Kasbah Du Toubkal: About the Destination

Located in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The Kasbah is perched at 5,971 feet (1,820 meters), just above the village of Imlil in the mountains of Toubkal National Park, 40 miles (60 kilometers) from Marrakech. There is no road onto the property; instead guests, their luggage, and all hotel supplies are transported from the village by mule (or by foot). The walk takes about 15 minutes. Towering over the Kasbah is the sheer face of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa at 13,671 feet (4,167 meters). The hills and valleys that surround the lodge are so tranquil that Martin Scorsese used them as the setting for Kundun, his film about the Dalai Lama.

Imlil is the trailhead village where most trekking in the High Atlas Mountains starts, particularly the ascent of Jbel Toubkal. A paved road and improved communications have made the village much more accessible. There are several souvenir shops, grocery shops, and a number of village cafés offering local food.

Places of Interest

Imlil (15-minute walk):

A 15-minute walk from Kasbah Du Toubkal, this quaint village has beautiful mountain scenery and streets lined with charming shops.

Marrakech (90-minute drive):

After Casablanca and Rabat, Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco. Among its many attractions are mosques, gardens, ancient ruins, museums, and the legendary medina, where merchants peddle all manner of wares along narrow, ancient lanes.

Tin Mal Mosque (90-minute drive):

This 12th-century mosque is one of the few that allows non-Muslims to explore its ornate interior, which features intricate arches, austere geometric patterns, and a largely open roof.

Toubkal National Park Visitors Centre (15-minute drive):

Kasbah Du Toubkal is ideally located just minutes from Toubkal National Park, which is known for its spectacular hiking. The park's Eco-museum showcases conservation of the surrounding ecosystems.  

Terres d'Amanar Eco Adventure Park (1-hour drive):

At the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, this nearly 300-acre park offers a variety of adventures from horseback riding and biking to zip lines and craft workshops. 

Wildlife and Natural History

While Morocco has its share of foxes, jackals, and the memorable Barbary macaques, the nation’s large livestock population of 28 million sheep, goats, and cattle outnumbers its wildlife. Indigenous wild mountain sheep called mouflon dwell in the Atlas region and are thought to be related to the ancestors of all modern sheep breeds. And if you look to the sky, there are more than 450 bird species in Morocco, including the Barbary partridge, Tristram’s warbler, and Moussier’s redstart.

People and Culture

The Berber people who inhabit the Atlas region have been living in North Africa since at least 3000 B.C. and may have come as early as 50,000 years ago. Today, they make up the majority of the Moroccan population and are known for their hospitality and craftsmanship. Throughout history, their cultural expression has been threatened and suppressed by varying colonial forces, but they have maintained a unique language, set of traditions, and identity. Guests are invited to learn more about Berber culture by observing the lodge’s décor and cuisine as well as engaging with its friendly staff.

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