Mount Toubkal Trek

Marrakech, Morocco

Trip Highlights

  • Summit Mt Toubkal, the 'Roof' of North Africa
  • Altas Mountain Views
  • Vibrant & Bustling Marrakech
  • Pack Mules to Carry Luggage
  • See Sidi Chamarouchou Pilgrimage Site
  • Experience Amazigh (Berber) Culture
  • Visit the Urban Medina & Bahia Palace


Combining the best of two entirely unique parts of Morocco, this tour will bring you from the highest peak in North Africa to the bustling markets of Marrakech. Experience authentic Amazigh (Berber) culture, walk the labyrinth-like streets of Marrakech, and summit Mount Toubkal, the “roof of North Africa” that affords rewarding views, sometimes all the way to the Atlantic and the Sahara Desert. Your group will stay in mountain gites and hiking huts and trek through spectacular highland scenery with an expert crew and pack mules to carry your luggage and gear for you. In just one week, you’ll get to experience two distinct locations, so don’t miss out on this adventure. 

Operated by Intrepid Travel

This trip is offered and operated by Wildland’s parent company, Intrepid Travel. Intrepid is an international adventure travel company committed to offering sustainable, experience-rich journeys across the globe. They’ve led the way with ethical, small-group travel since 1989, helping guests discover the magic of travel more than 30 years! When you sign up for this trip, you will be taken into Intrepid’s registration system, and book directly with them.

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$745 Per Person
$93 Single Supplement  

$93 Single Supplement

A single supplement is available on this trip for an extra fee if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies to all your nights but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms.

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Trip Type: Intrepid Walking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-12
Trip Length: 7 Days
Distance: 26MI / 42KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows mostly well-maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections. It includes mostly moderate hiking distances and elevation with some more strenuous distances and elevation. Summiting Mount Toubkal involves some rock scrambling on unmaintained trails.Some of this trip occurs at elevations of over 9,000 ft. Trekkers will need to monitor their own health and watch for symptoms of altitude sickness.

Hiking Distances:

12MI / 19.3KM

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up To 3000 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections.
  • Hiking at high elevations on rugged terrain and the ability to self monitor one’s health.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a Level 2 for solitude. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

This trip can be booked as a private tour directly with Intrepid Travel by calling  1-800-970-7299.

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Inclusions: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, local transportation, accommodations, activities

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Day 1: Marrakech

  • Orientation Meeting: 6pm

Say hello, or Salaam Aleikum, to Morocco. Your journey with Intrepid begins here with a group meeting at 6pm in your hotel lobby where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travelers. If you’d like to grab some yummy and unique street food this evening, you’ll have the option of taking a stroll with your group leader to Djemaa el-Fna, the square in the center of the Medina. You can expect a very busy and bustling scene here each night as people gather to see singers, drummers, fortune tellers, dancers, and other street performers in this lively square.

Please be sure to attend the group meeting this evening as you will need to provide insurance and emergency contact information at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative, your travel agent, or the hotel know. If you journey out to Djemaa el-Fna this evening, you are likely to encounter ‘snake charmers.’ Intrepid does not support this practice and encourages travelers not to support this industry. If you would like more information, please visit Intrepid’s page concerning animal welfare:

Day 2: Aroumd

  • Travel: Drive to Imlil Village (1.5 hours)
  • Activities Included: Imlil to Aroumd Guided Trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 2MI / 3.2KM
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 855ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gite

Get up early this morning for a more thorough orientation meeting at 8am where you guide will brief you on everything you need to know for your trekking adventure before setting off into the mountains for your first hike. Drive away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and across plains and open country to arrive at Imlil village, with a stop at Tahanaoute along the way, an ancient marketplace that boasts views of stunning valleys and the Atlas Mountains. From Imlil village (which is 5709 ft above sea level), take about an hour hike to your first mountain base in Aroumd (sitting at 6561 ft above sea level). Once you arrive, take a more leisurely stroll around this city built on a hill before retiring to your accommodation for the night. Your group will be staying in a traditional village house called a gite. The rooms are furnished in traditional Amazigh (Berber) fashion with the low couches that serve as beds, many cushions and carpets, and tables. If the weather is nice, you can sleep out on the terrance under the stars if you’d like. 

