Mt Toubkal Roof of the North Weekender

Mt Toubkal Roof of the North Weekender
Challenging Challenging
4000 - 6000m
4 Days
£595pp

Trip Overview

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Spend a long weekend trekking through the spectacular Atlas Mountains and climb Mt Toubkal 4167m. The highest peak in North Africa. This is a tough ascent of Mount Toubkal, taking place over four epic days in Morocco. You will trek along the Berber Mountain Trails and experience the fantastic hospitality of the Berber people as you climb through the Atlas mountains to the 'Roof of the North' Mt Toubkal at 4167 meters. The four day itinerary starting on a Friday is designed to maximize your weekend and your annual leave. What an awesome way to spend four days.

As with all of our trips, your itinerary has been designed to give you the 'Full' experience of Morocco and the Atlas Mountains. As on all of our high altitude adventures, the itinerary is designed to ensure proper acclimatisation for a safe ascent of Mt Toubkal.

Over the challenging Mt Toubkal - Roof of the North weekender 4 day trek(Winter & Summer), you will hike the Berber mountain trails and experience the hospitality of the Berber people at the same time as soaking in the awesome views of the Atlas Mountains. You will reach a maximum altitude of 4167 meters and stand on the summit of the highest peak in North Africa - Mt Toubkal. The Roof of the North.

  • Our Mt Toubkal - Roof of the North trek is completed over an epic 4 day weekend to maximise your weekend and annual leave
  • Our Team in Morocco are incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and have a long history of mountain guiding in the Atlas Mountains
  • Summit the highest mountain in North Africa at 4167m
  • We use local guides and porters and go the extra mile to look after everyone who treks with us
  • Enjoy the views of both the Sahara to the south and the mountains to the North. Epic Views!

What's Included?
  • 1-night accommodation at our Riad in Marrakech/1 night in our Lodge in Imli/1 night in Mt Refuge near Toubkal
  • Fully qualified mountain guides & mountain crew (Porters, cook, muleteers)
  • National park fees
  • Trek accommodation including Toubkal Lodge
  • EverTrek first aid kit (carried by guide)
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • EverTrek Trip Planner & Mobile App
  • Neck Buff
  • Exclusive equipment discounts from Cotswold Outdoor, Osprey, Snow and Rock and heaps more
What's Not Included?
  • Visa fees & travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips for Guides & staff
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Mountain equipment (e.g sleeping bags, Down jacket)
  • Additional nights beyond three nights included
  • Trip add-ons

Itinerary

Welcome to Morocco!

Upon arrival in Marrakech, a member of the EverTrek team will be there to welcome you at the start of your adventure and drive you to our lodge in the Berber village of Imlil 1740m where you will spend your first night in the Atlas mountains. The journey takes around 1 1/2 hours to reach Imlil where you will have some spare time to explore the village and the surrounding area depending on what time of day you arrive.

Meals Included: Dinner

Today we wake up early and hike the Berber tails up through the Mizane Valley to the holy shrine of Sidi Chamarouch.

Here we can take some time to appreciate this special place which is a site of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. After a short rest, we then start to gain some real altitude as the trail slowly takes us up towards 3206 meters and our ultimate goal of the day, the Toubkal Refuge. This is the main base for everyone heading to the summit of Mt Toubkal and is an exciting hub of energy as fellow trekkers all rest and watch the sunset before the excitement of summit day.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

Summit Day! There is nothing quite like waking up on summit day! You'll leave the refuge still under the cover of darkness, head torches leading the way. The trail immediately steepens as you ascend a scree slope and the thin air makes the climb a little tough but hugely rewarding. After some steady climbing, you come to a wide pass which will offer some stunning views and a small break before you turn towards the summit ridge and the final push. As you ascend the summit ridge and step foot on the 'Roof of the North' reaching an altitude of 4167 meters, you will be hit by the massive sense of achievement that you are standing on the summit of the highest peak in North Africa!

