Jbel Toubkal Climber's Log

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mtnmaniac - Jun 16, 2009 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2008

snow storm in april

ran into a snow storm on my way to the summit. had to turn back at 4.000 meters and spend some time in the refuge. anyway the food there was really good.

matterhorn22 - May 19, 2009 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2009

1st 4000er  Sucess!

Left the Neltner Refuge with my dad and guide at 6:00 am we reached the col just as the sun came over the lip so did the bulk of the climbing in the shade. Good hard snow on the way up. First group to the top (a basque group arrived part before and part after us)reaching it at about 9/9:30 am. Perfect weather conditions. The way down was fun glissading most of the way but the snow was still icy so it was very fast, though was more difficult for me to ice-axe arrest as I had my arm in plaster at the time, but great fun, back down to Neltner by 11:30 am after an hour on the summit and back to Aremd by 4:30 pm after a leisurely lunch and stroll down. Hugely enjoyable end to a hugely enjoyable week trekking in the High Atlas.


codelancer - May 5, 2009 1:12 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2009

2:0  Sucess!

Second time atop of Toubkal. It was very different from my previous (June 2007) climb because lot of snow and icy at morning time, so all need use crampons.
Start at 7:00, summit at 11:00.


ivyonup - May 4, 2009 9:28 am Date Climbed: May 1, 2009

May Day Ascent  Sucess!

We got to Imlil around 2am and were still able to secure a hotel for the night. The "huts" at the base of the mountain were the most "luxurious" I have stayed in thus far while climbing/hiking. We left for the summit around 5:40am, which turned out to be a wise choice because the snow was perfectly solid for the crampons on the ascent, and the melted snow was perfect for glissading on the descent.


gbrill - May 3, 2009 8:53 am Date Climbed: May 1, 2009

Perfect Weather  Sucess!

Group of four reached the summit in perfect, no wind, weather. For those trying to budget this trip: 1) You don't need a guide. 2) You only need snacks as virtually everything can be made available to you at the Toubkal refuge, you may want to bring your own lunch and breakfast though as its kind of a rip off. and 3) Contrary to all my beliefs prior to this trip you don't need an Ice axe if your doing the normal rout (unless there is a ton of snow). If you have sturdy ankles then crampons should be enough, perhaps trekking pols too, which would prove to be much more valuable in the long run. We rented our gear from Cafe Soleil at a rate of 40dh Ice axe/per day and 30dh crampons/per day. At the refuge we stayed at the Les Mouflons, lodging was 80dh a night, a small breakfast and lunch for 40dh each, dinner for 70dh, shower for 10dh, and a blanket for 20dh each.

Thomas Gurviez

Thomas Gurviez - Feb 27, 2009 2:37 pm Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2009

normal route by ski-hiking  Sucess!

Ascent in 2 days from Imlil. Night in the Toubkal shelter and then summit in 2 hours from the refuge. Snow above 2300 m (Sidi Chamharouch), very thin on the ridges and the windy parts, but powder on north slopes.

Fine weather, hot with the sun but pretty cold in the mornings.


edog2005 - Feb 11, 2009 8:47 am Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009

Tough winter conditions on Jbel Toubkal

Experienced quite difficult winter conditions on this attempt on Jbel Toubkal - high winds and deep hard snow on the walk to the refuges from Sidi Chamharouch and after spending one night at the Mouflon mountain refuge, I made it to 3300m on the slopes above the refuges before giving up (2 people in my group did get to the summit though).

Ice-axe and crampons very necessary on this climb, and I think if I try this again I will probably need 2 nights at altitude to acclimatise instead of one.

Full trip report on my blog here:


Caralynr - Jan 16, 2009 10:36 am Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2009

Great winter ascent  Sucess!

Good day out in deep snow. Trip report to follow.


salimr - Dec 27, 2008 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2008

Normal route  Sucess!

With Alain, Omar and Olivier we climbed to the top, quite a lot of snow so early in the season.
With snowboard down through the north face of the Ibikhi sud.


starybaran - Nov 27, 2008 11:12 pm

Normal route  Sucess!

