Weather

Weather on Mount Toubkal

The weather on Mount Toubkal can be highly variable, and climbers should be prepared for a range of conditions. The mountain is located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and the weather can change quickly and dramatically.

During the summer months of June to September, the weather on Mount Toubkal is generally mild and pleasant, with warm temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night. However, there is still a chance of rain and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon.

In the winter months of December to March, the weather on Mount Toubkal is much colder and more challenging. The mountain receives heavy snowfall, and temperatures can drop well below freezing. Strong winds and blizzards can also be a risk during this time, making the climb more difficult and dangerous.

Overall, climbers should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions on Mount Toubkal, regardless of the time of year. It is important to bring appropriate clothing and gear to stay warm, dry, and safe, and to keep a close eye on weather forecasts and conditions during the climb.

Long Term (10 Days) Rain Forecast for Morocco

Despite the existence of a distinctive local weather system in the Atlas region, the most reliable approach to predict rainfall at Toubkal is to consult the 10-day precipitation forecast. To assess the anticipated rainfall for the upcoming week in comparison to the typical weather patterns during that period, you can easily scroll down to the map situated at the bottom of this page. The map's colour scheme denotes normal conditions in white, wetter than normal in blue, and drier than normal in red: http://www.wxmaps.org/fcst.php 

Temperature and Rainfall in Marrakesh by Month

Rainfall in Marrekesh by month

OukaΓ―meden Snow Forecast for 2726m

Full Mount Toubkal 6 Day Weather Forecast πŸ‘‰ 

Why Toubkal has only half the oxygen you're used to

Mount Toubkal, located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, has lower oxygen levels compared to sea level due to its high elevation. The reduction in oxygen levels with increasing altitude is a natural phenomenon. At higher altitudes, including Toubkal, the air pressure decreases, leading to lower partial pressure of oxygen. This decrease in oxygen availability can result in a reduction in the amount of oxygen that individuals are accustomed to at sea level.

The phenomenon is often referred to as hypoxia, and it can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and decreased physical performance. As you ascend to higher altitudes, your body needs time to acclimatise to the lower oxygen levels. This is why climbers and trekkers ascending Toubkal may experience altitude-related challenges, and it emphasises the importance of acclimatisation strategies when undertaking such journeys.

The Demand for Oxygen in Cold Climates

The thermoregulation process in mammals is highly energy-intensive, especially in environments significantly different from temperate zones. In colder regions, the body relies on a generous supply of oxygen to generate heat in the skin, which happens to be the largest organ in the human body. However, due to reduced muscle activity resulting from limited fuel and oxygen intake, the body fails to produce enough heat by-product essential for maintaining the required skin temperature. This creates a challenging dilemma where our bodies must make a crucial decision between prioritising the sustenance of vital organs (such as the oxygen-dependent brain) with fuel and allocating a significant portion of the limited oxygen supply to elevate skin temperatures.

The Body's Response to Low Atmospheric Oxygen Levels

As anticipated, the body's response to these demands primarily involves two main aspects:

i) a significant constriction of the small blood vessels supplying the skin, particularly noticeable in extremities like the hands and feet.

ii) a reduction in the allocation of resources to processes such as digestion and higher brain functions, leading to decreased IQ and lower fuel demands. Some mountaineers have made challenging-to-verify claims, suggesting that without supplemental oxygen at Everest's summit, the diminished mental capabilities of an average adult are roughly equivalent to those of an average 6-year-old, making complex decision-making nearly impossible.

Therefore, it is essential for climbers to understand that despite the seemingly moderate temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius that can be anticipated at the summit, when combined with the effects of low oxygen and wind chill, careful planning of clothing strategies becomes a matter of utmost importance. We are more than willing to offer guidance and advice on this matter through email correspondence. 

From before his teens John's main interest has always been adventurous expeditions. At the age of 12, he eventually concluded a long campaign to persuade his mother to allow him to cycle the 30km round trip each day to school and back. After school John joined the British Army but wasn't particularly convinced by the merits of Brits killing Serbs, so left by the age of 21 and has committed himself to diverse expeditions ever since.

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The results obtained by using the calculator below should not be regarded as authoritative as this is not an objective means of measurement. The algorithms are simply based on a reasonably accurate correlation between known the performance of athletes on the beep test and their otherwise-measured pre-known VO2 max data. It is however, a very useful tool in our view, and renders a very acceptably accurate approximation of VO2 max.

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Tipping culture in Morocco is not as firmly established as it is in some other countries, but it has been evolving, especially in tourist areas and upscale establishments. Here are some key points to understand about tipping in Morocco:

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You will be collected from your Riad at 0800 am and transferred to Imlil where you will meet your guide. Your guide will do a briefing and check your equipment. There are shops to rent equipment in Imlil centre if required. 

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On arrival at Marrakesh Menara international Airport, once you have passed through immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Toubkal driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to your hotel or traditional Riad in Marrakesh.

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Tamsoult Waterfall Trek and Mount Toubkal Ascent

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Lake Ifni and Mount Toubkal Ascent 

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Mount Toubkal Climb with Sahara Desert Tour

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You will be collected from your Riad at 0800 am and transferred to Imlil where you will meet your guide. Your guide will do a briefing and check your equipment. There are shops to rent equipment in Imlil centre if required. 

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The vast majority of our climbers have loved ones back home who are concerned about their safety and happiness while away in Africa. For family and friends of a climber it can be worrying to imagine them struggling against altitude, the elements, and objective risks associated with climbing a mountain, and to have no information or updates about how they are faring. It is with these concerns in mind that we have developed a system of live-time reporting - complete with photos - sent directly from the mountain.

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