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Things to know before you climb Mount Toubkal

Climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco is an excellent introduction to your mountaineering adventures, taking only a long weekend to complete. Find out all you need to know before trek to the peak pyramid of Jebel Toubkal.
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Summiting Jebel Toubkal in Morocco offers a very different experience in comparison to climbing the European Alps. Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine, beautiful mountain landscapes and warmer climates as you ascend this iconic mountain.

How high is Mount Toubkal?

At 4,167m high, Mount Toubkal, also known as Jebel Toubkal, is North Africa's highest peak. Set in the High Atlas Mountain range in Morocco, this iconic mountain presents a challenging yet rewarding trek that is perfect for regular walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. With roughly 40% less oxygen than at sea level, the altitude of Mount Toubkal will undoubtedly make this hike harder. But your experienced local guide will ensure that you have plenty of food and set the pace of the walk at a sustainable rate to help you acclimatise, giving you the best chance of the reaching the summit.

How long does it take to climb Mount Toubkal?

The Mount Toubkal ascent only takes two days, with most of the walking done on the first. Leg one of the trek takes around 5 hours during which we'll follow 11 kilometres of mule paths zigzagging up into the rocky valley towards towering snow-dusted peaks on the horizon. Our destination is the Neltner Refuge at 3,207m at the base of Toubkal where we'll enjoy a well-earned rest, gather around a wood-burning stove to share stories with other climbers from around the world and acclimatise to the altitude before setting off early the next morning towards the summit.
The Mount Toubkal ascent only takes two days, with most of the walking done on the first. Leg one of the trek takes around 5 hours during which we'll follow 11 kilometres of mule paths zigzagging up into the rocky valley towards towering snow-dusted peaks on the horizon. Our destination is the Neltner Refuge at 3,207m at the base of Toubkal where we'll enjoy a well-earned rest, gather around a wood-burning stove to share stories with other climbers from around the world and acclimatise to the altitude before setting off early the next morning towards the summit.

What is the best food for climbing Mount Toubkal?

Trekking burns off lots of energy, so it's vital that you eat enough of the right food to get you up and down Mount Toubkal safely. Every day, our hard-working trekking support team cooks up delicious freshly-prepared meals to replenish your energy reserves and refuel you for the next leg, including a very hearty breakfast on summit day. Tuck into juicy fruit and crisp salads, as well as nuts and dates throughout the day, and if you want extra supplies, snacks are available to buy along the route. Last but not least, it's crucial to keep your water levels topped up at all times to prevent dehydration.

What is the weather like on Mount Toubkal?

Located in Morocco, Mount Toubkal is often considered a hot trekking destination. However, while temperatures in Marrakech will range between 28°C and 37°C during the trekking season, the valleys of the High Atlas Mountains are typically cooler, especially the further up you walk. The weather is mostly dry, with very little rainfall and clear blue skies, but clouds of mist can roll in over the mountains as you gain altitude. In winter the temperatures can drop to around -5°C at night, while in summer on our Toubkal Long Weekend they stay above 10°C on average.

If you fancy a more challenging Mount Toubkal trekking experience, book our Toubkal Climb tour in May or October when the temperatures are lower, and there's a chance of some early/late snow on the summit.

What should I pack to hike up Mount Toubkal?

To make the most of your Mount Toubkal trek, make sure you're well prepared. The weather can change in an instant up in the mountains so pack layers of moisture-wicking clothing that you can easily add or remove depending on the conditions.

Temperatures tend to drop dramatically at night, so a warm fleece, a good-quality down jacket and a wind and waterproof shell jacket are essential. We recommend bringing some breathable walking trousers rather than jeans, and on summit day, you'll also need a warm hat, scarf, waterproof/windproof gloves and a head torch for the pre-sunrise trek.

For your feet, we suggest walking boots with ankle support paired with liner socks under a pair of reasonably thick loop stitch socks. Good-quality sunglasses or ski goggles will protect your eyes from glare at high altitudes and make sure you use a high factor sunscreen.
A high-quality sleeping bag is an absolute must, whatever the time of year you visit Mount Toubkal. A 3-season sleeping bag is recommended June - August and a 4-season one in May, September and October. A silk or fleece liner is also useful.

Bring a refillable water bottle and make sure you pack for any special dietary requirements that you may have. We won't have electricity at some of the stopovers, so bring a power bank to charge your phone or camera, and you might want some extra batteries for your torch.

Finally, take a 20-30 litre backpack to carry everything you need during each leg of the hike. The rest of your kit will be carried up to the next camp by our team vehicles or mules.

 

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If you'd like to stand at the top of the highest mountain peak in North Africa and Morocco, join our Toubkal Climb or Toubkal Long Weekend Trip for an unforgettable hiking adventure.
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