Mount Toubkal Winter Climb
- Duration: 1 week
- Climbs and Mountains
- November, December, January, February
About this Adventure
This takes you to the highest point in the great Atlas mountains in Morocco. In Greek Mythology, Atlas held up the heavens, and this is your chance to find out. The peak is the highest in northern Africa, and provides a breathtaking 360º view of the Atlas Mountains, with Marrakesh and the High Atlas to the North, and the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara in the south
- Highest Peak in the Atlas mountains: 4167 metres a.s.l.
- 7 day trip: 4 days in the Atlas
- 6 nights accommodation; 2 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a guest house and 1 night in a refuge.
- Certified Moroccan mountain guides
- Mules do the donkeywork
This is the itinerary for your Mount Toubkal trip.
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakech. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Drive to Imlil which is the starting point of our trek. Acclimatisation day around the Imlil Valley. Overnight in a guesthouse. Here you will be able to explore Berber traditions and spend the night in a local traditional guesthouse.
Day 3 After breakfast, we meet our team which is composed of a mountain guide and mules & muleteers ; load luggage on mules, and we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Approx. 4 to 5hrs walking.
Day 4 An easy acclimatization walk using crampons & ice axes to Tizi Ounaoums Pass from where you will have a view on Ifni Lake. Back to the refuge for lunch & overnight.
Day 5 Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breath-taking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back to the Toubkal Refuge where we will spend the night.
Day 6 Today we walk back from the Toubkal Refuge to Imlil where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Marrakech. Overnight at the same Hotel Riad.
Day 7 Transfer back to the airport, return to the UK.
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason.
- Professional event organisation
- Kit list and fitness plan distributed at the time of booking
- Pre-trip support
- Airport Transfers
- Accommodation in a twin room hotel in Marrakech with breakfast
- All ground transfers relevant to course in Morocco
- Mountain guiding
- Mules and muleteers
- A cook and cooking equipment
- Accommodation and food during the trek
- Ixe Aces and Crampons
- Lunches/dinners in Marrakesh
- Flights to Marrakesh