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.
Morocco is a great destination with wonderful trails, wild mountains, fascinating people and a dozen summits over 4000 metres high - they're not called the High Atlas for nothing! Lower elevation treks are available too. English speaking guide(s) cook your meals, and mules carry all the essentials so you can enjoy travelling light and spend your day exploring ancient villages, pastoral valleys and hidden passes that lead to panoramic ridges. Far above dramatic stark crags and rocky trails contrast with terraced village gardens and ruined kasbahs. You can wander at will and perhaps bag a few peaks. Private treks of the High Atlas for all abilities can be arranged for any duration at a fixed daily rate depending on number of people travelling by AZTAT TREKS ( http://aztat.rando.free.fr ). Transfers to the starting points and from the final destination are available from Marrakech or from elswhere. Their trekking itineraries are designed to be integrated into a tailor-made holiday and are, therefore, independent and private to each client rather than fixed date departures of large groups and because of this freedom they have become very popular with those who really wish to get away from it all. With our trekking you can enjoy the incredible beauty of the Atlas Mountain region at your chosen pace and for the duration and route of your preference.
Equipment: What To Bring *denotes essential or highly recommended Pack light and pack tight. Day-pack * sunglasses * water bottles (Platypus collapsible bladders pack flat!) * towel (Moroccan hotels don't always have them) * ziplock baggies * needle and thread / safety pins camera, batteries and film – bring lots! Clothing sarong (can double as a towel, lightweight sheet or scarf) cotton long sleeved shirt (for intense sun) * light wind-proof jacket a hat (sun) * lightweight long pants * 2-3 T-shirts woolen sweater/fleece * cotton scarf (doubles as a wash cloth) Hiking boots or hiking shoes* First aid – make sure you use water proof labelling when re-packaging disinfectant creme / gel (Polysporin) bandaids Ibufrofen (Advil or generic – for pain, swelling) * Tylenol (colds and fever) cold medication – Echanacia / zinc lozenges tweezers Visine Aloe vera gel (for burns) Anti-hystamine tablets diahrrea medication (Immodium) * Personal sunblock * sanitary supplies with ziplock baggies to carry out moisturiser / lip balm with sunblock * book small torch / flash-light (small bicycle lights make good travelling torches) nail clippers wet-wipes soap / shampoo / toothpaste / toothbrush etc *
A hike up the highest mountain in Morocco is well worth the trip. At 4,120 some odd meters, Toubkal is modest hike for those accustomed to the Alps, but its still take some effort.
I arranged for a guide and trek at the Auberge Lepiney (see tip) and was quite satisfied. I would recommend that you go with a friend, since its more fun and cheaper.
Trekking is about $60/day for two persons, or $50/day for a single. That includes the guide, food, donkey and trek.
I paid only $35/day since I did not use a donkey.
You should give 10% tip to your guide, as a rule, less if you are not satisfied.
You have to arrive one day in advance of the actual hike up Toubkal, so you can adjust to the altitude. There is a hostel there, $14 a night is the charge.
Equipment: In terms of gear, bring sturdy well-worn in boots, sun block, wind breaker, fleece, extra socks, lip balm, and walking stick if you use one. Don't forget your hat and gloves since it will very cold when you do the actual hike -- you start at 5am.