Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

“Our only 8 day vacation that takes you to the top of Mt Toubkal in the High Atlas. Wild camping with some of the wildest views in the world. ”


Marrakech | Mt Toubkal | Tacht Pass | Azaden Valley | Ighoulidem waterfall | Aguelzim Pass | Mt Ouanakrim | Aremd village | option to summit of Pic de Taddat | Neltner refuge at Toubkal basecamp
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Our top tip:
Choose your time of year wisely. If in spring, you might need crampons for ice. If in summer, you might find the heat too much. You can also do this trip in winter.
Trip type:
Small group max 16 people. Min. age 16.
Activity level:
Challenging trek.
3* hotel for two nights, gite 1 night and camping.
Solos welcome. Surcharge for single room or tent.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
Flights, transport, tour leader, transfers.
Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco


Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. The trip also offers some good opportunities to benefit the local community. Passing through Berber villages up in the High Atlas Mountains, staying in local gites, using markets and local mule transport has a positive impact on the local economy.

Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in Morocco so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Since the EU banned the use of iodine tablets, we are no longer able to provide these on trek. The recommended alternative of Biox Aqua drops is not available in Morocco, therefore we also advise you buy your own purification tablets in the UK and take them with you.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend two nights in a hotel, four nights wild camping and one in a simple gite. Our local operators generally prefer to select accommodation which is locally owned in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. This ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Most vegetables come from the region of Sous; meat is locally supplied by butchers and fruits can be found at markets or farms in the countryside. The main Moroccan dishes most people are familiar with are couscous, meat and vegetable tajines, fish chermoula and bocadillos, which are available from street stalls almost everywhere.

Local Craft and Culture:
On the last day, there is free time in Marrakech to explore the wide variety of sites and activities in this major city. Clients are advised to head to the souks for souvenirs, take a ride in a traditional Caliche, or to visit the world renowned Marjorelle gardens. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and there is a small and charming museum of Islamic art in the grounds. In the evening, the Djemma el Fna central square comes alive with musicians, snake charmers, traveling acrobats and food stalls. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food. There will be other chances to do so on the trip at local markets, which are awash with bright images, animated characters and the smells and sounds of food being made and sold.

Campaigning for Change:
In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, we have sponsored the development of a small village called Tijhza for many years with a variety of projects. These include supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Thanks to our volunteer groups, Tijhza now also has electricity and an annual medical clinic, which has had a hugely positive effect on the welfare of the village. More recently, we have achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many inhabitants. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

3 Reviews of Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Using crampons and ice picks in sections of the climb and decent. Reaching the summit and how beautiful the landscape and Berner people were. Finally how amazing our guide Lahcen Idblaid was and his team, they were so attentive, considerate and well organised and produced the most delicious food which was plentiful and certainly kept us all going. They definitely made the whole adventure, the amazing experience it was.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Expect a challenging walk.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes it did, using local guides and porters who were ALL so LOVELY!! During the whole trip I didn't see any rubbish left behind and no obvious evidence that we had ever been there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Memorable with breathtaking views of natural beauty and enchanting people.

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The overall challenge of climbing to the summit was wonderful. Waking in the mountains every morning and spending a few hours happily hiking whilst
enjoying the fresh mountain air and the views was just perfect. I loved it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring lots of sunscreen, extra layers, and be prepared to rough it out in the mountain refuge - the conditions there are challenging, with guests sharing a
room with around 30 people at a time, and with very few toilets and less than hygienic conditions. But it was all absolutely worth it. A brilliant trip!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not sure about conservation, but the team guiding us was all local. The leader explained that for every trip they rotate the support team (porters) so that the
income is spread out among local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An experience of a lifetime. I loved it all, and the group dynamic was so supportive and friendly. It was great, as a single female traveler, to feel safe and relaxed in the knowledge that all the arrangements were taken care of, and that we were being well looked after.

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching the peak of Mount Toubka, of course! But equally the lovely new friendships I have made from a great group of people to travel and climb with and the absolutely stunning and spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

For the Mount Toubkal climb, I would say GET FIT. Do lots of climbing practice - both ascents and descents and practice with a day pack on your back. Also
bring a camera that can take good photos - the scenery is stunning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It certainly benefitted local people as it is the local Mountain Berbers who guide us, run the pack mules and host us in the towns when we stay in gites.
With the others I am not so sure, as Morocco still has a terrible problem with litter and it was sad to see all the rubbish - plastic bottles, papers, discarded
items lying all over the countryside and all around the little villages. We could try our hardest to use local water with purification tablets, but it is still much
easier and it is encouraged by the locals to buy bottled water. I always gave my empty bottles back to a shop or our guide to ensure they were disposed in a
more environmental manner (at least I hope so). There are other examples but that is the most obvious.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fabulous vacation. I achieved my goal of climbing Mount Toubkal (with a bit of help from the guide/porters), met some lovely people, (now new friends), learnt
a lot about the Moroccan culture and the Atlas Mountains, and saw some spectacular scenery. Can't ask for much more than that!

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