The metal tetrapod which marks the summit is a great photo opportunity and the views are incredible. On a clear day you will be able to see all the way back to Marrakech and take in how far you have come, both physically and mentally. The descent takes you down the same route, treading carefully through the snow as you retrace your steps back to the Toubkal refuge and then back to Imlil where we will then get picked up and transferred down to Marrakech where you will spend your final night. Mission accomplished.

This a tough old day with around 8-10 hours of walking so you will definitely sleep tonight.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your time in Morocco has come to end and your transfer is waiting to take you back to the airport. If you have some time, you can explore the local Markets (Souks) for a few hours before you start your homeward journey, reflecting on the amazing achievement of reaching the summit of Mt Toubkal.

Included meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

June 14 2024 - June 17 2024

£595pp

6 Available Spaces

July 12 2024 - July 15 2024

£595pp

Limited - 4 Available Spaces

July 26 2024 - July 29 2024

£595pp

5 Available Spaces

August 09 2024 - August 12 2024

£595pp

12 Available Spaces

August 23 2024 - August 26 2024

£595pp

7 Available Spaces

November 08 2024 - November 11 2024

£625pp

Or

£99 / 4 Months

Limited - 3 Available Spaces

November 22 2024 - November 25 2024

£625pp

Or

£99 / 4 Months

12 Available Spaces

January 10 2025 - January 13 2025

£675pp

Or

£66 / 6 Months

10 Available Spaces

March 07 2025 - March 10 2025

£675pp

Or

£49 / 8 Months

12 Available Spaces

June 06 2025 - June 09 2025

£675pp

Or

£36 / 11 Months

11 Available Spaces

June 20 2025 - June 23 2025

£675pp

Or

£36 / 11 Months

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July 25 2025 - July 28 2025

£675pp

Or

£33 / 12 Months

12 Available Spaces

August 01 2025 - August 04 2025

£675pp

Or

£30 / 13 Months

12 Available Spaces

August 15 2025 - August 18 2025

£675pp

Or

£30 / 13 Months

12 Available Spaces

November 07 2025 - November 10 2025

£675pp

Or

£25 / 16 Months

11 Available Spaces

January 16 2026 - January 19 2026

£695pp

Or

£22 / 18 Months

11 Available Spaces

February 06 2026 - February 09 2026

£695pp

Or

£21 / 19 Months

12 Available Spaces

March 06 2026 - March 09 2026

£695pp

Or

£20 / 20 Months

12 Available Spaces

November 06 2026 - November 09 2026

£695pp

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£14 / 28 Months

12 Available Spaces

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More Info

Experience Required

The summit of Mt Toubkal is suitable for keen walkers/trekkers who are fit and able to walk for 4 – 5 hours in a day with a light rucksack. Ideally, you will be able to walk for consecutive days for this length of time. The altitude is manageable and not that great so this can be an amazing first venture to the high peaks before heading on other treks like Everest Base Camp or Kilimanjaro. If you choose to trek during winter, any previous winter walking experience is ideal although you will learn all you need on the trip itself.

Equipment

Over the years, we have gained an incredible amount of experience and expertise in outdoor equipment and clothing. We have applied this to each trip that we offer and recommend what we believe to be the most suitable items for your trip. We have also teamed up with outdoor equipment experts Cotswold Outdoor and as an EverTrekker, you can receive 15% off all equipment in-store and online.

We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However, you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »

If you are looking to climb Mt Toubkal from October to the end of April, then this is a rundown of what gear you'll need for this EPIC trek!


Day pack

We usually recommended 20-30 litre day packs. Your daypack will carry your essentials for the day, water, suncream, waterproofs etc. Try to prevent buying a day pack that is too big as it makes it easy to overpack. You can check out an article HERE to check out all our favourite packs.

Good 4 season winter hiking boot

A couple of recommendations which come to mind would be the infamous Meindl Bhutan or the Mammut Trovats. Essentially you need a study winter hiking boot which will provide you plenty of grip and support for the wintery terrain and conditions you can expect on Mt Toubkal this time of year. Please note, B1 boots are sufficient for this trip, this means they are compatible with C1 crampons which will fit on your boot to provide you extra grip in the slippery terrain.

