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Toubkal Kit List

We’ve partnered with our friends at EverTrek to pull together a kit list for a summer ascent of the Atlas Mountains’ highest peak. This kit list covers everything you’ll need from walking in from Imlil and spending the night at the Toubkal Refuge, to summitting at 4167m.

Please note that this kit list is for summer ascents of Mt Toubkal only and does not include any of the necessary equipment for winter conditions. Even in summer, temperatures can vary greatly. Walking in the heat of the day can be hot work, while temperatures plummet during the night and at altitude.

Clothing

Base Layers

1 short sleeve and 1 thin long sleeve

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Base layers are a key piece of your wardrobe. They should be comfortable and quick to dry. Wicking is important as it will draw excess moisture away from your body allowing you to feel more comfortable. Quick drying synthetic fabrics can help you regulate your temperature when things get cooler. Taking a long sleeve option can provide additional protection from the sun on hot days. For more information see our layering system buying guide.


Fleece

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A fleece mid layer to wear over a base layer and underneath a jacket is key for keeping you warm once you reach the colder zones and in the evenings in the Toubkal Refuge. Your mid layer should be comfortable, easy to move in when worn over your base layer and fit underneath your other layers.


Walking Trousers or Shorts

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You will need at least one pair of light hiking trousers, hiking shorts or convertible trousers. While some prefer to wear shorts on the approach, full length trousers for the summit are recommended. Others may choose to wear full-length trousers for the entire trip to protect against sunburn, insects or scratches. We recommend walking trousers made of quick drying synthetic materials to allow wicking.


Insulated Jacket

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An insulated jacket is a must for cooler evenings at the Refuge, and for cooler conditions on the tops. Down insulated jackets have the advantage of being light and compressible and can be easily stowed in your pack for the long approach. If wetter weather is forecast, however, a synthetic insulated jacket could be a better option.


Waterproof Jacket

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While the Altas Mountains are usually arid in the summer months, precipitation can fall in the form of rain or snow at higher altitudes. Choose a light and packable jacket for ease of carrying when not in use. Features like underarm zips, also help vent excess heat without compromising wet-weather performance. See our waterproof jacket buying guide for advice on what jacket to get.


Neck Warmer

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A buff can provide protection from the sun on hot days and provide warmth on colder evenings.


Gloves

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A pair of lightweight gloves provide warmth and wind protection when setting out from the Refuge, without taking up too much space in your pack in the long walk in.


Headwear

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A cap can keep the sun off during the day, and a warm hat is a must when the temperatures drop.


Walking Socks

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A pair of socks for each day of the trek will make a big difference to your comfort during the trip.


Walking Boots

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Your choice of boots will greatly depend on what fits you. The highest spec boots in the world are of little use if they don’t fit your feet, and an ill-fitting pair of boots can lead to blisters and a less enjoyable trip. Be sure to test out your boots on a few long walks before the trip. Your feet may swell at altitude, or after a day of walking in the heat, so a little room for movement is recommended. Midweight hiking boots with good ankle support will keep you stable when carrying a heavy pack on the rocky terrain.

Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are a must to protect from the effects of UV at high altitudes.

Equipment

Sleeping Bag

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Temperatures in the Atlas Mountains can plummet during the night, and the Toubkal Refuge is not heated. A warm sleeping bag is recommended. Down bags have the added advantage of a better warmth to weight ratio than similar synthetic bags, reducing the amount you have to carry, but can be more expensive. Our sleeping bag buying guide offers more detail to help you make a more informed decision.

Day Pack

Between 25-35L

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Many hikers opt to use porters for the trip from Imlil to the Toubkal Refuge, so a light day pack is all that may be needed. If carrying your own gear, it may be worth considering a large pack. If not, a Duffel bag makes for a good option.

Head Torch & Spare Batteries

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A head torch is essential for summit morning as you will leave the Refuge when it's still dark. Spare batteries are a must as battery life can be affected by cold temperatures.

Trekking Poles

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You don't have to use hiking poles, but they can make trekking peaks easier. Poles can provide stability on rockier sections of the trail, and reduce the strain on your joints by spreading your weight over four points during the long descent.

Dry Bags

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Dry bags can be useful for keeping your gear dry, but also for separating items in your pack and keeping things organised.

Travel Essentials

  • Sliders / flip flops for around the Refuge
  • Casual clothes for Marrakech
  • Light thermals / something comfortable to sleep in
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll and wipes - essential for the Refuge
  • Water bladder (2 litres)
  • Diarrhea kit / medication