Atlas Mountain Trekking – Mount Toubkal Trek 2 days
There are two ways to climb Mount Toubkal. The first is via the Ikhibi South valley on the western side of the mountain. The second way is via the Imlil Refuge. You can hire all of the equipment you need for the trip in Imlil.
Alternatively, you can trek through Berber villages before starting your climb. If you don't have your own tent or sleeping bag, you can rent one in one of the local gites that are located near the base of the mountain. These are comfortable and have shared bathrooms, cold water showers, and squat toilets. Gites also have friendly local hosts and great food. Make sure to bring plenty of socks and a warm jacket if you plan to go in winter.
When climbing Mount Toubkal, it's best to wear traditional hiking gear. A sturdy pair of hiking boots is an absolute must, as is a breathable base layer. In winter months, you'll want to bring more warm clothing, such as a down jacket and a sleeping bag. To avoid freezing, make sure you have enough energy to last for the duration of your climb. Besides warm clothing, you'll need to bring your passport and some energy-filled snacks. Fortunately, there are two mountain refuges in the vicinity of the mountain.
The weather on Mount Toubkal is generally pleasant year-round, but it's best to avoid the hot summer months and the high altitude in August and September. These months are cooler and less humid, but you'll still enjoy the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and Berber villages. Even if the weather isn't perfect, Mount Toubkal is a challenging trek. Even if you're not particularly athletic, you'll have a great time on the mountain.
You don't need to have any technical climbing equipment to climb the peak of Mount Toubkal. There are many tour organizations that offer guided trips through the Atlas Mountains. You can choose from one-day trips, four-day treks, or group tours. You'll need to bring your own equipment, but most companies provide transportation from Marrakech to the mountain base. You can also rent a porter or private cook for the duration of your trek.
While Mount Toubkal is not for everyone, it is definitely worth the trip. If you have the time and the energy to climb, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the region's rugged terrain. The quickest route to the top of Mount Toubkal is about two to three days and requires reasonable fitness. However, you'll need to have a strong heart to make it through this mountain.
On your way up, you'll pass several irrigation channels before you reach the mountain's summit. You'll also cross a few waterfalls, which are spectacular. Once at the summit, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Mount Toubkal's north face and a spectacular sunset. If you're not feeling as adventurous as you once were, you can always take the scenic road down from Mount Toubkal to Imlil.