Kasbah Du Toubkal: The Experience

Located in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Set amid the rugged slopes of the High Atlas, the Kasbah Du Toubkal offers guided walks and hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, from an easy walk around nearby villages to a trek to the summit of Jbel Toubkal. Front desk managers discuss the activities with guests to help determine which trails fit their capabilities. Guides are trained locals that the Kasbah staff knows well, each vetted by the lodge’s co-owner Hajj Maurice, who was trained as a mountain guide in France. The Kasbah outfits the treks with gear carried on local mules and has also built a small mountain lodge about a half-day’s walk up into the mountains, so that people can overnight comfortably, with Kasbah staff on hand to welcome them with accommodations and food.

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Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Introductory Guided Walk

Each guest is invited to join a guide for a two-hour introductory walk through the nearby villages, meeting local residents and learning about everyday life along the way.

Walks and Hikes

Guests may choose from a number of short, half-day, or full-day hiking options, and lodge staff is on hand to advise them and help in the preparations.

Village Visits

A variety of experiences can be arranged with the help of the lodge staff, including tea in a home, trips to the local market, and encounters with a wide range of village residents.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Guided half-day, full-day, and multi-day treks

Explore the unforgettable landscapes and natural wonders of Morocco with mules to carry food, tents, and luggage.

Guided Ascent of Jbel Toubkal (13,671 feet)

Summiting Jbel Toubkal in the summer requires physical fitness but no technical skills. Those attempting the ascent in the winter should have previous ice-climbing experience and be equipped with ice axes and crampons.

Full-day Camel Excursion (45-minute drive)

Set out from a nearby village to explore the region from atop a camel.

Sightseeing Excursions

The lodge can arrange tours of sites throughout Morocco.

Food and Drink

Local chefs whip up a variety of Berber dishes daily, and bread is baked fresh on the premises in earthen ovens. While breakfast and lunch are often served outside on the terrace surrounded by mountain views, dinner usually takes place in the typically Moroccan dining room, a cozy alcove filled with carpets, cushioned couches, and Moorish décor. While the dinner menu is fixed, the chefs can accommodate food preferences.

In deference to local Islamic traditions, the Kasbah does not serve alcohol. Guests are welcome to bring alcoholic drinks to the lodge and are asked to take empty bottles away with them when they leave.

The Hammam

A fixture of North African culture is the hammam, a traditional steam bath divided by sections or by hours for men and women that is as much a spot for socializing as it is for relaxing. The Kasbah has kept true to the ritual, offering an authentic hammam experience for individual guests and guiding them through the different steps.

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