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Mount Toubkal, Imlil

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Make your way to the top of Mount Toubkal, part of the Atlas mountain range and the highest peak in northern Africa. Standing at 4,167 m (13,671 ft), the mountain attracts multitudes of adventurers--most of it can be accessed from Marrakech with ease, and year round. After the moderately difficult trek to the summit, you'll be rewarded with expansive panoramic views of Morocco and the Atlas range. Mount Toubkal is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • 3 day trek through the Atlas Mountains eating under juniper bushes prepared by the guide and finally reaching toubkal peak for sunrise on the last day, a tough walk but very satisfying finishing with....  more »
  • Did the trek from Imlil up and down in 2 days with one night at the Toubkal refuge. The second day is really tough. 40,000 steps from the refuge to the top and down for the bottom in one day. The...  more »
  • Just thought I'd share my experiences of summiting mount Toubkal in early October 2019. - it is now mandatory to have a local guide when hiking in the Atlas mountains ever since the two Scandis...  more »
  • Well worth the trek, stunning views from the summit. Moderate level of fitness required!
  • What a trek! We had a nice weather. You can buy water on the way. :)
  • Toubkal or Tubkal (amazigh : ⵜⵓⴱⵇⴰⵍ Tugg kal; Arabic: توبقال‎ Tūbqāl) is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National Park. At 4,167 metres (13,671 ft), it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa and the Arab World. Located 63 km (39 mi) south of the city of Marrakesh, it is an ultra prominent peak, the highest for over 2,000 km (1,200 mi) and a popular destination for climbers. The first recorded ascent was on 12 June 1923 by the Marquis de Segonzac, Vincent Berger and Hubert Dolbeau, but the mountain may have been climbed before that date. Trekkers usually approach the mountain from the road-end village of Imlil. Qualified guides can be hired, as well as porters, to carry equipment and food supplies higher into the mountains. For experienced mountaineers, guides are not required for the normal route, as it is a moderate hike and orientation is not a problem. The normal route starts with an easy walk to the village of Aroumd . Past Aroumd a floodplain  is crossed and the route follows the left slope of the valley southwards. The valley bends to the east to the tiny settlement of Sidi Chamharouch, which has grown around a Muslim shrine. At Sidi Chamharouch, the path leads over the stream and runs steeply uphill to the right side of the Isougouane valley, which leads to two stone-built refuges (old Neltner Refuge and new Refuge du Toubkal) that are often used as base camp at 3,207 m (10,522 ft). It is possible to buy good meals in the Refuge du Toubkal. Tents can be pitched near the refuges for a small charge. From that point a path crosses the stream, climbs a steep  scree slope to the east and enters a valley (corrie), then climbs another steep slope to reach a col (Tizi'n'Toubkal at 3,940m). At the col the route turns left (northwards) to the summit ridge of Jbel Toubkal. The 4,167m summit is crowned with a curious pyramidal metal frame and views take in most of the Atlas and Little Atlas Mountains. The ascent during the summer (from May) is non-technical yet moderately difficult, only complicated by steep and slippery scree slopes and altitude sickness. Sturdy boots and proper (windproof) clothing are required, and  trekking poles are helpful on the scree. An ice-axe may be needed on the remaining snowfields in the early summer. The ascent during the end of the winter and spring (February/March) is more difficult.  Crampons are necessary to ascend through the snow and - in some cases - ice. It is possible to climb the mountain in two days - first day up to the refuge (around seven hours), second day to the summit (around five hours) and back to Imlil (up to five hours). In summer the mountains can be very dry, but are sometimes subject to storms. Although the temperature should remain above zero during the day, freezing conditions are possible over 3,500m. In winter the mountains are covered in snow and ice, and can be prone to avalanches. Skiing is possible as the snow can lie to considerable depth and cover many rocky slopes. Information about the state of the route can be obtained at Marrakech tourist offices or at Imlil. On 17 December, 2018, 2 tourists, one from Denmark and another from Norway were beheaded in a terror-related attack, their bodies were left near the mountain.
  • Great place. Its better to climb in good weather. Y can co even without ammunition but its bit difficult. And local will hate you:)
  • It was a great experience, beautiful mountains views, toubkal summit about 4167m

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