The Circle of Toubkal
Villages on stone or adobe clinging to the side of narrow valleys, often accessible only by foot, terraced fields, centuries-old walnut trees, barren mountains. An original route, through valleys and passes among the least covered, culminating with the ascent of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.
At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the top is difficult but requires no mountaineering experience.
Climbing Toubkal is usually done in two to three days. The first day begins with walking relatively easy walking distance along the Mizan valley to Imlil, Aremd Village and the Shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, followed by pushing harder until the Refuge Toubkal, doing about five hours of march. Most hikers like to start early the next morning for the ride of three hours to the top (the track at this point is a path covered with scree). At the top, the view is incredible taking in most of the Atlas mountains and on a clear day, the Sahara. The descent down to Imlil takes about five hours.
Day One: Imlil – Tizi M’zzik – Lipeney
Transfer to Imlil, the “Chamonix” of Morocco. Walk to Tachedirt by the Tizi N’Tamatert allowing to visit many villages Imenane and discover the agricultural traditions of the Berber mountain. The landscape consists of the terraces irrigated dating back high on the flanks of the valley and multiple colors: red, gray, green.
Day Two: Lipeney – Aguelzim – Neltner
Early departure. We will go up the valley Tizine an easy climb without technical difficulty. The scenery is wild there, the beautiful and uninhabited mountain, but it is an opportunity to meet with the nomads. Nice view of the valley and Ighil Tazaghart … Lunch at Lepiney refuge. It Will include walking up the 82 step zigzag path and via Aguelzim Pass (3560m) to get to Neltner Refuge Where You will stay the night.
Day Three: Neltner – Mount Toubkal – Imlil
Ascension climax of the massif, the Toubkal (4167 m), early in the morning. The path alternates scree and snowfields. The view extends to the whole massif of the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas to Jebel Siroua. You go up three hours before falling in for lunch at your camp. In the afternoon, for the brave, you can hike around the camp or rest before coming full circle with Imlil as your destination.