Mount Toubkal Winter Ascent

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Mount Toubkal Winter Ascent


This is an enjoyable winter trip to climb several 4000m summits in the high Atlas range of Morocco, including the wonderful Mount Toubkal winter ascent. The Atlas Mountains are only around 50 miles to the south of Marrakech and on a clear sunny day the picks can be clearly seen from the city.

The winter treks are different in type to the summer climbs, for that expect to walk over the snow and ice and require additional mountaineering equipment for winter such as crampons and a walking axe. Mt Toubkal at 4167 metres is not a technical peak but you will learn the alpine techniques during this climb, such as walking on crampons and how to use a walking axe correctly and safe movement on snow and ice.


Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech,

Day 2: Drive South Marrakech to Imlil and sleep in a local guesthouse acclimatisation walk round town

Day 3: Trek from Imlil to Toubkal Refuge

Day 4: Mount Ouanoukrim ascent (4089m)

Day 5: Jebel Toubkal (4167m) climb

Day 6: Trek back to Imlil for local dinner

Day 7: Drive to Marrakech for lunch and then depart for home

   ++ optional extra days in Morocco, contact us for options


Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech, and transport to the hotel. There will be time to explore the Marrakech Medina souks and the famous Jamaaa El Fna Square.

Day 2: After breakfast in the hotel, morning pick up at 9:00 am and drive 1h30 directly south toward the Atlas Mountains to end in the village of Imlil where you will spend the night in a local guesthouse, after lunch we will go for a nice walk around the village and pick up any rental gear that people may need.   

1h30 min drive/2 hours’ acclimatisation

Day 3:  we start our morning trek up the valley to a small shrine and buildings of Sidi Chamharouch at the foot of a steepening of the trail of the valley. From here we continue further up the Isougouane valley to the Nelter toubkal Refuge at the foot of the main west face of Jebel Toubkal which surrounded by a wonderful view of peaks.

5-7 hours

Day 4: our day will be summit the peak of Ouanoukrim. This mountain is Toubkal's neighbour and the second highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. First we climb up the remainder of the Isougouane valley, more up to the splendid pass of Tizi n'Ouagane,  to end up in the Ouanoukrim Summit at 4089m  with fascinating views out and down to the next valley, descent and sleeping back at the toubkal refuge for a second night.

6-7 hours

Day 5: Ascent of Jebel Toubkal. We accross and ascend south over mixed ground of snow, ice and rock, through various undulations and bowls. Eventually we emerge out into the sunlight at the col of Tizi n Toubkal at 4000m. From here we move up along the South/west ridge and a little higher up to get a spectacular view of Toubkal and the black triangle of the summit and more up for fiew steps to end in the highest Mountain in the north of Africa at 4167m Toubkal peak.  After enjoying the views at the summit we will make our way over to the North for our descent. This is a less used route but allows a very satisfying traverse of the summit and allows us to see more than twice as much of the mountain. The descent is fairly steep but easy to complete in crampons. Eventually, we arrive into the main Isougouane from behind and make our way around to the refuge.

6-8 hours

Day 6: nice easy morning head back down the valley to Imlil for a shower, rest and dinner.

4-5 hours

day 7: Today we say good bye to the mountain and pick up driving back to Marrakech. We should be in Marrakech in time for lunch leaving the rest of the day free to explore and flight back home. Some people wish to stay longer in Marrakech to enioy this famous city (contact us).

1h30min drive

Inclusions & exclusions


  • All accommodation in Marrakech,in Imlil abd in the Toubkal Refuge
  • All meals and hot drinks during the trip
  • Mules to transport the main bags to the mountain refuge
  • Mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • Transportation to and from Imlil and airport transfers


  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Marrakech
  • Flights
  • Any other items
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips

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