Kasbah Du Toubkal: Plan Your Stay

Located in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

How to Get There

The journey from Marrakech to the village of Imlil, where the Kasbah is situated, is a drive of approximately 75 minutes. Kasbah Du Toubkal can organize private transfers between Marrakech and Imlil for $123 per trip.

Upon arrival, guests should go to Kasbah Du Toubkal’s village reception, located about 60 feet from the parking lot, where staff will arrange for the 15-minute mule ride (or walk) to the lodge. The reception is open from 9 a.m/ to 5 p.m. Outside of these hours, guests should call the Kasbah at 0524 485611 and a staff member will meet them in the parking lot.

What to Expect

The Kasbah is located on a hilltop accessible only on foot or by mule, and the property itself, built in the style of a typical Berber dwelling, has a number of stone steps. Guests should be prepared for walking and climbing.

In accordance with Muslim tradition and to avoid unwanted attention or offense, modest clothing is strongly encouraged. Kasbah Du Toubkal recommends modest shirts and long pants or a long skirt for visits to some of the more remote villages and religious towns. Similarly, out of respect for Muslim traditions The Kasbah is not licensed for alcohol. Guests staying at the Kasbah are welcome to bring their own.

In North African culture, it is customary to remove shoes when entering rooms or going into carpeted areas. The Kasbah Du Toubkal observes this tradition, so be prepared to pad around in your socks or bare feet in some places. Shoes are fine wherever the floors are tiled.

For many years the Kasbah has offered a wide range of accommodation options, making the experience accessible to budget travelers as well as those seeking a high-end experience. The resulting sense of community is part of what makes the Kasbah experience so special. Those who prefer a more typical 4- or 5-star hotel experience should think carefully before visiting.

Weather and Seasons

With the lodge at nearly 6,000 feet and the trekking routes reaching up to the summit of Jbel Toubkal at 13,671 feet, climate and temperature extremes are to be expected. Temperatures can range from 46 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (8 to 35 degrees Celsius) in summertime; and from 23 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 to 22 degrees Celsius) in winter.

What to Bring

Because temperatures can fluctuate quite dramatically in the High Atlas, it is best to pack warm layers so you can adjust your clothing according to the changing weather. If you are going on an overnight trek, you’ll want to pack as lightly as possible, although mules are available to carry luggage. The packing list below is designed for those intending to summit Jbel Toubkal. Consider what level of trekking you plan to do—from easy walks to overnight trips—and choose what you’ll need accordingly. Dress at the lodge is casual to smart casual.

If you plan on climbing Jbel Toubkal, please come well prepared. Guides are instructed not to take hikers who are ill-equipped. From November to April, summit treks are dependent on favorable weather conditions and require experience with ice axes and crampons (both available at the lodge). Sleeping bags, trekking poles, and mattresses are provided.

  • Duffel bags rather than suitcases (two small ones are better than one large)
  • Walking boots that give ankle support
  • One pair of warm pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece
  • Eco-friendly body soap and shampoo
  • Personal first-aid kit with anti-diarrhea medication & rehydration tablets
  • High-factor sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Flashlight (preferably a headlamp)
  • Daypack
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Long shorts (for men)
  • Cotton pants/dress
  • T-shirts
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain gear and windbreaker
  • Sandals/light shoes
  • Towel
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Wet wipes and toilet paper
  • Water bottle
  • Hat and gloves for early mornings and nights
  • Camera and spare memory cards
  • Small travel alarm clock

Traveling with Family

Children of all ages are welcome at Kasbah Du Toubkal and children under age two stay free of charge. Children ages two through 15 are welcome to share certain rooms with adults at an additional cost.

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