Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
After the long hike on Day 1 from Imlil to Refuge du Toubkal, there is little distance remaining to the summit—but still nearly 1,000m of height to gain and around 3 hours required to reach the top.
Starting early recommended to experience the sunrise during the ascent or at the top, and it allows for plenty of time to descend to Imlil should you choose to return all the way to the base.
If attempting this route during the winter/spring it is likely that crampons will be required from the get-go.
The path may not be obvious after fresh snowfall. Some easy scrambling through a large boulder moraine is required on the initial section from the refuge for about an hour until the path climbs a steep scree slope to a col: Tizi’n’Toubkal, 3,940m. The final steep section climbs the summit ridge of Jbel Toubkal to the peak.
The summit is marked by a curious pyramidal metal frame.
Take some time to admire the incredible views across most of the Atlas and Little Atlas Mountains. Reverse the route to return.
The refuges are reached within ~2 hours, and a choice can be made of either returning to Imlil (another 5-6 hours) or staying at the refuge another night and descending the following day.