Toubkal Ascent


Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa, reaching 4167m at its peak. Your ascent will take two days and culminate in a spectacular and stunning view of the Atlas Mountains and the Toubkal National Park.

Looking out from the summit, you will see that the High Atlas Mountains stretch out in three directions. They cover an eastward section of land from the Atlantic Coast to the Moroccan-Algerian border. In the southwest, they terminate at the Anti-Atlas Mountain range and in the north; they finish at the city of Marrakech. The Toubkal National Park nestles within the three-way splay of this magnificent natural edifice.

This trek can be extended to include neighbouring peaks such as Ouankrim (4068m), Tizi Melloul (4000m) or the Taghaghart Plateau.

It is possible to do the ascent in winter, but it will require the use of crampons and some experience of mountain trekking in winter conditions. Contact Mohamed and Brahim for more information.


Day One: Marrakech-Imlil - refuge ( Base camp)

The first day, heading out from Imlil 1740m, will take about 5 hours and 30 minutes. You will head toward the Neltner Refuge, at 3207m, and, depending on the conditions, stay the night at the Refuge itself or in a tent. There will be mules to carry supplies and baggage and a guide to ensure you are on the best route for your group and that you are safe.

Day Two: Toubkal Refuge (base camp) - Toubkal peak - Imlil

An early start will take you to the top of the highest peak in North Africa 4167m. The summit has an incomparable view of the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and the environments that have enclosed them for centuries.

The time you spend at the top will depend on the weather. Normally, you will have enough time for around 30 minutes at the summit and then descend to the refuge for lunch. The day involves around 10 to 12hours walking and finishes back in Imlil.

Should you have any trouble with being that far above sea level, Brahim and Mohamed are more than happy to spend a couple of days before the ascent journeying through the nearby villages, at a much lower altitude until you acclimatize. This is a common method for preventing altitude sickness and gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore more of the Atlas region.

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Latest Visitor Reviews

  • Jacky

    visited on 4th April 2017

    After a wonderful trip to the Atlas Mountains last year I returned this Easter with my daughter. We had praised the area and the wonderful hospitality of Brahim and Mohamed so much that my friend was keen to visit Morocco for the first time with her 14 year old daughter. I arranged everything we needed by internet with Mohamed who is quick to respond to emails and speaks very good English. We negotiated a four day trek including an ascent of Ouankrim (second highest mountain in the Atlas ) and also transport to and from Marrakech. Mohamed was also able to recommend a riad to stay in during our 3 days in Marrakech which was delightful.

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip with lots of snow ! Brahim and Mohamed took exceptional care to ensure our safety and our requirements were met at every stage. I can't praise them enough for their ability to organise a trip to the mountains that matched individual customer requirements and to ensure a wonderful experience of Morocco.

  • Naomi

    visited on 1st June 2017

    I have had such a great time doing the trekking in Morocco. The trek to the summit of Mt. Toubkal was challenging but totally worth it. We spent the first day walking from Imlil to the refuge at 3000 m where we stayed in a dorm style room with the group. The next morning the group got up before sunrise and had breakfast before starting the steep climb up to the summit of Mt. Toubkal.

    Our guide was excellent and spoke good English so we felt that we were in good hands. They made all our meals for us whilst on the trek which were delicious. We made it to the top after a few stops and then descended back down to the refuge for lunch. The views were breath taking and the stars at night were stunning. I would certainly recommend this trek for anyone looking for a challenge.