Adventure Morocco

15 reasons to trek Morocco’s Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains

After spending 4 days hiking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. And reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal  (4,167m/13,671ft). I had so many amazing photos of the trip. Although Morocco is a popular destination, not many people take on the challenge of climbing a mountain on their trip! Well I can understand why but here I am hoping that maybe I can tempt you to take on the challenge.

Mount Toubkal is not only the highest mountain in Morocco but it is also the highest mountain in North Africa. The trek begins with gradual uphill which does get steeper after a little while. Don’t worry there are plenty of places to stop on route for a quick snack and water. And of course, to catch your breath!

Hiking in the Atlas Mountains doesn’t need any technical climbing or special equipment. Just a good pair of walking boots and some determination to keep you going. Trekking to Mount Toubkal summit does involve some high altitude. However, over the 4 days staying in the Berber villages your body acclimatises and you get a great idea of life in the mountains.

You can opt for a one day trip and have a flavour of the Atlas Mountains. I chose a 4 day multi hike with a group via GAdventures. This was I experienced more what the mountain had to offer, including reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal. Read more about my full adventure here.

So why would I recommend trekking in the Atlas Mountains?

1. Away from the craziness of Marrakech the Mount Toubkal trek starts with nature around you

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2. friendly mules to help with your bags

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3. Day 1 on the hike and stunning views after just a few hours

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4. locals open up their shops especially for you

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5. first hand experience what it’s like living in the mountains

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6. learning about the farming challenges on a mountain

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7. The rest stops after the big uphill climbs are so worth it

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8. Exploring the berber villages and experiencing local life
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9. And getting lost in the berber villages – it all looks the same!

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10. Each day brings even more gorgeous views

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11. And you get to meet the local wildlife too

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12. Camping sites don’t get much better than this

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13. Reaching Mount Toubkal summit feels amazing

14. Would you believe it… there’s a great gym at Mount Toubkal summit too!

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15. So what are you waiting for……..

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Would you love to take on this challenge? Ask me any questions in the comments below. 

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Comments (14)

  1. I’m a lover of hiking too and this one has been on my travel hit list for soooo long! I did a bit of hiking through the Atlas Mountains in Morocco many years ago, and absolutely adored the Berber hospitality so I can’t wait get back to the mountains of North Africa 🙂 I’m actually contemplating doing this hike in a long weekend (I work full-time too so only have a limited amount of leave), what do you reckon?

    1. Ah that’s great to hear Kiara. Yes totally agree the Berber hospitality was fantastic on route and I loved staying in the little villages. I know you can start the hike from a different place which might reduce the time hiking but I really liked this route and you got to spend longer in the mountains so that was a bonus for me!

  2. This looks like an amazing way to experience the authentic culture that Morocco has to offer. I am not gonna lie, I would be terrified to hike for four days but the pictures make me want to face the fear!

    1. Ah thanks Kelly. Morocco is really a beautiful country so I would recommend visiting. I hope that you do get to face your fear because it’s really a fantastic hike. There are lots of rest stops and you go at a slow pace too 🙂

  3. Ooo so glad you posted about this! Been thinking of doing this hike with GA Adventures so its good to hear some positive feedback about them as I’ve never used them before. And the views look lush!

    1. Ah yes they are a really good company to book with, I have done a few hikes with them and would highly recommend. I’ve written another post about my hike so feel free to check that out too for a more detailed perspective 🙂

  4. We are moving to Spain and we are thinking of driving to Morroco to make the most out of the country. Obviously, it would be quite a task, but we kinda like the idea. And what would be better than climbing a mountain whilst we are at it?

    1. Ah that sounds like a fantastic idea Cory, I have only explored Marrakech and Essaouira so far but loved the country and would want to spend more time there. Ironically there is a road that can take you some of the way but I think hiking is a much more beautiful way to see the mountains.

  5. Wow looks like an incredible trip! I haven’t been hiking in a while but really want to get back into it. If I ever travel to Morocco this is now on my list. I pinned this to my bucklist.

  6. This looks like an amazing trip! The views looks beautiful and I love the look of the Berber villages. I would love to visit Morocco and I’ll definitely have to see the Atlas Mountains when I do!

  7. Hi Becky,
    I work for 360-Expeditions who offer 6 day trip to Toubkal summit. So when I came across your blog I was really interested to see what you thoughts were on this beautiful trek, and I have to say that I really liked your post on Toubkal!!. The list of 15 reasons alongside 15 great pictures really does get you thinking about going on a trip to Morroco 🙂 Nice work.