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“challenge” 5 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
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“challenge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

real challenge for my family - we were very proud to have climbed it. Camping at 3300m was fun & the food was surprisingly good! We were glad of the mules to carry our bags

Visited July 2014
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“North Africa Summited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Spent a lovely 4 days trekking with Explore to get to the summit sleeping in basic gites and tents. This allowed for climatisation to the 13600 ish foot peak that definitely had less Oxygen than at sea level.

The final walk up from Netzner Refuge took about 4 hours of steady plodding and it was worth it. Having battled with altitude the day before, getting to the top held a vast array of emotions for me ranging from elation, personal acheivement through to tears. The views were amazing, over a vast range of mountains, and planes.

Would advise doing in AM as in PM gets a bit hazy. Well worth the trek.

Visited August 2014
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“Top of the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Having some climbing experience in the UK I decided to extend and adapt a short break to Marrakech to include Jebel Toubkal. Sometimes I set my sights a little out of the comfort zone as at 12,000 feet this badboy is bigger and tougher than anything I had previously attempted. It was also still in Winter condition so crampons and an ice axe were essential.

My guide, Omar the Berber was the finest companion, easy to talk to but knew when to stop, incredibly patient and encouraging on the steep final ascent. I will long remember his smile and the strange blend of languages we used for communication.

The ascent comprised of two days. The first driving from Marrakech to Imlil before trekking off into the foothills, stopping for an alfresco lunch (the amazing 'Berber omelette') before ascending to the refuge at 3200m. Stopping here overnight (there are two options of refuge here, budget or more expensive but with private rooms instead of dorms) to prevent altitude sickness. Day two is a pre-dawn start on the final steep and demanding 1000m. This is not technically difficult but is certainly a physical challenge for those in less than the peak of youthful fitness.

Once you summit Jebel Toubkal the effort is instantly forgotten, wiped from the mind by the jaw dropping views from the roof of Africa, over the Atlas, out to the Sahara and beyond. We were also blessed with an hour of solitude to rest, eat and soak in the experience, disturbed only by mountain squirrel and birds. The remainder of day two is descent to Imlil. This can be made more comfortable by hitching a ride on a Berber taxi (donkey) as you reach the lower passes. As I am a stubborn Englishman I refused Omar's suggestion as I had walked in so I was damn well walking out!!! That bit of pride probably cost a few hundred dihram in post trek massage…

Overall an incredible challenge and experience, can you really come to Morrocco and not walk the Atlas mountains?? I am coming back for more in the Autumn. Fee marker below relates to cost of guide and refuge, you will also need to bring or hire kit depending on season.

Visited February 2014
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Nonantola, Italy
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“Have you ever skiing in Africa?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you love skitouring, and you love also to ski in amazing places, Toubkal mountain is for you! But it's not just because is the highest mountain in north Africa; even the trek you have to do to reach the area is fantastic, using mules, in a half day you climb from Imlil to Toubkal refugee (around 2500m high), then from here you can ski on several mountains.

Visited March 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Wonderful trek but quite hard to your feet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We slept one night at Imlil and next morning we went up to half way (3200m) and spend night at there. Next morning, 4.00, started to climb to summit.
It is not that difficult to climb there but it need good physical condition.
Next day you feel with your feet that you have been climbing :-)
We didn´t take a guide, you can do it it with out guide. It is just a little tricky at start but later it is quite straight forward way up.

Visited July 2014
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