Guided Hike to Morocco’s Highest Peak – Mount Toubkal 4’167m
Escape and explore the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco, famous for their breathtaking views, welcoming people, and diverse landscapes. The highlight of this 6-day hiking trip is the ascent to the peak of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the country at 4’167 m.
In addition to the mountain expedition, you will experience the rich culture of Morocco, staying at a Riad, hiking with a local guide, eating traditional cuisine, exploring souks…
This trip is led by David Norris, international mountain leader. The Toubkal ascent will be led by a local guide as well as David.
What’s the plan?
Here is our detailed itinerary:
Day 1: Saturday 14 December
David will meet you at the airport in Marrakech. Transfer to Imlil where you will be spending the night.
Day 2: Sunday 15 December
After a delicious Moroccan breakfast, you will explore the area with a day hike around Imlil. We’ll also fit crampons and check everyone’s gear in preparation for the ascent of the summit.
Nestled in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Imlil (1’750 m) is the picturesque gateway to stunning natural beauty. You’ll get the chance to enjoy the lush greenery, terraced fields, and traditional Berber dwellings surrounding this charming village. We’ll spend the night in a simple, family-ran, village accommodation in Imlil, with local delicious food and hot showers. Twin and triple rooms are available in this cosy place.
Day 3: Monday 16 December
After breakfast at the lodge, you will meet your local guide and start the trek to Toubkal Refuge starting along the Ait Mizane Valley towards the village traditional village of Aremd. Lunch will be taken over the spectacular views of the Atlas mountain range.
Overnight stay at the Toubkal Refuge (3’206 m).
Day 4: Tuesday 17 December
Very early start from the refuge to ascend Mount Toubkal. Upon reaching the peak at 4’167 m, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views spanning from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and extending southward to the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara.
You’ll descend back down the hill to the refuge after enjoying the amazing sights. You will then return to Imlil where you’ll spend the night.
Day 5: Wednesday 18 December
Transfer from Imlil to Marrakech where you’ll spend the night in a Riad – a traditional Moroccan guesthouse located in the historic medina (city). Spend the day and night experiencing the authentic Moroccan culture as you explore the colourful and busy souk (markets) in this buzzing city. And of course, the chance to taste the yummy local cuisines!
Day 6: Thursday 19 December
Departure day. We say goodbye at the Riad in Marrakech.
To join this event, you need to be a very fit hiker. No mountaineering experience is needed.
It is the participant’s responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports, in Morocco. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).
How to get there
Flight options have not been released for these dates yet and we’ll update as soon as they are available.
Day Clothing Essentials
- Crampon-compatible hiking boots
- Hiking trousers
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof overtrousers
- Sun hat
- Warm hat
- Sleeping bag liner
- Lightweight towel
- Ear plugs
- Hiking poles
- Hiking backpack (30-40L)
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Crampons (can be rented out in Imlil)
- Ice axe (can be rented out in Imlil)
- Water (min. 2L)
- Sunscreen and lip protector
- Plasters and basic medicine
The price for this event is CHF 950.
Included in price
- Food from dinner in Imlil on day 1 up to breakfast in Marrakech on day 6
- Accommodation on all nights
- All transportation from the airport transfer on day 1 until day 5
Not included in price
- Flights to and from Marrakech
- Transfer to Marrakech airport on 19 December
- Equipment rental (crampons and ice axe)
- Drinks and snacks
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