Walk of the Week: Marrakech, Mount Toubkal & The High Atlas
At a height of 4167m Mount Toubkal was described in Conde Nast Traveller as ‘having the best rooftop views in North Africa'. Toubkal is a seriously big achievement, but nevertheless a manageable climb (in the summer months in particular the route is a walk rather than a climb, and you won't need technical experience). [gallery ids="15611,15610,15609"] Combine a real "tick of the list" summit with some added free time to explore both the High Atlas whilst based at wonderful & authentic boutique accommodation, and of course time enjoying the immersive sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Marrakech. The Marrakech, Mount Toubkal & The High Atlas walking trip is the best of all worlds.
In a Nutshell
- Distance: You'll walk 12 - 14 hours over three trekking days.
- Grading: Strenuous, it is the highest peak in North Africa after all!
All the glory of achieving a seriously impressive summit, plus plenty of chill out time with magical Moroccan hospitality.
Where is it?
From the summit you can see far-reaching views of the Atlas Mountain range, and to the south, the Saharan plateaux.
When to Go
The summer months of April - October offer the most favourable conditions. Winter is really only for experienced technical climbers, and will require ice climbing equipment.
Why walk it?
The euphoria of reaching the summit is the obvious answer, but very true. Combined with the cultural and culinary treats on offer in Morocco, there are plenty of opportunities to reward yourself too. [caption id="attachment_15614" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Kasbah du Toubkal[/caption]
Laura's Top Tips
Macs Adventure's Laura Paterson is the go-to specialist for our Morocco trips. Here are her top tips:
- Make sure you get plenty of training in. The ascent of Mt Toubkal is tough and not be underestimated! The more training you do, the better you will be prepared and the more enjoyable an experience it will be!
- Treating yourself to a hammam at the end of a tough trek like this is an experience not to be missed! A Hammam is a steam room, similar to a Turkish bath and is sure to soothe those aching muscles.
- A slow pace is essential to make sure that you reach the summit as you are walking at high altitude. Our guides will make sure that they do everything they can to help you achieve this.
- Consider adding some extra nights in the coastal resort of Essaouira which we can arrange for you. This pretty coastal resort offers quite a contrast to the dramatic mountains and perfect if you would like a few days relaxing at the end of your walking tour.
Many years ago I visited Morocco with some friends and attempted some hiking in the High Atlas Mountains without the benefit of proper pre-planning (we were a little naive!), and despite barely touching the surface of the wonderful terrain available due to our woeful misorganisation, it is still one of the best trips I have ever taken. This walking holiday is therefore high on my agenda as the perfect way to return to Morocco and make the most of both worlds, city and mountain, and a deserved recipient of "Walk of the Week" indeed. Visit the tour on macsadventure.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information.