Mount Toubkal Circuit and Climb
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 11 days - from £495 (land only) - from €595 (land only) - from $815 (land only)
'Probably the best holiday I've ever had...
.....I found the trek & climb hard enough to give me a real feeling of having achieved something without being overstretched`...F Bickerdike (2013).
- A spectacular trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
- Ascent of North Africa`s highest peak, Mount Toubkal
- Traditional Berber villages
- The cobalt-blue Lake Ifni
- Time to explore magical Marrakech
Completing a splendid circuit trek of Mount Toubkal (4167m) and including the opportunity to climb to its summit, this Moroccan walking holiday provides the best of the Atlas Mountains within just a week and a half. Offering varied and picturesque scenery, rugged trekking trails, lofty peaks and passes, along with the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect choice for dedicated hikers and trekkers. Our trek takes us across the central spine of the Atlas Mountains, by way of several pretty Berber villages and the cobalt-blue Lake Ifni, to the Neltner Refuge below Toubkal. From here, a straightforward trail leads to the highest point in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, which commands far-reaching views across the Atlas and southwards to the Jebel Sahro ranges and the distant Sahara Desert. This spectacular short trekking holiday, which includes 2 nights in the vibrant city of Marrakech, gives a real taste of Morocco.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3000 metres. 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 (although broken with leisurely lunches in the shade) are quite long. Additionally, the summer months in the High Atlas can be hot and July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the ascent of Toubkal and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. Because this is a short trip we have only given grade 5.