Climb Mount Toubkal, Morocco (4 days)

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Jamal, Mount Toubkal Guide
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Atlas Mountains, Morocco
4 days
Max 12 per group (except privates)
Mixed
Moderate

Adventure overview

Toubkal Trek: From City to Summit: Start in the lively lanes of Marrakesh and end with a triumphant stand on North Africa's highest peak.

Our 4-day Mount Toubkal trek is a perfect blend of culture, adventure, and natural beauty.

No technical skills required, just a zest for life and a love for breathtaking views.

Feel the rhythm of local life, savour home-cooked meals in traditional villages, and witness a sunrise that you won't forget any time soon!

Day 1: Transfer to Imlil

  • 11 am and 3 pm Pickup from Marrakesh Airport and transfer to Imlil village (1,740m).
    • Custom pickup time for £10 extra.
    • Feel free to explore the city if you arrive early.
  • First views of the High Atlas Mountains over dinner.
  • Overnight stay in lodge.

Day 2: Trek to Refuge de Toubkal

  • Trek starts, passing through Mizane Valley and Aroumd village.
  • Visit Sidi Charamouch shrine; try fresh orange juice.
  • Zigzag trail to basecamp at 3,206m for overnight stay.

Day 3: Jebel Toubkal Summit

  • Early start for summit ascent via South Cirque.
  • Reach 4,167m summit; panoramic views including Marrakesh Plain and possibly Sahara.
  • Descend back to Imlil, passing through Sidi Charamouch.
  • Transfer to Marrakesh arriving between 5-6pm ish; overnight in a basic riad.

Day 4: Airport Transfer & Farewell

  • Transfer to Marrakesh Airport
  • Say goodbye to adventure buddies and Morocco.

Day 1 - transfer to Imlil

We'll collect you from Marrakesh Airport and whisk you off to the Berber village of Imlil at 1,740m where we'll spend the night at the lodge.

If you arrive earlier in the day, you can go and take a look around the fascinating city. We run two transfers from the airport, one at 11am and the other at 3pm. These are included in the price. Or we can do a custom up at any time for a £10 surcharge.

You'll be able to take in your first glimpses of the spectacular High Atlas Mountains over dinner.

We'll stay at a lodge overnight,

Day 2 - trek to Refuge de Toubkal

Our trek begins! Heading along the Mizane Valley, we'll pass the village of Aroumd with its backdrop of mountains, before climbing steadily to the shrine of Sidi Charamouch, a haven for pilgrims. You have to try fresh orange juice from one of the stalls!

From here on the trail climbs gradually, zig-zagging its way up to the snow-line and the refuge at 3,206m and the basecamp for Toubkal. We'll stay the night in the hut (or camp if needed) ready for our ascent tomorrow.

Day 3 - Jebel Toubkal Summit

This is the biggie!

We'll get an early start for our ascent of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa! Our route takes us up the South Cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. Although the walking is relatively straightforward, the scree and the altitude can make it feel quite tough going, but we promise those views from the top will be worth it!

Once we reach the 4,167m summit marked by its iconic iron pillar you'll be blown away by the view. We'll be able to see right across the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas mountains of the north and, if we're lucky, as far as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara Desert.

After a few summit selfies and taking in that gorgeous scenery, we'll retrace our steps back down the mountain, and down to Imlil, passing back through Sidi Charamouch.

Back at Imlil, we transfer to Marrakesh, where we stay the night in a basic but comfortable riad.‍

Day 4 - transfer to the airport and return home

We'll transfer you back to the airport (or the city centre if you prefer) and say farewell after an incredible adventure.
  • What is the accommodation like on this Morocco trip?
    • Simple hotel in Marrakesh - twin-sharing per room.
      • Single room available for £50 extra.
    • Mountain hut in the High Atlas.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Leaders - highly experienced and fully trained mountain guide, muleteers, and cook
  • Meals - all breakfast, lunch and dinner included (except in Marrakech)
  • Accommodation:
    • basic hotel or riad in Marrakech
    • mountain hut in the High Atlas on a twin share basis - single rooms available for a £50 supplement per person per trip (select at checkout)
  • Transport - minibus or 4x4 for return transfers from airport to High Atlas and back again

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Sleeping Bags - can be hired - select at checkout
  • Personal Insurance - strongly encouraged - we recommend Campbell Irvine
  • Tips - optional but appreciated; some give 10% of tour price
  • Additional Food & Drink not included on the itinerary

Clothing:

  • Boots: lightweight summer walking shoes/boots or hiking boots for winter.
  • Socks: several pairs of standard walking socks and a spare pair of warm mountaineering socks for summit day.
  • Blister plasters (Compede recommended).
  • Quality walking trousers (e.g, Haglofs Rugged Mountain Pant).
  • Waterproof over trousers.
  • Wicking material underwear (2-3 pairs).
  • 2 base layer shirts (one long-sleeved).
  • Mid-layer fleece.
  • Heavy outer fleece jacket or Primaloft insulated jacket (e.g., Rab Generator Jacket).
  • Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Woollen gloves for cooler days.
  • Thermal gloves for summit day.
  • Warm hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun hat.

Bags:

  • Sturdy kit bag with waterproof liners for clothing, equipment (carried by mule from Imlil to the mountain hut).
  • 15-25L day pack with waterproof liner for daily provisions: water, food, sunglasses, camera, jacket, etc.

