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Climb Mount Toubkal

Climb Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The ascent is possible in 2 days if you're short of time but we recommend a stunning three day route via the Azzaden Valley providing a much better trek. NOTE: This trek is not available from November through to the end of April when the Aguelzim pass becomes impassable. (Please see our advice on trekking in the Atlas Mountains in winter for the treks and Toubkal climbs that we do offer from November-April)

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 3 days

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Overview

Mount Toubkal is the highest in North Africa. At an altitude of 4,167m and surrounded by towering sister peaks, climbing Toubkal is a fantastically rewarding challenge. Outside the winter months the ascent of Toubkal isn't technical so as long as you are reasonably fit you stand a decent chance of making it to the top. Located just a short distance from Marrakech, Toubkal can be climbed easily on a two day trip from the bustling City.

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The 3 day trek will take you out of the busy Imlil Valley into the peace of the Azzaden Valley, where any traffic jams are usually of the four-legged mountain goat variety. It is a picturesque valley with lush river banks. You'll pass by the waterfalls at Ighouliden and on the next day tackle a steep climb up the scree to the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m which offers stunning views over the Atlas Range. The big draw is then of course tackling Toubkal (4,165m) itself, expect an early start and sunrise over the Mountains and Sahara Desert!

On a 2 day Toubkal trek you will make a steady ascent out of Imlil up the Mizane Valley towards Mount Toubkal. On route you'll pass the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the Toubkal Refuge for the night before making the ascent the following morning.

If you would like us to arrange your entire stay in Morocco, including airport transfers, two nights in a lovely Berber guest house in Imlil either side of your trek and two nights staying in a boutique riad, please select the Trek & Accommodation Package in the drop down box at the bottom of this page.

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Basic two day Toubkal climb ascending from Imlil to Toubkal and then back via the same route.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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Our favourite route to climb Toubkal. Stunning and challenging route via the Azzaden Valley and Aguelzim Pass.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

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Treat yourself to a stay in a stylish, boutique riad in Marrakech and let us take care of your entire trip to Morocco. The optional package adds return airport transfers, two nights in a simple homely Imlil guesthouse and two nights in a boutique Marrakech Riad.
We will pick you up from the airport and whisk you out to the Atlas Mountains with your first night at Dar Adrar. You'll be able to head out on your trek the next morning from the door.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

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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.

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Homely Berber guesthouse
- Fantastic views from terrace
- Great food
- Comfortable and clean

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional chic riad
- Beautiful rooftop terrace
- Individually and tastefully designed
- Gorgeous communal areas

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

Our rating

6/10

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 or camping.

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

When is best?

The best time to climb Toubkal is during the late spring (May onwards, when the snow has melted) and autumn (Sep - October). Having said that climbing is perfectly possible in the height of summer, but with the heat, most of the trekking will be done in the mornings!

Is it for me?

This is one of our favourite short treks in the Atlas Mountains, but on the 3 day trek it isn't just about climbing Toubkal. The Azzaden Valley is stunning and the pass at Aguelzim is an incredibly rewarding challenge. It is a fairly demanding trek, with two primary steep climbs, up the scree slope to the Aguelzim Pass and of course from the Toubkal refuge up to the peak. Toubkal is a strenuous climb (you will need to be fit) but technical mountaineering skills are not required in the summer months - you don't need be a hardened mountaineer.

The accommodation is basic, camping or dorm rooms in mountain huts, so don't come expecting luxury!

Tourdust trek grading: Challenging

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Basic two day Toubkal climb ascending from Imlil to Toubkal and then back via the same route.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

Our favourite route to climb Toubkal. Stunning and challenging route via the Azzaden Valley and Aguelzim Pass.

Note: Departures are available any day (except dates overlapping with Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha) for a minimum group of 2 people. Quoted price is for a group of 2-4 people. Click through for prices for larger group sizes.

Treat yourself to a stay in a stylish, boutique riad in Marrakech and let us take care of your entire trip to Morocco. The optional package adds return airport transfers, two nights in a simple homely Imlil guesthouse and two nights in a boutique Marrakech Riad.
We will pick you up from the airport and whisk you out to the Atlas Mountains with your first night at Dar Adrar. You'll be able to head out on your trek the next morning from the door.

The last day of the trek is usually a long one, so we recommend a relaxing night in Dar Adrar, before returning the next morning for two days and nights in Marrakech.

Alternative Itineraries

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'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $264 per person economy class from London

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'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $132 per person economy class from London

Our most popular Multi Day trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes. Overnight in basic village accommodation or camping.

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