Ultimate Toubkal Weekend

Climb Toubkal the highest peak in Morocco in a long weekend




From $500 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Trek with our fantastic local leaders on this KE `best seller`
  • Spectacular views across the High Atlas from Mount Toubkal summit
  • A superb adventurous trekking weekend and exotic Marrakech
  • Easy to extend in Marrakech, Essaouira or the Sahara desert

South of mystical Marrakech lie the Atlas Mountains, rising to over 4000 metres and including Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa.  Mount Toubkal is usually clear of snow by mid summer and presents nothing more than steep hiking on well-marked trails across scree and rock.  A 2-hour drive from Marrakech, followed by a moderately-paced 5-hour hike and you're at the Neltner Refuge at just over 3200 metres.  This easily accessible mountain can be tackled within the course of a long weekend.  However, to fit this climb within just 2 days (Marrakech to Marrakech) we make our ascent from the Neltner Refuge and return to the roadhead at the village of Aremd before transfering back to Marrakech within a single, long day!  This adventurous weekend will appeal to regular mountain walkers looking for a challenge and offers the chance to experience the delights of Morocco and the High Atlas in a short trekking break. From the colourful souks of Marrakech trading spices, carpets and leather goods, to the pretty stone-built villages of the Berber people, this is a fantastic weekend escape for those in need of a quick adventurous fix! 


The Secret of Our Success on Toubkal

We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide!  Although the mountain is neither particularly high nor technically demanding the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders can make a big difference to your chances of success on summit day.  Those who are new to High Atlas trekking will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business. Our Toubkal Weekend remains one of our best selling trips due to our fantastic local team.

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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Airport transfers are included from Marrakech Airport.
  • Transfer to Imlil. Trek to the Neltner Refuge below Mount Toubkal.
  • Morning ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) and descend to Imlil. Afternoon transfer to Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Airport transfers to Marrakech Airport are 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, 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

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The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Airport transfers are included from Marrakech Airport.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a 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 group package services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner. Overnight at the group hotel.

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  • Transfer to Imlil. Trek to the Neltner Refuge below Mount Toubkal.

    After breakfast, we will set off on the short drive to the start point of our trek. 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 as far as the small hill town of Imlil where we meet our muleteers and trek crew. The area around Imlil was recently used 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. Setting off on trek, the trail follows the river and climbs quite gradually for an hour and a half to the seasonal village and holy shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m) which is surrounded by rocky peaks. A huge white-painted boulder marks the spot where, legend has it, a holy man lies entombed. Beyond here it is a steady climb of around 4 hours to reach the Neltner Refuge (3207m). Operated by the Club Alpin Francais this hut was only completed in 2000 and has been designed to (loosely) resemble a Berber fortified dwelling. The hut sleeps around 80 people in dormitory accommodation. The refuge is a very basic mountain hut but it does have bathrooms and showers, plus a couple of large dining areas and a lounge with an open fire.

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  • Morning ascent of Mount Toubkal (4167m) and descend to Imlil. Afternoon transfer to Marrakech.

    A long day for the 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 usually 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 a total of 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at the distinctive metal tripod which 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 (Jebel Sirwa prominent) and the Sahara to the south. Descending to the hut in 2 hours, we have lunch before making the long hot walk back down to Imlil, passing several wayside stalls en route, where it is possible to buy a cup of Berber tea or a cool drink. Meeting up with our transport, we make the return drive to Marrakech, where we check in at the group hotel. We have our final dinner tonight in a local restaurant.

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  • Departure Day. Airport transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

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

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Tips for local staff
  • 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.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 4 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. 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. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport, 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 "petit taxi" should be no more than £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

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 trip the group will spend two nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are several more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. We will also spend a single night at the Neltner Refuge below Toubkal. Accommodation in Marrakech is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Accommodation in the refuge is dormitory-style. For the 2 hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available at additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

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

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek cooks. 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 type of Moroccan 'trail mix' with dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. packed lunches willbe provided for the 2 trekking days. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, couscous, 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, and 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. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All meals are included in the holiday price, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4.

Approximately £60 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approx £20 for tips to local staff. This amount should also be sufficient to cover soft drinks, snacks and also any lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early on Day 1 and/or depart late on Day 4. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. 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, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged). Please note that travellers cheques are more difficult to exchange and attract a higher rate of commission. 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 English-speaking professional local leader throughout the trip and during the trek to the Neltner refuge will have the support of baggage animals and their handlers.

It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your local staff we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £20 per group member to a 'pool' should provide an appropriate level of tips.

Your baggage will be carried by pack animals up to the Neltner refuge below Toubkal. The packed weight of your main bag should be no more than 15 kgs. (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

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
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • 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
  • Headtorch / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

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 a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable walking both up and down on rugged terrain including scree slopes. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging, squash and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

It is very hot in Marrakech in the summer months. We can expect temperatures in Marrakech in July and August to reach 35ºC or more, dropping to around 25ºC in the evenings. Once in the mountains, we can expect the temperatures to be rather lower, with daytime temperatures above 2500 metres being around 20 to 25ºC. At night, the temperature, even at th Neltner Refuge, is unlikely to 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.

Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Atlas Mountains. Karl Smith. (Cicerone Press).

Toubkal & Marrakech. Orientazion. 1: 50,000

Detailed, water-resistant trekking map of Toubkal and surroundings. Topographic detail includes contours at 20m intervals, hill-shading, woodland and scrub areas, springs, creeks, rivers and dry riverbeds. Road detail includes tracks and footpaths. On the reverse is a clear plan of Marrakech at approximately 1:8,700.

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