge

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech at 9.00am. Your driver will take you to the starting point of your trek at Imlil (1740m) where you will meet your guide and muleteer (about 1 ½ hours drive). Imlil is a large picturesque village set at the head of the Imlil Valley surrounded by walnut groves, apple trees and bisected by a rushing river. Once you have loaded up the mules, you will head off on your trek. Your first day is moderately challenging with a steady ascent up the Mizane Valley towards Mount Toubkal. On route, you'll pass the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the Toubkal Refuge – your stop for the night. Overall, you’ll have walked for four to five hours.

DAY 2: Toubkal Summit - Imlil - Marrakech

Today is a long day with an early start, tough going but very rewarding.
From the Refuge, the trail zig-zags up the South Col, a long and moderately steep scree slope ascending 750m to the Tizi-n Toubkal Pass. From the pass, the trail traces a dramatic ridge to the summit, with spectacular mountain views to the N/S/E/W. The trail is set well back from the precipitous drop of the ridge. The walking is relatively straightforward but occasionally difficult in places and requires a strong sense of determination. The views, however, are well worth it – you’ll be able to see across the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the north and the Anti Atlas Mountains and the Sahara in the south. You’ll retrace your footsteps back down the mountain to the refuge for lunch and then on down to Imlil and back to Marrakech. Today was a long day taking between 8-12 hours depending on your pace.


Tour Details

Availability

This trek is available all year round.
If you are travelling alone please contact us as there is often the opportunity to join a group.

Included meals

Breakfast: 1
Lunch: 2
Dinner: 2

Accommodation

The Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge.
*Camping is optional during the summer months.

Tour staff

Local Guide
Cook
Muleteer/mules to carry your kit bags
Driver


Frequently Asked Questions

During this trek, we will use one of the tow refuges on Jebel Toubkal the Neltner Hut (Club Alpin Francais) or the newer Mouflons Refuge (they are right next to each other), both offer basic shared dorms with bunk beds and passable shared bathroom facilities. There’s a common area to relax in the evening and chat with other climbers from around the world.


In the summer we usually camp at the refuges to avoid the dorms.

Meals will be largely Moroccan based but are likely to be infused with a little European influence.
Example:

  • Breakfast: Bread with jam, butter, boiled eggs and processed cheese, with the option of olive oil, served with mint tea, coffee and milk. And also juice, fruit and yoghurt.
  • Lunch: salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, kefta (meatball tagine). fish (sardines, tuna), seasonal fruit
  • Dinner: Soup, classic Morooccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts, seasonal fruit

Read more aboud meals during the trek here

Mount Toubkal is a non-technical summit – You do not need to be super-fit or an expert climber, but you do need to have a good level of fitness and an appetite for adventure!
In summer it is accessible as long as you are reasonably fit and determined.
In winter you will encounter steep snowy sections where crampons and ice axes could be required; it is preferable to have prior experience using them but this is not essential as training is provided.

Have more questions? Please check out our FAQ page!

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