Teenage Toubkal Ascent

Climb Toubkal with your family, North Africa’s highest mountain







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Holiday Overview


  • A mix of French and English families
  • Perfect for fit teenagers up for a family holiday in Morocco
  • Spend time in Marrakech with your family
  • Meet the Berber people in their high valleys

This is an excellent family adventure walking holiday for those with fit and active children. Reaching the summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, is a challenge but we recognise the fact that there are enthusiastic and energetic families who would like to tackle the summit together, and having offered this for years we know it's all doable. After the scenic drive from Marrakech to Imlil, at the foot of Toubkal, we enjoy an acclimatisation day before making our summit attempt. It's not all about the mountain, though! Morocco is an exotic mix of colours, sights and sounds. There will be time to explore the squares and souks of magical Marrakech and to enjoy the warm welcome of the Berber people. As this is a family adventure holiday, the emphasis will be on making the most of the experience and, if the summit of Toubkal proves to be too difficult an objective, the itinerary can be amended to allow for further exploration.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 10yrs old

This holiday has been designed for families and is all about walking in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The optional ascent of Toubkal is a challenge and we would recommend this holiday for active families with children who are accustomed to full days out in the mountains. The accommodation is 2 nights hotel, 3 nights gite and 2 nights camping. The maximum altitude attained of the walking section is not extreme and our highest overnight stop at the Neltner Refuge (we spend two nights camping here) is at approximately 3200m. Acclimatisation to these altitudes is not usually a problem, although you will feel the effects of the reduction in the amount of oxygen in the air you breathe. For most of the walk we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for walkers. On the ascent of Toubkal, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. You and your family should be comfortable with walking on good trails, with steep ascents and descents. The walking presents no technical difficulty. There are two shortish days of walking on this holiday and two longer days on the approach to Toubkal during the ascent of the mountain. This family walking holiday would be a good introduction to longer trekking holidays in say France, India or Nepal!

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Imlil in the Atlas mtns. Walk to Ait Souka (2000m), settle into accommodation, short walk.
  • A walk to acclimatise, through Berber villages and to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert. Return to Ait Souka.
  • Walk to the foot of Mount Toubkal to the Neltner Refuge and camp here (3057m).
  • Summit day of Mount Toubkal (4167m), a long day with great summit rewards. Return to Neltner.
  • Return trek to Ait Souka (2000m) down the valley passing again through Sidi Chamharouch.
  • Return to Imlil, transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon free for sightseeing including Djemaa el-Fna.
  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a local KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Imlil in the Atlas mtns. Walk to Ait Souka (2000m), settle into accommodation, short walk.

    On our first morning in Morocco, we will have a leisurely breakfast before setting off on the 2 hour drive to the mountains, including a couple of sightseeing stops. We drive southwards out of the city, with the peaks of the Atlas ahead of us. At the bazaar town of Asni, we turn away from the main road and begin to climb into the foothills of the Atlas. Our route follows the picturesque Mizan Valley and we begin to see the clustered houses of the mud-brick villages of the Berbers. Imlil is effectively the end of the road from here we will stretch our legs with the half-hour walk along the jeep road to the hamlet of Ait Souka. The area around Imlil was used in 1997 as the backdrop for parts of the major Hollywood movie 'Kundun'. The old kasbah above the village was renovated and made to look like a Tibetan temple. We check in to an excellent gite at Ait Souka for the next 2 nights and can take tea on the roof terrace, with great views of a range of peaks including Toubkal itself. After lunch at the gite, we will take another short walk above the gite and have the chance to enjoy the views and the peace of the mountains. Our walk leads through terraced fields and via a number of small Berber hamlets. We return to the gite (approx 2000m) for dinner and overnight.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hours

  • A walk to acclimatise, through Berber villages and to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert. Return to Ait Souka.

    Today is a day for acclimatisation in and around the charming Imlil Valley. To help with this process, we’ll take a short day walk above the village. One option is to walk beside the Imenane stream through typical Berber villages and towards the low pass of the Tizi n'Tamatert and the village of the same name. The paths that we will encounter are rocky, but clearly defined and in the lower valleys wind their way through cultivated terraces and walnut trees. We have a picnic lunch on our walk and return to the gite in the afternoon, leaving us plenty of time to enjoy the views of the mountains and of our route tomorrow.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Walk to the foot of Mount Toubkal to the Neltner Refuge and camp here (3057m).

    Leaving Ait Souka, the trail crosses the river and climbs easily at first through the valley above the village of Aroumd, following the east side of the stream and passing through a number of terraced fields and groves of walnut trees. At the point where the trail begins to climb more abruptly towards the basecamp for Mount Toubkal, we reach the Muslim pilgrimage site of Sidi Chamharouch, which is tucked under the steep mountainside, where a stream emerges from a rocky gorge. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, Saint Chamharouch lies entombed. Here there are a couple of wayside stalls and we will stop for a cool drink, before continuing, through increasingly impressive mountain scenery to our camping place within sight of the Neltner Refuge (3207m). Built in 2000 and operated by the Club Alpin Francais, it has been designed to (loosely) resemble a Berber fortified dwelling.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1660m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 340m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Summit day of Mount Toubkal (4167m), a long day with great summit rewards. Return to Neltner.

