The walking ascent of Mount Toubkal follows the old mule tracks through Berber villages and green valleys in the prettiest part of the Atlas mountains. The ascent to the summit of Mount Toukbal is not technically difficult, and most people reach the top with out complications. In Marrakech, a vibrant city beautifully situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, you can explore the alleys of the old part of town, along with markets where snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats every evening do their magical performances. The Atlas Mountains are probably the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco.
This tour is particularly suitable for you who want to try out the height, and possibly later want to have a go at climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or do the demanding trek to Everest Base Camp. Trekking to the top of Mount Toubkal will give you not just be an enjoyable experience, but also introduce you to being at a height where the oxygenlevel you breathe is noticeably smaller than what you are used to.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, you will be transfered to the village of Imi Ouglad, located at 1,300 meters above sea level (4,265ft), just about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Marrakech. Here you will be greeted by your muleteer and his mules, and after loading the gear you will begin the trek. Through the colorful and beautiful valley and over a pass at 1,500m /4,921ft. you come to the village of Imsker. From here you continue along ancient muletracks to the Vally of Ousertik where you will stay overnight at a local guesthouse in the village of Gliz.
Walking time around 5 hours
Walking time 3-4 hours
The trekking stage of today is a little shorter, for you to save a bit of energy and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You go over the Imnane valley, which is one of the most famous valleys in the Toubkal massif. After passing through the mountain pass Tizi 'n Tamatert at 2,300m / 7,545ft, you end your trekking day in the Berber village Imlil. The rest of the afternoon is free for own disposal. Imlil is the starting point for many treks in the area, so here is crowded with mules, hikers and local merchants.
Walking time 5 hours
You continue along the Mizane Valley. After passing the village of Aremd, you continue in the direction of the Sanctuary Sidi Chamarouch. You walk in an eastern direction and after crossing the river plains of the trek continues on ancient muletracks towards the high cliffs towering over the valley. After crossing the river, you finally arrive at Sidi Chamarouch. This sanctuary gives a fascinating insight into the local life, as people come here from all over the region, with offerings and prayers for good health and life, and maybe even with a hope to chase away an evil jinn or two. From here the trail goes into a steep ascent that winds its way up to the snowline and Toubkal Refuge (3206m / 10,518ft) where you stop for the night.
Walking time 9 hours
Early in the morning, before sunrise, you will begin the journey towards the top of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northen Africa. The route goes up through the southern basin and over the creek above Base Camp. The trek itself is not complicated, but the ascent and rocky passages occasionally makes it somewhat difficult. The views while ascending more than outweighs the effort. When you reach the summit, you will have an undisturbed stunning view in all directions. To the west you can see the plains of Marrakech and to the south the Anti-Atlas Mountains. After a short stay at the summet, you head back down towards Imlil, where you stay overnight.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
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