Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 or 3 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil . We will trek with a local English speaking guide , a local cook and mules to carry our luggage. It's a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, .
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech at 9.00am. Your driver will take you to the starting point of your trek at Imlil (1740m) where you will meet your guide and muleteer (about 1 ½ hour's drive). Imlil is a large picturesque village set at the head of the Imlil Valley surrounded by walnut groves, apple trees and bisected by a rushing river. Once you have loaded up the mules, you will head off on your trek. Your first day is moderately challenging with a steady ascent up the Mizane Valley towards Mount Toubkal. On route, you'll pass the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Then it's onwards and upwards to the Toubkal Refuge – your stop for the night. Overall, you'll have walked for four to five hours..
Today is a long day with an early start, tough going but very rewarding. From the Refuge, the trail zig-zags up the South Col, a long and moderately steep scree slope ascending 750m to the Tizi-n Toubkal Pass. From the pass, the trail traces a dramatic ridge to the summit, with spectacular mountain views to the N/S/E/W. The trail is set well back from the precipitous drop of the ridge. The walking is relatively straightforward but occasionally difficult in places and requires a strong sense of determination. The views, however, are well worth it – you'll be able to see across the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the north and the Anti Atlas mountains and the Sahara in the south. You'll retrace your footsteps back down the mountain to the refuge for lunch and then on down to Imlil and back to Marrakech. Today is a long day taking between 8-12 hours depending on the pace of the group..