Atlas Mountains trekking tour, Morocco

“Summit the highest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, on an 8 day small group adventure through the Berber communities of Morocco's Atlas Mountains. ”

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Marrakech | Aroumd | Ait Mizane Valley | Neltner Hut | Mt Toubkal Summit | Djemaa El-Fna |

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Responsible tourism: Atlas Mountains trekking tour, Morocco

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This summer trekking trip through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is a great example of a trip that benefits local communities, creates employment in rural regions, and gives our travelers a fantastic taste of day to day life in North Africa. Our tours are designed around the concept of low impact or even positive impact tourism, aiming to contribute financially to the areas we are visiting without contributing negatively on either an environmental or cultural level.

On trek, you’ll stay in small, Berber gites in remote mountain villages, usually run by local families or regional co-operatives for which trekkers are a vital source of revenue. Meals are included in the gites, so expect to be sampling traditional, hearty Moroccan flavours as we trek. English isn’t widely spoken in these regions, so your group leader will be on hand to assist with getting to know your hosts. All our team, from your group leader to the mule handlers who support our trek will all have been recruited from the local community. Not only does this contribute towards supporting local economies through employment opportunities, but it also gives our travelers a unique experience. Chatting to the team while we trek, you’ll be rewarded with fascinating insights into the rural life you are passing by.

Your guide will also advise you on local sensibilities and expected behaviours. Morocco can be considered a liberal Muslim country as many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves, however, Morocco is very conservative when compared with standards you may be accustomed to at home and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders, cleavage and knees should be covered at all times, particularly outside of more cosmopolitan Marrakech when you are passing through remote villages. Wearing shorts (men and women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended and is considered disrespectful to the local culture. Long, light-coloured, lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers and skirts are respectful, cover your body, keep you cool in the heat and protect you from the harsh sun.

Your support team will encourage you throughout to take steps to make your climb as environmentally responsible as possible. Rubbish and refuse will not be left in the mountains and your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, even if this means carrying it back down with us, recycling if possible. We encourage all our trekkers to carry refillable water bottles with purification tablets to enable them to remain hydrated, rather than rely on plastic bottles purchased prior to the climb. In additional to being a far more practical option, reducing our consumption and disposal of the plastic bottles is a goal we are continually working towards.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company and offset all our global carbon emissions, even offering you a carbon offset option when booking your flights to Morocco through us. Through these offset schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travelers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

Reviews of Atlas Mountains trekking tour, Morocco

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 10 Sep 2016 by

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


Leaving in the early morning from the refuge in the dark to climb Mount Toubkal. Walking in a line with headlamps we crossed a small creek and climbed a
steep rise to see the early morning sky and the peak.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a sleeping bag, good hiking shoes and cards. If you want to reduce plastic waste bring a water purifier (pump or ultraviolet light).

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


The vacation provided employment to local guides, mule drivers, cooks and hostel staff. From a carbon standpoint we walked and used donkeys most of the
time. However, it did not support conservation as we used plastic water bottles.

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


Excellent vacation. There was a wonderful combination of cultural tourism and trekking in a spectacular setting.

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