How to Climb Toubkal

Climb Mount Toubkal with Team Toubkal!

๐Ÿ‘Š Who are Team Toubkal?

Team Toubkal was established by the founder of Africaโ€™s foremost high altitude expedition organisers, Team Kilimanjaro, after receiving reports that many climbers were failing to summit Team Toubkal because of inadequate understanding by local organisers of safe and thorough acclimatisation procedures. 

The Problem

In the dangerous pursuit of (false) economy, there has effectively been a race to the bottom of the market amongst Toubkal trek organisers, claiming that it is possible to trek the mountain in just 2-3 days. And while it is indeed possible to do this, Team Toubkal don't recommend this course of action, for the following two reasons:

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๐Ÿฅพ Climbing Toubkal Successfully

Over the past 17 years with Team Kilimanjaro we have witnessed non-TK climbers failing to summit, due to how little effort theyโ€™ve spent considering the most important factors that contribute to summit success on a climb: Route selection and acclimatisation strategy. 

After receiving reports from our Team Kilimanjaro clients that climbers were failing to summit Toubkal because of inadequate understanding of safe and thorough acclimatisation procedure we had to go see for ourselves. 

With this in mind, Team Kilimanjaro founder John has used his 17 year experience to plan routes for Toubkal. 

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๐Ÿ“… Best time to climb?

The best time to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco is during the summer months from June to September when the weather is generally mild and dry, and the routes are free of snow. The peak season is July and August when the conditions are at their best, but it can also be crowded.

During the winter months, from November to April, the mountain is covered in snow, and the trekking routes are more challenging and require technical skills and equipment. However, it can be a good option for experienced mountaineers who want to experience a more demanding ascent.

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๐Ÿ’ต Cost to climb?

This depends on your group size, support level and any upgrades you may request. 

See our detailed Toubkal climbing cost ๐Ÿ‘‰ 

But apart from the actual price of the climb which only covers your costs within Morocco, there are additional costs that you'll need to be aware of...

๐Ÿค” How much money do you need to climb Toubkal?

We believe that a life well-lived is all about what you do, not what you have. 

So, yes, climbing Toubkal is an investment, but one well worth taking. 

When budgeting for a trek, then, youโ€™ll also need to consider the following costs. These are very approximated and will differ depending on whether youโ€™re flying in from the US, UK, South Africa or Australia. 

  • Training for Toubkal
    • Flights to Marrakech International Airport
      • Clothing and equipment for Toubkal
        • Visa for Morocco
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            ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Can you climb Toubkal without a guide?

            No. The rules now require you to be escorted by a local guide to the summit and back. There are check points on the route where you would require your passport and Guides identification. 

            ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Can you climb Toubkal without porters?

            Yes! If you are willing to carry your own equipment the rules state that you need only have a guide, plus assistant guides for larger groups, in case the party has to fragment - since the authorities do not permit visitors to the mountain to be unaccompanied during any period of movement. If you require more assistance Mules are also used in Morocco.

            ๐Ÿงญ Best route

            Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our carefully curated route at Mount Toubkal, a breathtaking and formidable mountain in Morocco. Renowned for its beauty and challenges, Mount Toubkal offers a truly unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts. As you plan your ascent, it becomes paramount to carefully consider your level of experience and the time you can allocate to this endeavour. Our expertly designed route ensures that you not only conquer the majestic summit but also do so in a manner that aligns seamlessly with your capabilities and schedule. 

            Learn more about the 6 routes Team Toubkal has to offer ๐Ÿ‘‰ 

            โฑ๏ธ How long does it take to climb Toubkal?

            There is no minimum time frame for climbing Toubkal, depending on the route you choose to trek. These are our current minimum timings for each route - including time spent descending:

            In spite of having no minimum trek lengths, we recommend that climbers spend 5 days ascending and descending unless they are already acclimatised from a recent high altitude trek completed within 3 weeks prior to their Toubkal climb.

            Check out our blog page for more information on how long it takes to climb Toubkal ๐Ÿ‘‡

            ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Toubkal Map

            Navigate the breathtaking landscapes of Toubkal with ease using our interactive Google map featured above. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Atlas Mountains and discover hidden gems along your journey. For those seeking a more detailed tracking experience, we recommend exploring the terrains with our recommended trekking map, available through the provided Amazon link below. 

