The ascent of Mount Toubkal is the most popular walk in the High Atlas Mountains, the views are magnificent.
The ascent of Mount Toubkal is the most popular walk in the High Atlas Mountains, the views are magnificent. The ascent of Mount Toubkal is a walk rather than a climb after the snows have cleared. The route to the ascent is fairly straightforward, and is enjoyable walk starting from Imlil Valley to the village of Aroumd and pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamarouch. After 6 hours walk you will reach Toubkal Hut (3208m) which lies at the foot of Toubkal’s final slopes.
After a transfer to the little village of Imlil we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along 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, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Approx. 4 to 5hrs walking.
Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back to the Toubkal Refuge where we will spend the night.
Today we walk back from the Toubkal Refuge to Imlil. After arrival in Imlil we will transfer back to Marrakech.
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