Mt Toubkal Winter Trek (5 days)
Winter is a great time in the Mt Toubkal National Park it offers a true winter mountaineering experience the mountains are virtually deserted apart from the local Berbers and mountaineering enthusiasts. Our Winter climb is great introduction to winter walking, the use of crampons and ice axe are required on most trips and you will get plenty of time to practice your winter skills before summit day, our trips is designed as a non-technical winter climb.
For pure mountain air that cuts through the heat and leaves you giddy, don’t miss the highest mountain in North Africa: Jebel Toubkal at 4167m, situated in the heart of the Toubkal National Park. Mount Toubkal has captivated mountaineers for centuries. Your ascent up the rocky giant of North Africa is no picnic, but is accessible to anyone in good shape and hungry for a thrilling mountain adventure. Some winter walking experience is recommended before joining this trip but not essential.
From the bustling Marrakech you will venture into the heart of the High Atlas through traditional Berber communities which line the route. You’ll have plenty of time to learn their customs through village visits and overnight stays in the villages & camps with hearty home-cooked meals. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you’ll see (and feel) at the top. From the summit of Toubkal who will experience stunning 360-degree panoramic views which extend across the rocky Atlas ranges and southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara Desert.
Included before your trek
- Personalised support from your experienced Adventurous Ewe crew. We’re here to answer any questions prior to your trek
- Pre-trip support materials – kit list, training guide, Travel advice, responsible tourism tips
- Your trek info will also be available via our mobile travel app via Vamoos
- Discount code for independent outdoor retailer Joe Brown and The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel
- All risk assessments and safety management
- Public Liability insurance
- Monthly payment plan for self-funder package available on request
- International Passenger Protection
Included on your trek
- 2 nights accommodation in Imlil
- 2 nights accommodation in Neltner Refuge
- Qualified UK Mountain Leader (groups 6+)
- Qualified Moroccan Mountain Guide
- Winter skills training – use of crampons and ice-axe
- Cook and support crew
- All meals whilst in Imlil and during the trek
Not included in the price of the trip
- Flights to and from Morocco (these can be arranged for you at an additional cost)
- Travel insurance (mandatory for this trek)
- Hire of crampons, helmet and ice-axe
- Any additional drinks and snacks
- Accommodation in Marrakech
- Meals in Marrakech
- Tipping for local crew
Marrakech – Imlil
Arrive Marrakech and spend time exploring this amazing city and have lunch before our 1.5hr transfer by minibus to the Berber mountain village of Imlil (1700mts). We stay the night in a guest house and make final preparations for the trek.
Imlil – Neltner Refuge
After breakfast we load up all equipment and food supplies and leave Imlil for the Neltner Refuge. As we leave the village of Imlil we pass through walnut and cherry orchids while slowly making our way up the Mizane Valley stopping at the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch for lunch then onto the refuge in Neltner at 3208mt
Approx 6hrs walking
Acclimatisation / Quanoukrim (4088m)
Today is a planned acclimatisation day. We will also get the chance to practice some winter skills. We leave the refuge early morning and continue up the Mizane valley. Our aim for today is the summit of Quanoukrim (4088m) which is the 2nd highest mountain in the High Atlas. Finally arriving back at the refuge late early afternoon. Approx 8hrs walking
Today is another early start and we begin our trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal. The ascent starts climbing steeply as soon as we leave Neltner Refuge. We make our way up the south cwm before traversing the south ridge to the summit. We will then make our way back down to the refuge for early afternoon for a well-earned rest before continuing down to Imlil. Approx 10 hrs walking
Imlil – Marrakech
After a relaxing breakfast it’s a short drive back to Marrakech. Time permitting, we can explore Marrakech and visit the Djemaa el Fna, an open-air market with food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats. There’s also some great bargain hunting to be had.
This trek is available from November to April, we can also arrange private and bespoke departures.
Weather & Safety
The weather during the winter months is generally sunny days and cold nights. However, conditions can change very quickly. What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. Winter walking can be dangerous and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk we can never eradicate it altogether. The main danger is injury from avalanche or falling then sliding down a snow slope.
Although the guides can assist you in becoming accustomed to the use of ice axes and crampons the trip is not a winter skills training course. If you have not used ice axes or crampons before it is essential that you feel confident in picking up the necessary skills.
The Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.There are no compulsory vaccinations for Morocco but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.
This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Our itinerary is designed to enable you to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. The refuge is at 3160m and so whilst you may feel some initial effects of this you are unlikely to have any serious AMS issues. It is very important to drink plenty of water and maintain a good hydration level.
In Imlil we stay in a village house/gite with basic facilities. The Neltner refuge is reasonably basic and provides dormitory accommodation with a number of large communal rooms one of which is heated by an open fire.
Passport & Visa
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their relevant embassies. Adventurous Ewe is not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.
It is a condition of this trip that you are insured against medical and personal accident. Adventurous Ewe require documentary evidence of your insurance prior to departure.We also recommend that you enrol with Global Rescue prior to embarking on your trip (optional). Global Rescue is the world’s premier provider of medical & security advisory and evacuation services.
To complete the Toubkal trek comfortably, it is preferable that you have previous experience of long walks in varied and irregular terrain. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness in order to manage the sections of ascent and long duration of the trek, combined with carrying your backpack every day. Due to the unpredictability of the climate during the winter months, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change extremely rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important.Walking hours stated are given as approximates only.
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the Adventurous Ewe website at simply click Dates and Availability. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £80.00 at the time of booking. It is possible to reserve a place on this trek by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £80.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.