HIGH ATLAS TREK CROWNED BY TOUBKAL ASCEND
Would you like to climb Jebel Toubkal but rather not straight off? Then this might be the perfect trek for you.
With a slow start through the picturesque Berber villages your body will naturally acclimatize to the altitude. Colourful landscape will change from day to day and so will your physical condition. Gradually you will not focus on the altitude any more but instead the Berber villages and traditions will capture your entire attention. Once we reach the turquoise lagoon of Lake Ifni you will feel completely ready to conquer the highest peak of North Africa in the next two days!
Sufficient acclimatization for ascend of Jebel Toubkal
Jebel Toubkal (4167 m): Ascent of the highest peak of North Africa at the end of the tour
Overnight stay at Lake Ifni the turquoise lagoon of Atlas Mountains
Licenced English speaking guide
Accompanying staff with mules for luggage transport, cooking etc.
Accommodation in traditional and atmospheric refugees but with showers, simple gites and tents
Daily walking time approx. 5-6 hours
Wonderful panorama views – mountains, valleys, sees, villages…
Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil - Tacheddirt (1xL, 1xD)
In the morning we pick you at your hotel in Marrakech and we drive to Imlil , the base village for most of the hikes in the area. We meet with our mules and accompanying local support staff and start the hike through the valley towards Tascheddirt, some 10 km from Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise and we climb up to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2,279m). Then we descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3,000m), where we spent the night in a guesthouse.
Approx 5-6 hours walking.
Day 2: Tacheddirt - Azib Likemt (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
We begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3,555m). This can be a little challenging as the trail is a little bit stony but at the top we are awarded with the first view over the Toubkal range. We continue a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we stay for the night.
Approx. 5-6 hours walking.
Day 3: Azib Likemt - Tizi n'Ourai - Amsouzert (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
This long but relatively easy day takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine(3,120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal range, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3,876m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a simple but very friendly guest house.
Approx. 5-6 hours walking.
Day 4: Amsouzert - Ifni Lake (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
In the west from Amsouzert there are several small villages, which we explore on our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the range. It is a truely memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing by the shores of the blue water. We sleep tonight close to the lake in tent or simple refuge.
Approx. 4-5 hours walking.
Day 5: Ifni Lake – Toubkal’s refuge (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
By now we should be both fit and acclimatised, and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a long scree slope. We reach the pass at Tizi n'Ouanoums (3,664m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night.
Approx. 5-6 hours walking.
Day 6. Toubkal Summit - Imlil (1xB, 1xL)
We leave before dawn, following a well-worn route to the summit. If conditions are good it should take no more than 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167m) where we enjoy expansive views of the entire Atlas range and the Marrakech plains beyond. Returning to base, we then descend fairly rapidly to the villages of Sidi Chamharouch and Aremd, before following the Mizane River, along a well-forested trail, to the trailhead at Imlil. If you are staying in Marrakech, you will be taken there by car at the end of the day.
Approx. 6-7 hours walking.
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season from June till October
What is INCLUDED in your price?
Licenced English speaking mountain guide
Mules/ muletiers for luggage transport
5x breakfast (tea, coffee, bread,butter, cheese, jam…)
6x picnic lunch (salad, vegetable or meat tajine, bread, nuts, olives, fish, tea…)
5x dinner (soup, meat tajine or couscous, fruit, tea)
Vegetarian option possible
5x night in the tent in a bivoac/ mountain gite or guesthouse
Private transport from and to Marrakech (possible to agree on other start places)
Pick up and return at your hotel
What is NOT INCLUDED in your price?
Bottled water/Soft drinks
Hotel in Marrakech
Tip for the cook, guide (just if you are satisfied with service, tipping is very common practice in Morocco)
2 person 470 EUR p. P.
3 person 430 EUR p.P
4 - 5 person 355 EUR p.P
6 - 8 person 315 EUR p.P
Please, contact us if your group is bigger.
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During the entire tour you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced guide and his local mountain support team which will take care of your luggage and catering.
The tour is technically not difficult, but you should be a little bit fit and be familiar with walking cross-country. Good trekking shoes and an outdoor jacket are highly recommended in any season of the year.
We will spend nights in the simple but atmospheric mountain refugees (or alternatively tents if preffered), and have lunch or tea at local Berber places. Of course, we will also benefit from the culinary skills of our well experienced Berber chief cook. With Berber breakfast of pancakes and lamb steaks he is guaranteed to spoil everybody!