About Toubkal Summit Trek 2
This is our shortest sensibly-paced Toubkal Summit Trek; the middle day is all about the summit so there is less pressure to ascend quickly.
Activity code: ITCTTM03m
Difficulty: GRADE TWO - between easy and moderate, hiking mostly along zig-zagging mule tracks at upper valley levels for about 6 hours each day. The actual summit climb is non-technical but can be hard going due to the terrain and altitude. Good boots are essential. For anyone who leads a reasonably active life, hiking always involves some effort. Full support team.
Duration: 3 Days Trek ONLY / 6 Days Holiday version
This three day itinerary is our recommended trek for the summit of North Africa's highest peak if your time is limited. Your guide will vary the route up and down where possible to avoid retracing your steps. We include two nights at (or camping nearby) the Toubkal Refuge so that you can enjoy a full day to tackle the summit and relax a little prior to your descent on day 3. If you are still feeling fit and wish to make good use of the spare time later on day 2 your guide will have a fantastic mini-hike up to Tizi Ounoums to view the incredible Lake Ifni and Toubkal from a new angle.
Our trekking organiser (Andy in the UK) and our Head Guide (Houcine in Imlil) have many, many years of experience of arranging treks in Morocco. The route has been fully thought through and is tried and trusted - timings are based on a small party and allow for amendments and short cuts if necessary for any reason. We have a wealth of experience in these areas so feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
NB: The months from December through to mid-April could possibly preclude the Toubkal summit climb due to sudden, heavy snowfalls. We shall advise you of adverse climatic conditions and alternate nearby peak climb - Jbel Aguelzim (3547m) prior to your setting out from Marrakech
COST FOR THIS TREK:
All our holidays are tailor-made so the ultimate cost of each trek is based upon:
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING (depending upon season): good walking boots; sleeping bag (3 seasons); waterproofs and fleece/duvet jackets, hats, balaclavas or ear muffs; gloves; rambler or ski pole; personal toiletries; small First Aid kit, thermal underwear (Dec-May); day pack; filled water bottles; torch and batteries (LED head torches are excellent), penknife (remember not to pack in hand baggage for flight); towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, hygienic wipes, nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred to tea and coffee, camping mug (otherwise it is small Moroccan tea glasses for everything), energy sweets and toilet rolls could come in handy!
MEALS ARE NORMALLY:
NB: all our prices are for land arrangements only (starting and finishing in Marrakech), please contact us to arrange accommodation in Marrakech or Imlil as well as flights from your preferred airport.
This trek, like so many to the Toubkal Region, departs from Marrakech around 8 to 9 in the morning (depending upon the season) for an exhilarating two hour drive south up over gorges and high passes to the Berber town of Imlil (1740m). Imlil is set in the upper foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains, a main trailhead in these parts with mule paths branching out in all directions.
After loading up your main luggage on to the mules your guide will lead you away from Imlil and strike out for some 4km towards the south up to the Berber village of Aroumd (1843m) and the hamlets of Taourirt, Targa and Imoula, up and down the stark slopes with the magnificent Western High Atlas peaks of the Toubkal Massif immediately before you. Your guide will stop at Aroumd for you to visit this rather singular village in the Assif Ait Mizane Valley, built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur, overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of fruit trees and vegetables.
A further 8km south and you arrive at the equally-quaint village of Sidi Chamharouch, a Berber village set beside a waterfall and small stream, again with its pise homes seemingly built somewhat chaotically one into another. This village is a place of pilgrimage for devout Moslems and it is where there is a marabout shrine - forbidden to non-Moslems and said to be a relic of a pre-Islamic religious cult. Here your guide will prepare your field picnic within full view of mighty Jbel Toubkal, prior to setting off up to the Toubkal Refuge for dinner and overnight accommodation.
A very early breakfast today as you and your guide set out around 6am to attain, after a three hour, non-technical but steep climb, the highest peak in the Maghreb (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. This remarkable climb and view is what you have come so far for. Whenever you are ready, your guide will lead you on the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward 2 to 3 hour descent back to the area near the Refuge for a picnic (this descent can be steep in places and the route is covered with many loose stones so we would recommend a walking pole for this section for anyone with aching joints or who is not 100% sure footed).
This afternoon, your guide will take you on a gentle hike south-eastwards for a couple of hours up to the head of the Assif Ait Mizane Valley and Tizi n'Ounoums (3664m) which, from this high point, gives a tremendous view of the trail you've covered and of the distant cobalt green outline of Lake Ifni. When ready, return to the area of the Toubkal Refuge for a welcome dinner and overnight accommodation in the Refuge.
Breakfasted and ready, time to set off towards the north along steeply descending, zig-zagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n'Isouhouanem n'Ouagounss towards the Berber village of Sidi Chamharouch (3106m). Before entering the village your guide will draw your attention to a special tree, sacred to the local Berbers, on which they hang strips of coloured cloth and pile up stones around the trunk. After a brief stop here to relax, particularly welcome on a hot day, descend high above the valley of the Assif Ait Mizane, down zig-zagging trails around granite and basalt grey rocks for about 8km to the village of Aroumd (1840m), commanding one of the more fertile valleys of the High Atlas mountains with terraced, irrigated plots and fields of maize, onions and fruit trees on all sides.
Here your guide will prepare a final picnic prior to continuing on along the floor of the valley, then up a well-defined mule track zig-zagging above the river for some 4km to arrive, at around 2 to 3 in the afternoon back at the Berber village of Imlil and a welcome glass, or two, of mint tea in the home of our senior guide prior to your return to Marrakech and arrival around 5pm.
Day 1 - arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your accommodation.
- Stay at e.g. Ksar Anika - 2 nights BB
Day 2 - private guided city tour (am); balance of day for independent sightseeing.
Days 3 to 5 - on trek as per itinerary above.
- stay at Douar Samra in Tamatert - 1 night HB.
Day 6 - private transfer to Marrakech Airport.
Fully guided and supported trek in High Atlas. Includes English-speaking guide, transport, all meals and all accommodation. Holiday version also includes extra 3nts accommodation, airport transfers and city tour.
Date range: , Option: Trek ONLY version
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All prices are per person
Full Holiday version
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Trek ONLY version
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All prices are per person