Jebel Toubkal, Morocco and North Africa’s highest peak has captivated trekkers for centuries. Based on the Toubkal national park at 4,167 meters (13,671 ft) high, which is far about 40 miles due south of Marrakech. This is the most accessible trek to anyone in good shape and hungry for an awe-inspiring high-altitude adventure. Traditional Berber villages line the route, and you’ll have special time to learn Moroccan Berber customs through village visits and overnight camping with hearty home-cooked meals. The views up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you’ll explore and feel at the Toubkal summit.
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Day 1: Marrakech-Imlil-Toubkal refuge
Day 2: Refuge-Jebel Toubkal-Imlil
Day 3 : Imlil-Tizi n-Tichka- Ait Ben Haddou-Dades Gorges
Day 4 : Dades gorges-Todra gorges-Rissani-Erg Chabbi
Day 5 : Ereg Chaabi- Ouarzazat-Marrakech
Day 1 :
A Toubkal Explore’s guide will meet you at your accommodation in Marrakech 15 minutes before you will be picked up and you will head Southward (about 1 ½ hour’s drive) to the starting point of the trip at Imlil (1740m) where you will meet our team of muleteers and the cook, Imlil is a large picturesque village set at the head of the Ait Mesan Valley surrounded by walnut groves, apple trees, cherry 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 Valley towards Mount Toubkal. On route, you'll pass the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the Toubkal Refuge – your stop for the night. Overall, you’ll have walked for five to six hours.
Day 2 :
Today is a long day with an early start, tough going but very rewarding. From the Refuge, the trail zigzags 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. Overnight in a guest house It is a long day taking between 8-12 hours depending on the pace of the group?
You will be picked up from your guest house in Imlil at 7h30am. Drive to the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, crossing the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. You’ll pass through lots of Berber villages, and once you’re in the desert, you’ll see riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with Kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock). Ait Benhaddou is an ancient fortified city containing countless Kasbahs and has been the atmospheric subject of numerous Hollywood movies (The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Lawrence of Arabia...) You will be able to walk amongst the old buildings and walk to the top of the fortification if you have the energy. Later on, you’ll head through the Valley of the Roses to Dades Gorge where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner and evening at a small hotel . Overnight in Dades. (Total driving time approx. 7-8 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the Dades Valley to Todra Gorge - a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains, rising up 300 metres in a narrow valley with palmeries and Berber villages. After lunch you’ll head further into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga to pick up supplies for your desert trip. You will then drive on to a Kasbah to pick up your camel. At sunset, you’ll trek for an hour-and-a-half by camel to a Berber camp where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner, and sleep under the stars or in tents at a desert camp. (Total driving time approx. 5-6 hours)
Wake to a desert sunrise and then return to the kasbah by camel. You will then have a chance to freshen up and enjoy a breakfast. You will leave for Marrakech travelling across the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll arrive in Marrakech in the evening, normally around 6.00pm. (Total driving time 10 hours)
Picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech with a private vehicle
English speaking mountain guide
Cook services, all meals on trek and bottled water
Mules to carry your kit bags
Accommodation in Mountain refuge and guest house in Imlil
Transportation with a private vehicle
English speaking mountain guide
Accommodation (hotel and tent) with breakfast and dinner
Soft and Alcoholic Beverages
Lunches during the Sahara trip
Individual Transfers; Any Deviations from the Scheduled Program.
Any Other Items of a Purely Personal Nature