Jbel Toubkal Trek

Walking & Trekking in Morocco, North Africa

DAYS
6

PRICE FROM
£450

FLIGHTS
NOT INCLUDED

Jebel Toubkal is the highest point in Northern Africa standing at an impressive 4,167m above sea level.

Despite its height Toubkal can be reached on foot without the need of technical mountaineering skills.

It’s magnificent 360 degree views across to the coast on 1 side and across the Atlas range towards the Sahara on the other make Toubkal a real treat for those seeking their first 4000m peak.

From the lush green valleys to the arid mountain top Jebel Toubkal is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

See the world from the highest point in North Africa!

Here at Mountaineerin we’ve worked hard to develop an Atlas Mountains package that is perfect for you.

It can be tailored to your needs and can suit your own plans also, whether that’s a quick few days up and down or a week long trip acclimatising and taking in the wonder of the High Atlas.

For a flavour of what to expect, read our blog – Jebel Toubkal – Scaling North Africa’s Highest Peak.

Highlights

Personal trek crew – In addition to local guides UK qualified Mountain Leaders will also support your trek

Meet and greet – Our services start when you land in Morocco where we will meet you and transfer you to the B&B for the night before the trek begins

Transfers – All in country transfers included

Key facts

No. of Days Trekking

4 days

Group Size

Max. 12 people

Staff

Mountaineerin staff, Local guide. Drivers, Mules & Muleteers

Accommodation

2 nights Berber Gite, 2 nights mountain refuge, 1 night Riad

Meals inclusions

Breakfast x 5,
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 4

Walking Grade

Challenging

Your mountaineerin team

Simon and Paméla Ogunlana, founders of Mountaineerin will accompany you on the trip.

What's INCLUDED

Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.

  • 2 Nights basic Berber accommodation (Berber Gite)
  • 2 Nights mountain refuge accommodation
  • 1 Night Riad accommodation in Marrakech (after the trek)
  • All in country airport transfers including transfers to & from Imlil
  • Mules and muleteers
  • Local mountain guide
  • UK Mountain Leader
  • All meals before and during the trek
  • All participants receive a 10% Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports voucher

WHY BOOK WITH US?

We offer 5, 6, and  7 day itineraries or more if required. All itineraries are flexible and can be changed to suit your plans.

For example, you could choose to book a Toubkal trek as part of an existing holiday or arrange additional days to explore Marrakech or other Moroccan destinations after the trek. By allowing you to book your own flights or onward travel you are in control.

We can also arrange additional days trekking to explore the Atlas mountains further if you had this in mind. Contact us to discuss your ideas. The choice is yours.

What's not included?

Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Flights to and from Marrakech International Airport (RAK) ✘
  • Personal trip/accident insurance ✘
  • Tips/Gifts for Muleteers and guides ✘
  • Personal trekking equipment ✘
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks ✘
  • Personal snacks ✘
  • Meals in Marrakesh other than breakfast ✘

Trip notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all everything you need to know about this trip.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Marrakech (RAK) and Transfer (1.5 hours) to Imlil. Overnight in Gite.

On arrival at RAK you will be met by a member of the Mountaineerin team and transferred to Imlil. The transfer will take around 1.5 hours.

On arrival in Imlil you will be met by your mules and muleteers who will carry any luggage to the gite in Aroumd.

You will then walk for around 25-30 minutes to the gite.

Transfers from the airport will either be by private taxi, or tourist mini bus.

Meals Provided: Dinner
Hiking time: 30 minutes

After breakfast you will pack a small bag and head out to explore the surrounding Berber villages and acclimatise to your surroundings.

It’s a great opportunity to see how the people live in the Atlas Mountains and to prepare for the main trek ahead.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Water
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours

After an early breakfast you will finish packing, the mules will be loaded and you will set of for the refuge, which will form the base for you to attempt the summit.

The walk slowly works it way up through tiny villages and eventually opens out in to the mountains. There’s lots to see from the farmers herding their goats to the ever changing view as you ascend.

Lunch will be taken at the last stop before reaching the refuge. The path is generally good for the main part of
the ascent but you may start to feel the effects of the altitude as you get higher. The surrounding views are incredible and it becomes clear you are high in the Atlas Mountains.

On arrival at the refuge you will be shown to your dormitory and will have time to relax and explore before your evening meal.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Water
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,467 meters

Breakfast will be very early in the morning and you will need to pack your day bags whilst it’s still dark.

As with most summit attempts going early gives you the best chance of success and of course that all important view.

The terrain is instantly different to the day previous with both rocky and loose terrain to negotiate. The route zig zags its way up a U shaped valley to reach a high col or saddle.

It is from here you will ascend the final ridge and make your way to the summit. The summit is furnished with a  large metal pyramid which stands prominently on the far edge. 360 degree views can be seen from the summit along with the surrounding mountains and even as far as the desert.

Once you have congratulated each other and taken pictures it is time to start the descent. The descent follows the route up but in reverse, back down the ridgeline and scree in the U shaped valley.

