Toubkal Weekend - The Ultimate Morocco Short Break
- Climb Toubkal the highest peak in Morocco in a long weekend
- Great views across the High Atlas from Mount Toubkal summit
- An amazing weekend adventure holiday in North Africa
- Options to extend in Marrakech, Essaouira or the Sahara desert
- The ultimate weekend adventure holiday break
Due south of the 1000-year-old pink walled city of Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains rise to over 4000 metres and include Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa. Snow-covered throughout the winter, Toubkal is usually clear of snow by mid summer and presents nothing more than a steep hike on a well-marked trail across scree and rock. Reached after a 2-hour drive from Marrakech, followed by an easy-paced 5-hour hike to the Neltner Refuge at just over 3200 metres, this is a very accessible mountain and can reasonably be tackled within the course of a long weekend. However, to fit this climb within just 2 days (Marrakech to Marrakech) we must make our ascent from the Neltner Refuge, return to the roadhead at the village of Aremd and transfer back to Marrakech within a single, long day. This weekend will appeal to regular mountain walkers looking for a challenge. It offers the chance to experience the delights of Morocco and the High Atlas - a world far removed from our own. From the colourful souks of Marrakech, with their vendors of spices, carpets and leather goods, to the pretty stone-built villages of the Berber people, this is Morocco at its most authentic. For those with limited available holiday, or those in need of a quick adventure fix, this is a simply superb weekend break.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this trekking holiday is not great and we spend only one night at just above 3200 metres (10,500 feet). This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. However, climbing Toubkal from the Neltner Refuge and then hiking out to Aremd in a single day is a relatively tough undertaking, with about 1000 metres of ascent and almost 2200 metres of descent. We follow a good trail up to the Neltner Refuge and a rough mountain track on Toubkal itself, including zig-zag trails on scree. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on good trails but with some steep ascents and descents. You should also be prepared to walk for 10 hours on the second of the trekking days on this trip. This weekend holiday should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.