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Toubkal Essaouira combined trip is a 4-day High Atlas mountain and Essaouira tour that mix properly Mount Toubkal ascent and a day trip to Essaouira. Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. It locates just a short distance from Marrakech city. At an altitude of (4167m) and surrounded by towering sister peaks, climbing Toubkal is a gratifying challenge. Outside the winter months, the ascent of Jebel Toubkal isn’t technical, so as long as you are reasonably fit, you stand a decent chance of making it to the top of Toubkal.
Duration: 4 days
Period: All year round
Trek Grade: Medium
Maximum Elevation: 4,167 Meters
Accommodation: camping or Neltner hut
At 4167m, Mount Toubkal 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 the summit makes the hard work worthwhile. With the start of the trek just a 1H30 drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within two days and still have time to explore Morocco’s most captivating city, Essaouira, and Marrakech.
Leave Imlil at 08:00, ready for a 3h30 journey to the beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. Once you arrive at the port city, formerly known as Mogador, you will have time to appreciate the charming sights of Essaouira. Then You will discover its ocher-colored walls, the souks, and the little streets of the city’s old Medina. Finally, you will not skip a lunch of fresh fish in a local restaurant.
Transfer from Marrakech to Atlas mountains village Imlil. We begin our atlas trekking from Imlil to the Refuge. Heading along the Mizzane valley, we first pass the village of Aremd. 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. We pass the river to the religious shrine of Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. The trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toubkal Refuge.
Early in the morning, we attempt the summit of Jbel Toubkal 4167m, the highest peak in North Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the Toubkal Refuge 3207m. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the eight and the altitude will make the going quite challenging in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit, you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. There are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakech plain to the high Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti Atlas and 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.
Today is potentially an extra day for attempting Toubkal. Still, generally, this isn’t required, so after breakfast, you leave the Refuge and trek down into the Armed Valley, via Sidi Chamaharouch, to reach Imlil, Overnight in the local Guesthouse.
Enjoy a day trip to Essaouira, on the coast of Morocco. You will visit the Medina, the beach, and an association of Berber women producing Argan oil, visit the local markets, and marvel at the gems in the jeweler’s quarter. You will return to Marrakech at the end of the afternoon, arriving back in the “Red City” at around 18:00. End of Toubkal Essaouira combined trip
Before your trek, most of that equipment can easily rent for a reasonable price in Imlil.