The LX Challenge: Be Your Best
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&R' in a Riad in Marrakech.
July / August
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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. Stay in the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh in a stunning Riad while sampling delicious food. Then climb Mount Toubkal with its remote villages and friendly Berber people and mules. Yep, this is a trip for those looking to have it all in a short space of time!
We recommend this trip for those looking for something a little different, off the beaten track who love a little 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
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Simply, anyone with a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Toubkal is the highest peak in Northern Africa at 4167m and therefore the altitude makes it hard work. Determination will be required to keep going to the top.
While this course is open to beginner mountaineers, 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.
July / August
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 / trainers
Good to have for approaches to the mountain huts.
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
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)
Rated to -15 °C comfort temperature
"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!"
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 during the trip
- All transport during the trip including airport pick ups and transfers to Toubkal National Park
- Handpicked Adventure Base leader
- Local and professional guides
- All meals on the trip (Half Board)
What's not Included?
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Lunch, snacks and drinks when in the huts
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 this lovely Riad in central Marrakesh with its traditional setting and atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. 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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The Riad is a special spot close to all the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. This is where we spend the last night of the trip. Located a 10-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!
Shared twin rooms
Refuge Du Toubkal
As part of the trip you will be staying a the Refuge du Toubkal which provides very basic accommodation. Don't worry, it all adds to the adventure... plus, it's the only option available!
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 at Marrakesh airport where you will be greeted by your Adventure Base guide. A quick stop in Marrakesh for some lunch before we travel down to Toubkal National Park and spend the night in a mountain lodge/Riad in the small village of Imlil at the foot of Toubkal.
Ascend to Refuge du Toubkal
This is when the adventure really begins. We trek through Berber villages and make our way up towards the mountain refuge at 3200m altitude. We would all sleep in the Refuge du Toubkal after a filling 3 course meal. (6hrs/10km/1540m up).
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. This is the longest day of the trip, taking us around 10 hours, covering 16km and ascending 1130m followed by a thigh burning descent of 2530m. All in the name of adventure right? Once we're down, we get a transfer back to Marrakesh, where no doubt, all are desperate for a hot shower and a big delicious celebratory dinner. (10hrs/17km/1130m up/2530m down)
The trip ends after breakfast after which we all head back to the airport on private transfers.
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.
READY TO CLIMB TOUBKAL?
We hope you've found all the information you need above, but if not don't hesitate to get in touch. If you're ready to book, follow the link below.Start your adventure