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            ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Preparing to Climb 

            So, you've decided to climb Toubkal but want to know what you need to do to prepare? It's very straightforward. There are just five simple steps:

            1. Book your climb. We recommend you do this as early as possible so you're committed and there's no more room to dither and make excuses! It only takes a deposit of GBP 150 to secure your place and you can do this by card, quickly and painlessly ๐Ÿ˜‰. Just ask us for a card payment link.
              1. Start buying your equipment. You don't need to buy everything on Day 1, but we strongly recommend you get your day sack and hiking boots early, so you can break them in, identify any possible problems, and remedy them when you still have plenty of opportunity to look at options. Check out our recommended kit list where we offer suggestions on specific items and where you can download a printable PDF Packing List.
                1. Start training! Although we do get a few last minute bookings, if you have time to do so, we recommend starting your training 3 months before you plan to climb. If you're ready to get started right now, download our 12 Week Training Plan. And if you don't like following training plans, just try to do three cardiovascular sessions per week or 30 minutes or more, and two 5-8 hour endurance sessions in the hills with 10-12 kg of weight.
                  1. Book your flights to Marrakech International Airport (RAK). While we don't necessarily recommend booking your flights many months ahead of travel, it's worth looking at flight prices early so you can get a feel for the price trend and buy when fares are cheapest. Check out our flights page where we review 7 fight comparison sites and offer our recommendations on how to find the cheapest flights to Toubkal.
                    1. Get your Moroccan visa. We recommend obtaining your visa ahead of travel so you don't have to queue on arrival. We offer step-by-step guidance on how to apply for your Moroccan visa online, so it's really simple to do this.

                      ๐Ÿงฌ How fit do you have to be to climb Toubkal?

                      When we recommend that you book your climb at least 3 months in advance and commit to our 12 Week Training Plan, we don't want you to think that climbing Toubkal is only possible for super-fit people. That's definitely not the case and over the years we've assisted many people to the summit who would admit they were in bad shape and didn't find time to train.

                      The main reason we want our climbers to train is simply because they'll enjoy the experience so much more and remain far more alert to the incredible natural beauty around them. 

                      ๐Ÿ˜“ How hard is it to climb Toubkal?

                      When we say you don't have to be super-fit, it may then sound like a contradiction when we go on to say that for many, many trekkers we're told that reaching the summit is the hardest thing they've ever done in their lives. And this description is certainly not limited to those who didn't train. We have received similar comments from professional athletes.

                      Actually, high altitude is a great leveller. While it is obviously helpful to be fit and while the greatest advantage you can give yourself is to shave off any unneeded body weight during the build-up to flying out to Morocco, the last 500 vertical metres to the summit are a very difficult challenge for everyone and should not be underestimated.

                      Morocco has recently lifted the COVID-19-related state of emergency, and as a result, the country has relaxed its travel restrictions. Travellers are no longer obliged to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test upon entry to Morocco, including maritime travel. These measures have been implemented to encourage tourism and support the economy.

                      The government of Morocco has been making significant strides in controlling the spread of COVID-19. The relaxation of travel restrictions will undoubtedly stimulate Morocco's tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

                      While the situation remains unpredictable, Morocco has shown its willingness to adapt to the changing circumstances and support travellers. It is always advisable to keep abreast of any new developments in the country's travel regulations to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.

                      โ›ฐ๏ธ Mount Toubkal Facts

                      Location

                      Mount Toubkal is located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and is the highest peak in both the Atlas Mountain range and North Africa. 

                      What's the closest airport to Toubkal?

                      The closest airport to Mount Toubkal is Marrakech Airport (RAK).

                      How high is Toubkal?

                      Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and has an altitude of 4,167 metres (13,671 feet).

                      Does it snow on Toubkal?

                      Yes, it does snow on Mount Toubkal, especially during the winter months from December to February.

                      Can a beginner climb Toubkal?

