4 Days Mount Toubakal Winter Ascent

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This 4 Days Mount Toubakal Winter Ascent takes you throught Ouanoukrim (4089m), Morocco’s second highest peak and Toubkal (4167m), the highest Mountain in the High Atlas Mountains and North Africa. This winter climb is different in nature to the summer trek in that they will be over snow and ice and require additional mountaineering equipment such as crampons and a walking ice axe are usually required throughout the trip (depending on weather), but this trip is designed to be achievable by those who are fit, even if they are new to winter walking.

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, your 4 Days Mount Toubakal Winter Ascent starts, 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 the spectacular peak of Ouanoukrim (4089m).

We now have two big mountain days. Your guide will decide in which order we tackle the peaks. Toubkal is our main objective but if the weather is stable we may opt to make an ascent of Mount Ouanoukrim (4089m). After an early breakfast, we leave the refuge (hut) and start a gradual ascent which will be most likely on snow all the way to the Tizi Ouagane (3750m). It takes around 3 hours to reach Tizi Ouagane so we’ll stop a few times for a short break to have some water, orange, and Moroccan nuts. The summit is a further 1.5 hours away and includes some rocky sections which are straightforward but do require some hands-on scrambling. After the scrambling section, it’s a steady ascent up a snow/scree slope to a false summit and then across a small snow ridge to the true summit. From the top, there are magic views across to Toubkal and the peak of Ouanoukrim offers a real feeling of remoteness. After enjoying the views we retrace our steps until just before the scramble section, where if snow conditions allow, it is possible to descend a steep snow gully that brings us back to the main valley just above the hut.

Day 3: ASCENT OF JEBEL TOUBKAL (4167M)

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 4 : Descend from Toubkal Refuge to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech

Our 4 Days Mount Toubakal Winter Ascent ends Today 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.

220€ per person
Participants Duration Price
2 4 days 220€
3 to 6 4 days 200€
7 to 13 4 days 185€
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