Morocco, Atlas Range Mt Toubkal (4,167m)

Summit the highest point in North Africa!

Morocco, Atlas Range Mt Toubkal (4,167m)

Summit the highest point in North Africa!

Climbing Mt Toubkal (alt. 4,167m) in the Atlas mountains, Morocco…

The normal route starts with an easy walk to the village of Aroumd. Past Aroumd a floodplain is crossed and the route follows the left slope of the valley southwards. The valley bends to the east to the tiny settlement of Sidi Chamharouch, which has grown around a Muslim shrine. At Sidi Chamharouch, the path leads over the stream and runs steeply uphill to the right side of the Isougouane valley, which leads to two stone-built refuges (old Neltner Refuge and new Refuge du Toubkal) that are often used as base camp at 3,207 m (10,522 ft). It is possible to buy good meals in the Refuge du Toubkal. Tents can be pitched near the refuges for a small charge.

From that point a path crosses the stream, climbs a steep scree slope to the east and enters a valley (corrie), then climbs another steep slope to reach a col (Tizi’n’Toubkal at 3,940m). At the col the route turns left (northwards) to the summit ridge of Jbel Toubkal. The 4,167m summit is crowned with a curious pyramidal metal frame and views take in most of the Atlas and Little Atlas Mountains.

The ascent during the summer (from May) is non-technical yet moderately difficult, only complicated by steep and slippery scree slopes and altitude sickness. Sturdy boots and proper (windproof) clothing are required, and trekking poles are helpful on the scree.  An Ice Axe may be needed on the remaining snowfields in the early summer. The ascent during the end of the winter and spring (February/March) is more difficult. Crampons are necessary to ascend through the snow and – in some cases – ice.

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Requirements & Technicality


We require all undertaking this expedition to be at basic level of fitness. We advise some cardio-vascular training such as running, cycling and some gym work. Previous trekking would also be useful but not necessary. We can provide expedition training and conditioning throughout the UK. Please visit our training pages for further details.

The maximum altitude attained on this Mount Toubkal trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 meters. This means that altitude acclimatization is not usually a problem. However, in order to complete the circuit of Toubkal in one week this trek does necessarily involve fairly long days with a good deal of ascent and descent. Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the ascent of Toubkal and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. In consideration of the sustained nature of the trekking on this one week trip we have given it the DEMANDING grade. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents, for up to 8 or 9 hours each day and for several days continuously. The optional ascent of Toubkal presents no technical difficulty and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

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7 Day Expedition Itinerary:

Day 01: Marrakesh

  • Personal meet & greet on your arrival at Marrakesh airport.
  • Private transfer to your accommodation.
  • Dinner & overnight accommodation in 3* hotel.

Day 02: Oukaimden (2668m) – Imsker (1381m) 

  • After breakfast, depart with your mountain guide, across the Haouz lowland to Oukaimeden (2400m), Meeting with the remaining of the team; cook & muleteers. Start of the trek, walking via the Berber villages of Tidili et Tinoughar. Dinner & overnight in camp or in inhabitantsâ  house at Imsker (1400m).

Day 3: Imesker – Imi Oughlad – Tizi Oussem (1850m) 

  • We reach the main valley of Imlil, which we cross at the village of Imi Oughlad (1360 m). We leave this valley full of with huge walnut trees by walking up the rugged, steep,east orientated & bushy Azaden valley.
  • We go through the Tizi N ‘Tacht (2200m) by a mule track, across a oaks forest to Tizi Oussem (1850m). A small village with tiny terraces. Here, every plot is cultivated with barley, cut with a sickle. Nothing has changed for centuries. Dinner & overnight in rural basic lodging or camping.
  • 6 hour ascent: 800m, descend: 400m

Day 04: Tizi Oussem – Tizi Mzik (2500m) – Armed (1904m) 

  • From the village of Tizi Oussem, we walk across a small Juniper wood and up to the Tizi Mzik pass before hiking down toward the village of Armed.
  • Overnight accommodation in basic rural gite or camping.
  • 6 hour hike.


Day 05: Armed – Base Camp at Nelter Refuge

  • Walk up to the Nelter refuge base camp, via the Marabout of Sidi Chamarouch, where pilgrims come from all over the country.
  • End of the day rest. Dinner & Overnight at camp.
  • 5 hour hike.

Day 06: Summit Day

  • Early start & departure to climb the summit of Toubkal 4167m.
  • Then descend toward the sheepfold near the marabout.
  • Dinner & Overnight camp.
  • 7 hrs 30 walk.

Day 07: Imlil – Marrakesh 

  • Remaining descent to Imlil.
  • Lunch & transfer to Marrakesh. Arriving in the Ochre city early afternoon.
  • Remaining of the day free.
  • Dinner and overnight in 3* hotel, centrally located.

Day 08: Departure

  • Free time according to your return flight home time.
  • Transfer to airport. Please allow 2 hours for check in & customs.


Flights & Travel Information

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  • 24 hour emergency assistance helpline.
  • Access to 'Travel Butler', a service which offers you support whilst you are travelling by providing:
    • One point of contact – we provide your very own Personal Travel Advisor wherever you may be.
    • Free help and advice on ticket date and reschedule changes (free of charge revalidation of ticket where possible).
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To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.

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Services Included

  • British expedition guide & leader
  • Expedition photographer
  • Meet & greet at Marrakesh airport
  • Return transfers airport / hotel
  • Return transfers Marrakesh / trek with fully bounded minibus
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel 3* in double or triple rooms on BB
  • Full board from breakfast day 2 to breakfast on day 8
  • Service of a Berber English speaking mountain & desert guide during the whole trek
  • Service of an experienced cook during the whole trek· Camp logistics – Mess tent, igloo tents, cooking equipment, foam mattress, mats. (Sleeping bags not provided).
  • Camel owners & their camels to carry equipment & luggage.

Services Excluded

  • International flights & taxes
  • UK transfers
  • Personal climbing equipment & clothing
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal medical and evacuation insurance
  • Charges for any additional services

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £ and a deposit of £ is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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