Toubkal Circuit | Morocco, 2008

y8Distance :   60km (72km if you include
an ascent of Jebel Toubkal).

Avg.Time :  4 – 6 days

Start / Finish :

  • Regular public transport available to and from Marrakech.

Season :

  • Late spring and early autumn are the ideal times to do this trek. Summer, despite the heat and lack of water, is peak season and is often inundated with foreign trekking groups.

Maps / Info :

  • 1:50,000  Jebel Toubkal topographical map. Widely available in Marrakech. Alternatively you may be able to purchase it at the Bureau des Guides in Imlil.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned map, I also utilised the trekking notes contained in the Morocco Lonely Planet guide (2007).
  • Supplies should be brought from Marrakesh.

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Route / Conditions :

  • For the most part the trail is well marked and easy to follow.
  • I did this trek in mid-October, by which time there were very few other hikers on the curcuit. That being said there was quite a bit of snow on the way up to Tizi n’Ouanoums and care must be taken.
  • There are a few springs along the route from which good water can be obtained. Otherwise, all water should be purified.
  • The side trip up to the top of Jebel Toubkal is definitely worthwhile. I imagine the views would be spectacular in fine weather. The summit was covered in cloud whilst I was there.

Sleeping :

  • Camping

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Overview :

  • Enjoyable trek, which due to its justifiable popularity, I would recommend doing outside of peak season.
  • Interesting Berber villages along the route give you an insight into local culture. My favourite was Amsouzert.

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