We arrived in the village of Imlil and found a trekking store - they knew our host Lahcen Ighrem as a fellow trekker and called him. He came down from his smaller village - Arghen - and showed us up to his garage to park our car and hike in the few hundred metres to his home. His father calls prayer five times a day, his mother cooks tagine on an open brazier, and his sister-in-law makes fresh bread for every meal. We were welcomed with tea and accompanying nuts, dates, etc. on the back terrace overlooking the beautiful Imlil valley, then were encouraged to visit Mom and Sis when they prepared dinner. Lahcen acted as host to get us set up for dinner then left us to ourselves until we had finished when he came back to talk about tomorrow's trek. We left early the next morning for 5 hours of moderately goaty trails around the valleys. All wonderful. If you are looking for the genuine Berber homestay, look no further. Lahcen is one of Morocco's young entrepreneurs and his vision is right on!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imlil Authentic Toubkal Lodge is a traditional Berber house situated in the heart of the village Arghan, perched above Imlil. The Lodge has four dormitories decorated in the style of the region. We provide an ample breakfast on the balcony that looks south towards the Toubkal Massif. Hot showers and mint tea will restore you after your excursions and in the evenings. The Lodge is ideally located for hiking in the surrounding valleys and summiting mountain peaks including the famous Jebel Toubkal. We do not have sherpas here in Morocco, but muleteers with their mules will take care of your heavy rucksacks. Whether you want to rest and relax during your stay or discover the mountains by foot, we are here to provide you with all the information you need and welcome you with our Berber hospitality. Are you looking for: An authentic mountain home stay? Explore the really Moroccan Berber hospitality with local Berbers? Learn how to make Moroccan food (tea ceremony + main dishes, etc..)? Learn how traditional rugs are made? Meet local Berbers? Bread making? Wishing you a very good trip ... more less
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