Day 3: Neltner Hut

  • Activities Included: Aroumd to Jebel Toubkal Basecamp Guided Trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 6MI / 10KM 
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 4100 ft/ 1250 m
  • Accommodation: Mountain Refuge

Today your group will begin the climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa. Pack up your gear on mules this morning and leave Aroumd, crossing the floodplain of Ait Mizane Valley. The mules carrying your gear and luggage are an essential part of Amazigh (Berber) culture and way of life as they are used to plough fields, carry burdens, and perform other tasks. Your trail will follow a series of switchbacks up the mountain side and you’ll pass the site of pilgrimage of Sidi Chamarouch which houses the tomb of the local Muslim holy man or marabout. There is a shrine made of large white stones at this location, but only Muslims are permitted to cross the bridge and approach this place. Continue on more zigzagging trail and trek across the valley above the river. You’ll soon arrive at Neltner where the Toubkal base camp is located (10,522 ft above sea level). Your accommodations tonight are simple but clean and in line with the local atmosphere. Dining rooms and facilities are shared and the rooms with bunk bed-type platforms will be shared with other trekkers. Eat up at your included dinner tonight and call it an early night before journeying up the mountain tomorrow. 

Day 4: Mount Toubkal Summit

  • Activities Included: Mount Toubkal Guided Summit Trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 2MI / 3.5KM
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Approximately 7110ft (total ascent, descent, and return hike to Aroumd)
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gite

Today is another early start as you gear up for your summit trek. The terrain that leads up to the top of this over 13,000 foot mountain is rocky and can involved some scrambling, but the views from the top are worth it. Truly the roof of North Africa, take your time once you reach the peak to enjoy the scenery and take in the silence of the morning. On clear days, you will be able to see the whole Atlas Mountain Range, the coast of the Atlantic to the west and the Sahara Desert to the east. Once you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous views, trek back down to basecamp where you’ll enjoy a hearty lunch before the downhill trek back to Aroumd. Your local host will be waiting for you with dinner prepared in celebration of your achievements today. 

Day 5: Marrakech

  • Travel: Drive to Marrakech 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast 
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 2MI / 3.2KM
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 855ft
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Say goodbye to the Altas Mountains today as you hike back to Imlil village after breakfast. Then take the 1.5 hour drive back to Marrakech for the rest of the day. After checking into the hotel, the schedule is cleared for you to explore this bustling city on your own. You can head over to the Photography Museum if you’d like where you’ll see the history of this country captured in stunning images or pick up some dinner at one of the restaurants with a view on many of the rooftops in the city, especially those that surround Djemaa el-Fna.

Day 6: Marrakech

  • Activities Included: Medina Walking Tour, Palais Bahia
  • Meals Included: Breakfast 
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

Have a change of pace today in the city of Marrakech with leisurely strolls and free time to explore. This morning after your included breakfast, your group will set out on a walking tour of the Medina led by your guide where you will walk through many old marketplaces, called souqs, that sell various items such as pottery, woodwork, carpets, and spices. You will then visit the Bahia Palace, built in the 1800s with stunning architecture. Once you’ve had your fill of the palace, the rest of the day is your’s to explore this fascinating city. There are many options for visiting a hammam (your guide can recommend one) where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan bath and massage. If you’d like to experience more of the food of this unique location, you can join the Taste of Marrakech Urban Adventure tour for a guided experience focusing on the local cuisine. 

Day 7: Marrakech

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Your adventure with Intrepid ends this morning after your group enjoys one last breakfast together. If you’d like to stay longer in Marrakech, Intrepid would be happy to book additional accommodations for you if availability allows. There are many other fantastic opportunities and experiences here to enjoy, so don’t miss out on this amazing destination. 

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • Meals: 6 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Transport: Private Minibus, Walking
  • Accommodation: 3 Nights Hotel, 2 Nights Mountain Gite, 1 Night Mountain Refuge
  • Activities Included:
    • Imlil to Aroumd guided trek
    • Aroumd to Jebel Toubkal Basecamp guided hike
    • Mount Toubkal guided summit trek
    • Marrakech – Medina walking tour
    • Marrakech – Palais Bahia

Important Notes

  • A single supplement is available on this trip if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies only to nights 1 and 6 where you will not be in shared accommodation but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested.
  • Since this is a trekking trip, the physical demands on this tour are higher than many other tours. In order to summit Mount Toubkal, you will need to be generally healthy and fit. Previous mountain climbing and/or hiking experience is recommended
  • A Travelers Self Assessment Form is required for guests to be able to participate in this trip. This form will be given to you upon booking.
  • A portion of this trip goes above 2800 meters / 9200 where it is not uncommon for travelers to experience adverse impacts from the altitude, including altitude sickness.
  • Sleeping bags consume valuable space in your luggage and can be a pain. However up in the mountain refuge there may not be enough heating (sometimes none) or sufficient blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. Unfortunately sleeping bags can not be hired/rented while on the trip and are not easy to find for purchase. Buy a small sleeping bag before you leave, it will definitely come in handy, particularly if you feel the cold.

