At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. We believe that winter is the best time to trek in Morocco when mountains are snow covered, the valleys look beautiful and the atmosphere is inspiring! On our 7 Day Winter Toubkal Trek in Morocco no mountaineering experience is required and the panoramic view from his summit makes the hard work worthwhile.
Whilst in Morocco, you will also have the chance to get to know the vibrant and famous city of Marrakech - an opportunity that must not be missed!
For your 7 Day Winter Toubkal Hiking Holiday, you must be experienced in trekking, prepared and fit. The treks will involve the use of some mountaineering skills at altitude and include the use of equipment such as crampons and ice axes. If you have any questions regarding this, please use the enquire now button to request further information.
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil
Arrive at Marrakech Menara airport then transfer to Imlil, a drive of an hour and a half. We stay in comfortable a guesthouse.
Day 2: Imlil – Chamharouch – Toubkal Refuge
We start our trek, heading along the Maizane Valley. Firstly towards the village of Armed and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Built on a moraine spur that overlooks the valley floor, Armed is the biggest village in the valley and offers an exciting combination of traditional terraced farming, gites and roads that seem to be constantly gridlocked by goats and cattle. For many generations the local Berber villagers have worked these lands, producing corn, potatoes and walnuts from the harsh landscape. As we continue east, crossing the flood plain, our journey guides us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs that tower above the valley. Making our way over the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, 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 beside a small waterfall, a mixed up cluster of houses that appear to meld 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), our stop for the night. Approx 4-5hrs walking.
Day 3: Toubkal Refuge – Jebel Ouankerin
We rise early to climb Jebel Ouankerim. This begins with a gentle hike up to the valley head, on to the Tizi Ouagane mountain pass and next we pass through the ridge to the summit at 4088m.The views of Toubkal and the surrounding mountains from the top are spectacular. In the late morning/early afternoon we start our descent back to the refuge for a well-deserved hot drink and an afternoon of relaxing. Today you will complete approx. 6 hours of walking.
Day 4: Toubkal Refuge – Mount Toubkal
This morning, as yesterday, we have an early start, this time for the ascent of Toubkal. The hike starts at once, climbing steeply through scree and snow before traversing the southern ridge to reach the summit. It is at this place we are rewarded with the best views and a massive feeling of achievement. Descent is amde by the same route and we should return to the refuge in time for a late lunch. 6 hours of hiking today.
Day 5: Toubkal Refuge – Imlil – Marrakech
On day 5, we head down the valley back to Imlil via the pilgrimage of Sidi Chamharouch. We take lunch in Imlil and then transfer back to Marrakech. You are accommodated overnight in a riad (traditional Moroccan house or palace).
Day 6: Marrakech
Today you have the day free to explore the amazing Red City.
Day 7: Marrakech – Airport
Departure to the airport depending on the time of your flight.
Dates and Prices
7 Day Winter Toubkal Trek in Morocco Dates
These winter walking holidays in Morocco are available between November and April and you can begin your trek on any date you wish. If you would like a shorter trip, our 3 day Winter Hiking Holiday can be found here: Mt. Toubkal Climb Winter Hiking Holiday (AH130132). We also run 3 day summer hiking holidays that can be found here: Mt. Toubkal Climb Summer Hiking Holiday (AH130146)
7 Day Winter Toubkal Trek in Morocco Prices
- 420 Euro per person
Further discounts are available for group sizes over 4 people.
- 2 night hotel accommodation in Marrakech
- Airport transfers
- English, French speaking Berber tour leader
- Transfers to and from your hotel
- Accommodation during your trip
- Mules to carry your luggage during days of the trek
- Kitchen equipment
- Cook who prepares all the meals during the trek
- All meals during your trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
What’s not included:
- Personal travel insurance
- Soft drinks (water, etc…)
Morocco is situated on the north west of Africa with the majestic Atlas Mountains running from south west to north east down the backbone of the country. Most of the south east of the country is generally sparsely populated and unproductive economically being as it is in the Sahara Desert. The areas located along the Mediterranean Sea, have a typical Mediterranean climate.
The terrain of Morocco varies between coastal plains, mountains, forests, and the Sahara Desert, which has sand dunes and rocky areas.
The capital of Morocco is the port city of Rabat, but its largest and most famous city is Casablanca. In addition to these two, other major cities in Morocco include Marrakech and Fes (Fez). Jbel Toubkal is the country’s highest point at 4165 meters above sea level.
Culture and Heritage
Moroccan culture is rich is history, arts and sciences. Throughout Morocco you will discover a wide choice of museums, including The Museum of Antiquities and The Ethnographic Museum in Tetouan. The Museum of Moroccan Art is a favourite place to visit, and this houses unique collections of glass objects, manuscripts, exquisite carpets, jewelry, pottery and ancient manuscripts.
For those enjoy live performance, Morocco has may wonderful theatres that present classic, translated and reworked productions of western classics like Shakespeare to modern productions of Moroccan plays, filled with tradition and folklore. Wonderful theatrical venues include the Alliance Franco-Marocaine Theater and the Teatro de Cervantes. Outdoor festivals are common with performances regularly held at the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival and the Amazigh Theater Festival in Casablanca.
