JBEL TOUBKHAL CLIMB

Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing two days involve walking in crampons holding an ice axe for security (Nov to April ).It is also just 80km to the south of the city of Marrakesh. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. He you can discover some spectacular places including the Imlil valley, the Toubkal Massif, the Sidi Chamarouch shrine, and the peak of Jbel Toubkal.

 

If you wish to add on any other tour, we are happy to arrange it for you.

Overview

Day 1: Marrakech

Day 2: Imlil

Day 3: Imlil - Refuge

Day 4: Trek to summit - Imlil - Marrakesh

Day 5: Marrakesh Sightseeing

Day 4: Depart

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up from Marrakech Airport and transfer to the Riad where you spend the first night.

Day 2: Marrakech - Imlil

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech, and drive towards Imlil valley. We can modify the trip to start the climb immediately but recommend a night trekking in the area to help with acclimitisation. We spend the night in a local gite. (B L D).

Day 3: Imlil - Refuge

Leaving the fields and walnut trees of Arroumd behind, we follow the Mizane valley to the small shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. There is time to view the tomb of the local marabout (holy man) albeit from a distance as non‐Muslims are not allowed to cross the footbridge. After stopping for a soft drink or mint tea, we continue the climb up to our refuge at an altitude of 3209m. The afternoon is used to practice with the crampons and ice axe. The guides will find an appropriate patch of snow and demonstrate the important techniques of walking in crampons and ice axe arrest - stopping yourself with your axe if you are sliding on a snow slope. Overnight Refuge les Mouflons or similar.

Day 4: Trek to the summit and back down to Imlil, then transfer back to Marrakech.

An early start for the ascent of Toubkal. After crossing the river outside the refuge we immediately start climbing steeply through deep snow up the western flank of Toubkal. About an hour below the summit, we reach a wide open pass for our first views of the south. We then turn north for a climb up the ridge to the summit plateau. Reaching the summit (4167m) provides a great sense of achievement and we are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to Marrakech ‐ not visible on hazy summer days. Descending by the same route we should be back to the refuge in time for a late lunch. We then continue down to Imlil and drive back to Marrakech (B L)

Day 6: Marrakech

Marrakech is a city to dazzle the senses, today there will be a full day sightseeing tour to introduce Marrakech and its delights. Highlights include the marvellous Jemaa El Fna Square - once a site of public execution, now full of storytellers and snake charmers; the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Medersa and the beautiful Majorelle Gardens..

Day 7: Depart


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Fast Facts

Jebel Toubkal is 4167 meters (13,671 ft) above sea level. It takes at least 2 days to reach the top of the mountain and get down to the city at the base of the mountain.
Toubkhal is not a technically difficult peak but is at high altitude. At the peak, you're only getting roughly 60% of the oxygen that you would at sea level, making altitude sickness a possibility.  Climbing Mount Toubkal is a great introduction to climbing, taking only a long weekend to complete.
Toubkal mountain is open throughout the year so you can do your summit attempt whenever you want, even in the middle of the winter. However, for people new to trekking at high elevations, the best time to climb Mount Toubkal is in the spring months of Apr-May, or the autumn months of Sep-Oct.
Good walking boots and socks / good trainers for valley treks

Personnel First aid Kit 3 to 4 season sleeping bag ( winter) or light Sleeping bag ( Summer)

Crampons, Ice axes and Gaiters for Winter treks ( Nov to April )

 Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants

Water bottle or camel back

Soft-sided bag (50-80 litres)

Lightweight daypack

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Torch and batteries

Towel & all personal toiletries

The Atlas Mountains have a typical mountain climate with cool but sunny summers and average temperatures of approximately 25C. There is the risk of thunderstorms and heavy rains during the afternoons in the summer months.
There are two refuges at 3207m that most trekkers stay at before tackling Jbel Toubkhal summit. There are also several refuges in the neighbouring Azzaden Valley. Whichever one you stay in you can expect it to be cramped and noisy.
Although the Euro, US Dollar and, to a lesser extent, Sterling are accepted in certain tourist areas, the the Moroccan currency (the Moroccan Dirham) is required for everyday use. In the major centres like Fez and Marrakesh, Euro can be used instead of Dirham. However in the more remote area you need Dirham. Dirham can be easily purchased within Morocco from the bureau de change in airports, major banks or from cash machines. Using a debit card at an ATM is often the easiest and cheapest method. In the country side and smaller towns cash points are rare and cards are often not accepted.
Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Below is a a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider.
While having a knowledge of these two languages is great, but trying to learn Arabic before you arrive may provide difficult. Our recommendation would be to rather learn some basics in French. Many people do however speak English and if they can't there is most often someone on hand to help translate.

What's Included

Price includes

Accommodation: all accommodation
Transport: transfers to and from Marrakech airport plus transport throughout the itinerary in a comfortable, modern, private, air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking driver
Meals:  as indicated
City tour - 1.5 hrs - in Marrakech led by an official city guide
1 Night Imlill
1 Night to Refuge les Mouflons
Mountain Guide

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Laundry
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Entrance fees

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