Sleeping:

  • Summer, Spring, Autumn: 2-3 season sleeping bag rated to 5°C
  • Winter: 4 season sleeping bag rate to -5°C

Other:

  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Sun protection (including for lips).
  • Wash-bag and toiletries: antibacterial hand wash, toilet paper, travel fresh wipes/baby wipes, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, sanitary towels, ear plugs.
  • Towel.
  • First aid kit: antiseptic cream, blister plasters (Compeed), headache tablets, Imodium, rehydration sachets, plasters, throat pastilles.
  • Copy/picture of travel insurance document.
  • Passport.
  • Spare laces.
  • Whistle.
  • Water bladder / Platypus-type drinking system.
  • Crampons and ice axe for winter (November to May) - available to rent

Optional:

  • Walking poles (available for rent) 
  • Camera and spare batteries

Available to rent:

Prices are per person / per day

  • Sleeping bag : 5 Euros
  • Walking poles : 3 Euros
  • Boots : 5 Euros
  • Jacket : 5 Euros
  • Trouser : 5 Euros
  • Head torch : 3 Euros
  • Crampons : 5 Euros
  • Ice axe : 3 Euros
  • 11 am and 3 pm Pickup from Marrakesh Airport, transfer to Imlil village
    • Or custom pickup time for £10 extra (select at checkout)
    • Feel free to explore the city if you arrive early.
  • Drop off at Marrakech Airport for flights back home.

IS THIS THE RIGHT TRIP FOR ME?

I'm travelling solo, is this a good option for me?

  • Absolutely! We offer this trip so like-minded people can go on adventures without having to sort out the long-winded logistics of who would do all the driving, coordinate annual leave, arrange hotels, etc.
  • More than half of our guests book solo, it's one of the main reasons people choose to book with Call to Adventure.
  • We have lots of guests booking in 1s, 2s, and 3s so you'll be in good company. The guides are also great at ensuring everyone feels part of the team.
  • This is a really great opportunity to meet other mountain lovers.

How fit do I need to be to climb Mount Toubkal?

  • You'll need a decent level of fitness to get the most out of this trek.
  • If you're a regular hillwalker you should be fine, although it's a good idea to prepare yourself beforehand.
  • The ascent day is the longest with around 9-10 hours walking.

What is the age range?

  • It always differs but the average is between 25 - 55 with some either side.
  • But remember age is just a number so this shouldn't be too much of a focus for you.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

  • Open trips - 18 years old
  • Private trips - under 18’s can join but please get in touch first

Do I need to worry about altitude when climbing Mount Toubkal?

  • No
  • While some people are more affected than others by altitude, the Atlas Mountains aren't high enough to cause any real problems and the guides have never known any trekkers to suffer from altitude sickness on this trip.
  • Naturally, all of the guides have been trained to spot any symptoms of altitude sickness and how to deal with it though.

What's the best time of year to climb Mount Toubkal? 

  • Toubkal can be climbed all year round, but the most popular months are from the end of March until June and from September until the beginning of November.
  • July and August can be very hot, although it is cooler in the mountains. The trails will be less busy however so if you're prepared for hot weather you'll avoid the crowds.
  • In the winter months (November to March) there's a lot of snow so you'll need winter mountaineering equipment such as crampons and ice axe. These can be hired from the guides and a winter ascent of Toubkal is a popular challenge.

 

KIT

What kit do I need to climb Mount Toubkal?

  • We’ll send a complete kit list after you book
  • Pack for variable weather: waterproofs, warm layers, hat, and gloves.
  • Optional equipment hire: sleeping bag, poles, boots, head torch (select at checkout)
  • Dress modestly in villages: zip-off trousers ideal.
  • Remember to leave no trace: carry out what you bring in.

What equipment is provided on this trip?

  • Cooking and dining tents, utensils, table, stools, lanterns, toilet tent.
  • Extra equipment available to hire at additional cost (sleeping bag, poles, boots, head torch - add at checkout)

 

ACCOMMODATION

Can I have my own room?

  • Yes, the price is based on twin-share basis; single room available for £50 extra.
  • What is the accommodation like on this Morocco trip?
  • Simple hotel in Marrakesh - twin-sharing per room.
  • Single room available for £50 extra (select at checkout)
  • Mountain hut in the High Atlas (or camping if required)

 

OTHER

Can you cater for special dietary needs?

  • Yes, vegetarian options available.

Do I need to tip?

  • Optional but appreciated; some give 10% of tour price.

What currency do they use in Morocco?

  • Moroccan Dirham; obtain locally from ATMs or exchanges.

 

  • Free cancellation or date change up to 65 days before departure
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund
  • Even if you do cancel within 65 days though, your deposit isn't lost. We'll keep it on file for you to use towards another trip (valid 12 months from the original booking date)
Jamal, Mount Toubkal Guide

Meet your guide, Jamal

Jamal was born in the Atlas mountains, and knows them like the back of his hand. He is passionate about delivering the best Toubkal experience possible

Your head guide for this trip is Jamal. Jamal has led countless tours and treks in Morocco and the Atlas Mountains. He started his guiding career as a muleteer, and over almost three decades he's built a great reputation as one of the best local guides to work with. This means he's been able to build a hand-picked team of enthusiastic, experienced and qualified local guides, muleteers, drivers, and cooks. Jamal also speaks fluent English, Arabic and French and is fully trained in mountain rescue.

Experience

  • 24 years guiding experience

Qualifications

  • Diploma from the Centre for Professional Guides - Centre CFAMM
  • Full training in mountain rescue with Moroccan Royale Federation of Ski & Mountaineering
  • First Aid

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Insurance

  • Your tour operator is fully insured
  • You'll also need your own travel insurance for this trip - we recommend Campbell Irvine

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