These are some photos of my trip to Morocco. My primary goal was to climb to the summit of Toubkal, the highest point of Atlas in Morocco and in North Africa. The days leading up to it we visited Marrakech for a cooking course and then we went to the souk, which was good because it also gave us a chance to take a tour of the coast and to visit Essaouira and Alyadida. Back in Marrakech, we drove to Imlil, and we started the trek to Toubkal. In April there are cherry blossoms and the valley is very nice. I highly recommended doing this if you like trekking! The climb is relatively easy, but demanding at some points as you climb up to 4087 meters from the shelter. Mountain clothes are, of course, a must!
A magnificent region on the outskirts of Marrakech, where you can find a 4 by 4, a quad bike or horses or a camel caravan. It is important to have a 4 by 4 and not any cheap rental car because the roads are unpaved, and a guide is better yet, since you will not get lost. Even with a good map of the mountain, which is very detailed, it will not be that hard. You can rent a bike or a jeep in the new city of Marrakech. It is better to have two or three days. But one day is enough time to get away from the city, see the Mountains, the Jebel Toubkal which is the highest mountain, stopping at a store of the Berbers, the mountain villages to eat a good tagine and again take a few hours drive through the villages of dried mud lost in green valleys, before returning to the medina Marrakech. There is plenty of water, as the snow melts from the moutains and makes rivers. There is a ski station in the village of Oukaimeden. There is also a waterfall and the valley of Ourika to visit.
At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from he summit makes the hard work worthwhile.
With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within a week and still have time to explore Morocco’s most captivating city, Marrakech.
Day 1: After a transfer to the little village of Imlil we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains 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. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night.
Approx. 4 to 5hrs walking.
Day 2: Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the the summit you will see that the vistas 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. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back to the Toubkal Refuge where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Today we walk back from the Toubkal Refuge to Imlil. After arrival in Imlil we will transfer back to Marrakech.