Mount Toubkal Ascent 4167m the highest Mountain in North Africa 2 days 1 night
Departure from Marrakech early morning 8am, towards the high Atlas Mountains via Tahaouet (local market on Tuesdays), Valley Ghighaya, Moulay Brahim gorges, Asni (market on Saturdays) then between terraced fields of vegetables, fruit trees walnuts & cherries arrival to imlil 1740m meet the team guide, muleteer then start the trek between fields and surrounding villages of Imlil along the Ait Mizane valley, Taouerite, Targa Imola, Tagadirte, Armed 1900m then into the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch 2500m lunch next to the river, then continue to climb steadily to the Toubkal refuge 3206m through snaking and zigzagging along mule tracks. Overnight at the refuge. Approx. 5h30 walking.
An early start to catch sunrise from the summit of Toubkal passing by the river into the south cirque above the refuge and climb through an avalanche of rooks, it’s a challenging walk rather than a climb, then straightforward between giant rooks, where the altitude will make our steps very difficult in few parts before reaching the plateau from where you can enjoy the first lights on surrounding peaks above 4000m, a short walk to the summit with a panoramic views on each side of the mountain before finding ourselves on the top of north Africa after 3 hours walking, a beautiful view in every direction, North Marrakech plain and ll the northern valleys, lake villages, South Anti Atlas & Sahara, the time spend t the top will depend on the weather, 30 minute will be enough before descending same way to refuge it takes 2hours lunch/rest then 3 hours walking down to Imlil retracing our steps and heading back to Marrakech.
Note : This trek can be extended to 2 nights at the refuge with option to climb nearby peaks such as Ouankrime 4068m, Tizi Melloul / Taghraghart Plateau 4000m or a night in Imlil or Armed instead of going back to Marrakech, also its possible to spend a couple of days training before the ascent if you have any trouble with altitude, or simply you would like to discover the surrounding valleys and crossing high passes before the ascent. This trek is possible in winter but crampons and axes are essential.