These winter climbs are different in nature to the summer climb in that they will be over snow and ice and require additional mountaineering equipment such as crampons and a walking axe. Mount Toubkal at 4167 metres is not a technical peak but you will learn some basic alpine techniques during the trip, such as walking on crampons and how to use a walking axe correctly and safe movement on snow and ice.
Here is the program of our 3 Days Mount Toubkal Winter climb
Day 1: Climb to Toubkal Base Camp, visiting the Ait Mizane Valley and shrine chamarouch
After being picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech at around 8:00 am, you will be transferred to Moulay Brahim Gorges onto the Berber town of Imlil (1750m). Imlil is situated on the upper foothills of the Western High Atlas Mountains, a natural paradise where trails set out in all direction. Here, we leave our vehicle and we meet our Mount Toubkal team for Berber tea before we start our trek heading along the Ait Mizane Valley towards the village of Armed. Build on a moraine spur overlooking the valley. Armed is the largest and the highest village in the Ait Mizane and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, Berber houses, and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. Continuing east and crossing the floodplain, our route takes us along the mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river, we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, a famous place that attracts tourists and pilgrims. We then continue by zigzagging our way up to Toubkal Refuge (3207m), where we will spend the night. 6 or 7 hours walking.
Day 2: ASCENT OF JEBEL TOUBKAL (4167M) AND BACK TO MARRAKECH
Today, starts with an early wake up for breakfast around 5:30 am. We climb Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak 4167m. The ascent will begin at 6:00 am; we’ll leave the Mountain hut and join a steep trail. The route initially zigzags eastwards directly above the Refuge and crosses snow covered scree slopes, before passing between tow rocky guardian peaks. We will stop a few times for a short break to have some water, orange and Moroccan nuts. Within 3-4 hours, you will be able to enjoy the magic views of Toubkal Summit and peaks over 4000m. Here, you will have the chance also to look at other valleys and Sahara direction. After that, we will descend down the same way to the Toubkal refuge where we will spend the night.
Day 3 : Descend from Toubkal Refuge to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech
Today is your last day of your 3 Days Mount Toubkal Winter climb adventures and potentially a spare day for attempting Toubkal, but generally, this isn’t required so after breakfast you leave the refuge and trek down into the Aremd Valley, via Sidi chamaharouch to reach Imlil Refuge, transport will be waiting to take you back to Marrakech.
|195€ per person|
|3 to 6||3 days||170€|
|7 to 13||3 days||150€|