OverviewIt forms two summits, South Timesguida (4.089 m) and North Ras n'Ouanoukrim (4.083 m) separated by a little col (3.968 m). Timesguida is the 2nd highest mountain in the region and Ras (3rd) can be seen from Refuge Neltner or the new one at the back of the Mizane Valley. Excellent views of Toubkal chain and south across pre-Atlas and Sahara (normally the haze impedes the view). Less satisfactory outlook along the Ouanoukrim chain to the north and a rather dull view of the rearward side of the Tazaghârt plateau. Both peaks are very worhty of beeing attempted on skis.
Probably not climbed by an European party before 1924.
Getting ThereFrom Marrakech go by car, taxi or bus to Asni (47 Km) on S501. From Asni there are trucks that conduce you to Imlil (17 Km). In spring mules carry to the snowline, thereafter porters could be hired. The trail is normally clear for mules all the way from early May.
Red TapeNo permits or fees required. No seasonal closures.
When To ClimbAll the year but take care, summer months are too much hot in this part of Morocco. In the Haoz plain (Marrakech) during August average maximums are of 42 ºC / 108 F with 45 ºC / 115 F not uncommon. Add 3 - 5 ºC for comparable temperatures on the S side of the Atlas. Night-time temperatures at 3.000 m in August can be as high as 15 ºC / 59 F. The crucial weather band is above 3.600 m, then temperatures in the early hours of the morning are below freezing point.
Precipitation on the N slope of the Atlas is greatest between October and April. February and March are normally the worst periods. Snow settles down to 1.400 m in winter and in spring retreats to about 3.000 m. From early July pockets of snow remain in hollows and gullies above 3.000 m and by end August all traces of snow may have gone.
CampingREFUGE NELTNER (3.207 m)
Phone: 21 22 27 00 90. CAF. After Louis Neltner (born 1904). Situated high up the Mizane Valley, more frequented than all other huts and mountain bases put together because it stands at the foot of Toubkal. Warden resident for long periods at a strech and door rarely locked. A solid construction built in 1938, places for 29 in two dormitories with foam mattresses, no blankets. Combined living room and kitchen, calor gas cooking range and utensils. A charge is made for use of same, also for hot water and cooking services provided by warden. Those with their own stoves are free to use them. Food normally not available, plentiful supply of soft drinks.
REFUGE DU TOUBKAL (3.207 m)
Between summer 1999 and summer 2000 this new hut was built near Neltner hut. It takes 86 places, it is just mattresses on the floors, quite cramped and very damp. There is also a kitchen and some dining areas. There are toilets downstairs, however, before March the water supply is frozen for most of the day, so there is no way of flushing them. CAF. Phone: 061 24 65 26 (ask for Mohammed Aït El Kadi).
CAF-Maroc Mountain Huts' Rates (pdf)
Mountain ConditionsWeather conditions in Oukaïmeden, the nearest ski resort.
External LinksMoroccan High Atlas Mountains & Mount Toubkal News, includes weather and guides information.
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