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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.

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Climb Mount Toubkal: 3-Day Trek from Marrakech

2. Climb Mount Toubkal: 3-Day Trek from Marrakech

Climb the beautiful Mount Toubkal on this glorious 3-day trek through the wilderness, and visit some of the most spectacular places in the region, including the village of Imlil, the Toubkal Massif, the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch and the summit of Jebel Toubkal. The Itinerary: Climb Mount Toubkal Day 1: Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil Arrive from Marrakech the city of Imlil, an excursion that takes up to 4 hours. Settle into your accommodation in Imlil and rest up for the big trek in the morning. Day 2:Imlil and The Trek to Toubkal Refuge via Aremd & the Mizane Valley Leaving the city behind, enjoy a scenic ride south towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. Admire the valleys of the Oued Rhirhaia that stretch out into the distance as you disembark your vehicle and join your mountain guide for a trek along Mizane Valley toward the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch and the cascading waterfall that rests beside it. Continue the trek, snaking and zigzagging your way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge, where you will stop for the night. (4-5 hours of walking) Day 3 :Trek to The Summit of Jebel Toubkal & Return to Imlil Begin the day early as you continue your trek to the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Cross river streams and head across the fields of the mountains, navigating the endless carpet of boulders and rocks. Cresting the ridge line, find yourself on the plateau and stop to admire the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape, including unrestricted views from the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Once you have reached the summit, gingerly begin your journey back down the mountain and towards Imlil. Then transfer back to Marrakech.

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Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

3. Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

On the first day, after being picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 8:30 AM, drive towards Imlil valley where you will be met by a local guide. Check in at a guesthouse before your set off on an acclimatizing hike to Tizi Mzik pass Stop for lunch prepared by a cook then walk back down to your lodge in Imlil for an overnight stay.  After breakfast, hike along the Mizane Valley towards the village of Aremd. Continue east and cross the floodplain along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Cross the river until you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. The village sits beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of houses. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the Toukbal Refuge for your stop for the night. On day 3, after an early breakfast, climb to the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. When you reach the plateau and the summit, take in the breathtaking unrestricted vistas across the Marrakesh Plain, the High Atlas Mountains in the North, and the Sahara in the South. Return down the mountain to base-camp for lunch and an overnight stay. On the last day, walk back down to Imil and stop for lunch at the lodge before you transfer back to Marrakech.

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2-Day Toubkal Climb from Marrakech

4. 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).

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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.

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Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

6. Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel at 9 AM, start your journey toward Imlil village and the High Atlas Mountains. On your way, you will pass through the town of Tahnaout. Before reaching the village, embark on a 1-hour camel ride and enjoy a cup of mint tea. Then, visit a female-run argan oil cooperative and learn how the cooperative turns the argan nut into many of the different argan oil-based products Morocco is famous for. Take in stunning panoramic views at Moulay Brahim Gorges before reaching Asni village and the valley. Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Next, drive to Imlil village to discover the National Park and the high plateau of the Toubkal. At your arrival in Imlil, meet a local guide to explore the marvelous Berber village. Take in spectacular views over the Imlil waterfall and the valley at the Toubkal Summit. Enjoy a Moroccan lunch with a Berber family and immerse yourself in the culture. After lunch, continue exploring the village as you enjoy the scenic landscape. At 5 PM, journey back to your accommodation in Marrakech where your tour will end.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

7. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

On the first day, ride to Imlil from Marrakesh and begin your trek. You'll head along the Ait Mizane Valley, pass through the village of Aremd and onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. You’ll follow mule tracks into the high rocky cliffs, climbing steadily above the snow line until you reach the Toukbal Refuge. Rest here for the night. On the second day, you’ll follow the southern circle route. The climb itself is not highly strenuous, but scree and altitude changes may make it difficult in parts. Don't worry - there are plenty of views to distract you along the way. When you reach the summit, soak in the 360-degree-view. You'll see the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains to the north, all the way to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert in the south.  From the peak, you’ll head back down the mountain and return to Marrakesh via Imill.

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From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

8. From Marrakesh: 3‐Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

On the first day, you will depart from Marrakesh around 9:00 AM in private transport. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours and passes south through the Moulay Brahim Gorges to Imlil. Imlil is a village set in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains, a main trail-head with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea in the village and meet your local guide prior to setting out for a four kilometre excursion. The purpose of the first day is to acclimatize to the high altitude of the region. Travel south to the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd), passing the hamlets of Ait Souka, Targa, and Imoula, situated along the slopes. Gaze upwards at the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif along the way. Once in Aroumd, watch over the ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables surrounded by almond and walnut trees. Travel onwards to lunch which will be served by a Berber family in the village of Ait Souka, where you will stay in a guest house for the night.  On the second day continue eastwards, crossing the flood plains as the route winds along mule tracks up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river you will arrive at Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline to the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), which is the stop for the second night. The second day comprises of about five hours of trekking. On the third and final day, rise early for the climb up Mount Toubkal. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil. At the summit of Mount Toubkal, catch wonderful views over the Atlas mountain range and the Sahara Desert. Then, make the long journey back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. Then be picked up by private transport to be taken back to Marrakesh, arriving back at approximately 5:00 PM.

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From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

9. From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakesh and transferred to the starting point. You will begin the ascent, passing the village of Aremd and the Sidi Chamarouch shrine before crossing floodplains and heading to the rocky cliffs above the valley. You will have a chance to marvel at the stunning views before stopping for the night in a refuge. On the second day, perhaps the most exciting day of the trip, you will climb to the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. This can be a challenging walk with some scree and high altitudes. However, the breathtaking views will make everything worthwhile. You can see from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the North and the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara Desert in the South. You will retrace your steps to return back down the mountain and spend the rest for the night at the refuge.  On the final day, you will eat some breakfast before a relaxing walk back down the mountain to Imlil. Rest as you are driven the hour and a half back to Marrakesh. 

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What people are saying about Mount Toubkal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Experience that will surely remain in the heart. Picked up at the meeting point because the Riad was inaccessible with the car, the driver was very helpful and kind. Immediately the camel ride, nice, continuing the tour we went to the argan cooperative, which I would cut it off from the day, since it was quick and too touristy. Their only thought was to grab sales. Once we arrived in Imil, a very special day began. The wonderful, kind and extremely humble MOHAMED guide. After the falls and a walk through the Berber villages he took us to lunch at his house, together with his family and his two splendid children. They are a very humble family, but full of dignity. They had little to offer materially but humanly we returned with a wealth of warmth and values. Bravo Mohamed! We love you

Simo brought us closer to the country. We hiked 10km with him (not too bad, 350 meters in altitude and not steep). The area is touristy but (at the beginning of February) not full. The food was good and the waiting time was interesting because we could listen to the village. Well suited for people who want to explore the country individually.

It was wonderful, I was lucky to have a spectacular guide, Sahid, he helped me with everything I needed, I learned a lot from the Toubkal mountain and the Berber culture.

We had a very nice, competent local guide who responded to our requests! He planned everything very well and it was all very personal!

Great experience and Hassan was a great host and guide, highly recommend it!