Luxury trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains

“This trekking holiday is based at one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. It’s like a movie set. Thankfully, this is real life, however. In full Technicolor.”

Highlights

Luxurious Kasbah stay| Views of Mount Toubkal | Stay in Azzaden Valley trekking lodge | Village to village hikes in Azzaden Valley | Option for all day hike passing Lepiney refuge hut | Options for all day hikes passing the cols Tizi n’Teouti and Tizi n’Tougdalt cols

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Plastic waste is a nightmare to recycle here, so best take packaging home. Bring refillable bottle and imbibe the mountain spring water for free.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Moderate/hard. Treks to suit all.
Accomm:
3 nights eco luxury Kasbah, 2 nights luxury trekking lodge.
Included:
Full board accommodation, transfers, guide and muleteer, hammam, local community levy.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Luxury trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains

Environment

1. Village labourers used traditional building techniques and local materials in its construction, with everything having to be carried in by hand or on the backs of mules. Power tools could not be used, as electricity didn't arrive in this remote region until 1997.

Perched on imposing outcrop 1,800 metres above sea level, the kasbah crowns Imlil Valley with its population of around 5,000 mostly subsistence farmers, whose own fields and walnut, cherry and apple orchards flourish below.

2. Trying to reduce plastic waste. Please help us to make this a reality.

As in many countries, Morocco has a waste disposal problem which here in the inhabited Toubkal National Park can be more noticeable. Rubbish, particularly plastic rubbish, that does not decompose, is one of the main culprits.
Accordingly we are trying to reduce the use of plastic bottles at the Kasbah, as we believe these are unnecessary. We are in the very privileged situation of having safe spring water as our water supply, so we are instigating a new system at the Kasbah based on 2 of the R’s, Reduce and Rethink in relation to plastic water bottles.

Our ultimate aim is that we and our guests will not be a source of plastic water bottle waste. We believe this is possible, as we have a source of safe drinking water and hence bottled water serves no useful purpose.

Community

1. Education for All Morocco Limited EfAM is a charity established in 2006 by Discover Ltd and other friends in Marrakech. EfAM was set up to build boarding houses near to secondary schools in Morocco, providing accommodation and care to girls from remote mountain communities in the High Atlas mountains, enabling them to further their education through the Moroccan state system. Primary education in Morocco is compulsory and readily available to both boys and girls between 7 and 14 years old. However, it is unusual for girls in the High Atlas mountains to continue their education beyond primary level. This is because the nearest secondary school may be over 20km away, and impractical to travel to each day. Many families do not have the financial resources to support their daughters through secondary education. Those that do may lack a family network near to a secondary school to whom they can entrust their daughter. Girls from these communities deserve the opportunity to continue their education.

“We believe that if you educate a girl, you begin to educate the next generation.”

Education for All and Discover Ltd organise community work and service projects through which you and your students can make an essential contribution to our ongoing work in Morocco. We have already built 3 boarding houses, which between them accommodate over 100 girls. Through fund raising and practical community work or service projects.

2. All our invoices will incur a 5% charge this is in favour of the local Village Association “Association des Bassins d’Imlil” and Education For All. The Association Bassins d’Imlil covers the whole of the surrounding valleys. This association provides the ambulance that you see in Imlil which provides a service to the local population and visitors, other community projects that have been undertaken include the rubbish clearance system and the provision of the village Hammam. Education For All helps provide college education for girls from the rural High Atlas.

Reviews of Luxury trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the High Atlas Mountains and learning about the local people from our guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a good pair of boots and a big appetite (the size of the meals are amazing).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Kasbah deserves top marks in all three areas. At first we only wanted a guide for our daily treks (there is also a mule and cook who joints you at lunch time) as we normally only have a light meal during the day, but we realised that this was all part of increasing the local employment. Within the Kasbah efforts are made to reduce their environmental impact, apart from water usage, however, there was surplus water available in the area. During our walks we spoke to our guide about the rubbish that was around the villages and he informed us that the Kasbah sponsored rubbish collection. We picked up some plastic bags on the trail and the guide joined in. Morocco is going to ban plastic bags so this problem should reduce in the future.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a wonderful holiday, the staff, guide, locals and countryside were great.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much Colin, we are pleased you had such a lovely stay and we were happy to be able to help arrange it for you.

Reviewed on 05 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stunning location and great service from all staff involved

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Need to have a head for heights and average or above fitness

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent
Only comments and this is personal view is that it may have been nice to have more activities at the lodge itself like cooking classes or yoga

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Shireen,

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the views so much.

In regards for having to have ahead for heights, it is true that for the Trek to our remote trekking lodge in the Azzaden valley, people need to be reasonable walkers as you start the day at the Kasbah du Toubkal 1,800 metres and go over a col at 2,200 metres before descending to our trekking lodge at 1,800 metres.
So the gain in altitude is 400 metres but this is doable by the great majority of people of average fitness who have done some walking.
Some of our clients take a longer walk in as they view the direct route as too short/easy.
Each of our walking tours (they are mainly private trips) tailored to your requirements and the difficulty of the trekking can be changed to some extent according to your abilities and also how many hours walking a day you want.

If you only stay at the Kasbah du Toubkal obviously it is not necessary to go over any cols and easier day or half treks can be arranged. We are always happy to tailor the level of difficulty can be discussed and tailored to our visitors wishes.


We do have a room suitable for yoga and yoga equipment for those guests wishing to practice yoga whilst staying at the Kasbah du Toubkal. We also have regular Yoga retreats run throughout the year.
Also, we offer cooking with a local Berber family and this is arranged at reception on request.

Perhaps next time you come you can enjoy these.

Thank you again from everyone at Kasbah du Toubkal

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The lunch we were served on our trek to the Trekking Lodge was truly special. A bed (with pillows) was made up in the shade and we were encouraged to remove our boots and have a nap while lunch was being prepared. The food was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The rooms in the Kasbah and the Lodge have a fridge - so if you like to have a cool beer - bring some with you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely - our trek alone involved a guide, a muleteer, two cooks (lunch) and a cook at the lodge.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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