Those that live for outdoor adventure will love exploring the wonderful national parks and reserves of Morocco, such as Souss Massa National Park and the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve established through UNESCO.
For U.S. citizens and British and European citizens, passports are required for entry into Morocco, but a visa is not required for stays up to three months. Mohammed V International Airport (CMD) is the main international airport, located approximately 25 km (15 miles) from Casablanca. There are also about 60 regional airports throughout the country, including Marrakech Airport.
Traveling to Morocco is also simple by ship with cruise lines offering itineraries with regular stops at Morocco’s main port in Casablanca.
Depending on the holiday you chose, you will be accommodated in hotels, gites, ryads (traditional Moroccan house or palaces), guest houses or a comfortable camp will be set up.
Please see the itinerary tab above for more information on the accommodation provided on this tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are you?
A: We are Houssain & Mohamed Braim. Originally from Imlil (a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains), we started out as muleteers with individuals and groups, but for many years now we have organized and lead many successful tours and treks in the Atlas Mountains and around the Kingdom of Morocco.
Q: What is the best time to travel to Morocco ?
A: We fell that the best time to visit Morocco is in the spring (March to May) when the country is lush and in bloom, or in autumn (September to November) after the intense heat of the summer. For winter enthusiasts we also offer the Toubkal winter trek.
Q: Is the food safe to eat during the trek?
A: We take food safety very seriously. For this reason, we we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept accommodation for our routes. If you chose a holiday in Morocco that includes camping accommodation, your cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic clean equipment and facilities are used.
Q: Do you have an airport pick up service?
A: Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, where he will be displaying a sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel or Ryad.
Q: Do you provide any equipment while trekking?
A: On our camping treks we provide all the tents. These are sometimes dome tents and sometimes sturdy A frame tents. Normally people share one tent between two; where they have a foam mattress each. Included in our camp set up are all cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves, candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent. All the main meals while trekking are included, but not snacks. When you stay overnight in local gite accommodation, you will not have to bring any equipment. If you spend the night in the Toubkal Refuge, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or rent one in Imlil).
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Morocco has wildly varied climate. From snow capped peaks to scorching desert dunes, you will find that there is always somewhere to go. Even in the depths of winter the sun tends to produce very pleasant warmth during the middle of the day but please note that there can be a great contrast between day and night temperatures.
Q: How difficult are the treks?
A: The difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness. To give you an indication of the difficulty of the treks, we have graded our treks from 1 to 3:
- Easy: These tend to be short day treks at low altitudes and they can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life with no special preparation required.
- Moderate: These treks will usually involve some longer treks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these treks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. A moderate trek may contain some optional difficult days, and so as to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join us in Morocco.
- Strenuous: These hikes and climbs are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Trekking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, therefore physical stamina is important too.
Q: What kind of clothes are needed for trekking?
A: For trekking in the Atlas Mountains you will need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds. Below is the equipment and clothing that we suggest:
- Good walking boots and socks
- Comfortable shoes or slippers for the camp or guesthouses
- Trekking pants
- Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/rain-pants
- Long johns
- Fleece jacket or warm jumper
- Lightweight windproof and waterproof jacket
- Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)
- Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
- 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
- Walking stick
- Day sack/backpack
- Small Basic First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
- Ice axe and crampons (for winter hikes)
- Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
- Penknife (very useful). Remember to pack in hold baggage when flying!
- Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
- Small rubbish bags to carry out what you carry in
- Matches (to burn toilet paper for example)
- Trail snacks
- Zip-Up bags for camera and other electrical equipment
- Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Q: Who do you employ?
A: We employ trusted friendly local people whenever possible (muleteers, drivers, guides, guest house owners in the mountains, etc). This allows us to help support the local economy and spread the wealth from private home to local shopkeeper in the village and beyond.
Q: Can we change the itinerary?
A: Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide, however, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. On occasions, local weather conditions may require the trekking route to be altered to ensure the safety of all participants.
“I had a tour with 2 other friends. Hussain, our local guide, made it just perfect. He climbs very well, he is friendly and he knows the Atlas Mountains like the back of his hand. Just perfect to organise a trip in the Atlas. I strongly recommend him and this holiday.”
“The tour was booked via e-mail with Hussein and was exactly as promised: 3 days of the Atlas Mountains with a private guide, cook and mule. Hussein always responded to every email. The holiday included great service, food and kindness to all. The transfer from Marrakech with private taxi was great and the taxi driver was always the same, very kind. Hussein met us on arrival welcome us and before leaving. It is not a large agency, but precisely for this reason it is better for this kind of trip. I recommend this holiday to everyone!”
“If you enjoy treks I advise you to go with these guys. I spent a very nice 6 day hike starting from Marrakech to the High Atlas. The scenery is beautiful, the people very friendly. Hussein knows his area, he takes us to beautiful places, not just the sights. We were able to meet Berber villagers and this helps to account for the way they live. The children came to us spontaneously, and some walked a little way with us. There was even a family who offered us to come and drink tea with them! I recommend this trip to anyone who likes to meet other cultures and enjoy the scenery, if you are a regular hiker or not.”