THE SNOWY PEAKS OF THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS IN MOROCCO IS SURE A STUNNING SIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN CONTRAST WITH THE SURROUNDING COLOURS OF LUSH VALLEYS AND DRY ROCKY DESSERTS. AND THERE IS NO BETTER VIEW OF ALL THAT THEN ALL THE WAY FROM THE TOP OF MOUNT TOUBKAL (4,167 M / 13,671 FT).
Mountain: Mount Toubkal
Height: 4,167 m / 13,671ft
Route: Mount Toubkal
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Mount Toubkal with an altitude of 4,167 m (13,671 ft) is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountains and the whole region of North Africa. It is located in the south-western part of Morocco, easily accessible from Marrakesh. The mountain is highly popular amongst tourists as it is a non-technical climb and do not require more than a reasonable degree of fitness.
The Best Bits.
- Conquering the highest peak in North Africa.
- Enjoying stunning landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains.
- Discovering local villages and experiencing the culture its inhabitants.
- Chance to taste some traditional Moroccan dishes.
The trek is challenging therefore you must be fit and prior trekking experience is recommended tough not necessary. The altitude runs its course as well as the terrain in some sections might be a bit difficult. Proper footwear ant head cover is required.
- 1. Day 1: - Assaro (2,600 m / 8,530 ft). Drive from Marrakesh for 1-1½ hours to the trailhead near the village of Oukaimden, trek for 4½ hours to Assaro (2,314 m / 7,592 ft).
- 2. Day 2: Azib N’Ououraine (2,900 m / 9,515 ft) - 6 hours. Climbing up for 4 hours to cross Tizi-n-Likemt at 3,350 m / 10,991ft. After lunch you’ll descent for 800 m / 2,624 ft straight to the valley at Azib Likemt (2,550 m / 8,367 ft) and climb once again till you reach Azib N'Ououraine – your second camp.
- 3. Day 3: Azib Imi N’ouassif (2,700 m / 8,858 ft). Short climb to the col (3,120 m / 10,236 ft) after which you’ll reach the southern side of the High Atlas. From here on you’ll be descending for around 2½ hours till you’ll reach the village of Tagounite and the Amsouzerte, where you‘ll have lunch. After lunch trek to Azib Imi N’ouassif via Lac D’ifni. You’ll be trekking for around 6-7 hours and will only gain 735m / 2,411 ft of ascent.
- 4. Day 4: Refuge Neltner (3,207 m / 10,522 ft). Climb for 4-5 hours via Tizi N’ouanoumss (3,664 m / 12,021 ft) and then you’ll descent from to the upper Mizane Valley and then to the Neltner Mountain Refuge (3,207 m / 10,522 ft).
- 5. Day 5: Jebel Toubkal (4,167 m / 13,671 ft). Start early to avoid clouds that usually build up around the mountain in the afternoon. You’ll reach the summit in around 3 hours. Trek back to camp.
- 6. Day 6: Imlil (1,750 m / 5,741 ft). Trek to Imli for 5-6 hours and then drive back to Marrakesh.
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