Mount Toubkal Via Lepiney Refuge

5 Day Toubkal climb via Azzaden valley and Lepiney Refuge (3000m)

Trek Overview

This itinerary on the northern side ensures we do not cover the same ground twice at all during our entire trip and we also avoid the main "highway" from Imlil up to Toubkal except for returning at the very end.

  • Climb Toubkal peak
  • Stay at the Lepiney Refuge (3000m)
  • Visit the valleys of Imlil and Azzaden


Breakfast: 4
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 5


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Lepiney Refuge & Toubkal Refuge



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Day 1: Marrakech- Imlil - Tizi Oussem

Meet in Marrakech early morning, transfer to Imlil. Mid morning coffee before beginning our trek westwards to the traditional Berber village of Tizi Oussem, around 1900m. This will take around 5 hours including a lunch stop at Tizi Mzik where we will enjoy some stunning views. After arriving at our comfortable gite in Tizi Oussem, we will savour some mint tea as the sun sets...

Day 2: Tizi Oussem - Lepiney Refuge

After breakfast, trek up to the simple CAF Lepiney (Tazaghart) refuge at 3000m altitude. This will take around 4-5 hours. Summer grazing settlements (azibs), impressive waterfalls, high peaks and stunning scenery is the order of the day - a great day in the mountains! Furthermore sleeping at 3000ms will help acclimatise us for the next few days efforts.

Day 3: Lepiney Refuge - Toubkal Refuge

Today we move on from the Lepiney refuge to Toubka refuge situated at the base of the highest mountain in North Africa. To-day's route brings us over a pass of about 3500m with some great views of the Toubkal massif. (5 hours).

Day 4: Toubkal Refuge - Toubkal Summit - Toubkal Refuge

An early start for the summit of Toubkal. Generally we leave the refuge around 07.00 or possibly earlier depending on time of year, weather and conditions. Our route of choice on Toubkal itself, is the north-cwm route (which is by far the less frequented of the main routes starting at the refuges below). However we will only attempt this route if weather, snow conditions and group abilities allow - otherwise we will climb Toubkal by the standard south-cwm route. Whichever route we do climb, you can be assured of a great day out! Expect a 7-8 hour energetic day before we get back to the refuge for late lunch. Then sit in the sun and re-live the day....

Day 5: Toubkal Refuge - Imlil - Marrakech

After breakfast, trek back to Imlil to arrive around lunch-time. Have lunch there before our transfer back to Marrakech. Aim to arrive Marrakech mid afternoon.


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