Walk in Wild Places | Jbel Toubkal, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Jbel Toubkal, Atlas mountains, Morocco

Climb the highest peak in North Africa

Toubkal (4,167 m / 13,671 ft), the highest peak in North Africa is located in the High Atlas in southwestern Morocco. The climb typically starts from Imlil (1,740 m / 5,709 ft), the village at the foot of the mountain. From here it follows a southernly trail through Aroumd, and then along the left slope of the Isougouane valley to Sidi Chamharouch (2,350 m / 7743 ft), where it crosses the stream and then continue upwards on the right side of the valley slope to the two stone refuges situated at 3,207 m / 10,522 ft. From here the path climbs a steep scree slope (covered in snow during the winter months) eastwards towards a col (Tizi’n’Toubkal, 3,940 m) before turning north and following the ridge to the summit.

Fit and experienced parties can climb Jbel Toubkal in two days. Imlil is reached after about 2 hours drive from Marrakech, and the refuges can be easily reached, even with a late morning, early afternoon start.

For those requiring a few days trekking to acclimatise, we recommend a few days trekking in the Rif Mountains near the fascinating Chefchaouen - the blue city. Alternatively trekking in Todra Gorge, with an opportunity to stay in a berber camp, or a few days walking in the Sahara, provides a far more interesting trek than walking in the valleys around the base of Jbel Toubkal.

Jbel Toubkal itinerary

We describe a two day trek to the summit of Jbel Toubkal. (This can also be done in three days, if the climbing party prefer to spend an extra night at the refuge at 3207m. Either ascending one of the lower peaks on the 2nd trekking day, before attempting the summit, or an extra night at the refuge after the summit day.) We'll arrange the trip to ensure you have the best possible chance for success.

The climb requires no technical climbing skills. Crampons are used when the slopes are covered in snow (possible from September through May) for stability, and a walking ice axe or trekking poles are useful when the mountain is covered in snow.

We are also able to organise longer tours of Morocco, including trekking in the Rif Mountains, Todra Gorge, and the Sahara. Please email us to enquire about our Moroccan trekking and historical sites tour.

Day 1 - Arrive Marrakech

We'll pick you up from Marrakech International Airport, and transfer you to your hotel in the medina in Marrakech. Depending on the time of your arrival, we will arrange a short tour of some of the more spectacular places to visit in Marrakech. Dinner is at a top Marrakech restaurant.

Day 2 - Drive to Imlil (2 hours), trek to Refuge 3,207m (10,522ft) - 4-6 hours

The climb starts in Imlil, where we meet our guide and muleteers/porters. We stop off at Sidi Chamharouch (2,350 m / 7743 ft) for lunch/ break, before tackling the final stretch to the refuge at 3,207m. Along the way we'll stop off for freshly squeezed orange juice, kept cold with water direct from smelting snow.

Day 3 - Summit (4,167m), return to refuge; descend to Imlil, transfer to Marrakech

For those who are fit and acclimatised, today is a long but very rewarding day. We start early, walking with headlamps, and reach the summit around sunrise. By lunch time we should be back at the refuge for a very welcome lunch and some ice cold drinks. After lunch we head downhill to Imlil, where get picked up by our transport for transfer back to Marrakech. We arrange a visit to a hammam and massage to ease the tired muscles before we head out for celebratory dinner.

Day 4 - Explore the souk and other points of interest, transfer to Airport

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Key facts


Atlas Mountains, Morocco


4,167 m / 13,671 ft


4 days (minimum) ...

Tours start and end in Marrakech and last for a minimum of 4 days (3 nights)

Starts from US$ 720

Group size

12 people (max) ...

(Note! This may vary for private trips where larger groups can be accommodated.)

Moroccan Dirham (MAD) ...

MAD 100 = USD 10.32 (June 2020)
Visas on arrival

Available for most ...

Please check requirements for your country at your local Moroccan Embassy or Consulate

Personal equipment

Purchases for personal use (including snacks and drinks), and any meals not taken with the group.

Everything else, from the moment you land, to the moment you check in to return home, is included.

Price includes all accommodation, meals (except lunches and/or dinners not taken with the group), full support of English-speaking Tour Leader, Local trekking/climbing guide, plus assistant guides, cook and porters on trek, bottled/purified water on trek, all ground transfers, permits and hut fees, rescue insurance, tips to porters (so that you don't have to worry if you are giving too much or too little; you may of course tip individuals extra for special service).

Yes! Every person joining this trip is insured against cancellation, high-altitude rescue, medical emergencies, repatriation and loss of personal equipment!

Professional advice

I'll help you plan your trip, give you advice on equipment, and get you ready to give you the best possible chance to reach the summit

Professional team

I only work with guides that I have personally climbed with; who understand local conditions, are certified first aiders, and can be relied on.

Professional support

You'll be accompanied by an experienced European leader who knows the people and the conditions, and who can help you solve problems if they arise.

People with disabilities welcome