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Toubkal Ascent & Berber Villages - 5 Days

Toubkal Trek

Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from he summit makes the hard work worthwhile.

 

This trek will take you on a tour of Berber villages before you ascend to the peak of Mount Toubkal (4167m). Over the 5 days, you will have chance to acclimatize to the altitude while spending time in the company of native Berbers and experiencing their culture. During this trek the nights are spent in local houses, refuges or tents, maximizing your experience of the region.


 
Toubkal Trek

Trip Facts

Total Days : 5
Trek Days : 5
Trip Nature :Trekking & Climbing
Lodging : Guest house - Refuge
Min. Altitude - ( 1740 m )
Max. Altitude - ( 4167 m )
Overal walking - 5 / 8 hrs P/D    
Difficulty : Hard
Group Size : +2 person    
Best Time : This trek is available throughout the year. You can start the trek on any date you wish.
 

Intinerary

Day 01: Marrakech – Imi Oughelad – Tiziane
Day 02: Tiziane – D’knt
Day 03: D’knt – Tizi n’Tagdalte – Azib Tamsoult
Day 04: Azib Tamsoult - Aguelzim - Toubkal Refuge
Day 05: Toubkal Refuge - Toubkal Summit - Imlil - Marrakech

Services

What's Included
  • Private Transport to and from Marrakech
  • Qualified English speaking guide
  • Mules to carry the baggage and food
  • Accommodation in Guest house, Gite, Refuge
  • All food during the trek
  • Cook to prepare all meals

  • What's Not Included
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tip
  • Drinks
  • Trekking equipment such as ( sleeping bags, crampons, ice axe .....)
Day 01: Marrakech - Imi'Oughelad - Tiziane
Early morning departure from marrakech for a pleasante drive south winding our way up through the moulay brahim gorge and upper valleys to arrive at the higher foothills of the western high atlas mountains and our trailhead of imi oughlad (1450m) with the jbel toubkal , at 4167m the highest peak in north africa , aglzim 3650m and aksoual 38847m ,looming before us . here we alight from our vehicle and meet up with berber muleteer crew . We set off up in north-westerly direction for a 2hour acclimatisation hike up switchback mule tracks , passing by cornfields woods pine and juniper to the tiz n’tachete (2000m), where we shall stop to look back down on the imlil and ait oussaden valleys before carrying on for another half hour to imi n’ifri and our field picnic. thence a slow hike for about 2 and half hours south-west down along a dirt track to assif n’ ait oussaden and the red clay terraced village of tiziane ( 1750 m )for our accommodation in our bivouac / gite

Day 02: Tiziane - D'knte
after breakfast we now set off on our hike up along the assif n’ait oussaden valley, passing through the wallnuts groves, up to tizi n’taghrhourte (1995m ) and through to a rare almost flat strecth to arrive at assaka spring, where we will stop for our field picnic amidst and awesome silence after some 2 and half hours relatively easy walking. our afternoon’s hike takes us down along the edges of the forest untill we reach the berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul where we will have our dinner and spent the in a bivouac / gite..

Day 03:  D'knte - Tizi Oussem - Azib Tamsoulte
we set off for our morning’s 3 hours hike up through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep and goatherders – and women and children bent over with 20kg loads of faggots and dried herbs. We traverse the tizi n’tagdalte to the descent amongst the juniper trees till we come to a small spring set amongst the trees , where we will stop for our picnic .once refreshed , we are off down winding tracks of upper slopes for some 3hours to come to a small river at the beginning of the valley of assif n’ait oussaden . from here we enter the village of tizi Oussem (1850m) then up to the summer village Of Tamsoult for our camp / hut

Day 04: Azib Tamsoulte - Aguelzim - Toubkal Refuge
After breakfast, we now set out eastwards on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3550m) , thence a further 3 hours south-east to the Toubkal Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner, spend the night in Toubkal Refuge
 
Day 05: Toubkal Refuge - Toubkal Summit - Imlil - Marrakech
A very early breakfast to set out around 6am., to attain, after a three hour steep climb, the highest peak in the Morocco (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward - with your guide - 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Toubkal Refuge for a pic-nic. After lunch We shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n'Isouhouanem n'Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, There is a pilgrimage 'Marabout' shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the Taxi back to Marrakech.


For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.

Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:

Clothing Equipment
Good walking boots and socks 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse Walking stick
Trekking pants Day sack/backpack
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants Headtorch / headlamp
Underwear Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
Long johns Ice axe and crampons (winter)
T-shirts Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Fleece jacket or warm jumper Penknife (useful)
Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket  
Hat  
Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)  
Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves  
   
Other  
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
 

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