Essential Packing List

  • Small to Medium Day Pack: used for carrying essentials on treks
  • Hiking Clothing: mix of lightweight quick-drying clothes and warmer layers
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sport or Water Sandals
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket and/or Windbreaker
  • Water Bottle or Bladder for a Hydration Pack
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Toiletries

Optional Packing List

  • Small First Aid Kit (Your guide will have a large one)
  • Sleep Aids: such as ear plugs or eye mask
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Swimwear
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary & Accommodations Disclaimer

The itineraries on Intrepid trips are updated frequently to reflect the current state of the destination and based on guest comments. Therefore it is essential that you review the itinerary information directly before your trip as there may have been changes since you booked with us. Additionally, weather, holidays, local conditions, transportation schedules, and a variety of other factors may cause us to change the itinerary during your adventure. Your guide will inform you of any changes to your trip as soon as the information is available.

Similarly, the accommodation types listed here are meant to be used as a guideline and are not guaranteed.  It is sometimes necessary to make alternative arrangements due to a lack of availability or a change in itinerary. In these situations, we will use like standard of accommodation.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Starting Point

  • This tour begins on day 1 at 6pm with a group meeting at Hotel Gomassine
  • Hotel Gomassine: 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz, Marrakech, MOROCCO
    • Phone: +212 524433086
  • Intrepid can prebook an airport transfer for you if you would like. The driver will meet you in the airport with an Intrepid sign.
  • Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the hotel from the airport. You should agree upon a price before entering the vehicle. Regular prices should be MAD250 during the day and MAD300 after dark.

Ending Point

  • This tour ends after breakfast on day 7 at the Hotel Gomassine
  • Hotel Gomassine: 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz, Marrakech, MOROCCO
    • Phone: +212 524433086
  • Intrepid can book you an airport transfer at the end of your trip or you can ask the hotel or your guide for assistance in arranging a taxi.

Health and Safety Considerations

The health and well-being of guests and guides is Intrepid’s top priority. Please review our itinerary and activities carefully to assess whether you are able to cope with and enjoy this particular trip. If our group leader or any local guide determines a guest is not able to participate in the itinerary without undue risk to themselves or others in the group, we reserve the right to deny said guest access to all or a portion of the trip without refund.

Group Size & Age Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Group Size: 1
  • Maximum Group Size: 12

Weather in Morocco

Being a desert climate, Morocco can experience a wide variety of temperatures and weather systems with very cold winters and hot summers. Since much of this itinerary will be spent in the mountains, guests should expect all seasons, sometimes within the same day. Days are typically hot especially in summer (June-August) while nights are rather cold, even in spring (April-June) and fall (September). Day is possible any time of day, and wind is often the norm. Guests should check the weather before they embark on their trip and make sure they have sun protection as well as warm layers. Marrakech is more mild with pleasant days and somewhat chilly nights in spring and fall and hot days in summer.

Seasonal Information: Moroccan Festivals and Feasts

Travelers also need to keep in mind various Muslim feats and festivals that may impact operating hours of businesses, tourist attractions, government offices, and restaurants. Ramadan will be held in 2023 from 22 March to 20 April 2023 and 10 March to 08 April 2024. The Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. This can limit hours of eateries and tourists attractions during the day when devote Muslims are fasting. While it may cause some delays and inconveniences, this is a very interesting month to travel to a Muslim country to observe the customs and the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Alcohol will not be offered during daylight hours.

The Eid Al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast) will take place in 2023 in Morocco between 28 and 29 June 2023. This feast is to celebrate the sacrifice Abraham made of his son Issac. Animals are sacrificed during this time with one third given to the poor, one third give to friends and neighbors, and one third kept for the family. Again, this is a fascinating time to visit Morocco to observe the feast. However, travelers should expect delays if not complete suspension of public and governmental services. Some guests may also be disturbed by the sacrificing of animals, which is often done in public.

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