Toubkal Region Treks in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
The great majority of first-time trekkers in Morocco head straight for lofty Toubkal. And why not? All the support you could wish for is here, from official mountain guides to mules, from camping equipment to food provisions to cooks. Just bring your own sleeping bag. From Imlil, many strike straight for the historic Refuge du Toubkal, sleep overnight, then set off early the next morning for the summit, leaving enough time to return to Imlil and even take onward transport to Marrakech on this second day.
Even better if: allow six days and complete a circuit of Toubkal, enjoy the sights of pilgrims arriving at the ancient shrine of Sidi Chamharouch and afterwards swim in the clear green waters of Ifni Lake.
Alternatively: Height isn’t everything. Why not take a more leisurely stroll over the low pass of Tizi Mzik to visit traditional villages set in less frequented greener valleys, and wind back to Imlil in just two days. Otherwise, how about the three-day cross-country trek to Setti Fadma, culminating in a visit to a series of waterfalls cascading high above the valley?
Alan Palmer is founder and director of Trek in Morocco Limited and author of Moroccan Atlas – the Trekking Guide, published by Trailblazer Publications.