Toubkal Mountain

Toubkal Mountain

November 8, 2017
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Towering 4,167 meters high, The Djebel Toubkal is the highest peak of North Africa. and is visible from Marrakech 63 kilometers away. This easily accessed area is one of the most colorful locations in the Atlas Mountains. Many hiking options are available from a leisurely family ramble to a race through the mountains. Hikes are generally guided excursions facilitated by experienced mule guides. The best season for hiking is summer after the ice and snow have melted, however, in the summer short and intense storms do sometimes occur.

The Djebel Toubkal has many beautiful dark rocks of volcanic origins, andesites and rhyolites. You may discover evidence of the last glacier along the trials of Djbel as the largest glacier of the Atlas, 5 kilometers long, was in this valley.

Climbing the Djebel Toubkal, also known as the roof of North Africa, isn’t technically difficult, even considering the fact that the altitude is 4,000 m. Two refuges are located under the summit at 3,200 m a 3-hour walk away. From the summit, your efforts are rewarded with a glorious view of the Atlas and the Deep South as you gaze southward or look back to a stunning view of Marrakech, or the Djebel M’Goun, 150 km away. A guide can also take you through the pass of Tizi n’Ouanoums to the beautiful lake of Ifni

The proliferation of hikers has changed the lives of the mountain dwellers living here, particularly the Berbers. Most have become guides, hosts, muleteers or chefs. Imlil a two days walk from the Djebel and the last village reachable by road has changed the most significantly becoming the Moroccan Chamonix.