7 days 6 nights
Welcome to our 7-Day Toubkal Climb tour, where you’ll trek through the spectacular Atlas Mountains and conquer the highest peak in North Africa – Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). This program offers a challenging and unique adventure for thrill-seekers, taking you through the valley of Imlil and past Berber villages.
Immerse yourself in the traditional way of life of the Berber people, where you’ll stay in village houses and learn about their culture. This tour is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and witness the untouched landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains.
Our tour includes a visit to Marrakech, where you can explore the maze of souks and experience the vibrant culture of the city. Join us for an unforgettable 7-day trek to the summit of Toubkal and discover the beauty and culture of the Atlas Mountains.
Join us on the Toubkal Climb 2023 tour and dive into the heart of Morocco. We'll begin our journey in the Red City of Marrakech, a cultural melting pot of Berbers and desert peoples. Explore the stunning architecture, colorful souks, and vibrant energy of the city before joining our expert Leader for a welcome meeting and dinner at a local restaurant. Over the next 6 days, we'll trek through the High Atlas Mountains, visiting remote Berber villages and learning about the friendly locals' traditions and culture. Our climb will culminate in ascending the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. Along with the trek, we'll also explore Marrakech's iconic landmarks and immerse ourselves in the captivating Red City's culture. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Morocco.
We leave Marrakech behind and drive south towards the Imlil Valley and the Toubkal Massif. Starting at Aquersioul (1,600 m), we begin our climb, hiking up to Tizi n'Oudite (2,200 m) for a picnic lunch. Descending through a juniper forest into the Azaden Valley, we then continue towards Id Aissa, enjoying the views of Tizi Zougaghen and Tizaine's colorful mountain villages as we make our way towards Tizi Oussem (1,850 m), where we stay in a traditional Berber-style mud-brick building built into a hillside. Today's moderate eight-and-a-half-kilometer walk is expected to take around six hours, with a total ascent of 750 meters and a descent of 500 meters.
Embark on a steady ascent after breakfast towards Tizi Mzik (2,489m), where we'll witness panoramic views of the mountainous terrain. We'll then descend towards Aremd village (1,950m), the largest in the valley and a cultural hub for Berber traditions. Take a walk around the terraced farming and traditional gites, and stay in a cozy Berber village house with shared facilities, hot showers, and a communal area for eating. Today's seven-kilometre trek is moderate, with an estimated five-hour duration, 429 metres ascent, and 539 metres descent.
On Day 4, we trek from Aremd to Neltner Refuge via Sidi Chamharouch. We'll cross the valley's flood plain and follow the mule tracks up into the rocky cliffs above. After crossing the river, we'll reach the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, nestled beside a small waterfall and village houses. From here, we'll continue to climb towards the snow-line and the Neltner Refuge (3,207 m) at the base of Toubkal. The refuge offers basic dorm rooms with bunk beds, shared toilets and showers, a dining room, and a lounge area with a wood-burning stove for socializing. Today's moderate 9.5 km walk is expected to take around five hours, with a total ascent of 1,257 metres.
We will wake up early to begin our climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Our route will take us up the steep south cirque, across scree and rock until we reach Tizi n'Toukbal (3,975m), where we will crest the ridge before continuing on a short walk to the summit. The views from the top on a clear day are breathtaking, encompassing the Marrakech Plain, the High Atlas Mountains, and stretching as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. After enjoying the view from the top, we will head back down to the refuge for a second night. The challenging four-and-a-half-kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent and descent of 960 metres.
On Day 6, the group retraces their steps down the mountain and heads back towards Imlil. From there, they drive back to Marrakech and have some free time to explore the city's souks and Djemma el Fna Square. The square is a lively place with a variety of street performers, music, and vendors selling all kinds of goods. It's a great place to shop for souvenirs or simply relax at a café and take in the sights and sounds. The walk on this day covers a distance of 11 kilometers and is expected to take around five hours with a descent of 970 meters.
On Day 7, the trip will conclude with breakfast at the hotel in Marrakech. There are no scheduled activities for the day, allowing you to depart from Marrakech at your convenience. If your flight is later in the day, the hotel offers luggage storage facilities. Complimentary airport transfers are available for those departing from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). If your flight schedule allows, you may have some extra time to explore the souks of Marrakech or purchase last-minute souvenirs before departing.