A complete guide to climbing Toubkal.

Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa, located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. 

It is a popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers from around the world, who are drawn to its stunning natural beauty and challenging climb.

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Location and Geography of Mount Toubkal

Toubkal is a mountain peak in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, North Africa. It is the highest peak in North Africa, standing at 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. Toubkal is located in the Toubkal National Park, which covers an area of approximately 380 square kilometers in the Marrakech-Safi region of Morocco.


The mountain is a popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers, who come to hike and climb its slopes. The area surrounding Toubkal is known for its rugged, beautiful landscapes and diverse vegetation, which includes both arid desert and lush forests.

Toubkal lie approx. 3 hours from the capital Marrakesh. 

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Preparation and Planning to climb Toubkal

Climbing Toubkal requires a certain level of physical and mental preparation, as the ascent can be challenging.

Before embarking on the climb, it is important to get into good physical shape, become familiar with the proper techniques and equipment, and familiarize yourself with the area.

Hiring a guiding company is also recommended, as they can provide valuable knowledge and support, as well as help ensure safety.

Climbing Routes To the top of Mount Toubkal

There are several popular routes for climbing Toubkal, each offering its own unique challenges and scenery. The most common route is the Toubkal South Circuit, which takes about three days to complete and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Other popular routes include the Toubkal North Circuit and the Toubkal Ascent, which are both more challenging but also offer more experienced climbers the opportunity to explore different parts of the mountain.

Environmental Considerations and Responsible Climbing when climbing Toubkal.

Climbing Toubkal is a privilege, and it is important to take steps to minimize the impact of the climb on the mountain and its surrounding environment.

This includes following established trails, packing out all trash, and minimizing the use of fires or camping stoves. Additionally, it is important to be respectful of local communities and their culture, and to understand the local regulations regarding climbing and access to the mountain. 

It is therefore recommended that you book through a Uk based tour oporator to ensure that all regulations are compliments

Can you go and climb toubkal without a guide ?

Before 2019 you were able to trek in the Toubkal National Park without being escorted, but this all changed in 2019 after the tragic murders in December 2018 of two young European women just outside of Imlil. 
You are now required by local law to be escorted by a local guide from Imlil to the refuge and then the summit.

Personal Experiences and Recommendations from Toubkal

Climbing Toubkal is a unique and rewarding experience, and many trekkers and mountaineers have personal stories to share about their time on the mountain.

These stories can provide valuable insight into what to expect on the climb, as well as recommendations for how to best prepare for the ascent.

Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or a first-time climber, the memories and challenges of climbing Toubkal will stay with you for a lifetime.

What is the Cost of Climbing Toubkal ?

The cost of climbing Toubkal can vary depending on the services you choose, but it is generally affordable. Hiring a guide typically costs between £100 and £200 per day, while purchasing necessary gear and equipment can add several hundred dollars to the total cost. Accommodation, transportation, and food costs should also be taken into account Adventuring run a winter climbing trip to Toubkal for just £500 per person including accommodation, food and travel.

How long does it take to climb Toubkal ?

A typical itinerary for a Toubkal ascent involves a two-day hike, with a night spent in a mountain refuge. On the first day, hikers usually begin in the village of Imlil and follow a well-trodden path up to the Toubkal Refuge, which is located at an elevation of 3,207 meters (10,529 feet). The hike from Imlil to the refuge typically takes around 4-6 hours, depending on the pace of the group. On the second day, hikers typically start early in the morning and continue on to the summit of Toubkal, which stands at 4,167 meters (13,671 feet). The ascent from the refuge to the summit typically takes 2-4 hours, again depending on the pace of the group and the weather conditions.

Can You Climb Toubkal in One Day?

While it is technically possible to climb Toubkal in one day, it is not recommended. The ascent is challenging, and it is important to take your time to acclimate to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness. Additionally, climbing Toubkal in one day does not allow you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery and unique challenges of the mountain. It is recommended to allow at least two to three days for the ascent.

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Climbing Mount Toubkal in the winter can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Winter conditions in the Atlas Mountains can be harsh, with cold temperatures, snow, and ice on the mountain trails. However, the winter landscape can also be incredibly beautiful, with pristine snow-covered landscapes and stunning vistas.

Climbing Toubkal in the winter requires proper equipment, such as warm clothing, insulated boots, and crampons or other traction devices, as well as a high level of fitness and experience in winter mountaineering. It’s also important to be aware of the risks associated with winter climbing, such as avalanches, hypothermia, and frostbite. It is recommended that you attend a winter skills course before climbing Toubkal in the winter

If you are planning to climb Toubkal in the winter, it is highly recommended to hire a licensed and experienced mountain guide who is familiar with the area and the winter conditions. A guiding company can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, as well as provide valuable advice and support on the mountain. Additionally, it is important to check the weather forecast and conditions before setting out, and to be prepared for changing conditions, as the weather in the Atlas Mountains can be unpredictable.

common questions about toubkal

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No absolutely not, in the Adventuring itinerary we leave 1 day to prep for the exped. It is in this time we make sure you know everything before hand. It is always recommend that you do some up skilling before hand. A great way to do this it attend 1 of our mountaineering courses. 

The best way to book is though our website right. Head to the booking page and follow the instructions for the Toubkal trip. We only £50 deposit and the rest paid a few weeks before the trip. 

This trip is an adult only trip therefore there will be no children on this.  Many travellers will becoming alone so don’t panic if you are thinking of booking on your own. We get great feedback about how much people loved meeting over on this trip.

The official currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). It is abbreviated as DH or MAD and has been in use since 1960.

Client Testimonials
“A trip of a lifetime, from start to finish the expedition was just amazing. Thank you Jack for organizing such a well run and perfect Toubkal trek I loved it from start to finish.”
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Oli Keshaw - Toubkal 2021
“ Thank you Jack for putting on such an amazing trip for us - as a solo traveler i was nervous about this but you made me feel right at ease from enquiring to flying home it's been seamless, Toubkal was hard work for me as you saw ! but you and the team were amazing .”
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Jayne Hardman - Toubkal 2023