On Top of Atlas Mountains - Mt. Toubkal 4167m (Morocco)

On Top of Atlas Mountains - Mt. Toubkal 4167m (Morocco) 540 , 8 Days

Climb the roof of North Afrika, experience Morocco!

The Moroccan Atlas is a range of exceptional beauty and cultural interest and will reveal to you the unison in which local Berber people and nature live here. Experience the extraordinary hospitality of the local Berber people, the rich texture of North African life and the exotic allure of Marrakech, and you will find out why a growing number of trekkers are choosing this great range, which the ancient Greeks thought to be the home of Atlas!. Though originally sheep herders the Berber tribes have remained mainly ungovernable, retaining their own culture, language, traditions and music. On this trip we make a circle trek around the highest part of Atlas – Toubkal masiff, explore numerous Berber villages and valleys, climb 3000m high mouintain passes, spend a night at the pristine Ifni lake and climb the top of North Africa – Toubkal peak (4167m).

Tour highlights:

♦ High Atlas mountains are a rocky range over 500 kilometres long creating a great diversity of climates and landscapes in Morocco.
♦ Mount Toubkal with its 4167 meter it is the highest peak in The Atlas mountains and North Africa
Marrakech meaning “The land of God” and known also as “The red city” is a charming and coclourful city with lots to explore. A must see is the historic Jamal Efna square - a Unesco World heritage site, where musicans, snake charmers and magicans gather to enchant people's minds and spirit.


Itinerary:

Day 1 Marrakech
Arrival in Marrakech – Menara airport. Transfer to the city center for accommodation in a riad.

Day 2 Imlil - Tacheddirt
Today we start with a transfer to Imlil village(1,800m), which is an important starting point for hiking in the Atlas Mountains. In Imlil we meet our team and once all our luggage is loaded on the mules we start walking towards Tacheddirt village (the highest village in Morocco – 2300 m). We pass by the small village Tamatert and soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2279m). Once on the top the vast Imenane valley with numerous scattered villages will reveal its beauty. We walk on the upper slopes of the valley and later descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour to Tacheddirt, where we stay in local lodge.
Hiking time: 5 hours

Day 3 Tizi Likemt (3555 m) , Azib Likmet
After early breakfast we start our first hard day, when we go all the way up to one of the highest passes in Toubkal area Tizi Likemt (3555 m). On our way we’ll be passing shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats. After lunch on the top we trek down to the shelters of Likemnt where we set our camp.
Hiking time: 6.30 hours

Day 4 Ourain pass (3100 m) - Amsouzert
We walk along the Ourain river until the Ourain Pass 3100 m. From here we have a very nice view over the villages of Amsouzert and to the south face of Toubkal peak. After a rest we trek down to Amsouzert, where we stay overnight in a local Berber house.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Day 5. Lake Ifni (2295 m)
Today's hike is shorter and easier. We start south up the valley of the Assif Izli, through many Berber villages until we arrive at Lake Ifni (2295 m) where we'll stop for our picnic in the midst of quiet waters and steep slopes of the looming mountains. Here we set up the camp. You can either stroll around the lakeshore or, according to the season, take a swim in the lake while our evening's meal is being prepared.
Hiking time: 4 hours

Day 6. Tizi n'Ounoums (2841m) - Toubkal refuge
We set out in north western direction towards the difficult pass Tizi n'Ounoums (2841m). Once we hike through the pass we stop for a picnic amongst awesome surroundings of the Toubkal Massif. From here we'll continue directly to the Toubkal (ex-Neltner) Refuge (3207 m) where we can either camp on the surrounding slopes or overnight in the refuge. Whilst tonight's dinner is being prepared, there'll be ample opportunity to stroll around the area and look at tomorrow's challenge - the summit of the highest peak in North Africa.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Day 7. Toubkal peak ascend
Summit day! We start early in the morning and ascend Toubkal (4167 m) by the North route. We admire great views of the Anti Atlas and the villages of Armed and Imlil. After some time on the peak we descend the same way all the way to get to Imlil villages where you meet the transport and back to Marrakech. Overnight.
Hiking time: 7-8 hours

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure

Good to know:Tour connection: If landing in Casablanca it is better to use the train to Marrakesh. For more information and timetables: http://www.oncf.ma/Index_en.aspx; ►Personal expenses: you will need about 100 – 150 euro for expenses like water and soft drinks, meals in Marrakesh, tips and souvenirs; ►Terrains and paths: In the mountains we follow off beaten rocky mule tracks, that sometimes are invisible and is advisable you follow your guide and respect their decisions. We use unmarked countryside and narrow trail lines that connect villages, pastures and valleys; ►Luggage transport: During the trekking your main luggage will be transported on mules. Maximum luggage weight per person – 20kg. All you have to carry during the day is a daypack, with daytime essentials such as water bottle, camera, waterproof gear etc.

Necessary equipment: rucksacks (a bigger one, ranging 70-80 l, will be carried on a mule) and a daypack – (25-35 l); sleeping bag - lightweight 1-3 season sleeping bag for the refuges and gites  waterproof clothes, hiking boots, sunglasses, sun hat, sun protection cremes.

Recommended period of travel: end of May - September


Price Includes:
double room in riads with private facilities (days 1 & 7)
rest of the days tent camps ( days 2-6)
5 days on full board (days 2-6)
1 day on HB (breakfast and lunch & day 7) and 1 day on BB (day 8)
all ground transportation including airport transfers
Berber English speaking mountain guide
mules for luggage transportation
private cook and muleteer team
camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag)

Not Included:
flight tickets
travel insurance
sleeping bag
water and other drinks (can be bought on spot at the villages)
additional food not included in the meal-plan
tips
any other personal expenses

Additional Services:
single room supplement (possible in Marrakech only): 50 Euro


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On Top of Atlas Mountains - Mt. Toubkal 4167m (Morocco) (Rated 4.9 / 5 Based on 231 Reviews.)
Price
540 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Moderate - Difficult
Good physical condition and moderate trekking experience is required. The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 metres / 10,000 feet. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. However this trek does involve some days with a good deal of ascent and descent and one or two of the days are quite long, although broken with leisurely lunches in the shade.

Group Size
Min. 2 persons
Reservation System Code
MT. TOUBKAL
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