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Winter Toubkal and Ouanakrim Climb (Experienced)

For experienced winter trekker’s only. Climb North Africa’s two highest mountains with a local guiding team. Toubkal is Morocco’s highest mountain and the highest peak in North Africa. In the winter months the ascent route sits under a permanent blanket of snow, making for a fantastic winter trek.

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Itinerary

Overview

Note: If you do not have any prior experience with crampons or ice axes, we recommend a lovely alternative trek at lower altitude in the valleys and villages surrounding Toubkal Toubkal National Park plays host to several peaks over 4,000m and is the perfect winter playground for trekkers with stunning scenery, reliable snow cover, great food and often great weather. With a cheap ticket from Ryanair or Easyjet to Marrakech, you are only an hour and a half’s drive from the mountains around the trailhead at Imlil.

The trek attempts the two highest peaks in North Africa, Toubkal and the twin peaks of Ouanoukrim, both stunning climbs in their own right. After a 6 hour walk from the trailhead at Imlil to the Toubkal refuge on the first night your first day is spent tackling the twin peaks of Ouanoukrim. The climb affords stunning views of Toubkal and the surrounding range. The next day, you’ll tackle Toubkal. Toubkal is a 7-8 hour round trip from the refuge. On the final day, you’ll head back down to Imlil and transfer back to Marrakech.

Day-by-day

Day 1: Marrakech to Imlil
You'll be picked up from the airport (to meet your flight) and transferred out to the mountains. Overnight in a comfortable Imlil guesthouse.
Accommodation: Dar Adrar, Imlil
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Trek Imlil to Toubkal Refuge via Aremd & the Mizane Valley
You’ll head along the Mizane Valley towards Aremd village and the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the Toubkal Refuge – your stop for the night. Overall, you’ll have walked for four to five hours.
Accommodation: Toubkal Refuge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Climb the twin peaks of Ouanakrim
The 2nd & 3rd highest peaks (Ouanoukrim twins 4089m) in the High Atlas lie at the head of the Mizane valley and provide a fantastic trek with excellent views of Toubkal. Today you'll aim for both summits arriving back to the refuge in time for lunch. This is a good way to acclimatise to the altitude and get used to the conditions.
Accommodation: Toubkal Refuge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Trek to summit of Jebel Toubkal
Today starts early with an attempt to climb up to the summit of Jebel Toubkal – the highest peak in northern Africa. The walking is relatively straightforward but occasionally difficult in places – however the views are worth it – you’ll be able to see across the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the north and the Anti Atlas mountains and the Sahara in the south. You’ll retrace your footsteps back down the mountain to the refuge.
Accommodation: Toubkal Refuge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Return to Marrakech
After breakfast in the refuge, you'll head down the valley back to Imlil where you'll meet your vehicle and be transferred back to Marrakech.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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Price guide

Price rating 1

- Wild camping
- Basic facilities
- Dorm rooms in refuges

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

Quoted price is per person for a group of 2-4 people and includes:
- Private transfers to and from Marrakech
- English speaking mountain guide
- Cook, all meals on trek and bottled water
- Mules to carry your kit bags
- Accommodation in a Berber village gite / refuge

If you are travelling alone please contact us as there is often the opportunity to join a group.

You will need to provide your own crampons and ice axes (can be rented locally)

Is it for me?

This trek is only for those with good prior experience using crampons and ice axes who accept the risks associated with this kind of winter mountain activity.

The local guide will have completed a six month training school in Tabant with the Royal Moroccan Federation of skiing and mountaineering. This training is a pre-requisite qualification for any Mountain or desert guide in Morocco and qualifies the holder to lead treks anywhere in Morocco (at any time of year). The qualification is the equivalent to the British Mountain Leader summer scheme and whilst it does include a qualification for rope work and some training in snow techniques, it is not equivalent to the British Winter Mountain Leader qualification or the International Mountain Leader qualification.
(For those unsure of your experience we also offer this trek through a team of experienced International Mountain Leaders with similar levels of liability insurance and qualifications that you would expect of an operator in the UK. Necessarily this alternative option is correspondingly more expensive)

Tourdust trek grading: Demanding

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : Very good coordination from the UK and in Morocco. Guides and tranfers were excellent.
    Product : Well organised and yet maintained the special off the beaten track feel.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Winter Toubkal and Ouanakrim Climb (Experienced) on 21 February 2016

  • Service rating : Everything worked out - we were given good service all the way through
    Product : Again; everything worked out. Really good guide, great accomodation, pick ups ... the works

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Winter Toubkal and Ouanakrim Climb (Experienced) on 23 January 2016

  • I want to let you know that we had an absolutely fantastic trip. In our two weeks traveling, we were fortunate enough to see and do many things, but the Winter Toubkal trek was by far the highlight. Not only we were surrounded by the beauty of the high atlas, but everyone we met was particularly kind and helpful. Mohammed was an outstanding guide. He educated us about the villages and berber life in the valley, while remaining aware of our needs. We always felt safe but were still able to challenge ourselves. Rashi, our cook, made fantastic meals and was incredibly accommodating. This was the trip of a lifetime for us. I am so pleased with Tourdust. If we are lucky enough to find ourselves traveling abroad again, I look forward to booking another trip.
    Many thanks to you and your team for helping coordinate, and for making this an experience we will never forget.

    MissingSarah Delaney reviewing Winter Toubkal and Ouanakrim Climb (Experienced) on 20 January 2014

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