What makes climbing Mount Toubkal a very special experience?
Mount Toubkal or as many recognize as the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, North Africa, and the Arab world is a Moroccan mountain situated in the southwest part of the country near the Red city, Marrakech.
Mount Toubkal is considered by many mountain climbers, hikers, and trekkers a rite of passage that has to be added to their climbing achievements. There’s even a famous challenge among the people who visit this mountain, where the goal is to finish climbing it just before the sunset of the second day of the journey. The sunset time insistence is very important because at that time you get to see the most beautiful views that nature has to offer.
And of course, the visit to Mount Toubkal is often accompanied by a visit to Marrakech. Usually as the starting and ending point. Marrakech, as you might already know, is a very famous city around the world among tourists. And it’s for a good reason. This city is very rich in terms of the kind of activities you can do there.
Therefore, if you’re interested in adding this journey to your life events, you will need to know a little bit more about what makes mount Toubkal special, how to get there, what can you do there and when it is a great time for you to go there.
All of that will be covered in the following paragraphs:
What’s special about Mount Toubkal?
As we have already mentioned the peak of Mount Toubkal is the highest in North Africa and the Arab world at 4,167 meters. Mount Toubkal is located in Morocco, a country that is known for attracting the attention of many tourists for its beautiful cities, traditional food, beautiful nature, relatively warm weather, and many other things.
Many Europeans consider Morocco a reoccurring stop. And those of them who are passionate mount climbers recognize the experience of climbing Mount Toubkal as a different experience from those they probably had in Europe, such as climbing the Alps for example. It’s probably because the weather is a little bit warmer in Morocco and the general experience of climbing Mount Toubkal is a little bit easier, which is the very thing that encourages beginners and people who are not very physically capable to engage in climbing this mountain.
How to get to Mount Toubkal?
If your only purpose from visiting Morocco is climbing Mount Toubkal, then you will need to book a ticket for a plane that heads directly to the Marrakech International Airport. Once you land there, you can enjoy your time in the Red City for a while. Before you can head to a village called Imlil where your journey to the top of Mount Toubkal will start. Imlil is a village that tourists must visit in order to get all the supplies that they will need for the journey and, also so that they can find local guides are available in that village. You can easily find an English speaking guide in that village.
Once you start climbing, you will come across some small villages where you can get water, snacks and other stuff that you might need.
A next stop before you reach the top is a refuge where you can buy yourself a good meal. There are also tents that you can rent for a small charge.
After that, your next stop might just be the top of Toubkal.
What sort of experiences you can have in your journey to Mount Toubkal?
Marrakech, as we have already said, is a major component in your journey to Mount Toubkal. You will be spending a lot of time there. And for a good reason too. This famous Moroccan city is the reason why many people decide to visit Morocco in the first place. Marrakech is packed with medieval Islamic architecture, breathtaking gardens, traditional markets, mosques, palaces and many other good subjects of photographs. But that’s not all. The city is also very modern in many parts of town. Where you can find supermarkets, boutiques, cafes, and also many fancy restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs.
Marrakech is a city that combines that which is traditional, Moroccan and Islamic with all what you can find in all the big, busy modern cities of the world.
Once you leave Marrakech and head for Mount Toubkal, the modernity might seem to shrink. However, it’s replaced with wonderful natural landscapes and rural areas.
The villages will offer you a different kind of experience that is comparatively more simplistic than the one you might have had in Marrakech. One of these experiences is the food. You can eat traditional Moroccan meals such as Tagines and Couscous. There’s also mint tea all-around in the small villages on the way up. You can always stop for a drink and enjoy dates and nuts that the locals provide with your drink. It should be noted that Morocco is a country known for its good cuisine.
The way up Mount Toubkal is gonna be full of small surprises that might make beautiful photography material. So, make sure to take a camera with you. Especially when you reach the top of Mount Toubkal. The visitors all claim that the view from above is something out of this world.
From above Mount Toubkal you can see as far as the ocean, the other Atlas Mountains, and the great desert. You can also see Marrakech city vibrating with its lights and buildings.
However, one of the most amazing things that you can capture with your camera is the sunset from the peak of Mount Toubkal. Words can’t do justice to that beautiful view.
You can also spend a night there and watch the night sky with all the shining stars.
And if you looked for it a little bit, with the help of your guide you might come across a plane that has crashed into Mount Toubkal back in 1969.
When is a good time for you to climb Mount Toubkal?
The timing of your trip to Mount Toubkal is something that must be given thought to. before you decide to buy your plane ticket.
For most people, who are not mount climbing experts, spring might be the best choice. In springtime, the weather is at a good temperature. And at this time of the year, the chances are very good that the snow is not going to make your journey unnecessarily hard.
However, for the experts who like a more challenging experience, November is a good month for climbing Mount Toubkal. Although, using climbing equipment might be something necessary at this time of the year.
We should also mention that Mount Toubkal is not very crowded during late autumn and early spring periods. That might interest you if you are a person who doesn’t like their experience of such a beautiful place to be spoiled by a big crowd of people.
If you’re a passionate mount climber, hiker or trekker, Mount Toubkal is an experience that you must not miss. From Marrakech to the peak of Mount Toubkal is a wonderful journey that anyone can enjoy.
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