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6 day trek in the High Atlas Mountains
Toubkal Circuit and Mount Toubkal Summit
Lose yourself in the wilderness
The 6 day, 5 night Toubkal Circuit trek is one of Moroccos top hiking trails, with the slower pace allowing you to truly unwind and feel the power of the mountains. This long distance hike will take you through the most beautiful trails of the High Atlas Mountains, giving you views of the magestic Mount Toubkal from all perspectives. You will walk through deep valleys, step back in time in remote Berber villages, climb breathtaking passes, view the serene Lake Ifni and of course, reach the summit of the otherworldly Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa. All this with the help of our local, friendly guides!
Day 1: Marrakech - Imlil (1740m) - Tacheddirt (2300m).
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Marrakech, and drive you in a secure, air conditioned vehicle to the High Atlas Mountain village of Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers and it's also a busy market town. There is a constant flow of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure. We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2279m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (2300m), where we will camp near the river. Total walking time approximately 4hours.
Day 2: Tachdirt (2300 m) - Tizi n'Likemt (3550m) - Azib N'Likmet (2250m).
After breakfast, we leave for the ascent to Tizi n'Likemt mountain pass (3550m), where we stop to admire the view of Tachdirt Valley and the surrounding mountains. After a short descent, we stop for lunch, then continue for an hour before reaching our camp near Aazib n'Likemt, where we will meet nomadic shepherds with their flocks of goats and sheep. Total walking time approximately 6hours.
Day 3: Tachddirt (2300m) - Tizi Ourai (3109m) - Azib N'Likmet (2250m) - Amsouzarte (1740m).
We start the day from our high mountain pasture camp, with a gentle climb to the Tizi Ourai pass (3109 m), where you will have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. After the descent to the Tinzar Valley, we stop to have our lunch and enjoy the traditional architecture of the Berber villages. From there we cross the ridge of the High Atlas to reach the southern slopes of the Atlas. We will stay overnight in a Berber lodge. Total walking time approximately 5.5hrs.
Day 4: Amsouzarte (1740m) - Imhilene - Lake Ifni (2295m).
We descend into the valley of Islani through Ibrouane and the villages in Tisgouane Takatert until we reach Lake Ifni (2295 m), which is at the bottom of a valley surrounded by the peaks of Jebel Toubkal. We spend an awesome night at the lake. Approximately 5 hours of walking.
Day 5: Lake Ifni (2295m) - Tizi Ouanoums (3670m) - Neltner Refuge (3207m).
We start the day with a nice slow climb to the neck of Ouanoums (3670m). From the pass, we enjoy the view of surrounding 4000m peaks, then we descend down to the shelter, which is a popular meeting place for hikers and nature lovers. We spend the night in tents near the refuge. The walk is 6 hours.
Day 6: Neltner Refuge (3207m) - Summit of Toubkal (4167m) - Imlil (1740m) - Marrakech.
We will have an early departure on the final day, to reach the the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167 m), the roof of North Africa. We'll stop to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment. From there we descend to the refuge for a well-deserved lunch, and then we return to Imlil village, and transfer back to Marrakech. Expect 8hrs of walking on this final day.
What to pack?
Visitors are advised to prepare for mountain conditions. It is normally warm and exposed during the day, and cold in the evenings, and very cold on the summit! You will feel the raw power of the mountains. Note: there are opportunities to rent equipment. Let us know in advance.
6 days 5 nights
Medium - difficult
A lot of distance is covered in this long-distance hike, but we aim to take it slow and minimise hours of walking daily, breaking up the hiking so that you can enjoy and soak up the surroundings. As we gradually build up the distance and elevation, your body will be well trained to push for the summit on the final day, and achieve what you never believed was possible. Step out of your comfort zone and go deep into the mountains!
Availability and dates
Food on the tour
You will eat delicious, fresh, local meals cooked by your guides or in the accommodation. And do not forget about the litres mint tea! Example meals include:
Let us know in advance, and we are more than happy to cater for your specific dietry needs.
Start and end point
You will be picked up in private, air conditioned vehicle directly to and from your accommodation in Marrakech. Want to spend another night in the mountains? No problem! We can cater to that.
How to book and pay?
We accept payments in Moroccan dihram, euros, dollars, or British pounds. Payment in cash, or by bank transfer. If you wish to pay in another currency, get in touch! Together we will figure it out.
Rural Moroccans still live a traditional way of life. So it is advised to dress a little more conservative than you are used to. For women, this means that shoulder, chest and knees are covered, and for men, shoulders and knees. It will also protect you from the hot sun, and help you to stay cooler.
Your luggage for the trip will be carried my mules, to help take the weight off your shoulders. If you have some additional luggage you wish to keep in Imlil, we can arrange a secure place for you to store these items.
Looking for a different experience?
If you want to experience a different trek to Mount Toubkal, check out our 2 day, 3 day 4 day, and 6 day hikes to the summit of Jbel Toubkal, and also take a look at our winter trekking opportunities. We also offer 2 day, 3 day, 7 day hikes visiting remote Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains for a deeper cultural experience.
Want an alternative to Toubkal? Check out our tours to Moroccos second highest peak, Jbel M'goun, or the beautiful Saghro Mountains. Or do you want a little more luxury in the mountains? With us it's possible!
We also offer various tours including camel trekking in the Sahara desert, walking tours of Moroccan cities, and bike tours.