Cultural & walking tours in the High Atlas and beyond

Mount Toubkal Winter Climb

3 Days/ 2 Nights

Embark on the 'Toubkal Winter Climb', a thrilling and transformative journey to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the crowning glory of the Atlas Mountains and the highest peak in North Africa. This three-day trek is an adventurer's dream, offering a perfect blend of challenging climbs, awe-inspiring landscapes, and a deep dive into the rich cultural tapestry of the Moroccan highlands. Experience the exhilaration of scaling steep snowy slopes, the joy of panoramic summit views, and the warmth of Berber hospitality. Join us for this unforgettable Toubkal Winter Climb, where every step is a story, and the summit is just the beginning of your adventure tale.

Tour Duration: 3 days

Starting time 8/10 AM

Walking grade:



DAY 1: From the Heart of Marrakech to the Tranquil Refuge of Toubkal

  • Scenic Drive to Imlil: Your adventure begins with an early morning drive from the lively streets of Marrakech to Imlil, the gateway to the majestic Atlas Mountains. This journey offers a glimpse into the contrasting landscapes of Morocco.
  • Trek to Toubkal Refuge: In Imlil, you'll meet your expert guide and support team. The trek to the Toubkal Refuge is a journey through beautiful valleys and traditional Berber villages, offering insights into the local culture. Witness the harmonious blend of nature and tradition as you hike.
  • Lunch with a View: Enjoy a well-deserved lunch break on the trail, amidst the serene beauty of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Evening at the Refuge: Arrive at the Toubkal Refuge by the afternoon. Here, relax, enjoy a heartwarming dinner, and prepare for the next day's acclimatization activities.
  • Hiking Duration and Stats: Approximately 5 hours of hiking, covering 10.3km with an ascent of 1540m and a descent of 130m.

DAY 2: Acclimatization and Skill Development

  • Essential Mountaineering Skills: Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast followed by a session to get accustomed to using crampons and ice axes, essential tools for your climb.
  • Acclimatization Treks: The day involves summiting lower peaks around the refuge, an essential part of getting acclimatized for the Toubkal ascent. These treks are not just about physical preparation but also about connecting with the majestic surroundings.
  • Rest and Mental Preparation: Return to the refuge by late afternoon to rest and mentally prepare for the summit attempt.
  • Hiking Duration and Stats: Approximately 5 hours of hiking, covering 7.1km with an ascent and descent of 940m each.

DAY 3: The Ascent to the Summit and Return to Marrakech

  • Summit Day: The day begins early in the dark with a challenging yet exhilarating climb to the top of Mount Toubkal. Prepare for steep slopes, snow, and potentially high winds, but the reward is unparalleled.
  • Panoramic Summit Views: Upon reaching the summit, embrace the stunning panoramic views, a testament to your determination and the mountain's magnificence.
  • Descent and Return Journey: After the summit success, descend back to Imlil, followed by a drive to Marrakech, marking the end of your incredible journey.
  • Hiking Duration and Stats: A substantial 9-10 hours of hiking, covering 16.5km with an ascent of 1130m and a momentous descent of 2530m.

Tour Details


This trek is available from October to May
If you are travelling alone please contact us as there is often the opportunity to join a group.


The Mouflon or Neltner mountain refuge.

Included meals

Breakfast: 2
Lunch: 3
Dinner: 2

Tour staff

Local Guide
Muleteer/mules/porter to carry your kit bags

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.

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

  • 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

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Crampons and ice axes are usually required throughout the tour (depending on weather),

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