Climb famous Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, in a 5-day mountaineering expedition in Morocco led by AEGM-certified mountain guide Ruben.
Standing at 4,167 meters (13,671ft), Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in Morocco, in northern Africa, and in the whole Arab world. It is located in the country’s southwest, in the High Atlas, a sub-range within the Atlas Mountains, which extend over 2,500 kilometers across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, in the Maghreb African region. It lays within the Toubkal National Park, which covers over 100,000 hectares between the valleys of N’Fiss to the west and Ourika to the east.
Toubkal is a mountain massif of volcanic origin, and one of the few summits in Morocco covered in snow yearlong. Its surrounding valleys, with terraced crops and adobe constructions, its rich wildlife, and locals’ welcoming and attractive Berber culture, make this trip a must!
Our tour’s meeting point will be the city of Marrakesh airport, located 60 kilometers north from Mount Toubkal. From there, we will travel to our expedition’s starting point, the small village of Imlil (1,740m), in the heart of the Toubkal valley, at the base of the Atlas Mountains. During the journey, we will spend two nights at a hotel in Imlil, one in a mountain refuge, and one in a hotel in Marrakesh, where we will have a free day to enjoy the city’s food, markets, mosques, palaces, and gardens!
Our total traveled distance will be of 32 kilometers, with a total ascent of 2,510 meters. I will take groups of a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12. While Mount Toubkal is not a technical summit, it features some challenging sections. Therefore, participants are required to be in good shape and have some prior trekking experience to be able to join this expedition.
Below you will find a detailed itinerary of the program. However, please note that this can be slightly adjusted depending on the weather conditions, as well as on availability on hotels and mountain refuges.
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If you are looking for a longer adventure in Morocco, I also offer an 8-day Toubkal ascent and trekking in the Sahara Desert. In case you are considering other hiking outings, please note I also lead trips in Spain, such as the 5-day program in Ponga Natural Park, the 5-day trek in Picos de Europa National Park, and the Redes Natural Park fall trek in 3 days.
Hotels and mountain refuges
The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on the weather conditions, hotels/refuges’ availability, or other important reasons.
Mountain refuges offer blankets. Therefore, you will only need to carry a thin sleeping bag or bed sheets.
We will meet at Marrakech airport and transfer to the village of Imlil (1,770m), our tour’s starting point. In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel and go over the trip’s itinerary.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin hiking along mule trails, across the village of Armed (1,850m), to Marabout Sidi Chamharouch (2,350m), a pilgrimage site, where we will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our cook. We will stop at Imi n’Tifrite to have a traditional tea, and then cross the Isgan n’Wagouts corrals reaching the Neltner refuge (3,207m), built and run by the French Alpine Club, where we will spend the night.
Ramp: ↑ 1,325m ↓ 94m
Early in the morning, we will begin our ascent to Mount Toubkal (4,167m), to ensure safe weather conditions. First, we will head to the hole of Akhbi n’Tizi (3,700m) and trek to the Collado del Toubkal (3,950m), from where we will ascend the summit, via the Toubkal Ridge. If the weather helps, from Toubkal’s top, we will enjoy impressive views to the Atlas Mountains. We will then descend to the refuge and return to Imlil, where we will spend the night.
Ramp: ↑ 1,185m ↓ 2,416m
We will have breakfast in Imlil and transfer to the hotel in Marrakesh. Free day to rest and visit the city.
Transfer to Marrakesh’s airport. Farewell and end of trip.
Hello!! My name is Rubén Cuesta Valparís and I am a Mountain Guide with official certification and AEGM-UIMLA accreditation (Member Number 913). I have extensive experience in mountain ranges around the world, from the Picos de Europa, my base and school, through the Pyrenees, the Alps, Patagonia, the Himalayas.
I love mountains and nature in general and from my experience and supported by my training, I like to enjoy them and make my clients enjoy them as much as I do, giving them the security they need to perform the activity they want, interpreting the landscape , flora, fauna, ethnography, and promoting respect for nature and the environment where activities take place. I speak Spanish and English.
From my company, Picos Outdoor, we organize activities of hiking, trekking, mountaineering, orientation, etc. and we offer introductory and specialization training courses (can be for groups and individuals) related to all the above.
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Group of 6
|EUR 444 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 444 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 444 each|
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• Transport during the trip
• Luggage transfer during the trip
• Personal Insurance
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Please note that the price includes: VAT; 2 nights at Imlil Riad Jnane hotel, 1 night at the Neltner Refuge, and 1 night in a hotel in Marrakesh (all of them including dinner and breakfast); lunch/picnic during trekking days prepared by our cook; all transfers during the trip; luggage transportation in mules, accident insurance; and the group’s safety gear. However, the price doesn’t include the flight to/from Marrakesh.
From the beginning to the end, Ruben and the Explore-Share team were fantastic. Ruben made the 4 day hike enjoyable, educational, and overall a ton of fun. He was super knowledgeable and even during the toughest part of the hikes, we felt incredibly safe. Very thankful for finding explore-share and I\'ll definitely use them again. I also would be sure to recommend Ruben to anyone looking to hike the Picos!