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“Beautiful Trek” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Toubkal

Mount Toubkal
Douar Imlil, Imlil 42152, Morocco
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Imlil
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Skiing, Mountaineering
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Owner description: Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Beautiful Trek”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Mount Toubkal not only looks magnificent, but it also offers a beautiful trek. The path leading up to the mountain itself is well maintained, and as you ascend, the views of the High Atlas mountains are breathtaking. Not a very difficult trek, should be possible for most levels, but it is well worth it!

Visited March 2014
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Tetouan, Morocco
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“Rewarding trek up Jebel Toubkal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our group consisted of 6 adults (ages 21-54) and 3 children (9, 11 & 14). Only one (my brother) was an experienced mountain hiker. We went through Atlas Trek Shop and stayed at Dar Adrar, both owned by Mohamed Aztat. We stayed at Dar Adrar the 1st night, heading out with our guide Brahim the next morning. As a whole our group was slower than average, as we needed frequent rest stops. Brahim was wonderful and patient. He encouraged us when we needed it and didn't appear frustrated when we were slow. We arrived at the refuge where we would spend the night in tents before summiting the next morning. My brother decided he would do the summit alone that afternoon and again in the morning with all of us. We all thought he was crazy, but he did it and really enjoyed experiencing the summit in the early evening and in the morning.

The summit climb in the morning was a challenge, mostly because of the loose rocks and gravel, but also because it's very steep. Brahim was concerned that some in our group might not be able to complete the summit, so he asked another guide to come along in the event that anyone needed to turn back, both groups would still have a guide. We were very impressed with this foresight and reassured once again that we were in good hands. All 9 of us did make the summit and were rewarded with spectacular views and a thrilling sense of accomplishment. The hike back down to the refuge for lunch and then on back to Imlil was easier than we expected at first, but dragged on much longer than we remembered it being on the way up! We made it back to Dar Adrar thoroughly exhausted but happy. After hot showers, another fantastic meal and a restful sleep at Dar Adrar, our time in Imlil and on Jebel Toubkal was over. We highly recommend experiencing Jebel Toubkal and the services of Atlas Trek Shop and Dar Adrar. And as far as guides go, I doubt we could have had a better one than Brahim, he made the whole experience more enjoyable! We hope to return soon and will absolutely do this again!

Visited May 2014
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Denver, CO
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“Hiked filled with variety”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The flora and fauna changes as you go up and the little villages and rest stops are fascinating and welcome. A good guide is helpful and there are no signs to guide you. Lots of donkeys on the trail to watch out for. We stayed at the rufugio which had fine food, water to buy and provided blankets. The ascent was straight forward - just uphill over boulders and scree to the top.

Visited May 2014
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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“Toubkal with Tourdust”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great 3 day trek, ending with a climb to the top of Toubkal, the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain range.
Tourdust were a great choice.

Visited June 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Summit Toubkal from Marrakech in a day (winter) - it is possible but be prepared”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

All,

Due to the limited time I had in Morocco I researched the possibility of climbing Toubkal and returning to Marrakech in the same day in early Feb (full winter). There isn't much out there about this (for obvious reasons) but I thought I'd pen this in case someone else fancied doing the same.

If you do then you should be prepared (either with a guide or have done this peak before in a few days). Doing this in one day is a VERY tough undertaking and even the toughest person will find this hard going. This mountain is much steeper than other (European) 4000m peaks, so this will take a toll on your muscles and will power.

My guide picked me up at 04:00 from my hotel in Marrakech. It’s about an hour’s drive to Imil and you start from there - so started hiking at about 5/5:30 in the dark.
It’s more or less icy from the start, so you need to either have v good grips on boots or I'd go with some pogu spikes again.

From there to the refuge can take up to 6 hours, but again doing this in a day means you'll be pushing it hard - we did it in about 3 hours.
A quick stop of 15 mins for some food and hot tea at the rather basic refuge and back to it.

The summit took another 4 full hours from there; this was with full crampons on so the pace is a lot slower and since I hadn’t acclimatised the altitude really starts to hurt.

There are some lovely views from the summit but, sadly, no time to enjoy; just shove some sandwiches down and as much water as possible in 15 mins and off again!

From the summit back to Imil took about 4.5 hours. We took the north col down (south up, via the hut) and this was very deep snow indeed so the going got very tough as it was waist deep for a few hours. If doing again, I'd take the south col route down - nothing drains energy like steep, deep snow. The last section we managed to jog for an hour or so (thanks again to energy rich peanut butter sandwiches). I was especially glad to get back down to some level ground, as my calf muscles were aching (screaming more like).

So, in total the times taken at a very fast pace are

1 hour drive to Imil
3 hour hike to refuge
4 hour climb to summit
4.5 hour climb/hike/slide/jog back to Imil
1 hour drive back
Food, bottle of red wine and a few pints.
Pass out asleep.

Give it a go if you can, but be prepared to turn back should you have ANY symptoms of altitude sickness (I was rather lucky that day).

Guide Company (www.toubkalguide.com) I used were EXCELLENT. Jamal’s communications were perfect and the guide (Benjamin) was knowledgeable, tough and already acclimatised as he lives near Imil. I do think even he was a rather tired after that long day though.

Good luck!

Visited February 2014
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