If you climb Toubkal in winter or spring you’ll need crampons. You should always double check the latest conditions for Toubkal before you head off but a useful rule of thumb is that the winter snowline is at Sidi Charamouch (2300m altitude) while the spring snow line is at the level of the Toubkal refuge (3207m). Ice-axes are not essential in spring; for winter it’s best to check at the information booth in Imlil.
Imlil is a good place to rent crampons, ice-axes and other equipment for hiking. We hired crampons for two days at Hotel Café Soleil in Imlil. It cost 125 Dh per pair of crampons for two days (negotiated down from 150). The guy was very helpful and as we hadn’t used them before he showed us how to tie them. Despite getting a reduction from his initial asking price, I’m pretty sure we paid more than we should have, especially as they were quite an old pair. It might be worth asking in a few places around Imlil to get the best price. The guy was willing to throw in ice-axes too for 150 Dirham but we were pretty sure we didn’t need these so we just went for the crampons.
We stopped by the side of the road to photograph a very cute white baby camel, and were immediately offered camel rides. For a charge of course. They had no saddles, so you had to ride bareback. David was th only one who tried, and he said it was easier than it looked.