Standing at 4,167m, this is the highest peak in North Africa and a monumental challenge.
Feast your senses in the historic city with its spectacle of noise and colour.
Step back in time and experience traditional ways of life in remote Berber communities.
Conquer the grandest mountains of North Africa for stunning panoramic views.
Pushed for time? Achieve great things with this 5-day itinerary.
Over five days, you will experience guided trekking through the High Atlas mountain range, supported and led by English-speaking local guides. Each day you will discover new ways of life, varied landscapes and breathtaking views - including over the Sahara. You will also have time to explore the Old Town of Marrakech with its colourful souks. Trekking experience isn't required, however you will need to train for this mental and physical adventure.
Explore new horizons on a fully-organised adventure with a small group of 20 others.
The highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and Northern Africa at a mighty 4,167m.
From the noise and colour of Marrakech to traditional berber villages over a long weekend.
Arrange your own flights to help keep costs down.
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21 - 25 September 2023
The trek is both a mental and physical challenge. You will need to train beforehand and you will need to train. Once signed up you will receive further training advice and recommendations on equipment e.g. walking boots. Ideally you need to be able to complete an eight hour walk on two consecutive days to be ready for this challenge. It’s not simply about being ready to walk the event but plan your training to be ready over the coming months.
The hotel in Marrakech is basic but clean and comfortable. There are two nights in a mountain refuge followed by one night in a traditional hostel in a berber village. You are free to arrange any further accommodation required in Marrakech once the trek has been completed.
The local team cook will accompany the group throughout the trek and will serve up traditional, local cuisine along with the famous mint tea.
During the challenge the safety team will lead the walk and guide you throughout the event ensuring your safety. A full team of porters, mules, muleteers and a cook will help you complete this challenge.
Marrakesh Menara Airport
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the central accommodation in Marrakech.
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the accommodation in Marrakech. Depending on what time your flight arrives you’ll have the day to explore the beautiful Old Town of Marrakech. Meet at the accommodation in the evening where you will meet the WellChild team and the local Mountain Guides for a team briefing before a good night’s sleep.
Start the day with a great breakfast before a two hour transfer to Aremd – at the foot of the mountains. In Aremd the group will meet the wonderful Moroccan team of Guides, Cooks and Muleteers and start the trek through the Mizane valley, passing Sidi Chamarouch, a quaint village which is home to a shrine that is dedicated to women. On the route, further up the valley you’ll pass a few small stalls where locals sell cold refreshments that are chilled by water from the river. Around halfway the group will stop, and the team cook will serve a sumptuous meal along with the famous mint tea. After lunch it's a push on to the Refuge du Toubkal (3,207 m) which will be your home for the next two nights.
Early this morning the group will make the attempt on the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). The route goes up the south col, a steep climb across scree and rock that leads eventually to the Tizi n’Toukbal (3,975 m).
From here it's just a short walk to the summit. On a clear day, the views from up here take in the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains and stretch as far south as the Sahara. From the summit head back down on a different path to the refuge for a second night.
If weather conditions were unfavourable yesterday, there's a chance to make a second attempt on Toubkal this morning. Alternatively, there is an option to try an ascent of the dual summit of Ouanoukrim (4,089m). Here you’ll have views looking over at your awesome achievement the day before. After summiting, head down to the refuge for some food before walking back to Aremd where the night will be spent in a traditional hostel in the berber village, owned by the in-country hosts.
Returning on foot to Imlil this morning, take mini buses back to Marrakesh where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or the airport. If you want you’ll now have the afternoon to explore the city’s colourful souks and perhaps take a stroll around its celebrated Djemma El Fna Square. A feast for the senses, the square is a wonderful confusion of noise and colour, the perfect place to haggle for some local crafts, or just sit at a cafe and watch the spectacle unfold before you.
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