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“Hiker's Paradise”
Review of Mount Toubkal

Mount Toubkal
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Small-Group Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech
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4x4 Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech
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Three-Valley Day Trip with Lunch from Marrakech
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Imlil
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 2, 2013

The hiking paths are rocky and a bit tricky to navigate, especially when avoiding the usual donkeys who are on it, but the views are spectacular and the paths are not real steep.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Everyone on here saying that the route is "not technical but strenuous" is right, but that isn't really doing the peak justice. This is a tough, exhausting hike. Girlfriend and I are in our 20s and considered ourselves decently in shape, but it became clear that we really should've been training ahead of time to undertake something like this. The route from Imlil to the refuge is uphill all the way with literally no reprieve. The refuge itself is understandably no frills accommodation and seemed a bit pricey to me, though I suppose they could easily be charging us more. As for the hike itself, we didn't actually make it to the peak. We set off on the wrong trail in the dark (be sure you know where you are going!) and went about an hour out of our way before some friendly trekkers corrected our course. Long story short, the shear climb and scree rock proved too much for us on our second ascent, so we hiked until we were satisfied with the view and began the descent back home.

Let our unpreparedness serve as a cautionary tale: this is a very difficult hike, so do your training beforehand. I still don't think a guide is necessary as long as you get adequate assurance you are going the right way when you first set off. The views are spectacular along the way, and I hope to come back to complete it some day.

5  Thank Graham W
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Me and my four friends went on a holiday in Morocco organised by Tourdust with five days on the mountains and two days in Marrakech. We were picked up from the airport and from then on to the end of the trip everything was very well taken care of. We were very impressed by both Rebecca's patient and knowledgeable responses from the Tourdust office and our guide's, Abdul's, experience and friendliness hauling us up and down the mountains. I also have to praise the mountain food that was amazing with great tajines and wonderful "Berber Whiskey" (very sweet mint tea).

Our group was a mix of people with varying hiking and high altitude background, but Abdul managed to adjust the trek to all of our needs. The Toubkal circuit is at times physically demanding, so the more you train in advance, the better off you are. But the hike is mostly relatively easy (it's still only a steep hike, not a proper climb, so no technical skills needed) and none of us suffered too much from the altitude. Two things to bear in mind are that, though a relatively easy hike, you do it at very high temperatures even in May (we had about +30-35 on most days, even at altitude) and the summit day is a very long one and does not end at the sense of achievement of having happily returned to the base camp but continues for several hours back to Imlil.

In addition to the wonderful time at the mountains, we had a lovely two days at Marrakech. We stayed at Dar Vedra, a much recommendable guest house that was just what we needed after the trekking, with its beautiful rooftop terrace and extremely friendly and helpful staff. Marrakech is a lot of fun and should be part of any Atlas Mountains trip.

All in all, I thoroughly recommend Tourdust and hope to use their services in the future as well.

3  Thank Kili_June2011
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The Toubkal trek is a fantastic experience, but not one to be underestimated. I was glad I had prepared with a few warm-ups on (English) Lake District summits, but even so the first day trek to the valley head in from Imlil was more strenuous than I had anticipated - basically, imagine walking up Rossett Gill for 5 hours (6 with breaks)! Although Day 2 is steeper, it is much shorter (still about 4 hours) and I found it easier after the previous day's exertions. The scenery is great throughout and the sensational views from the top make the ascent well worth while.

Thank Wyvernian
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The road from Imlil to the base camp take around 5 hours of a slow walk. The view on the way is quite beautiful. And there is a 4 hour walk from the base camp to the peak.

Thank nikitin1980
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