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Jebel Toubkal

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Jebel Toubkal is a mountain in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. With 4167m it is the highest mountain in North Africa and a popular hiking destination.


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Get in[edit]

From Marrakech take a shared taxi to Imlil, cost 40 MAD per seat. The journey takes 75-90 minutes. The taxis leave from a small market 1km (2 blocks) south of the Bab-er-Rob, bus 35 from the Medina goes there. Taxis can be scarce after about 11:00. There should be no need to change transport at Asni as suggested in some older guide books or websites. In Imlil there is a mountain guide agency right next to the car park where the grand taxis are parked. Here a number of people will approach you either proposing the guide you to the refuges or to sell you a map. The maps are not very helpful and are quite expensive! It is perfectly simple to make the walk without a map or guide and to simple ask for directions on the trail if unsure.

From Imlil walk to the Toubkal or CAF Refuge, about 4-6 hours, straight up the valley through Aroumd and Sidi Chamharouch. A more interesting route crosses the low pass to the west of Imlil to Azib Tamsoult (keep high and head south once across the pass, 4hrs). Camp or stay overnight at the gite there. Next day continue up the gorge past an awesome waterfall and turn sharp left at a path junction (1.5 hours). Go right at the next path junction about 30 minutes further on. Zigzag up an enormous scree slope to a pass with superb views of Toubkal (3 hrs). Descend easily southeast to the refuges. This is a recently constructed route that isn't shown on many maps.

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The ascent is on a good, well-marked path all the way. From the refuges cross the river below a waterfall (difficult after heavy rain). Scramble out of the gorge and follow a good path across a scree slope. Continue across boulders to a stream. Cross the stream and scramble up some rocks (cairned). The path makes a loop to the left, then a steep section threads through some massive rocks. The path continues up the corrie and zigzags up to a col at about 4000 metres. Turn left at the col. You can cut the corner here, but the views are better if you stay close to the ridge. After a couple of false summits you see the true summit with its steel surveyors' tower. Towards the top the ridge itself is difficult, so the path stays on the left (west) flank. Takes about 2.5 hours if you're acclimatized.

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There are countless tour companies that can provide you with equipment and guides.

  • Bouinbaden Mohamed, Imlil, PO BOX 15 Asni 42150 Marrakesh, Morocco, GSM: + 212.62.10.51 .26 TEL: +212.24.48.51.26 FAX: + 212.24.37.05 .56, E-mail: bouinbaden@yahoo.com [1]. Mountain guide and a child of the country; he was selected and formed by the CFAMM (Centre de Formation aux Métiers de Montagne) in Tabant, Aït Bouguemmaz. This hospitable Berber, Attentive, effective, professional, likes to accommodate the walker and to help him discover his country with all the respect and the necessary attention. Mohamed called “Moudir” is one of the first mountain guides to graduate in Morocco, with more than 30 years of experience. Skiing, summer and winter treks, climbs, excursions on 4x4. Organizes transportation, food, accommodation, mules and muleteers and the organisation he provides a complete itinerary for your chosen activity, for a very reasonable price.
  • voyage au maroc, High Atlas of Morocco (66 km from Marrakech), [2]. Morocco Trekking – Sightseeing holidays tours, peak trekking & walking. We arrange treks and walks in the Atlas, the sporting trips as well as cultural stays in Marrakech, in the mountains and deserts.  edit

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There are two big mountain huts at around 3200m altitude, right next to each other. You can pitch a tent here as well.

  • Refuge du Toubkal, (The upper one), (), [3]. This mountain hut is run by the CAF. There are several big rooms for around 20 people. Bring your sleeping bag as there are no blankets provided. Meals and water are available here. 105 Dirham per person and night..  edit
  • Les Mouflons de Toubkal, (This is the lower one), +212 (0)524 449767.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Even when only going to the refuges at around 3200m altitude sickness can be an issue. Staying a night or two in Imlil and at the refuges before ascending further can help preventing altitude sickness.

Get out[edit]

From the refuges you can either hike further south towards Lac D'Ifni and Amsourzerte or north to Imlil.

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