15 December 2019
What You Should Know Before Climbing Mount Toubkal
There’s more to Marrakech (and Morocco) than its scrumptious tajine dishes, vibrant souks and Hollywood-esque film locations. Marrakech is the perfect getaway not only for culture buffs and foodies but also for adventurous types.
For visitors who want to see breathtaking panoramic views of the country Atlas mountains, a climb up Mt. Toubkal is the ultimate Moroccan experience. It is the perfect trifecta that every adventurous person craves – it’s challenging, exhilarating and unforgettable. In fact, a climb up Mt. Toubkal should go on any adventurer’s bucket list.
Facts About Mt. Toubkal
Located in southwestern Morocco, Mt. Toubkal is the tallest peak in the Atlas Mountains standing at 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) high. This makes it the tallest mountain peak in North Africa and the Arab World.
The first recorded ascent up Mt. Toubkal dates back to 1923 when three French explorers – Marquis de Segonzac, Vincent Berger and Hubert Dolbeau – made a climb to the mountain’s peak. However, it has been suggested that others may have reached the summit before the three Frenchmen did.
Fast forward to now, travellers from all walks of life visit Mt. Toubkal regularly, to challenge themselves and enjoy the majestic sights of Morocco from up high.
Interesting Facts About Mt. Toubkal
- It’s 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) tall
- Mt.Toubkal is one of 1,524 mountain peaks known as “Ultra Prominent Peaks”
- Mt. Toubkal is comprised mainly of volcanic rocks (unlike most of the Atlas Mountains which consist mainly of sedimentary rocks)
- Toubkal is the most popular mountain objective in the Atlas Mountains
From the Drive to the Climb
The reality of getting to Mt. Toubkal and back is this – it can be a gruelling yet thrilling experience. It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s definitely a worthwhile trip for those who want something to brag about for the remainder of their lives. Also, who wouldn’t want to upload a jaw-dropping photo like this on their Instagram account?
But let’s talk about the trek.
Mt. Toubkal is 63km south of Marrakech. Climbers will get dropped off at the mountain village of Imlil, which serves as the starting point for the climb. Visitors will stay there for the first day. Afterwards, climbers will then go to the nearby village of Aroumd for the night, where they will eat and rest for the day ahead. In total, the trip will likely take place over the course of 3-5 days, although climbs that include nearby peaks can last up to 6-10 days.
Climbers will then begin the morning with their guide, who will prep them for a day of hiking. They will zigzag through the Ait Mizane Valley over the course of six hours but will occasionally stop for brief breaks and opportunities to take photos of the picturesque valley.
Along the way, visitors will navigate through steep and rocky paths, but they will be able to see stunning views of high peaks and scattered waterfalls. Apart from the scenery, climbers will get to see the Berber people in their villages and local wildlife.
The climb will then intensify.
The mountainside gets steeper. The path towards the summit becomes more and more obscure, and masses of stone begin to stack on top of one another. The air gets thinner as climbers get closer to the peak, and they have to pace themselves so as not to get breathless.
However, as climbers get higher up the mountain, the sweeping views Toubkal provides become increasingly awe-inspiring. The summit itself is a snow-capped wonder and the surrounding peaks of the Atlas Mountains stretch into the horizon, farther than the eye can see.
An ascent up Mt. Toubkal will naturally bring out the beast in travellers but will reward them with exquisite displays of beauty.
Key Pointers to Think of Beforehand
The description above is by no means supposed to be a deterrent if anything, it should serve as an “advertisement” for those who are adventurous, love adrenaline and who want to take their vacation to new heights.
Before Climbing Mt. Toubkal
- Assess your current level of health and fitness since the high altitude might make the climb tough for some individuals (ie. those with chronic conditions, sedentary lifestyles)
- If you want to avoid the hot summers and cold winters, it’s best to climb during Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November)
- Climbers will stop at The Toubkal Refuge, an alpine-style mountain hut equipped with dorms and bathrooms, for a night of rest
- Always pay attention to the advice and tips provided by your guide – they will make the climb safer and less demanding
- There are other activities to enjoy nearby such as biking, rafting and kayaking
The Summit of Moroccan Experiences
Marrakech and the surrounding regions of Morocco offer travellers some of the most relaxing and stress-melting experiences in the world. However, those who love adventure will also find peace here, especially, on Mt. Toubkal. Once they conquer the climb and reach the peak, they will get to enjoy a stellar view that is unrivalled in North Africa and the Arab World.
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