Traverse. Perfect weather.
The plan was to climb with a friend, but the day before he got sick to it's stomach and also because of the terrorist attack two weeks before I had to change plans and hire a local guide (mandatory at the moment). The climb was accomplished in two days. Day one from 1800m in Mzick to Toubkal refuge at 3300m in 3,5 hours, and day two from the refuge to the summit (2,5 hours) and then all the way down to Imlil valley (4 hours).
Climbed with Ingrid. Camped at the hut. Finally get to climb in the fabled High Atlas. Lovely village at the base. Had fantastic tagine.
Took the standard route after a night in Refuge du Toubkal.
Easy, no snow left, bit windy on the top. It took us 2,5 hour to te summit from the hut.
I climbed Jbel Toubkal 5 times so far, all in winter. Last winter I did a solo trailrun from Imlil to the summit (4 hour 15 min) and back down to Imlil (3 hour 15 min). #nonstopsolo
The night before the ascent the temperature dropped down greatly, and the blizzard with strong wind began in the morning. So we got to the summit, stand there just for 1 minute to take a picture, and ran back down. It was extremely cold.
Shared a taxi to Imlil from the airport with two Spaniards who arrived on same flight. Total cost €66. I thought it was expensive but the convenience couldn't be beat. First day arrived to Imlil late afternoon and hiked to the only big settlement between Aroumd and the refuge. Second night I camped in the boulders a few hundred meters above the refuge. Third day made the summit and got back to the settlement. Last day hiked out, took taxi/bus to Marrakech central market for 30 dirhams. Then got a train from Marrakech to Fes.
* climbed with crutches
Climbed from Refugee Toubkal. Start 5am, summit before 9am. Very sunny and windy in upper parts, wind up to 60m/s. Temperature on the top ca.-10C. No gear needed, snowfields easy to cross without crampons.
After Toubkal we have climbed a bit lower Toubkal West (ca. 20 mins from Toubkal saddle.
Next day two 4000ers more: Ras 4083m and Timesguida 4088m. More challenging that Toubkal, with some rock climbing. From Refugee Toubkal and back it took us 6,5 hours.
Flew to Marrakesh, spent the night in a hostel, the morning walking around the old city, then caught a grande taxi to Imlil. Starting hiking at about 2pm, made the (comfortable, almost luxurious!) Refugi de Mouflans just before sunset. Early start (4am), summit 3hours later, just after sunrise. Beautiful view of other Atlas peaks sticking out of a sea of clouds with nothing but blue sky above. Hiked back down & caught another waiting grande taxi back to Marrakesh to celebrate.
Me and my wife have summited Toubkal on Christmas, 2013, via standard route.
We ascended to the Refuge Les Mouflons de Toubkal hut from Imlil on the first day (6 - 7 hours), spent a night there and summited next day (hut-summit-hut in 9 hours). The weather was just perfect, surprisingly, but there was nearly no snow on the route until the summit ridge. All the way to summit and back without crampons, just mountain boots and trekking poles. We descended to the hut and spent another night there before going back to Imlil in order to have some rest.
The hut is very well-organized and maintained. No delays with breakfast, we have requested it at 6 a.m., and it was on the table before we even came to the dining room. The fee was 319 dirhams per person, however it included overnight, dinner and breakfast. Dinners and breakfasts were very good.
Reached the summit via the south col route. The hard snow and excellent track made us decide to carry our skis to the summit (instead of skinning up). On our descent via the north col we cliimbed Imouzzer and skied down the northern cwm to the Refuge des Mouflons. A great descent on skies although the snow was a bit hard and bumpy (due to the wind).
July 11: Imlil(1740m) - Toubkal Refuges (3207m)
July 12: Refuges- South Cwm - Toubkal - North Cwm- Imlil
Nearly all snow had melted, so we did not need crampons etc.
What a great place to visit and what a great mountain to stand on! The weather was great as well. It's awesome to look into the Sahara desert from the summit knowing there is thousands of miles of just sand and nothing. After summiting Toubkal and some surrounding peaks the descent was long, very long. We were exhausted after a 2500m vertical drop, but very satisfied. Great trip, great mountain.
Great 4000+m peak for those who not seek technical routes.
Left from Marrakech 8am. We took a taxi to Imlil for 200 dirhams. We start climbing at 11am and got to the refugee around 5pm. Normally the climb is much faster but we stopped for pictures, filming and then lunch in a berber village. We camped just outside the refugee, where for 10 dirhams I had the best hot shower ever at 3200m. Temperature in the night was about 5 degrees C and some rain, but no problems with the sleeping bag. Left early in the morning, about 7am. Most of the time was cloudy however when we reached the summit the sun came out. Clear and great view from the top. Started the descent around 2pm. packed our bags which we left at the refugee and way down to Imlil by 7pm. Took the taxi back to the city for 300 dirhams ( no public transport in the evening therefore taxi more expensive)
Hiked to the summit as a part of a "winter walking" trip with KE Adventure. Western ridge up and northern ridge down. Super weather and hardly any snow. Lesson learned: Hanging upside down on the summit monument will make you dizzy ...
During a company seminar, I organised a climb per day for 4 days with volunteers coming each at a time on 4 different routes as I had only one spare pair of climbing boots with me (they fitted all but one who suffered from being a bit too tight). Better climbing than attending the seminar!
Had some difficulties to find the beginning of the route in Imlil but after that it was really easy to follow the obvious path. I rented crampons from Imlil which I didn't need to use at all. Walking to the refuge was a bit boring but hiking from the refuge to the summit was quite enjoyable. Great views up there! The souvenir merchandisers can be a pain in the ass - one of them chased me about 300 m uphill trying to sell me a sun hat...
Climbed in August, 115 degrees in Imlil, very hot on the first day. Great views from summit.
I rented crampons in Imlil for half price and one of them was still falling of my boot. Weather wasn't good but I didn't have money for waiting another day and paying rent of gloves and crampons so I just went there (to make my ego happy). Maybe it was good that at least I couldn't see how far down I could fall.
Next time in Morocco I'll wait for nice weather and go there to see something from the summit :)
I summited Toubkal in very good conditions. Nice Hike, a bit long to reach the Neltner Hut. Some snowfields above 3500 m but the track was fine and crampons useless. Nice view from the top.
I would suggest to climb it when there's a bit of snow up there. I had a GPS measurement slightly higher (4178m).
But you'll have trouble to avoid crowds on this peak!