Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Mountain Toubkal Trek – Marrakech Bucketlist

If you want to get a taste of climbing, spending a long weekend on Mount Toubkal near Marrakech is a great place to start. It’s easy to forget that North Africa is just a short flight from Europe, making it an ideal destination for a first-time high-altitude trekker.
Jebel Toubkal is a completely unique mountaineering experience compared to the Alps. As you climb to the top of this famous peak, you can enjoy real Moroccan food, beautiful views of the mountains, and warmer weather.

How tall is the peak of Toubkal?

Mount Toubkal, often spelled Jebel Toubkal, stands at an impressive 4,167 meters, making it the tallest mountain in all of North Africa. It is located in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains and presents walkers with a demanding but ultimately rewarding experience. Mount Toubkal has approximately 50% less oxygen than sea level, making altitude the most important factor to consider when attempting the ascent. To make up for this, we give you a lot of food and tell you to eat slowly so you have the best chance of reaching the top of Toubkal.

Toubkal, how long does it take to get to the top?

The ascent of Toubkal takes only two days, with the bulk of the walking occurring on the first. You should expect to walk for about five hours on the first day. In the course of the day, we hike 13 kilometers at a moderate inclination over clearly marked trails, stopping often to take in the view and acclimate at the campsite.

Before sunrise on “summit day,” hikers make their way slowly up a steep incline in order to catch a glimpse of the sun rising over the summits of the Atlas Mountains. Walking over the windswept scree slope from the camp to the peak and back takes around 5 hours in total. You’ll keep going until you reach the small town of Aremd, where you’ll spend the night at the riad known as Dar Bab Toubkal, complete with home-cooked meals, hot showers, and comfortable beds.

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When hiking up Toubkal, what should one pack for sustenance?

The food you eat on your trek is crucial to your success and safety on the mountain. It’s impossible to survive without water. The guides will supply Moroccan nuts and dates, in addition to the goodies you can buy along the way. Fresh fruit and salads, fragrant tagines, and a hearty breakfast on summit day are just some of the delectable meals your support crew will prepare to keep you going strong. When you get back to camp or the Toubkal Refuge after a long day of hiking, all of your food will have been freshly made and be waiting for you.

Do you know what the weather is like on the summit of Mount Toubkal?

Mount Toubkal trek 2 days, in Morocco is frequently cited as a top spot for hikers. Although temperatures in Marrakech during the trekking season average between 28 and 37 degrees Celsius, the High Atlas Mountain valleys are significantly cooler, especially as one climbs in altitude. Generally speaking, it is dry, with very little rain and brilliant blue skies, but it might be hazy as you ascend.

The mountain can also be climbed in the winter by those with a thirst for adventure, giving them the chance to hone their winter hiking skills.
Temperatures can drop to around -8 °C at night during the winter months, while they typically stay around 15 °C during the summer.In the winter months, try to dress warmly in fleeces and liners, while in the warmer months, take lighter layers that are easy to shed. No matter the season, a high-quality sleeping bag is essential.

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What should I bring with me on a trek up Mount Toubkal?

Accurate packing is crucial for a pleasurable and successful journey. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to bring enough food and a water bottle that can be refilled.
A hat, gloves, and a down jacket are needed in order to stay warm on the summit day, which begins before daylight. A power bank could come in handy, as there is one night when there is no electricity. Anything else you need to bring up the mountain, such as dirty laundry or an additional set of sheets, can be loaded onto the mules.

Check out our Mount Toubkal Long Weekendtrek in Morocco if you’re interested in reaching the highest point in all of North Africa.

During what season would you recommend hiking in the Atlas Mountains?

When it comes to the best time of year to climb Toubkal, it really depends on where in the Moroccan Mountains you plan on doing your hiking. As a result of the large variations in height, the climate of the Atlas Mountains is quite diverse. The lowlands are subtropical (600-1200 m), the lowlands are warm temperate (1200-2100 m), the midlands are cool temperate (2100-3207 m), and the highlands are Alpine (above 3000 m) (3207-4167 m). The Atlas Mountains are best explored between the middle of April and the middle of October.

The time of year to climb Toubkal: Autumn (September-November).

Most people who go hiking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains do it in the fall. The weather is great, the mountains are visible, and the hills are green. Days are mild to warm, but nights are cold, and the sky is clear most of the time. The lessening of the likelihood of natural disasters makes this a good time to go hiking.

It’s winter when people climb Toubkal (December-February).

A heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit the Atlas Mountains. At higher elevations, the trail may be covered in snow, making trekking more difficult. The Atlas Mountains might see temperatures as low as-16 degrees Celsius, with hilly areas between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius, and flat areas between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius.

Toubkal is best climbed in the spring, between March and May.

Springtime hikes here have a picturesque backdrop of flowering plants, verdant grass, and snow-capped mountains. Birdsong, scenic vistas, and a profusion of colorful wildflowers all contribute to the joyous atmosphere of spring. The lower altitudes will experience warm weather, while the higher altitudes will see cold weather. Most spring mornings are bright and clear. However, clouds may bring midday rain showers.

When to climb Toubkal: the summer (June-August)

One of the most beautiful times of year to hike in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco is during the summer. You can hike through natural areas and Berber settlements in addition to ascending higher hills. Because of this, the vistas are so spectacular that they stick with visitors long after they return home. Temperatures are mild throughout the day and cool off at night. I think that the summer is the best time for hikers and scientists to go exploring.

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