On arrival back at the refuge lunch will be waiting for you and you will then have the rest of the day to relax.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Water
Elevation Gain: 960m meters
Elevation Loss: 960m
Hiking time: 5 to 8 hours

After breakfast you will have all your kit ready to be loaded onto the mules who will go ahead of you to Imlil. The route descends the same valley as the ascent a few days back.

You should reach Imlil by early afternoon where you will say goodbye to the muleteers and cooks before boarding the transport to Marakech. The transfer to Marrakech takes around 1.5 hours.

On arrival at the Riad which is a Moroccan style B&B you will check in and be given your room keys. You will be able to have a hot shower and relax a little after your trek.

Your time in Marrakech is yours to do as you please but there are some key sights you will probably want to see such as the Jemaa el-Fnaa square.

The famous square is featured in films and just about any programme featuring Morocco. The square is often said to be best seen from above from 1 of the many roof terrace bars or restaurants.

The souks are also a great opportunity for souvenirs but be sure to keep your bearings.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch
Elevation Loss: 1,467 meters
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

On your last day we will arrange your airport transfers in order to get you to the airport in good time for your flight.

We appreciate that not all flights will be at the same time so transfers will be as and when required although we may group similar flight times together.

Your transfer time will be discussed the day before. If arranging your own onward travel and do not need the transfer this is fine and you are free to make your own arrangements.

Transfers to the airport will either be by private taxi, or tourist mini bus.

Meals Provided: Breakfast (This will be dependent on your departure time.)

Everything you need to know

Although trekking to Toubkal does not require any technical mountaineering ability it should be remembered that the highest point is 4,167m high and is a serious physical undertaking.

You will spend a minimum of 3 days trekking (depending on your itinerary) with most of those days at altitude.

You should be physically fit enough to be able to walk for at least 8 hours if not longer. Your summit day for example will be a physically and mentally challenging day with a large ascent followed by a considerable descent also.

For most, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your experience and although it is difficult to train for trekking at altitude there are forms of exercise that will at least help you prepare.

Advice will be available when booking on how best to train for this trek. Increasing your general fitness level from time of booking to departure would be of great benefit for the trek.

Porters and guides will be a vital part of your trek and it is important to us that they are treated fairly.

We only use porters who are employed under fair conditions and treated in a way we feel is
acceptable.

You can also do your bit to ensure porters in particular are not overloaded by keeping  your luggage to the recommended weight and size.

In addition to local guides UK qualified Mountain Leaders will also support your trek.

The porters and guides are there to support you as much as possible and also look out for your welfare. Each day, porters will walk ahead in time for your arrival so when you arrive you can relax and take in your surroundings however high up you might be.

Guides and porters are paid a wage however it is customary (not mandatory however) to give them a gift at the end of your trek.

If you think about it, they will have carried all your kit for almost 3 days so a little extra is most likely deserved. Tips are illegal in Morocco but you are free to give gifts.

Note: Gifts are not included in the cost of your trek.

Whilst in country we often use a range of transport depending on the requirements needed, group size and other considerations. This can include a private taxi or minibus.

We appreciate that vehicle standards can differ outside of the UK but work to ensure that vehicles used in country are fit for purpose and safe. This way your journey will be as comfortable as possible.

If vehicles are not deemed fit for purpose alternative options will be sought.

The package includes 1 nights B&B accommodation (1 day after the trek.) This will be provided in same sex twin rooms (please advise if you would prefer a double room).

Single rooms are available however there may be an additional charge. Please ask for details.

Accommodation during the trek is provided in gites and mountain refuges along the trail. Gite and refuge accommodation is normally in mixed gender dormitories.

Check “What’s included” above for the full list of items included.

During your Toubkal trek you will be treated to some Moroccan dishes such as cous cous and beautifully cooked Tagines. Your food will be prepared and cooked by your head cook who will have a range of meals lined up for you, some of which will be prepared and eaten along the trail. 
 
Breakfast is normally largely continental consisting of fruit, bread and spreads. You may find an omelette also depending on which day of the trek it is. 
 
Lunch consists of large salads with tuna, olives, tomatoes, rice and more often all freshly prepared for you. There’s something special about sitting down to eat along the trail being surrounded by the high Atlas Mountains. 
 
Dinner will be a range of things from Tagine, Pasta, Rice, Cous Cous all served with fresh vegetables. You’ll most likely get soup to start too and if you are really luckily desert. The cooks often use a communal kitchen where each cook prepares, cooks and waits on their group and it’s always exciting to see what comes out of the kitchen. One thing you can bet on though is that there will be more than enough to feed the group and it will taste amazing! 
 
Water is included in all of our Toubkal treks and Moroccan mint tea will be readily available. 

Although the Atlas mountains border the Sahara, temperatures in the mountains generally stay reasonable so it is possible to climb and walk in the mountains all year round.

In the summer despite temperatures in Marrakech reaching 50 degrees the high Atlas often only reaches the high 20’s.

Unless offering a winter ascent we generally deliver our Toubkal treks between May and October.

