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Winter Hiking on Mount Toubkal

Mount Toubkal | Morocco
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go hiking in Mount Toubkal

  • Trip Highlight

    Conquer Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa

  • Trip Highlight

    Stay in traditional riads and taste Moroccan delicacies

  • Trip Highlight

    Get lost in the epic panoramas of the Atlas Mountains

At 13,671 ft (4,167 m), Mount Toubkal is the tallest summit in North Africa. Thanks to the diverse geography, breathtaking panoramas, and stunning architectural landmarks, trail-chasers are waking up to this hidden gem of Moroccan hiking. The summit is non-technical, but it’s by no means easy—the trail is long and steep, and the constant freezing wind makes it difficult to even keep your eyes open. However, when you finally get there, you won’t feel cold. Gazing upon the stunning African landscapes, you’ll feel an overwhelming sense of achievement, one that only comes from tackling a challenge head-on and coming out on top!

Season

December through April

Nearest city

Marrakesh, Morocco, is 1,5 hours away from Mount Toubkal

Duration

5 days

Skill level

Advanced

Itineraries

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Winter Hiking Tour of Mount Toubkal

5 days

Get ready for a life-changing expedition to the top of Mt. Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa! Head to Imlil, the hiking capital of Morocco, and traverse juniper forests, panoramic ridges, and epic summits with a seasoned local guide leading the way. Off the trails, indulge in traditional mint tea and Moroccan delicacies while staying in cozy riads and mountain refuges.

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech to Imlil

Meet your guide in Marrakech in the morning. You’ll be transferred to the quaint village of Imlil, where you get to enjoy some mint tea in your riad. Then, start your first-day trek to Tizi Mzik Pass (2400m). Enjoy a high-altitude lunch before returning to your riad for a good night’s sleep.

Hikers walking in a line through the Atlas mountains

Day 2: Imlil to Toubkal Refuge

Day 2 starts early, as you’ll be crossing Imlil valley and the largest village in the Atlas mountains. Take in some great views of the juniper forest on the way up to the Sidi Chamharouch shrine. Take a lunch break and some time to explore the local market. Due to the snow, the pace of the hike slows down here. Walk to a Toubkal mountain hut, where you’ll get dinner, a hot drink, and a chance to shower. Spend the night at Toubkal Refuge.

Hikers nearing a lookout on Mount Toubkal

Day 3: Toubkal Refuge to Jbel Ouankerim

Wake up early to climb Jebel Ouankerim. After a pleasant walk up to the valley, head to the Tizi Ouagane pass, and continue through the summit’s ridge at 13,412 ft (4088 m). The views of Toubkal and the surrounding mountains will be spectacular. In the late morning/early afternoon, start your descent back to the refuge for a well-deserved hot drink and a chill afternoon.

Hikers on a slope in the wintertime, Mt. Toubkal

Day 4: Toubkal Refuge to Mount Toubkal

Get an early start for the Toubkal ascent! The summit ramps up immediately, with a steep climb through scree and snow before traversing the challenging Tizi N’Toubkal (4000 m/13,100 ft). Experience the sunrise from the summit and some epic views of North Africa as you indulge in well-deserved snacks. Descend the same route and return to the refuge in time for a late lunch.

The peak of Mount Toubkal at sunset

Day 5: Toubkal Refuge to Imlil and back to Marrakech

On your last day, head down to Imlil valley and stop in Chamharouch for lunch under the juniper trees. Keep walking down to the center of Ait Mizane Valley and have a mint tea in Riad Atlas Imlil before getting transferred to Marrakech.

A family and a donkey on a pathway near Imlil, Mount Toubkal
Reviews

Reviews (4)

Adar O. about Trekking Holidays Morocco on Tripadvisor

I totally rate 5 stars for our guide Lahcen, we arrived at a time when the world as we know it was about to go into turmoil. The biggest takeaway for me was the calm and patient manner of our guide Lahcen who had only our best interests at heart. He was professional and so helpful and couldn’t do enough for us. As we did not get to see much as our trip was cut short our group made a pact to return in 12 months and ask for him as our guide. We were all so impressed with his helpful, calm, and professional manner. Thank you Trekking Holidays Morocco and especially Lahcen.

Affyakhtar about Trekking Holidays Morocco on Tripadvisor

Amazing planning by Hassan to organize the trek to the peak of Mount Toubkal for me and my friends. Omar’s service and hospitality at the guest house were fantastic, with some amazing food. Rashid was a great guide throughout the whole trek. Overall it was a fantastic and unbelievable experience. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting to the peak.

Chris about Trekking Holidays Morocco on Tripadvisor

Three Scouters went to Morocco to undertake a recce trip to climb Mt Toubkal with 20 Scouters in the near future.We were met at the airport by Hamid, our guide. He stayed with us through our trip until we were back in Marrakech. From start to finish we were treated well and guided excellently. We all would highly recommend using them again and we intend to do so. Top service!

Mireille M. about Trekking Holidays Morocco on Tripadvisor

Hassan is a good guide who has lots of information and expertise! Very friendly and helpful guide! Thanks a lot, we hope to see you in the future.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Mount Toubkal, Morocco

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Mount Toubkal, please refer to the Morocco National Tourist Office’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An English-speaking local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Five days of hiking
    • All meals and hot drinks for the duration of the tour
    • Riad and refuge accommodations
    • Mule transportation of personal items
    • Transportation from Marrakech to the trailhead and back

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Marrakech
    • Personal hiking and camping gear
    • Crampons and ice axes (can be rented from guide)

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is meant for experienced hikers with excellent fitness levels. You’ll be trekking, climbing, and cramponing in challenging terrain for 5 days, facing steep inclines, altitudes of over 13,000 feet (4,000 m), and overcoming immense altitude gain. Keep in mind that the winters can get very cold, especially in the morning, and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Waterproof hiking boots (can be rented from guide)
    • Warm winter jacket
    • Warm hiking pants
    • Quality, waterproof socks
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Ice ax (can be rented from guide)
    • Crampons (can be rented from guide)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Ski goggles
    • A quality three-season sleeping bag
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, with a max of 15 participants per tour.
    • It takes a minimum of 2 people for a tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

Hiking on Mount Toubkal can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Seventeen-year-old hikers may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Cancellation policy

Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
    • For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. 
    • For cancellations one (1) to six (6) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee.
    • For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, Client is not entitled to a refund.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Mount Toubkal, fly into Marrakesh Menara International Airport 1,5 hours away. Your driver will meet you there and take you to Imlil Valley, the starting point of the tour.

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