WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
The ultimate Moroccan adventure conquering the Toubkal peak in the High Atlas Mountains. Towering at 4,167 meters, the challenge is on!
A visit to Marrakech certainly awakens the senses. Whether it's bartering for a deal in the chaos of the souks, relaxing in the oasis that is your Riad or having dinner in a fancy restaurant in Gueliz, there is something for everyone.
The Atlas Mountains
During your hike in the Atlas Mountains, you will be rewarded with simply spectacular views with vibrant colours and valleys peppered with Berber villages and snow-capped peaks.
Set at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, Imlil is the perfect base to start and finish your Toubkal ascent. It's a pretty, peaceful and authentic berber village providing the perfect location for relaxing after your trek.
Rich with flavour, the food has a unique, delicious taste so don't be shy in trying their specialities from tajines with couscous to a pastillas and of course the obligatory mint tea. You can even take a cooking class!
"I absolutely loved to trip, the Atlas Mountain are simply stunning with little berber villages dotted along the hiking trail. The trekking was was certainly a challenge but that what I was expecting and the views from the top made it worthwhile. Abdul our guide was fabulous, nothing was too much trouble"
Jaunelle - Guest
Starting and ending in the mesmerizing Marrakech, you will then be transferred to the High Atlas Mountains for the start of your adventure. From here, you will take the day in Imlil Valley to acclimatize for the altitude with a 4-hour test hike. You will begin the ascent the following day, travelling towards the Toubkal Basecamp, set at an altitude of 3,207 meters. The effort will be greatly rewarded with fabulous views over the gorges and streams. The next day is the big day. With an early start, you will follow the zig-zagging trail above the Basecamp and right towards to the summit. We promise it's well worth the challenge with the stunning overview from the top over the Atlas Mountains ridges and peaks, valleys and Berber villages. Then, it's back to Marrakech for your final night.
NEED TO KNOW
|GROUP SIZE||8 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Arrival in Marrakech followed by an airport transfer to your boutique riad accommodation in the medina where you will be greeted with some refreshing Moroccan mint tea and a selection of sweet pastries after which you can settle into your room and head out in the evening to soak up the magical atmosphere
Transfer to the Atlas Mountains. In Imlil Valley, you will meet the local guide and have a mint tea introduction. It's then time to set off on 4-6-hour hike to acclimatize for the altitude. Lunch in the pass Tizi n'Tamaterte (2279m), before hiking back to the riad in the afternoon.
After breakfast, load the luggage on the mules and start the hike towards Toubkal Basecamp via the shrine Sidi Chamharouch. Here you will stop for lunch which will be prepared by an outdoor cook. You will eat with great views over the gorges and streams. Arrival to the Hut after a 5-hours walk.
Wake up early for breakfast at 4 am and start the ascent at 5 am. Walk up along the zigzagging trail above the Basecamp and the Vallon leading to Toubkal west ridge, then continue to the summit. Stunning views over the whole Atlas Mountains valleys and Berber villages. If the weather is good you will be able to see Jebel Siroua in the far south. Short break for photos and snacks, walk down to the Hut and then pack your stuff before heading back to Imlil for the transfer back to Marrakech.
Transfer to Marrakech airport for flight back home
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
With all our stunning, boutique Riads located in or close to the medina so you will be well placed to explore Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the souks.
Typical Accommodation: Dar One, Riad Al Massarah or similar
Situated at little over 1,750 meters, Imlil Valley offers stunning views, getting you in the right mood for the adventure to come.
Typical Accommodation: Riad Jnane Imlil
The final stop before the ascent, the Basecamp offers basic, shared accommodation, but makes up for it with the great views all around.
Typical Accommodation: Toubkal Hut
Kashbah Bab Ourika
For those in search of a more peaceful setting than Marrakech, why not upgrade to the kasbah which offers breath-taking views, along with a colonial feel combined with a dash of Moroccan flavour. Perfect for relaxing.
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
The queen of diversity, Morocco represents a diverse and heady mix of cultures and scenery that are guaranteed to awaken your senses. With stunning mountains, buzzing cities and endless deserts, the country has so much to offer and seems to change with every visit. A fascinating melting pot of cultures and religion, you’ll be immersed in cultural influences from around the world, architectural marvels and tons of historical intrigue. Magical, mysterious and utterly captivating. This is the ultimate trip if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and memories to treasure for years ahead.
"This is a challenging yet very rewarding trek due to the ascent of around 2500m which offers stunning panoramic views but where you come up you must also come down! So not only do you need an appetite for a challenge, you need to have a good level of fitness"
James - Untravelled Paths
Needless to say, when taking part in an activity such as hiking in a country like Morocco it is prudent to ensure you have insurance in case you are unfortunate and have an accident.
Always ask when obviously snapping pictures of the locals, especially in the rural areas, as it's polite. Pairing with a complement often helps or take from distance and ultilise your zoom.
Touts and Hustlers
In general Morocco is very safe so relax and smile when dealing with touts and hustlers. Politely, but firmly decline, don’t engage and act as if you know where you are going.
Whilst locals are used to tourists, it is respectful to cover up your knees and shoulders, so make sure you have a scarf, which will also help against the sun.
As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Marrakech with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in a few easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have made your necessary arrangements, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details and any other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.