- Encounters with locals
- Hiking / Trekking
- Extreme Sports
On the rooftop of North Africa, Toubkal is, for many, a legendary site, a sacred place for surrounding Berbere communities. Discovered quite late-on, the peak of Mount Toubkal was only officially conquered at the beginning of the 20th Century. Today loads of travellers come here to climb the highest summit in North Africa, not least because it's a relatively easy feat.
Personally, I was impressed by the scenery during the climb - an arid climate that at moments resembled a lunar landscape. The neighbouring towns of Imlil and Asni are great bases from which to start the climb and to explore the wonderful Toubkal National Park. It's a great way to get out and about during a trip to Morocco, whilst giving your legs a stretch.
When I went to Jbel Toubkal, I wasn't just amazed by its majestic summits, I also spent time finding out about the traditional way of life of people in the High Atlas. To do this, I recommend visiting the places close to Jbel Toubkal. It's a trip worth doing during your holiday in Morocco. I recommend visiting the villages of Asni and Imlil.
Imlil is the departure point for treks and for climbing Toubkal. From Imlil the road to the mountains leads up the valley for 17 kilometres. Your arrival at Netter, Toubkal's refuge, which is 3,100 metres high, is the last stop before you climb Jbel.
Be careful because the climb isn't easy and there are often rock slides. But when you finally get to the summit I promise that there is a magnificent view over the peaks of the High Atlas, the green oaks and sheep of Toubkal national park, north to Marrakesh' Haouz Plain and of the south flank of Jbel Sirwa.