winter Mount Toubkal Climb
Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from he summit makes the hard work worthwhile, This is a wonderful winter break to climb several 4176 m peaks in the high Atlas of Morocco, including the spectacular Mount Toubkal in Winter Conditions.
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Toubkal Refuge
You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at around 8.00am, and accompanied by your English-speaking guide, you will travel south by vehicle to the Berber town of Imlil (1740m) over gorges and high passes of the upper valleys. Here we leave our vehicle and enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea before setting out for a 4 km hike towards the Berber villages of Aremd (1843m), Taourirt, and Targa Imoula. We shall stop on the way to visit a unique village in the Assif Ait Maizane Valley. We then carry on to the quaint village of Sidi Chamharouch, a Berber village located beautifully beside a waterfall and small stream. We take a break for a picnic with a magnificent view of mighty Jbel Toubkal, which at 4167m is the highest peak in the Maghreb. Our last hiking stretch of the day takes us to our overnight accommodation at the Toubkal Refuge .
Day 2: Toubkal Refuge – Mount Toubkal Ascent – Refuge Toubkal
We begin the day with a climb up Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the North Africa. After we have reached the summit and enjoyed the incredible views, we shall descend via the south Circuit – a straightforward 2 to 3 hours descent back to the Refuge. In the afternoon we enjoy a gentle hike south-eastwards to the head of the Assif Ait Maizane Valley and Tizi n O’unoums. When ready, after taking in the wonderful vistas, we return to our overnight accommodation at the Toubkal Refuge.
Day 3: Refuge Toubkal – Imlil – Marrakech
In the morning we set off north, back along the higher slopes of the valley of Assif n’ lsouhouanem n’ Ouagounss towards the Berber village of Sidi Chamharouch. Upon leaving the village you will visit a tree that is sacred to the locals.
We continue descending above the valley of the Assif Ait Maizane, down zigzagging trails, around granite and basalt grey rocks to Armed (1843m). Shortly we come upon the village of Imlil where we shall transfer to vehicles to finally travel back to Marrakech.