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Mount Toubkal Summer Ascent

Hike too the top of North Africa's highest summit

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.

Not looking for a Summer ascent? If you're planning to summit Toubkal during the Winter months (December to March), then check out our Winter ascent tour.

Summary

DURATION

4 days

LOCATION

Morocco

START & ENDS

Marrakech, Marrakech

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Summit North Africa's highest mountain, Mount Toubkal (4,167m)
  • Brilliant introduction to high altitude hiking
  • Visit Berber villages and get full panoramic views of the High Atlas from the summit

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4

MARRAKECH TO IMLIL (1,740M)

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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.

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Imlil Guest Lodge

ACTIVITY

Drive 1.5 hours. Hike 8 km (4 hours)

ELEVATION

466m to 1,740m

Dates & Prices

What's Included

Included

  • Private transfers from / to Marrakech
  • Expert English-speaking mountain guide
  • Mules and muleteers to carry your luggage
  • Berber cook
  • All meals during the trek
  • 2 x nights accommodation in Imlil Hotel
  • Accommodation at Toubkal refuge

Not Included

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment
  • All drinks other than water
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 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

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer

Bags

  • 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

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • 2 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp

Sleeping

  • 4-season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

Other Essentials

  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear: 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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation options in Marrakech are wide and varied. Here are a few hotels / Riads we recommend. For more options check Agoda.com.


Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

5.0 rating
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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meet Your Guide

Houssain and Team

houssain trekking toubkal

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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