Mount Toubkal Winter Trek

Marrakech, Morocco

Trip Highlights

  • High Atlas Mountain Trek
  • Summit Mt Toubkal, the 'Roof' of North Africa
  • Wintery Twist on a Classic Itinerary
  • Vibrant and Busy Marrakech
  • Experience Amazigh (Berber) Culture
  • Expert Crew & Pack Mules
  • Home Cooked Moroccan Foods
  • Visit the Urban Medina & Bahia Palace


Explore the stunning Atlas Mountains while they are covered in snow in the winter and trek to the true “Roof of North Africa,” Mount Toubkal. This exciting and packed itinerary during the winter months in Morocco will take you from the vibrant and busy Marrakech to the high mountain regions as well as giving you a taste of the local Amazigh (Berber) culture, customs, and food. Doing this trip in winter is a special treat and you can expect snow capped mountains, ice covered trails (don’t worry, you’ll have crampons), and fresh winter air in your lungs. With mules to carry your gear and an excellent crew to guide you along the way, your trek in the Atlas Mountains, staying at mountain gites and refuges, is sure to be a trip you’ll never forget.  

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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$885 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 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. 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: Up to 21MI / 34KM


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 in winter involves traversing ice and snow and trekking for long distances in cold and windy weather. Some of this trip occurs at over 9,000 ft of elevation and trekkers should watch for symptoms of altitube sickness.

Hiking Distances:

Up To 10MI / 16KM

Backpack Weight:

8-12 Pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up To 3000ft

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 8-10 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections.
  • Ability to navigate snowy and icy sections of trails with crampons
  • Ability to acclimate to high elevations and monitor one’s own 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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Day 1: Marrakech

  • Orientation Meeting: 6pm
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

Say hello, or Salaam Aleikum, to Morocco. Your trip with Intrepid starts here with an orientation 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. The scene here will be busy and bustling, as it is every 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 orientation meeting this evening as you will need to provide insurance and emergency contact information at this time. Your guide will also need to double check your gear to make sure it is appropriate for winter conditions. 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 practices 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

Rise with the sun early this morning for a second group meeting where your guide will brief you on everything you need to know for your trekking adventure. Then, set out for 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 stunning views of 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). As you trek along the side of the hills, keep your eye out for views of the Atlas Mountains; Mount Toubkal itself can be seen on a clear day. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a leisurely tour of this town 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.

Day 3: Neltner Hut

  • Activities Included: Aroumd to Jebel Toubkal Basecamp Guided Trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 5.5MI / 9KM 
  • 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 and carry burdens. Your trail will have a series of switchbacks up the mountainside 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. As you trek on, you’ll likely encounter snow and begin hiking through powder on the way up the mountain. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience using crampons for extra traction on your boots; your guide will show you the ropes and give you tips on how you can make your hike easier. You’ll soon arrive at Neltner where the Toubkal base camp is located (10,522 ft above sea level). Because your accommodations tonight are at such high elevation, make extra sure you are drinking plenty of water and are watching for the symptoms of altitude sickness. Your accommodation tonight is simple but clean and in line with the local atmosphere. Dining rooms and facilities are shared and the rooms will be shared with other trekkers and have bunk bed-type platforms. 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 5MI / 8KM
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 3000 ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Refuge

Today is a very 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 will be snowy this time of year and perhaps icy, so make sure you known how to make the most of your crampons. You’ll also be beginning far before sunrise, and you’ll need your headlamp and extra batteries. Once you make it to the col (a low depression in the mountain range), the steepness of the climb will subside. Make sure to pack a hardshell jacket though because the winds often pick up in this area of the trek. Soon, you’ll reach the summit. Truly the roof of North Africa, take your time to enjoy and take in the silence of the morning at the peak. 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 vies, trek back down to Basecamp. 

Please note that today’s hike may take 8 hours or more depending on conditions. Your group leader will have the final say on whether the group will summit. If weather conditions are too averse to do so, your group may have to turn around at the col. 

Day 5: Toubkal Basecamp to Aroumd

  • Activities Included: Variable, High Atlas Guided Hike
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: Variable
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gite

Today’s activities will depend on the weather conditions and what your guide decides is best suitable to the day. If your group was not able to summit Mount Toubkal yesterday because of weather, today might be a great day to try again! If you already made it to the roof of North Africa, your leader may choose another hike to Tizi n’ Ouagane and Ras Ouanoukrim, which is the third tallest mountain in North Africa. Whatever your guide choses, you’ll have a hearty lunch at basecamp afterward before making the trek back to Aroumd. Your local host will be waiting for you there with a delicious dinner spread to celebrate your accomplishments in the mountains. 

The hiking distance today will depend on which trek your guide chooses. The Ras Ouanoukrim climb via Tizi n’ Ouagane trek including the hike back to Aroumd will take around 8 to 9 hours and is 10MI / 16KM with 900M / 3000ft of elevation gain. If you would rather not do such a long and strenuous hike, you can opt for a relaxing morning at basecamp before joining the group again to trek back to Aroumd. 

Day 6: Imlil and Marrakech

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

Take in one last look at the valley and Atlas Mountains in the distance this morning before heading back to Imlil and then driving to Marrakech. After checking in to your hotel, 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, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Transportation: Private Minibus, Trekking
  • Accommodation: 2 Nights Hotel, 2 Nights Mountain Gite, 2 Nights Mountain Refuge
  • Activities Included:
    • Imlil to Aroumd guided trek
    • Aroumd to Jebel Toubkal Basecamp guided hike
    • Mount Toubkal guided summit trek
    • High Atlas guided trek (Ras Ouanoukrim or Tizi n’ Ouagane)
    • Marrakech – Medina walking tour
    • Marrakech – Palais Bahia

Important Notes

  • Because this is a winter trekking trip, the physical demands on travelers will be higher than on other trips. To summit Mount Toubkal, you will need to be healthy and in good physical condition. Prior hiking experience is recommended and will be helpful to you.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • Insulated Winter Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • 4 Season Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Windbreaker/ Hard shell Jacket
  • Fleece Pants
  • Mid layer Jacket
  • Ski /Snow Pants
  • Snow Jacket
  • Ski Goggles
  • Trekking Poles
  • 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
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary and 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). Rain 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. Because this itinerary is in winter, travelers should expect extreme cold and wet conditions with freezing temperatures, ice, and snow. Much of your trekking will de done over the snow and ice that will require crampons. Four season sleeping bags are required as the Mountain Refuge accommodation may not have heat/enough blankets to keep everyone warm. The Atlas Mountains in winter are not to be trifled with. Marrakech is more mild with pleasant days and somewhat chilly nights in spring and fall and hot days in summer.

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