                      Climbing Mount Toubkal can be challenging, but it is definitely possible for a beginner with proper preparation, training, and guidance. It's important to note that while it is not a technical climb, it is a high-altitude trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparation.

                      Why is Toubkal famous?

                      It is the highest peak in North Africa: Mount Toubkal stands at an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 feet), making it the highest peak in North Africa.

                      Why is there snow on Toubkal?

                      High altitude: Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa, with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 feet) above sea level. At this altitude, temperatures are generally lower than at lower elevations, and this makes it more likely for precipitation to fall as snow.

                      Do you need oxygen to climb Toubkal?

                      Oxygen is generally not needed to climb Mount Toubkal, as the mountain does not have a high enough elevation to cause severe altitude sickness or require supplemental oxygen. However, climbers should be aware that the altitude can still affect them and should take the necessary precautions to acclimatise to the elevation.

                      How cold is Toubkal at the top?

                      During the winter months from December to February, temperatures at the summit can drop below freezing, with average temperatures ranging from -10ยฐC to -20ยฐC (14ยฐF to -4ยฐF). 

                      During the summer months from June to August, temperatures at the summit can range from -5ยฐC to 5ยฐC (23ยฐF to 41ยฐF). While this may seem relatively mild, it's important to note that the mountain can still experience sudden changes in weather, including storms and strong winds, which can make it feel much colder.

                      What animals live on Toubkal?

                      Mount Toubkal and the surrounding areas are home to a variety of wildlife species, including: Barbary macaque, Barbary stag, Atlas mountain viper, Atlas mountain fox, Barbary ground squirrel, Barbary sheep Golden eagle, and North African hedgehog. Overall, Mount Toubkal and the surrounding area are home to a diverse range of wildlife species that have adapted to the mountainous terrain and semi-arid climate of the region. 

                      What does the name 'Toubkal' mean?

                      The name "Toubkal" is derived from the Berber language, which is spoken by the indigenous people of North Africa. The exact meaning of the name is not entirely clear, but it is believed to be a combination of two Berber words: "toub" and "kal". "Toub" is thought to mean "toe" or "fingers", while "kal" means "snow" or "ice". Together, the name Toubkal is often translated as "the peak with the snowy finger" or "the peak with the snow on top".

                      Mount Toubkal is an important part of Berber culture and is considered a sacred site by many local communities. The mountain has played a significant role in the history and mythology of the region, and it continues to be an important symbol of the Berber people and their way of life.

                      When was Toubkal first climbed?

                      The first recorded ascent of Mount Toubkal was made in 1923 by a French expedition team led by General Hubert Lyautey. The team included the French mountaineers Vincent Berger and Adolphe Tuck, as well as several Berber guides. The expedition marked the beginning of mountaineering activity in the High Atlas Mountains, and Toubkal quickly became a popular destination for climbers and hikers from around the world.

                      Who was the fastest person to ascend Toubkal?

                      The fastest known ascent of Mount Toubkal is currently held by Spanish athlete Kilian Jornet, who climbed the mountain and descended in just 2 hours and 5 minutes on 17th October 2013. Jornet is a world-renowned mountain athlete who holds multiple speed records for climbing some of the world's most challenging peaks. His feat on Toubkal is particularly impressive, as the mountain is known for its rugged terrain and unpredictable weather conditions. Jornet's record-breaking climb has inspired many other climbers and athletes to test their limits on Toubkal and other mountains around the world.

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                      ๐ŸŽฌ Ready to climb?

                      So if you're ready to climb Mount Toubkal or would like some advice or guidance on how to plan your expedition to the most exciting and hospitable country in Africa, then don't delay! Get in touch with Team Toubkal today.

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                      The best time to climb Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and North Africa, largely depends on your preferences and the type of experience you're seeking. Here are the main factors to consider for each season:

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                      Since most summit bids start from base camp at around 0400 am, with exact start time usually depending on the guide's assessment of the group's pace over the preceding few days, most of the approach to the summit happens in darkness.

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                      You don't need to climb on these dates shown below. We publish them only for those who wish to climb with others they don't already know. The majority of our clients choose their own dates (at no additional cost), though most request us to open up their climbs for others to join - simply so as to have extra company on the trek.

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