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Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

1. Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. You will trek with a local English-speaking guide, a local cook, and mules to carry your luggage. This is a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing but may involve walking in crampons or holding an ice axe for security (November to April). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but does involve some easy scrambling and snow slopes. After the first day spent trekking, you will stay at the refuge where you will spend the night, and enjoy Berber hospitality. After an early breakfast the next day, set off and reach the summit as the sun rises, rewarding you with amazing views. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. During the ascent you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys, and Berber Villages.

Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

2. Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

Your 2-day adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni. Throughout the drive, admire stunning views of the surrounding landscapes as well as a glimpse of local villages along the valley. Arrive at Imlil and meet your trekking crew for the trip, then enjoy a refreshing mint tea to set you up for a day of exploring. With your guides, head out towards Azzaden Valley via the Tizi Mzik pass where you can marvel at panoramic views over the valley as well as several neighboring Atlas peaks. Lunch is served at the top of the pass, so you can admire the views while you eat, then continue down the valley through the Juniper Forest to arrive at Tizi Oussem village. Spend the night at this traditional Berber site, meet the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Enjoy a delicious and authentic tagine dinner surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the mountains. After breakfast on day 2, soak up the sunshine that lights up this colorful valley before heading out towards Id Issa village. Spend some time exploring then trek to Tizi Oudid mountain pass walking through Matat village along the way. Arrive at a walnut grove and enjoy a relaxing lunch next to the river. Finally, return to Marrakech around 5pm.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

3. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

4. Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

Your day will begin when you meet with your driver at 8:30AM by the Cafe of Hotel Ali, situated near the post office at Jamaa Elfna Square. From here, you will drive towards the Toubkal National Park. At 10:00AM, you will meet with your mountain guide and have some mint tea before heading out to walk. At 10:30AM, your walk will start from the center of Imlil up to the Ait Souka Village. Here you will discover nice views towards Mount Toubkal, which at 4,167-meters is the highest peak in North Africa and considered one of the best trekking locations in Morocco. The walk will then continue, crossing the villages of Tamaterte, Targa Imoula and Achain. The trail will reach its highest point in Imlil (2,000 meters), from where you will receive a fantastic view over all of the Imlil villages. At 1:30PM, you will be welcomed into a Berber local family to have your lunch on a beautiful roof terrace with nice views over the mountains and farms of walnuts, cherries and apples. At 2:00PM you will set off for the rest of the walk so as to complete the circle of the Imlil center. Following this walk at 3:00PM, you will meet your driver and drive back to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation or the airport depending on your wishes.

Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

5. Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Toubkal Massif on a full-day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Visit a national park that’s characterized by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys. You’ll take in spectacular views of the highest summits in the Atlas mountain chain here as you make your way through the park. At the small village of Imlil you’ll leave the highway and arrive at the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy a hike of around 20 minutes in this stunning natural environment, stopping for lunch at a restaurant that faces Mount Toubkal. The massif, standing an impressive 13,700 feet, is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain rangem and one of the highest peaks in Africa.

2-Day Toubkal Climb from Marrakech

6. 2-Day Toubkal Climb from Marrakech

Spend 2 memorable days in the spectacular Atlas Mountains on this trekking excursion from Marrakech. Take in stunning views, enjoy Berber hospitality, and ascend to the summit of Toubkal. Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Nelter Refuge You’ll be picked up at your hotel after breakfast and head off on the 90-minute drive to Imlil village. This is where you’ll meet the rest of the small team before embarking on a 5-6 hour trek to the small shelter under the top of Toubkal. In some places, the paths are quite steep and narrow, as you continue to rise through the secluded mountains. The route takes you through several passes before you arrive at the shelter where you can enjoy Berber hospitality and spend the night. The first day's trek will involve walking for 5-6 hours and a climb of 1,500 meters (4,921 feet). Day 2: Toubkal Refuge – Toubkal Summit – Imlil – Marrakech On the second day, you’ll make the ascent to the highest point of the Maghreb. Note that this climb does not present any major difficulties. The last peak of Toubkal is wide and the climb is not as steep on the approach to the summit. Marvel at the cliffs that overlook the other side of Lake d'Ifni. After reaching the highest point in North Africa, you will descend to Imlil, where you’ll be picked up for the return trip to Marrakech. The duration of the second day’s trek is approximately 8 hours. You will make an ascent of 1,000 additional meters (3,280 feet). In total, the descent will be approximately 2,468 meters (8,097 feet).

Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Day Trek with Lunch

7. Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Day Trek with Lunch

Escape the bustle of the city and embark on a tour to Morocco’s countryside from Marrakesh. Following a pickup from your accommodation at 9:00 AM, enjoy a relaxed 1.5-hour ride. Make a stop at one of the towns on the way before arriving in Imlil at around 11:00 AM. In Imlil, the small village at the foothills of Morocco’s highest mountain Toubkal, you will meet your local guide and start trekking into Morocco’s rural area. Discover beautiful Berber villages along the way and take in panoramic views of the Atlas mountains. Enjoy a full 3-hour walk through the towns around Aremds Ait Souka, Techeddirt, and many more.  In the afternoon, stop at Aroumd to explore this beautiful village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley. Then, have a traditional lunch at a Berber guesthouse. Take a short digestive walk after lunch before heading back to Marrakesh at 4:30 PM.

From Marrakesh: High Atlas Berber Village Hike with Lunch

8. From Marrakesh: High Atlas Berber Village Hike with Lunch

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Marrakech early in morning Drive by the local markets on market days, or see scenes like the lush Ghighaya valley, the Moulay Brahim gorges Mountains, terraced fields of vegetables, and fruit and walnut orchards on your way to the charming town of Imlil nestled in the mountains. Sit at 1740 meters above sea level and be welcomed by your local guide while a refreshing glass of mint tea. Walk through the Berber villages of Ait Souka, Targa Imoula, Tagadirte. Stroll through fields of vegetables and orchards to Armed village. Enjoy an authentic Berber lunch with a real Berber family while basking in views of the highest peak in North Africa, Toubkal. Head back down the western side overlooking the Ait Mizane valley, ancient terraced fields, and the villlages of Ashien and Fimlil.

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What people are saying about Imlil

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,933 reviews

Just back from the 2 days 1 night toubkal trek. It was absolutely amazing, the scenery and the hike is a must do! It was made even more special by our guide and our cook. Zen was so kind, funny and chatty. He was very understanding of both our needs (there was only 2 of us in our group) and he let us choose our pace. He told us all about his culture and his life as well. Our cook Mohammad carried our extra baggage on his mule along with all cooking essentials and food. They chose beautiful spots to stop for lunch and cook tagine and salad fresh. The refuge was comfy and you met other like-minded people there. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone who wants to climb the highest peak in North Africa!

We had a wonderful hike with our guide Abdoul for two days in the Atlas Mountains. Our chef Mohammed prepared wonderful meals along the way and awaited us at our stops with his hard working mule Jaqueline. The scenery is breathtaking, the views change between dry dusty mountain ridges and lush green valleys. We always felt well taken care of and safe. We can only recommend this experience! What a welcome break from loud and busy Marrakesh!

Our guide Latzan made this a great experience. There was a real diversity in the views and landscapes during the hike, from green terraces to snow-capped mountains to cool streams and river. The walking was difficult enough to be interesting. Walking through Berber villages and seeing the homes and people was a highlight. Our cook made delicious meals everyday.

Great experience in the mountains. The hiking is very well prepared by the local guide Lhcen Zin who, on top of being very pleasant and friendly, brought us to beautiful places with lovely landscapes and authentic Berber villages. The food is also well cooked and the night stay very comfortable.

My 5 stars go to Hussein my guide who made these 2 days a success kindness benevolence at the top... organization could be improved all the same do not hesitate to communicate upstream