    A long day for those who choose to make an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m) North Africa’s highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off on the steep ascent. Our route zig-zags eastwards, directly above the hut across scree and boulders, before passing between two rocky guardian peaks to reach a high corrie which may even holds patches of old snow. We continue upwards across more scree, with the views becoming more expansive as we reach the ridge-line which drops off steeply to the east. After around 4 hours, we arrive at the metal tripod that marks Toubkal’s summit. There are breathtaking views of the peaks of the High Atlas away to the north-east and of the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. After our 2-hour descent back to camp, we have a late lunch and then a chance to take it easy and rest our tired legs. For any group members not wishing to make the Toubkal ascent, there are options for easy walks around camp and also plenty of opportunity to make Moroccan biscuits with the cook, learn local games, drink mint tea etc.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1490m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1490m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Return trek to Ait Souka (2000m) down the valley passing again through Sidi Chamharouch.

    After a leisurely breakfast at camp, fully enjoying our high mountain surroundings, we make an easy descent to the lower valleys, passing once again through Sidi Chamharouch and going by way of the prosperous village of Aroumd. Lunch at the gite and then the afternoon is free to take it easy or to do some exploring in and around the nearby village of Imlil.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 340m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1660m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Return to Imlil, transfer to Marrakech. Afternoon free for sightseeing including Djemaa el-Fna.

    Today we make the short walk down to Imlil, where we meet our transport for the drive back to Marrakech. Arriving before lunchtime we check in to the group hotel and have the rest of the day free for sightseeing. In the early evening we will certainly want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. We can take a snack from one of the dozens of amazing food stalls which spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by hurricane lamps and offering all manner of mouthwatering delicacies.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for our return flight.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local guide
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on Day 1 & 8 only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Airport transfers are provided free of charge to all clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 of the itinerary. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights.

Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petite taxi" is normally around £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

We will have an early morning wake-up call at about 6 am, allowing us to complete much of the day’s walk while it is cool. After breakfast at camp or in the gite, during which the muleteers are given their loads, we will set off walking at around 8 am. In the morning, we will walk for 3 hours or so at a leisurely pace, with lots of stops for photographs. We will usually stop off for a picnic lunch at about 11 am, and if we have found a shaded spot, the lunch stop may last a couple of hours. After lunch, we will walk for a further 3 hours to our next night's stopping place, arriving mid afternoon and having the rest of the day free for resting or for exploration. Dinner is ready at around 6 pm and is a 3-course meal, prepared by our trek cook and served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable 3-star family orientated hotel in Marrakech. We also have 3 nights at an excellent gite in Ait Souka, where the accommodation is in small dormitory rooms, usually shared by 4 people and perfect for families. Although mattresses and bedding are provided, we recommend that group members take a sheet sleeping bag. Rooms in the gite have shared facilities and hot showers. There are also 2 nights camping, using 2-person tents.

In the Marrakech hotel, 3-person families will share a triple room, whilst 4-person families will have adjacent twin-bed rooms. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Whilst in the mountains, the food is a mixture of local and international, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our crew. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a piece of fruit (apple, orange), together with Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous-cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, some fresh but more likely tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks. In Marrakech there usually is a wide range of different foods available.

All meals whilst on trek are included in the holiday price. In Marrakech where there is a wide range of dining options we have left the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you. This means you will pay directly for a total of 2 dinners and 1 lunch. Options in Marrakech range from the very inexpensive mouth-watering fare served in the Djemaa el Fna (£4 - 7) to fine dining in the city's more upmarket restaurants (£15 - 25).

Approximately €400 (or equivalent in GBP or USD) per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including tips for the crew and soft drinks and modest souvenirs. Marrakech is great places for souvenir buying. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly and you may wish to pay by credit card. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged). Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced bi-lingual Moroccan leader throughout the trip. On trek we have the services of a professional cook and the assistance of mules and muleteers to carry our equipment and personal baggage.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of €100-150 per family of 4 for tipping.

Your baggage on whilst walking in the mountains will be carried by pack animals (mules). The packed weight of your main bag should be no more than 15 kg whilst in the mountains. You should also take a daypack. It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Marrakech.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

No visa is required for travel to Morocco by the holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, United States of America or Australia. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to Morocco and that this entitles you to stay in the country for up to three months. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact the Kingdom of Morocco visa information service to see if a visa is required. (Most people will find that no visa is required).

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 1800 cu in
  • Headtorch / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

    Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)

    Sheet sleeping bag

  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Travel Towel
  • Water purification tablets
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Trekking poles
  • Spare laces
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

Equipment hire:

  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It makes sense to do a bit of additional exercise before coming on a walking holiday. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this holiday you need to be aerobically fit and capable for walking up to 7 hours on each of 2 successive days. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

It is hot in Marrakech in the summer months. Temperatures in Marrakech might reach up to 40ºC, dropping to around 25ºC at night. Once we are on trek and we start to gain height, we can expect the temperatures to be rather lower, with daytime temperatures above 2500m being around 20 to 25ºC. At night, the temperatures, even at our basecamp, will not fall below freezing. The weather is usually fine at the time of our scheduled departures. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate.

Your Child’s Health Abroad. Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications). Travel With Children. (Lonely Planet). Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.

1:1,000,000. Morocco Adventure Map, NGS

Morocco at 1:1,000,000 in a series of Adventure maps from the National Geographic Society with cartography provided by Reise Know-How. The map is double-sided and printed on light waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.

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