Kasbah du Toubkal
“The Kasbah du Toubkal is not a hotel in the traditional sense, it is more an extension of the hospitality that stems from the home of the Berbers who run it.” Kasbah du Toubkal
At the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco lies the Kasbah du Toubkal.
From the reception in Imlil, mules that carry your luggage will accompany you during the 15 minute walk to the property.
Use your stay to appreciate the spectacular surrounding setting of the Toubkal National Park during trekking adventures, go by bike through the High Atlas Mountains or enjoy a day trip to Marrakech, which is only a stone’s throw - about 60km - away.
Staying at Kasbah du Toubkal, run by local Berbers, gives you an impression of the traditional Moroccan life and brings a million memories of unforgettable authentic experiences.
- authentic accommodation
- stunning panoramic mountain views from your room
- in midst mountain nature and close proximity to Marrakech
- true authentique experiences
being local - authentic experiences
Rooms & Amenities
- 14 comfortable en-suite rooms (3 of those rooms can be used as self-contained houses)
- 3 family rooms
- green garden
- large terraces with mountain views
- Recently opened Trekking Lodge in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains
History & Philosophy
Already in 1972, when trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, Mike McHugo fell in love with the magical Morocco. In 1989, he stayed with his mother and brother Chris in a small Berber village as the guests and friends of Hajj Maurice, a local mountain guide and respected leader of the local community. The village was located at the foot of a ruined kasbah that used to be the summer home of a local feudal chief. Chris suggested to buy the old kasbah to invest in Morocco’s development and work with the special site in a sustainable way.
After restoration, which was sympathetic to its original design, Kasbah du Toubkal opened its doors in 1995. Maurice and his wife, Hajja Arkia, manage the property. Just recently, a the first trekking lodge in the area was opened.
Rather a berber hospitality centre than a traditional hotel, Kasbah du Toubkal maintains a unique partnership with the local Berber community. Mike’s vision was to develop a small Berber hospitality Centre based on the principles of sustainability.
- Social Projects
- Cultural Commitment
- Waste Management
- Flora and Fauna
- Set up Imlil Village Association: Funded by a 5% accommodation levy, the association supports local community projects. To maintain the close links with the local community, the levy is funneled back to the villagers; with the help of the association a school for 80 children in an outlying valley as well as the region’s first community hammam was constructed, it enabled a rubbish disposal system, and provides the region’s first ambulance and driver
- Leader Founder of the project “Education for all“ – with the help of fundings from guests as well as international fundraising efforts, Kasbah du Toubkal provides disadvantaged girls the opportunity to complete school and go to university
- Employment of local staff members, 95% from nearby villages, 80% from within 2 kilometers
- salaries exceed local regulations
- trainings for employees to grow with the organization
- encourage women to work outside the household, which is still challenging
- put time and effort into sustainable projects that provide diverse employment
- developed Tourist Code of Conduct, communicate to guests to be considerate and value the local environment
- preserve a special authentic connection to local villagers
- preserve traditional values, such as ceremonial hand washing
- donation to NGO contributing to cultural heritage initiatives
- minimize waste and set up recycling methods for the whole valley
- close to no plastic policy
- guests are provided with reusable canteens; a triple filtered water fountain on site enables refills and thus avoids plastic bottle waste
- Education of guests to not leave litter behind when hiking in the beautiful landscape
- vegetable waste is fed to animals
- avoid waste for toiletries, use large bottles and unpacked soap
- Water comes from own source
- Grey and black water is treated in septic tanks before it returns to the water bassin after treatment
- Triple filtered water fountain enables securely drinkable water
- close to 100% is from local and seasonal produce
- most food in the area is organic
- Kasbah has continued to feature dormitory accommodation and communal food dishes and eating habits (the traditional ritual washing of hands tasse before eating is key to this).
- Restoration was sympathetic to its original design, attempt to preserve local architectural standards
- Village labourers used traditional building techniques and local materials in its construction
- All material was carried by hand or on the backs of mule; no electric tools as electricity only arrived in the region in 1997
- Trekking lodge built in traditional Moroccan style
- Almost all furniture is from local economy Imli or Asni
- solar-powered underfloor heating
- solar-power for night emergency lighting
- 95 % LED lighting
Flora and Fauna
- Green and Organic Garden with native plants
- Pest control without chemicals
- protection of flora and fauna