Kasbah Du Toubkal: About

Located in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Du Toubkal is a cozy mountain refuge with an unforgettable backdrop.

In 1989, two British brothers were visiting a Berber mountain guide in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, when they set their sights on a ruined Kasbah perched on a hilltop against the soaring backdrop of the tallest mountain in North Africa. Together with their Moroccan host, they pursued a vision of establishing a retreat on the edge of Toubkal National Park that would make these mountains—and the culture of their inhabitants—accessible to those who wished to explore them. The lodge they created has evolved into one of the most authentic and treasured destinations in Morocco, a tribute to Berber tradition and hospitality that welcomes hikers seeking a cozy mountain refuge, groups in need of an inspiring and stunning venue to gather, and travelers looking for a deeply meaningful cultural experience.

Highlights

  • Take a walk or mule ride with a local guide and get to know the local Berber village and the environs of the lodge.
  • Tackle Jbel Toubkal and reach the summit of this behemoth at 13,671 feet.
  • Sip traditional mint tea on the lodge terrace, looking out over the valley and the sheer slopes in the distance.
  • Taste regional flavors amid the cushions and carpets of the lodge’s restaurant, and experience the relaxation rituals of a typical Moroccan hammam.
  • Trek into a remote valley and stay overnight in the Kasbah trekking lodge.

Why We Love This Lodge

It took a village to transform those crumbling ruins into the beautiful retreat it is today. Indeed, villagers built the place by hand, carrying local rocks and building materials up the hills on mules’ backs—and sometimes their own. Kasbah Du Toubkal was thus fashioned out of the fabric of its community: it’s not a hotel in the traditional sense; it’s an extension of the hospitality that stems from the homes of the Berbers who built it and run it. From the décor of the common rooms to the welcoming rituals to the way you are seated and served your meals, all speak to the traditions of the area. And everyday life happens all around you. On the terrace, a local woman bakes the bread served for lunch and dinner. From your room, you can watch mules laden with goods and led by sure-footed men picking their way up and down the switchbacks. This is a serene and inspirational example of how a simple accommodation can become a living, breathing celebration of culture.

Lodge Features

  • 14 comfortable rooms to accommodate different family arrangements
  • Balconies overlooking the valley and gardens
  • Moroccan hammam, or steam bath
  • In-house restaurant serving authentic Berber cuisine
  • Mules that transport guests into town
  • Conference room for business travelers and special activities
  • Free Wi-fi available intermittently throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Kasbah du Toubkal, National Geographic guests have the opportunity to go on a village walk with one of the Kasbah staff and visit their home for a traditional mint tea. Your host will share insights on the local culture and discuss lodge-sponsored community projects, such as Education For All, a groundbreaking initiative that allows girls from remote mountain villages to continue their education while living away from home.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Condé Nast Johansens, 2012
  • Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, Green Key, 2012
  • Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism, Best Accommodation for the Environment, 2004

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