Hiking

Sahara Holiday > Hiking

Toubkal Mountains in 2 Days or 3 Days  face the challenge to climb the highest summit in the north of Africa in just 2 Days or more. Our Tour  guides are knowledgeable drivers with many years of experience, they are eager to guide you and teach you their local culture and explain their home traditions.

 
 
Day 1. Drive from Marrakech to Imill and trek to Toubkal Refuge via Armed & the Mizane Valley Leaving the city behind we drive south today, towards the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of the Toubkal Massif. Crossing the Haouz Plain we pass through the tiny town of Asni, from where our road begins to climb towards the foothills of the Massif. Below us the valley of the Oued Rhirhaia stretches out into the distance and small villages cling to the sides of the steep hills as we meander
 
our way towards the village of Imill. Here we leave our vehicle and, in the company of our mountain guide, begin our trek, heading along the Mizane Valley, first towards the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. Built on a moraine spur overlooking the valley floor, Aremd is the largest village in the valley and provides an interesting mix of traditional terraced farming, gites and streets that seem to be permanently gridlocked by goats and cattle. For generations the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing com, potatoes and walnuts from the harsh landscape. Continuing east and crossing the floodplain our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims alike (although only Muslims are allowed to cross the stone bridge to visit the marabout shrine itself). The village sits besides a small waterfall, a jumbled cluster of houses that seem to melt together into an anarchic mass, From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the
 
snowline and the Toubkal Refuge (3206m)
 
Day 2. Trek to summit of Jebel Toubkal(4165m); return to Imill: Early this morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge and then heading across one of the
 
mountains numerous scree fields, where we will have to negotiate a seemingly endless carpet of boulders and rocks. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the screen and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts, however, the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridge line we find ourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Pliny, the great Roman scholar, once described the High Atlas Mountains as “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa” and from our vantage point high above the valley it is easy to understand why. Retracing our steps we then return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil Prior To drive back to Marrakech.
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