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The 8 Day Toubkal Trek will take you to the top of Mount Toubkal (4167m) which is the highest peak in North Africa and allows a trekking experience to the peak which involves no climbing.
During the Toubkal Trek you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys and Berber Villages. If you choose to do this itinerary between November and April, will involve walking in crampons and using ice axes.
For Trekking Atlas Mountains you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
A driver will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the riad in Marrakech
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the village of Imlil valley, located at 1,740 meters, just about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Marrakech. after checking at the hotel, you will begin the trek with your guide through the colorful and beautiful Berber villages of Ait Maizane valley overnight in Luxury hotel like ( Kasbah du Toubkal / Riad Dar Imlil)
After breakfast, we leave town if Imlil and join our teams including the guide, the cook and the muleteers. Having loaded our luggage, we set for the Maizane Valley, where we visit two fundamental places. We first visit Armed, the largest village in the valley which provides intersecting terraced fields for traditional farming. For decades the local Berber villagers have worked these terrains creating corn, potatoes and walnuts. A short time later, we trek towards the sanctuary of Sidi Chamharouch. Continuing east and crossing the flood plain, our course takes us up into the high rocky cliffs over the valley. Crossing the river, we eventually come to the peaceful shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, which draws in both local individuals and vacationers. From here the trail keeps on hiking steadily, zigzagging its way up to the Toubkal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night. Approx 5hrs walking.
Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the screen and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and spend the night at the refuge again.
After breakfast, we head back towards Imlil where we spend the night.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Marrakech. Here the day will be free at your own disposal. Hunt for souvenirs in the small souks in the city, take a peaceful stroll in the Botanical Garden, and visit the square Djemaa el Fna, which also is a great place to enjoy your final dinner. Overnight in luxury riad.
Free day exploring the red city with city guide.
Transfer to the airport for departure.