The two huts are the ussually mid point for any attempt on Toubkal. Set at the foot of the south cwm, they are about 5 hours walk from Imlil. One is owned and run by the Club Alpin Francaise (Refuge du Toubkal), the other by a Moroccan 'accompanateur' from Imlil called Mohamed Imzilen.
There is sometimes mobile reception at the huts. Presently (May 06) Meditel seems give a more reliable signal than Maroc Telecom.
There is a lot of rubbish accumulating around these huts, please do your best to carry any waste out with you.
In the Refuge du Toubkal accomodation is in communal rooms full of bunk beds. It can get very cramped and damp, especially in the winter. Downstairs there are two eating areas and a salon / lounge with a fireplace. Again this can get pretty squashed when the hut is full. Cooking is only allowed on the stoves provides, and there is a small fee charged for it's use. Food is provided on request, and at a cost! The toilets, showers and wash areas are all on the bottom floor (the basement). A hot shower will cost you extra.
Camping used to be possible near the older hut, however, the new one has covered that site. There are other places further away, best to ask the guardians of the huts where the best place is.
Gite Camping Les Mouflons
As with the CAF hut, accommodation is in communal rooms, however they are of a different class. They are much roomier, newer and less claustrophobic. There are bathrooms on both floors, and a lovely terrace looking back down the valley towards Oukaimeden. Downstairs it is also very roomy, which is fantastic in warmer weather and really hard work in the cold. There is a single chimney that smokes a lot. The stoves are available too, for a fee. Likewise they will cook you food on request. Hot showers are available at a surcharge.
The hut is run by a very pleasant chap called Aberahim Layihaoui, 00 212 63 763109, although as he at the hut most of the time it can be hard to contact him. The signal can be very weak.
Hi Diego - the refuge that was called Neltner was pulled down by the Club Alpin Francais de Casablanca and replaced by the current structure which they called the Refuge Toubkal. I don't know the name of the other more modern building, which is much nicer!
The new refuge du toubkal is called 'Gite Camping Les Mouflons'. It is owned by Mohamed Imzilen and run by his brother in law Abderahim Layihaoui. Prices are very resonable, and even if you do not get a discount with alpine club membership, is well worth the price:
Reaching the huts in one day from Imlil can be slightly too far, especially in wintertime when there is a lot of snow and wind, or when you're not acclimatised yet.
Halfway up from the village Imlil, you will find the sanctuary Sidi Chamaroux, a small collection of huts. During daytime there are local people there who will sell you anything from hot and cold food, to drinks, warm hats and more.
You can sleep there in one of the rooms behind the left side of the 'main street'. The rooms are small (2x2 meter) and the word clean doesn't even mean anything here. But it's warm inside after you light the stove. A stove will be provided for warmth, cooking and light. The floor is covered with animal fur and blankets. You will need a good sleepingbag though. Door can be locked from inside or outside with a seperate lock they'll give to you. If you want to leave early in the morning, before the locals return, you can leave the key behind in one of the small stores (they'll show you where to put it).
Normal price should be about 30 Dirham per person per night, but they'll probably start at 100. After 7 o'clock in the evening, all local people have left Sidi Chamaroux and you'll have the place to yourself (in winter).
If you don't have any food with you, a simple meal can be prepared for you. But don't expect a tasty tagine here. Simple pasta will be the ultimate of high cuisine.
El Alto Atlas, la cadena montañosa más alta del Norte de África se extiende por unos 1.000 Km cortando transversalmente Marruecos. En lengua Bereber este grupo montañoso es llamado Idraren Draren ( Montaña de la Montaña ). Muchas de sus cimas superan los 4.000 m. y más de 400 superan los 3.000 m. Las montañas más altas están en la región del Toubkal que se encuentra a solo un par de horas de Marrakech. Es una zona áspera y salvaje es una región dominada por los Beréberes del Atlas. Sus pueblos con sus características casas de fango y techos planos están diseminados por las laderas de las montañas mientras a sus pies crecen cultivos de nueces, melocotones y maíz. Toda el área está atravesada por caminos, algunos de los cuales eran seguramente rutas de caravanas, de comerciantes o de peregrinos que se desplazaban entre el Sahara y la planicie septentrional del País.
En el Alto Atlas se puede hacer trekking todo el año, pero las temperaturas pueden descender bajo cero entre Noviembre y marzo, por eso el periodo ideal es el comprendido entre Marzo a Noviembre.
TREKKING.....el desierto nomada.
Este Trekking tiene una duración de entre 2 y 3 días 4 y 10 dias dependiendo de la preparación física.
Este Trekking con houssaine guia acompanant FRMSM, un experto guía local que conoce perfectamente la zona del toubkal.
Si tienes pensado hacer un viaje a las montanas de Marruecos para la ascensin al Toubkal 4165m e los 4000m Ras n'Ouanoukrim (4083 m) - Timesguida (4089 m) - Akioud ( 4010 m) - Djebel Toubkal (4165 m) ...
Te prepararemos tu viaje como tu desees. Tenemos el placer de contar con numerosos clientes y amigos espanoles.
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