Toubkal National Park “Jebel Toubkal”

2 days trip in the Atlas Mountains and valleys

Toubkal National Park “Trekking in Morocco”

Morocco is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful mountains, and is a year-round trekking destination. Tackle North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, and meet the Berbers on the longer Toubkal Circuit.

Where to Trek
Toubkal Summit & Circuit;

An ascent of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak (4167m), is Morocco’s most iconic trek. The two-day hike starts at Imlil near Marrakesh; those wanting more can hire mules to make a Toubkal Circuit trek of up to 10 days.

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TREKKING GUIDEBOOKS
AThe Atlas Mountains: A Walking and Trekking Guide by Karl Smith. Published by the walking specialist Cicerone, this has route descriptions and information on subjects such as ski-touring, although it gets mixed reviews.
AMountaineering in the Moroccan High Atlas by Des Clark. Also published by Cicerone, this guide – subtitled ‘walks, climbs and scrambles over 3000m’ – is destined to become a classic. It covers some 50 routes and 30 peaks in handy pocket-sized, plastic-covered form, with plenty of maps, photos and practical information.
ATrekking in the Moroccan Atlas by Richard Knight. Has 43 maps and information ranging from green hiking tips to language advice, although it also has both fans and detractors. Likely to be the most useful book for inexperienced trekkers, but also the bulkiest.

Toubkal National Park

For pure mountain air that cuts through the heat and leaves you giddy, don’t miss the highest mountain in North Africa: snowcapped Jebel Toubkal (4167m) situated in the heart of the Toubkal National Park. Mountain trails criss-crossing Jebel Toubkal start from Imlil, which is located at the end of the Mizane Valley. On the way to Imlil, you could make a pit stop 47km south of Marrakesh at Asni for roadside tajines and the Saturday souq.

Imlil

2 days trip in the Atlas Mountains and valleys

A favourite hitching post for mountain trekkers, Imlil is just a five-hour hike from the base of Jebel Toubkal, and in spring you won’t want to miss waking up in these flowering High Atlas foothills.
Activities Imlil is the main trekking base for Jebel Toubkal and the whole town caters to trekkers and theirneeds. Ascents to the summit leave daily from here, although the traffic in high season may rub the edge off that lone-mountain-ranger fantasy. To escape the wellworn path consider trekking southwest over Tizi n’Mzik (2489m) to the wonderful Cascades d’Irhoulidene near Azib Tamsoult and either ascending the Toubkal summit from the west (covered on Days 6 and 7 of the Toubkal Circuit trek), or heading east down the unspoilt Azzadan Valley.

If you are really short on time, you can easily walk to the village of Aroumd and back in a few hours; follow the mule track along the western edge of the Mizane river.

Jebel Toubkal Ascent

North Africa’s tallest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4167m) doesn’t require climbing experience. In summer, anyone in good physical condition can reach the summit.

2-day Mount Toubkal Ascent

THE TREK AT A GLANCE
Duration Two days
Distance 22km
Standard Medium to hard
Start/Finish Imlil village
Highest Point Jebel Toubkal (4167m) Accommodation Camping and mountain refuges
Public Transport Yes
Summary The most popular walk in the High Atlas, with magnificent views. The route is straightforward, but the trek up the scree slope is hard, and trekkers can be struck with altitude sickness. The trek is best in summer and autumn, but check conditions before departure – there can be snow even in June.

Day 1: Imlil To Toubkal Refuge
DURATION FIVE TO SIX HOURS DISTANCE 10KM ASCENT 1467M

Ideally leave Imlil early morning – it’s uphill all the way, with little shade past Aroumd. Follow the dirt track leading to Aroumd (Armed). path zigzags steeply upwards to rejoin the road at Aroumd, where towering slopes begin to close around you. Past Aroumd, cross the stony valley floor and follow the well-defined mule trail uphill towards a very large rock above the eastern side of the Assif Reraya, which leads to the hamlet and marabout of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m). Beyond the marabout, to the left of the track, are cascades, pools and a prime picnic spot in the shady overhang of the rocks.
After crossing the river by the bridge at Sidi Chamharouch, the rocky path veers away from the river for 2km and zigzags above the valley floor. It then levels off, before rejoining the course of the river. The Toubkal Refuge is visible for an hour before you reach it,immediately below the western flank of Jebel Toubkal.

2-day Mount Toubkal Ascent

Day 2: The Ascent
DURATION NINE HOURS DISTANCE 12KM ASCENT & DESCENT 960M

Set off as early as possible to avoid climbing in the sun – there is no shade, only rocks – and be sure to dress warmly and pack extra water and snacks. If you’ve trekked here directly from Imlil, you may not be acclimatised, so walk at a steady, slow pace to avoid altitude sickness. If you experience severe headache or vomiting, descend immediately. However tempting, do not lie down to sleep on the slope.
Two cwms (valleys formed by glacial activity) run down the western flank of Toubkal, divided by the west-northwest ridge, which leads down from the summit. The southern cwm is the more usual route, and starts immediately below the refuge to the left, where you cross the river and head eastwards to the scree slope.
Start to climb the well-defined path to the left of the slope, cross the field of boulders, then follow the path that zigzags up to Tizi n’Toubkal (3940m), straight ahead on the skyline. From there the path turns left (northeast) and follows the ridge to the summit (4167m). Allow up to four hours to reach the top, depending on your fitness and weather conditions. Stick to the same route coming down, bearing left when the refuge comes into view. The descent to the refuge should only take 2½ hours, after which you can return to Armoud or Imlil. If you are planning on spending a second night at the refuge, you could come down the longer route via the Ihibi sud (south) circuit. It’s a straightforward four-hour walk down to the refuge for well-earned
congratulations and celebratory chocolate.2-day Mount Toubkal Ascent

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