At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but during the Summer months requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from the summit makes the hard work worthwhile.
With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within a few days and still have time to explore Morocco's most captivating city, Marrakech.
START & ENDS
Easy Moderate Challenge Hard
- DAY 1
- day 2
- day 3
- Day 4
MARRAKECH TO IMLIL (1,740M)
In the morning you will be picked up from either the airport or your hotel in Marrakech. We will then drive 1.5 hours towards Imlil valley (1,740m) where you will be met by a local guide. After checking in at a guesthouse we will set off on an acclimatisation hike through the Berber villages of Imlil valley. We will stop for a delicious lunch prepared by a cook. After lunch we will walk back to the guest lodge in Imlil where you will spend the night.
Imlil Guest Lodge
Drive 1.5 hours. Hike 8 km (4 hours)
466m to 1,740m
IMLIL TO TOUBKAL REFUGE (3,200M)
After a hearty breakfast at your lodge, we will start hiking along the Maizane Valley, first towards the village of Armed and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor this is the largest village in the valley and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, gites (hostels) and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. For generations the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes and walnuts from the harsh landscape. Continuing east and crossing the flood plain 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 Chamharouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the shrine itself). The village sits beside a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of houses that seem to melt together into an anarchic mass. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the Toubkal Refuge (3,200m), our stop for the night.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 12 km (5-6 hours)
1,740m to 3,200m
TOUBKAL REFUGE TO SUMMIT (4,167M). RETURN TO IMLIL
After an early breakfast you make your attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Your route takes you up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the mountains numerous scree fields, where you will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts, however, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridge-line you find yourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. 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. Pliny, the great Roman scholar, once described the High Atlas Mountains as "the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa" and from your vantage point high above the valley it is easy to understand why. Retracing your steps you then return down the mountain to the Refuge camp where we will have lunch. We then head back to Imlil for your last night in the Atlas Mountains.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Imlil Guest Lodge
Hike 20 km (10-11 hours)
3,200m to 4,167m. Back to 1,740m
MARRAKECH TO IMLIL (1,740M)
After a relaxing breakfast we will transfer back to Marrakech. The driver can drop you anywhere you like in central Marrakech including the airport.
Drive 1.5 hours
1,740 m to 466m
Dates & Prices
When is the best time to hike?
Mount Toubkal can be hiked all year round, however, during Winter (December through to end of March), the mountain is snow-covered and requires technical mountaineering skills. The itinerary on this page is for a Summer ascent of Toubkal which runs from April to end of November.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be in good health and relatively fit for this hike. You will be hiking on average 10km per day at high altitude. We recommend doing 4-6 weeks aerobic gym / hiking training before embarking on this adventure.
Do I need a visa?
Most country nationals, including the UK, US, Canada and the EU, can enter Morocco visa-free for 90 days. Check eligibility and exempt countries here.
What immunisations should I get?
We recommend reviewing the UK NHS fit-for-travel website for Morocco: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco
How big are the groups?
Group size is limited to 12 people.
Can I do the trek privately?
Yes, if you would like a private trek just contact us and we can arrange this. There may be a single supplement charge.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes, the minimum age to join this adventure is 18. Children over the age of 16 can join this adventure but will need to be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian.
How much should I tip the crew?
Tipping is discretionary. But as a rough guideline you should budget 10% of your trek cost. Tips should be given to the guide at the end of the trek and can be given in US$ or Morocco Dirham. Your guide will distribute tips fairly to porters and the cook.
What are your cancellation terms?
Should you need to cancel the following terms apply.
- Less than 4 weeks from departure: No refund
- Between 4-8 weeks from departure: 100% refund less full deposit
- More than 8 weeks before departure: 100% refund less 3% refund transaction fee.
Cancellation fees are set our in our Terms and Conditions. You may be able to reclaim refund charges if your reason for cancellation is covered by your travel insurance policy.
- Base layer
- 1 x hiking shirt + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
- Mid-weight fleece jacket
- Hard shell jacket
- Insulating down or synthetic jacket
- Light gloves and insulating warm gloves
- Sun hat + Sunglasses
- Warm beanie
- Neck warmer
- Mid-weight hiking boots
- 2 x hiking socks
- Trainers for camp
- 20-25L Daypack
- 50-60L Backpack (carried by mules, needs to be no heavier than 22 lbs)
- Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
- 4-season sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Hiking poles
- Water bottle / hydration bladder
- Water treatment tablets
- Sun cream
There are a number of good rental gear shops in Imlil where one can rent most items listed above, including crampons and ice axes for Winter ascents.
We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.
meet Your Guide
Houssain and Team
Born and raised in the village of Imlil in the foothills of Mount Toubkal, Houssain has a passion for mountains. He began working as a mountain guide in the 90´s and today employs a talented and dedicated team of guides and porters. You will be in safe and capable hands with Houssain and his team.
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Brilliantly organised trip, thanks!
My sister and I signed up to this trek up Mount Toubkal as a training hike for Kilimanjaro. Houssain and his team in Morocco were awesome, very attentive and super efficient. I felt a little altitude sickness after summiting and was glad our guide Abdul was with us to help us descend to the refuge quickly. The AMS subsided very quickly once we got back to the refuge. All told it was a fantastic trip and we feel much better prepared for Kili!
What an awesome experience...
Just a quick thank you for organising such a fabulous trip. We hiked, we summited, made amazing memories, and lifetime friends. Thanks again.
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Mount Kenya Summiteers
Just a quick note to say thank you to Evans and the team who helped us reach the summit of Mount Kenya last week. What an amazing experience, so much fun and lots of laughs. An excellent trip!
Outstanding adventure up Mount Kenya!
My wife and I booked the 5 day Chogoria – Sirimon trek. The service and especially the quick and clear response from the Mountain IQ team was excellent and very professional. Once in Kenya we always had a very safe and secure experience, with the highlight being summiting Point Lenana at sunrise. The Chogoria – Sirimon route was an excellent choice. The landscape and flora was beautiful! We very much appreciated the whole organization, starting with the transport from Nairobi and ending with the pickup at the Sirimon gate. Our guide John and his excellent team made the trip an amazing experience which we will never forget. The friendliness and the service during the hike including the wide variety of excellent meals was outstanding.
A special tip for other hikers: be prepared for quiet cold nights once you get above 3,000m.
We would definitely recommend booking this trip to trek Mount Kenya!
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