Mount Toubkal Climb, Morocco
Price from: £395.00
A quick climb to the peak of the High Atlas Mountains...
An enjoyable and straightforward summit trek to the top of the beautiful Mount Toubkal in Morocco. Taking place over 4 days, this is a perfectly manageable expedition to fit into a week long visit to this captivating country.
- Magnificent Atlas Mountains
- Highest summit in N. Africa
- Moroccan culture
- Short climbing trip
- Views of the Sahara
The Moroccan Atlas is a mountain range of exquisite beauty and cultural interest but it is still relatively little visited. When the wonderful hospitality of the local Berber people is added to this, along with the richness of North African life and the exciting allure of Marrakech, it will become apparent why an increasing number of trekkers are choosing to explore this great range which the ancient Greeks thought to be the home of the god, Atlas.
The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed very little for centuries. The Atlas as a whole forms the spine of Morocco, running east to west across North Africa for 1200 miles from the Atlantic port of Agadir extending almost to the Tunisian capital of Tunis.
Although Toubkal is the main objective on this short trek we will have time to explore the fertile valleys and deep gorges we are trekking through. At 4167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic views from the summit make all the hard work worthwhile. With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and be back within a few days and still have time to explore Morocco’s most fascinating city, Marrakech.
Marrakech sits in the foothills of the High Atlas but shares the predominantly Mediterranean climate of north-east Morocco. Summers are normally very hot and dry with scarce rainfall and temperatures of 40C plus. However, once you climb out of the searing heat of the valleys, temperatures are generally fairly comfortable, although it can be very cold on the highest peaks during the night. At this time of year, rivers and other water sources become mere trickles or disappear completely. Like all mountain systems, the Atlas ranges are liable to rapid weather changes. Snow is even possible on the summit of Toubkal in August.
Arrive in Morocco and transfer from the airport to Marrakech. If you arrive in Marrakech in the morning, you will be able to spend the first few hours exploring the city before transfering to Imlil in the afternoon where you will spend the night in a local gite.
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
Walking time: 9 hours
Spend the morning exploring this ancient city and then depart in the afternoon.
- This itinerary is only intended as a guideline. Local weather conditions and other factors may occasionally affect the route taken.
Dates and Prices Info
This package is to be completed during the summer months and prices are based on groups of 2-4 people. This package can be done in 4 days as during summer there are longer daylight hours and a hotter climate.
- Full event planning and client liaison
- Experienced local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
- Accommodation: 1 night in a gite, 1 night in Toubkal Refuge and 1 night in Marrakech
- All Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included during trek
- Transport: minibus or 4x4 for transfers to/from High Atlas
- Big discount on clothing and equipment from Cotswold Outdoors and Montane
- Lunch and evening meal in Marrakech
- International flights
- Sleeping bags
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and items of a personal nature
Although credit and debit cards are beginning to gain some acceptance in the Atlas Mountains, this is still only fairly rare. It is safest to presume that everything in the Atlas Mountains must be paid for in cash (Moroccan dirhams). Even though ATMs are becoming much more common in towns and cities, they are yet to reach many trailheads, less so mountain villages.
If you have any questions about this activity please do not hesitate to ask.
Those with some previous mountain walking experience as this trip involves 2 days of strenuous trekking. You will need a good level of fitness and be able to walk for 6-8 hours per day. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important. Trekking in the Atlas Mountains can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds unexpectedly.
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