From that garages(about 2200m) used as a ubications cca 6 hour to the top. No need for climbing or ice equipment. Nice walk...


alpinegosse - Nov 24, 2008 12:07 pm Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2006

Done  Sucess!

Cold Hut, Avy Beacon, Beyonce in the Taxi.


fatdad - Sep 12, 2008 5:59 pm

Normal Route  Sucess!

I was traveling by myself in Southern Spain in summer 1990 with a Spain/Morocco guidebook. On a lark, I took the ferry and night train to Marrakech, met some Brits and climbed the Standard route with one of them in two days from Marrakesh. It was very cold and we didn't have any appropriate mt. gear so wore all the clothing we had we leaving the Neltner hut in the morning. The whole trip, the spontaneity, the climb, the view from the summit looking out east over the Sahara was memorable.


barryg - Sep 10, 2008 4:28 pm Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2007

My first 4000+ peak  Sucess!

We climbed the normal south face route. Very busy in the refuge as it was Easter holidays. Beautiful conditions, we needed crampons from above the refuge. Fantastic views from the top.


Fran├žoisJ - Jun 24, 2008 9:28 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007

Route climbed : normal  Sucess!

Sabrina and I climbed up normal south route (Tizi Toubkal) and down normal north route (Tizi Imuzzer) with a french group.
I also soloed Toubkal west from tizi Toubkal.
Sabrina and I soloed to 3rd of the four summit of Imuzzer (not easy to tell wich one is the highest but with no doubt none of them is a 4000er (3965 m max).


Outdoorpartner - Jun 20, 2008 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

Three of four 4000 meters  Sucess!

Bluebird day; very crowded on the summit. This was the third of four 4000 meter peaks we climbed. Toubkal was the only mountain with a clear trail to the top.


LS - Jun 14, 2008 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2008

Easy but nice  Sucess!

I'm too lazy to translate my Norwegian trip-report found here:


MattHC - May 11, 2008 12:05 pm Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2008

3 men, one girl and a dog  Sucess!

So we had a tiny window of opportunity between work, a day! Could we do it? I reckoned we could, but it would need a really early start. The others reckoend there was no point in sleeping - so 11pm saw us drive out of Marrakech. We parked up opposite Aremd, and were off by 2am. By 4 am we were above Sidi Chamharouch and wondering what was wrong - we were exhausted. OK - so maybe missing a nights sleep was not such a good idea. A couple of hours kip, and we were off again. A nic cup of team with my friend Brahima at the CAF hut gave us plenty of sugary fuel to keep going. Now we were on snow and I was a bit worried how my dog would cope - silly really, she did fine, scampered way on ahead of us as to say hurry up slow coaches.

Up at the peak (again), not great views this time, bit too hazy. Windy and cold too, so we didn't hang around and set off after 15 mins to head back to the car.

Descent was fine until Sidi Chamharouch, and then my toes really started to hurt. Too long squashed into my boots. It was such a relief to get those things off and put my feet into more comfortable approach shoes.

So were back in Marrakech for 11pm, a great way to spend 24hrs. My feet were numb for days though ...


Peak_Bagger - Apr 28, 2008 2:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2001

1st peak!!  Sucess!

My 1st peak...it was cool. Hard to imagine it would lead me to all the things I've done now.


MegasAlexandros - Mar 28, 2008 7:07 pm

Awesome experience!  Sucess!

This was an unforgetable experience! I climbed the classic route.
Leaving the hut at 2 AM it took around 4 hours of climbing in moonlight to the summit. Strong winds were blowing occasionally but did not cause any serious problem. I made it to the summit 20 seconds before the sun appeared on the horizon!

Jon Cruces

Jon Cruces - Mar 26, 2008 5:19 am Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2008

Route Climbed: Normal route. Ikhibi Sud  Sucess!

We left the hut at 06:00am, and it took us 4h15min to get to the top. The day was excellent. I was very happy standing in the summit. I might be one of the youngest person to climb toubkal.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: http://todovertical.com/jon_unai/blog.php?id=15

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