Climb Toubkal (4167m) the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa. The range extends over 2,500km across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. Oh, and we even threw in a little 'R and R' in a Riad in Marrakech. We run the trip over 4 days with 3 nights accommodation, so it's easily manageable as a long-weekend getaway.
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CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Toubkal (4167m) is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and the tallest mountain in North Africa. This trip is a vibrant mix of culture and environment. Climb the beautiful Mount Toubkal with its remote villages and friendly Berber people and mules. Then stay in the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh in a stunning Riad while sampling delicious food and resting your tired legs.
We recommend this trip for those looking for something a little different, off the beaten track who love a challenging adventure. While it's not technical, a good level of fitness is required. Don't expect to jump on the back of any mules when you're tired!
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
Simply, anyone with a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure. We run the trip over 4 days with 3 nights accommodation, so it's easily manageable as a long-weekend getaway. Toubkal is the highest peak in Northern Africa at 4167m and therefore the altitude makes it hard work but it is all worth it for the majestic summit views.
While this trip is open to beginner adventurers, please note that that doesn’t mean it’s physically easy – making sure you have a good base fitness level before you get here as it will make the trip feel less strenuous and maximise your chances of success. Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.
You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!
Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB
Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.
Foldable poles are best
Mountaineering specific 35-40L backpack
You must be able to carry at least 2L of water in your backpack
Factor 30-50 High Mountain sunscreen
For your nose and lips
At least cat 4 and ideally with limited gaps at the sides
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet
Good walking socks are required
Light colours are recommended
Hardshell hooded jacket
GORE-TEX® or similar
GORE-TEX® or similar
Soft shell trousers
Stretchy, durable mountaineering trousers
Something light and thin
Soft shell jacket
Light technical jacket ideally with hood
Lightweight and thin down jacket
Thick and built for the cold
Thinner to be used for mid mountain conditions and glacial walking
Hiking shoes / Trail Shoes
Good grip and ankle support is recommended
Good to have for approaches to the mountain huts especially in warmer temperatures
Don't forget to pack spare batteries. They're essential
Sleeping bag silk liner
You don’t need a sleeping bag itself, as blankets are provided in the huts
Rated to -15 °C comfort temperature
Highly recommended for the mountain huts
First aid kit
Blister kit, paracetamol, etc
Cash / credit card
For extra costs such as drinks and snacks
ID and documents
Passport / Drivers license, Visa, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
"Loved the trip to Toubkal thanks guys. No complaints from our group and we are already looking forward to the next adventure!"
"Thanks for arranging my last minute getaway to Toubkal! Quick and easy adventure and just what I needed at the time. Beautiful place and highly recommend to others. Thanks AB!"
"Adventure Base were recommended to me by a friend. They suggested this trip based on my abilities and desire to get out of my comfort zone. What a great decision! I absolutely loved the trip, the climb, (not so much the refuge but its the only option for the climb) and most of all the local guides and helpers who made us laugh the whole time. Some truly memorable moments. I'll be back."
"Enjoyed every minute. Only complaint it was over too soon! Highly recommend everyone to take on this challenge it is a fabulous adventure."
YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE
On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.
- All accommodation (3 nights)
- All guiding (4 days)
- All transport including airport pick ups and transfers
- All meals on the trip (home cooked local delicacies)
- Handpicked Adventure Base leader
- Local and professional guides
What's not Included?
- Flights to/from Marrakesh
- Equipment rental
- Personal travel insurance
- Snacks and drinks (Budget €10 per day)
- Tips for our local guides (We recommend €10-€20 per day)
This trip is running on the following dates
YOUR TOUBKAL ACCOMMODATION
When not climbing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen these Riads with their traditional setting and atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stay in the mountain hut. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!
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Perched just above the heart of the town of Imlil, this beautiful Riad is our gateway to the Mount Toubkal National Park. It is owned by a Berber family who grew up in these spectacular mountains. It offers comfortable accommodations with a restaurant, a shared lounge and terrace with amazing views of the imlil valley. The terrace is a great spot to enjoy a cup of mint tea after a long day of adventure.
Single, double and triple
Breakfast, dinner included
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The Riad we use in Marrakesh is a special spot close to all the hustle and bustle of the city. This is where we spend the last night of the trip and provides the perfect level of comfort to rest tired legs. Located a 15-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square, this riad features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a terrace.
A continental breakfast is served daily and Moroccan specialities are proposed in the dining room. An indoor plunge pool, a sun terrace with deckchairs and a patio with fountain and plants are also available. Perfect for resting post climb!
Single and double available
Refuge du Toubkal
Situated at 3207m altitude, the architecture and layout of the refuge were designed to fit the particular nature of the Atlas Mountains and respect the traditional Berber habitat. This is a simple refuge so don't expect luxury. The location is remote and the food served is simple but nutritious. We sleep in dormitories.
breakfast, lunch, dinner
WHAT TO EXPECT
HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY
While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.
Arrive into the city of Marrakesh, meet and greet with the Adventure Base guide followed by transport to our accommodation in Imlil in Toubkal National Park. We have a delicious home cooked meal with our local guides and the excitement builds for the climb ahead of us.
After breakfast, we start our ascent by hiking to the Refuge du Toubkal. We hike through beautiful scenery and stop off for another delicious home cooked meal for lunch. Tonight we sleep in Refuge du Toubkal after a 3 course dinner.
10km / 1540m up / 0 down / 6 hours trekking
Summit day! Today we reach the summit of Toubkal and enjoy the amazing views. Once satisfied with our achievement, we begin our descent back to the valley. We rest our legs on the transfer back to Marrakesh. Hot showers are a welcome treat in the Riad, followed by a delicious celebratory dinner with the group.
16km / 1130m up / 2530m down / 10 hours trekking
Departure after breakfast back to the airport for your flight home.
Frequently asked questions about this adventure
Are airport transfers included?
Do I need to have previous experience?
What kind of fitness level do I need?
What size backpack should I bring?
Your backpack should be around 30l.
Your backpack should be around 30l.
What type of boots do I need for Toubkal?
You will either need some sturdy hiking boots ideally with ankle support. B1 boots are OK too, however they might Read more
You will either need some sturdy hiking boots ideally with ankle support. B1 boots are OK too, however they might be a bit clunky. For our winter expeditions you’ll need B2 boots with crampons.
Will I definitely make it to the summit?
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the Read more
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the conditions of the mountain don’t play ball. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides the day before the ascent is due to begin. During this meeting the latest weather forecast, conditions of the mountain, and the clients own ability to reach the summit will be discussed. We fully trust our guides to make these final decisions based on their years of experience on the mountain. They are entrusted to make the final call and the client must accept any decision made. All decisions will have client safety as a top priority.
Meet your guides for this adventure
Ben is a UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as our lead Trekking Guide. He has worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance Trek with our clients.
Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.
Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.
"I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding. After touring the world following the call of the mountains and human cultures and fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides back home, in the Pyrenees."
Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Brans get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"
"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"
Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.
"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".
Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.
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