Crampons

During winter, the ground is steep and covered in snow and ice so it's crucial to have a pair of crampons to provide additional grip. Whilst you can hire crampons from our team, I would always recommend bringing your own to ensure quality, plus it means you can get used to them beforehand. .

For some more information about crampons, check out Dave’s guide HERE!

Duffel bag

We recommend an 80ltr duffel bag to carry the bulk of your equipment. This will be carried by a mule so be mindful to only bring your essentials. Your travel bag or suitcase will be kept safely for you in Imlil lodge whilst you are off adventuring!

2-3 thermal base layer

We would recommend 1 short sleeve base layer and 2 long sleeve thermal base layers. It's crucial that these are not cotton and are made of breathable fabric which will be quick drying, such as merino wool, smart wool or bamboo.

1 Midlayer

A midlayer fleece for added insulation when the temperature start to drop. Some brands we like are Rab, Craghoppers, Columbia and North Face.

2 pairs walking trousers

We recommend one winter pair and one lighter weight pair. The winter lined trousers are a lifesaver on cold summit days and the lighter ones are perfect for the approach to Refuge.

Walking trousers can vary in price quite a lot. From the likes of Mammut and Fjallraven, Rab and Montane to more budget brands like Peter Storm or Decathlon.

Ensure you are looking at materials and the product's technology (are they breathable, flexible, water and wind resistant?)

Down Jacket

I would recommend something like the Mountain Equipment’s Lightline down jacket, its a firm favourite amongst us Yetis at HQ.

Essentially, you need to be looking at something with a 700 fill.

Waterproof jacket

A light waterproof is key and perfect to have to hand in your day pack in case of a shower. There shouldn’t be much rain at the time of year but you never know! I personally like The Rab Firewall waterproof.

Gloves / mittens

The Painted Yeti recommends his trusted Montane prism gloves / mitt with a pair of liners. If you are prone to suffering from cold hands, the Titan Gore-Tex Snowboard/Ski Mitts may be best for you.

I used the Vulcan Heated cycling/Ski Gloves when I did Mt Toubkal, they are great gloves alone but the cool thing about these gloves is they use infrared technology to heat up the gloves too!

You can check out my full review of the kit I tried from Vulcan Sportswear HERE. The kit would be ideal for a trip like this, remember, as an EverTrek customer you get 15% off, the code is in your members area!

Hydration

Please be cautious that water bladders are prone to freezing in the cold weather conditions. We recommend bringing 2-3 water bottles (total 2-3 litres) instead which you can store wrapped in your day pack away from the direct cold.

Bottled water is available to buy at the refuge, you will need to replenish your supply at this point. Bottles and snacks at the refuge are inexpensive, you will need to have cash.

3/4 season sleeping bag

If you run cold, it's always a good idea to bring a sleeping bag liner with you as they can have a big impact on keeping you cosy!

Crucial toiletries
  • TOILET PAPER! The refuge is very basic so you must remember to bring your own toilet roll.

  • Disposable wet wipes,

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Ear plugs (the refuge is can also be pretty noisy!)

  • Diarrhea kit

  • Hydration tables (We personally like the SiS ones)

Others bits
  • 3-4 pairs of walking socks

  • Head torch is essential (remember to pack spare batteries)

  • Power bank

  • Warm hat

  • Neck buff

  • Toiletries

  • Small quick drying towel

  • Sunglasses

  • Flip flops or casual shoes for around camp

  • Pack of cards or something to keep you entertained in the refuge in the evenings as there is little signal

  • Dry bags

  • Plastic zip lock bag to store rubbish until you are off the mountain

  • Lip balm

The following kit is available to hire from our team in Morocco however please let us know beforehand so we can give them a heads up.

Sleeping Bag - 5 Euro per day

Down Jacket - 10 Euro per day

Crampons - 5 Euro per day

Ice Axe - 5 Euro per day

Helmet - Free

Duffel bag -5 Euro per day

This can be paid directly to the team in Morocco after you arrive.

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