Mount Toubkal Winter Ascent
Price from: £475.00
Climb northern Africa's majestic highest peak...
An enjoyable and straightforward summit trek to the top of the beautiful Mount Toubkal in Morocco. Taking place over 5 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 Central High Atlas can be trekked all year round, although winters are cold, wet and snowy. Like all mountain systems, the Atlas ranges are liable to rapid weather changes. The highest peaks can be covered with snow from November until June. This period is overlapped by the rainy season which lasts from october to April. During these months the mountains can become very wet, with swollen rivers even bursting their banks causing flooding.
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. The Toubkal area is amongst the highest of the whole range. 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, the imperial capital of the south.
Trekking through the Atlas Mountains may have been your motive for travelling to Morocco but it would be a shame to leave the country without sampling some of its other delights. A broader experience of Morocco, culturally so rich and diverse will add depth to your mountain climbing experience. Morocco is an exotic country of vibrant contrasts: from sandy beaches and impressive mountains to lush forests and scorching deserts. It is the northern gateway to Africa and is said to be the closest destination to the UK where you can expect to see a totally different culture to our own. It is an affordable and increasingly popular holiday destination and it is pleasant to visit all year round.
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
After breakfast transfer back to Marrakech and spend your final day exploring this exotic city.
Departure from Marrakech.
- 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 for a winter ascent of Mount Toubkal and prices are based on groups of 2-4 people. This 5 day climb is more suited to the winter months, taking into account the shorter daylight hours during this time.
- Full event planning and client liaison
- Experienced local mountain guide, muleteers and cook
- Accommodation: 2 nights 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 in the winter months.
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