Over 4,000m of towering volcanic rock dominating the Atlas Range
Toubkal or Tubkal - 4,167 metres (13,671 ft), is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and in North Africa. It is located 63 km south of the city of Marrakech, in the Toubkal National Park.
The first ‘official’ expedition to the Atlas was in 1871 when a small scientific expedition organised by the British Botanist Sir Joseph Hooker was given permission to visit the Toubkal region but did not summit.
The Frenchmen the Marquis de Segonzac, Vincent Berger and Hubert Dolbeau summited in June 1923 but the mountain may well have been climbed before that date.
The first British man to the summit was Bentley Beetham from Darlington in 1926. Bentley was a member of Mallory and Irvine’s Everest expedition.
The Toubkal Massif is made up largely of volcanic rocks, Andesites and Rhyolites, which are fractured and bedded together, producing huge scree slope.
Fossils - surprising for many people these mountains are littered with amazing crystal structures and 350million year old fossilised sea creatures.
There are 2 refuges on the mountain. We use the one owned and run by the Berbers.
Accommodation is on Alpine Bunks (long dormitory style bunks).
For more images, see the gallery.
Private rooms are available upon request for a supplement.
The Village of Armed
An amazing Berber village perched on the boulder moraine from a glacier.
This is where the trek starts and lunch is taken at the end in Mohamed’s Riad.
His Riad, Dar Bab Toubkal has possibly the most spectacular view of Jebel Toubkal from a Riad.
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