Trekking in Toubkal and Berber Valleys

A 8-days trek through hidden paths and valleys in Toubkal National Park to top out the highest peak in Northern Africa


8 Days (land only)

from Marrakech to Marrakech
nomads+summits

$788

from $772

Activities:  

Activity Level

(moderate)
A wonderful one-week trek to climb Mt Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain!


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A free day exploring Marrakesh, jewel of Morocco, and an overnight stay in a traditional Moroccan townhouse. The adventure begins in Marrakesh, one of the exciting cities in Northern Africa (and indeed the whole world). Upon arrival in Marrakech Menara Airport, you’ll be transferred to your riad - a form of traditional Moroccan townhouse with an interior garden or courtyard - where you’ll leave your bags and go exploring. If time allows depending on arrival, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jemaa el-Fna square, an open-air market where you’ll find the best wares (and the best opportunities to haggle) in the city. Or take a Caleche (horse-drawn carriage) and explore even further! At the end of the day you’ll meet everyone back at the riad, to swap stories and cement new friendships.


Night: Riad in Marrakech.

The trekking begins! After transfer to Imlil, we hike 8km of ascending terrain to the highest village in the area. After breakfast, we say farewell to Marrakech for now, and transfer by road to Imlil (1740m) via Asni. Imlil, a small village that’s a popular waycamp for climbing Toubkal, is the principal trailhead for walkers to the area (and, perhaps confusingly, where scenes were filmed for Seven Days In Tibet). This is where we meet our mule team - and once all our gear is loaded, we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, over 8 km away. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi 'n Tamatert (2279m), then we descend to the beautiful village of Ouaneskra (2200m) and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (2300m).


Night: Gite in Tacheddirt or camping near the river.

Today we get our first proper view of Toubkal as we trek higher, to a pass that’s just 600 metres lower than the summit. We start early, with a long, steady ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3555m), passing through rocky, rubble-strewn areas that may make walking difficult. At the top we enjoy our first amazing view of the Toubkal Massif, before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt (2200m), where we set up our camp for the night.


Night: Local gite in Azib Likemt or camping.

The landscape opens further as we take a long but easy trek to Amsouzert, one of the most handsome villages we’ll see this trip, where we’ll stay overnight. This is a day of steady-paced but undemanding walking, passing through many different forms of mountain landscape. From Tizi 'n Ououraine (3120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal Massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3876m). The trail leads towards Amsouzert (1700m), one of the most striking villages in the region., and our home for the night.


Night: Local Gite in Amsouzert.

A welcome half-day relaxing by a lakeside is preceded by a brisk morning trek. West of Amsouzert there are several small villages, which we’ll explore as we make our way towards Ifni Lake (2300m), the only lake in the entire Massif. This is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and huge piles of rubble, and it's unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore, before heading to our nearby campsite.


Night: Camping in the area.

By now we should be both fit and acclimatised, and ready to tackle the hardest couple of days of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope - expect some aching muscles at the end of today. At the end we reach the pass at Tizi n'Ouanoums (3664m), a narrow ledge between two towers of rock. From here it's a long zigzag descent to our home for the night, either the Nelther Refuge (3200m), a stone-built mountain hut - or we’ll head to a nearby camping ground.


Night: Nelther Refuge or tents.

On the penultimate day of the adventure, we climb to the summit of Toubkal, nearly 4.2 kilometres above sea level. It’s all come down to this. After five days of acclimatizing, muscle-stretching and toughening up our feet, we’re ready to summit. We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route up the side of Toubkal. If the conditions are good and we maintain a good pace, it should take no more than 3 hours to reach the summit - and if the weather is good, we will enjoy the incredible views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond, as North Africa sweeps away in every direction. We’ll then descend fairly rapidly, through the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil. From here we’ll transfer back to Marrakech, to put our aching feet up in an overnight riad.

Night: Riad in Marrakech.

A last day of exploring Marrakech before departure. Alas - the adventure ends today, and transfers to the airport will be arranged according to the time of your flight. In the meantime, you may get a few more hours hunting down hidden treasures in Marrakech. Come back soon!


Departure from Marrakech Menara Airport.
  • Six days exploring the western edge of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, and trekking the valleys and mountain ridges of the Toubkal National Park.
  • Spend a day at the beginning and the end of the adventure exploring magical Marrakech,, winding your way through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jemaa al-Fna market, and through back streets bursting with things to see, do and haggle for.
  • Stay overnight in traditional Berber guest-houses called “gites”, the Nelther Refuge mountain hut, or camping in spectacular surroundings - at every point enjoying the best of Moroccan hospitality Cross the mighty Toubkal massif and climb to the summit of Toubkal (4,167 metres above sea level) - the highest peak in Northern Africa.

What's Included

  • Experienced local mountain guide
  • Muleteers, mules and cook.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights simple hotel in Marrakech, 5 nights camping or village houses in the High Atlas.
  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (not in Marrakech).
  • Transfers by minibus/4x4 to/from the High Atlas.

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
Date
Price
Status

2019

20 Apr - 27 Apr
$772
 
Available
03 Aug - 10 Aug
$772
 
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