The weather is often good with blue sky, good temperatures in the day and not too cold at night.

This makes for epic views across the Atlas mountains from the summit and often t-shirt weather to walk in.

Over recent years the arrival of the freezing temperatures and snow has become less predictable with some winter months snow free. 

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

It is recommended that as you exit passport control you change any money into Moroccan Dirham. Both Pounds Stirling and Euros can be changed.

The bureau de change can be found in the baggage reclaim area.

Most major credit cards are accepted in larger towns and ATM’s are widely available in cities and most of the main towns.

Please note that whilst trekking; money, visas etc should be kept safe and in a sealed bag/container where they cannot be damaged and you should keep these with you at all times.

For the latest advice visit the UK Government foreign travel website for Morocco.

 

Although we hope you do not incur delays in your outbound and homebound journeys to and from the start/end points we can never rule them out.

There are not necessarily any arrangements in place for such an issue but your trip guide and Mountaineerin Ltd will do everything possible to support you should this happen.

You do not need any specialist equipment for climbing Toubkal however specific mountain clothing would benefit you greatly rather than hoodies and sweatshirts for example.

The best system for mountain walking anywhere is to have several layers that you can put on and take off as and when you get too hot or too cold.

Each layer traps a certain amount of air, which over time, your body heats up therefore insulating your body.

Your kit will be put into 2 bags for the trek, 1, which you will carry (your daysack) and 1, which your mule will carry (normally a larger rucksack or duffle bag).

You will carry all the items you need for each day whereas the porters will carry everything else, such as group equipment, sleeping bags, extra clothes, food etc.

A full complete kit list will be provided upon booking with both essential and optional items
highlighted.

Personal trip insurance is essential for a trip of this kind and you should be specific in telling your insurer about what you are doing. For example most insurers cover you as standard up to a certain height on well known trekking routes.

The highest point of this trek is 5,895m high and it is unlikely that an ascent of this kind would be covered under a standard policy due to the increased risk.

You should read any policy very carefully before committing to it and make sure it covers everything you expect it to. If you are unsure about any sections then contact the insurer for clarification prior to purchasing any policy.

You will be asked to provide your policy number and insurance details prior to the trek should we need to contact them in the event of an emergency.

We advise reading any policy fully before committing to it.

Personal trip insurance is available from Travel & General and a quote can be obtained by following this link.

Travel & General Insurances Services Limited (t&g) is a specialist intermediary focused on the travel industry. t&g have been providing travel bonds and travel insurance to travel organisers in the UK and Irish travel markets since 1983 and have gained a wealth of experience over the last thirty years making t&g an ideal insurance partner.

Note: You are welcome to choose whichever insurer suits your needs however it should include suitable
cover for evacuation in case of emergency.

We reserve the right to refuse any participant whom we do not feel has obtained suitable insurance or who is unwilling to share details of the policy.

Mountaineerin ltd is fully insured for all the activities and packages it offers. If you require any further information regarding out policy details please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The affects of altitude vary massively from person to person but in most cases improve with time spent at altitude.

If they don’t action may need to be taken. Some symptoms of altitude sickness could include: headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue and more.

Acclimatisation is very important when trekking at altitude and it is vital not to ascend too quickly.

Your guides during the trek will keep a close eye on you to ensure any affects of altitude can be managed appropriately. It should be noted that the best solution to solving altitude sickness is to descend and if it is felt by the guide that this is the best option then they will support you in doing so.

The British Mountaineering Council has some good advice and tips on mountain sickness.

As well as the possible implications of altitude sickness there are also some other things those travelling to Morocco should consider.

It is recommended that you visit your GP at least 2 months prior to your trip to discuss the current inoculations required and any other advice they might have.

It may also be wise to discuss any previous illness/conditions you may have had to ensure travelling to Morocco will not compromise your current health.

Further health information can also be found on the TravelHealthPro website.

You can also visit the UK Government foreign travel advice for the most up to date travel advice and guidance.

British nationals are not required to have a visa if travelling for tourism purposes for up to 3 months.

You can also visit the UK Government foreign travel advice for the most up to date travel advice and guidance.

If you are not a British national you should seek advice before travelling.

There are several airlines including low cost flying from the UK to Marrakech (RAK) Prices range from around £80- £300 depending on when you want to travel, how early you book and whether you want to go direct etc.

Flight time is around 4 hours and you will need to complete a Landing Card (normally provided on the plane) to present at Passport control.

Some of the airlines flying from the UK include:

Easyjet – Flights normally available from Bristol, London and Manchester
http://www.easyjet.com/en/

Ryanair – Flights normally available from London and Dublin
www.ryanair.com

Tui – Flights normally available from Birmingham, London and Manchester
https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/

British Airways – Flights normally available from London
www.britishairways.com

1 Pay in full

You can pay for the trip in full using a credit or debit card via our website.

2 Pay a deposit

Alternatively you can pay a deposit and then the remaining balance 60 days before the trip date.

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UPCOMING DATES

Date
10th – 15th June 2022

Availability
Places available

Price
£450

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