Morocco’s High Atlas
Mountains for Families

A wonderful adventure for families with older active children looking for an adventure

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  • 7 Nights
  • Year Round
  • Morocco
  • £2,000 PP
  • Authentic

Trip Overview

Families looking to experience an intoxicating blend of wilderness and culture will love a few days exploring morocco’s high atlas mountains.

Our treks in the atlas use private tented camps carried on the backs of mules to explore remote mountain valleys, far from any signs of the modern world. travelling in this way is hugely exciting for families and routes can be chosen to cater for all ages and levels of fitness. 

All these trips are organised privately for each family and lead by a highly experienced berber mountain guide, likely born and raised in these very mountains.

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Trip Itinerary

Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains for families

Marrakech (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Marrakech

Few cities can be as beautifully sited as Marrakech. The surrounding land is watered by abundant rivers and streams from the Atlas Mountains, which provide a spectacular backdrop as they rise some 12,000ft. In the summer months, the heights are often lost behind a heat haze, but the winter visitor has the best of it, for then the peaks are covered in snow, always a beguiling sight in Africa.

Accommodation

La Sultana

It is located in the royal quarter of the Kasbah, between the Royal Palace and overlooking the Saadian Tombs.

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High Atlas Mountains (3 Nights)
3 Nights

High Atlas Mountains

An early start from Marrakech and you quickly leave the chaos behind and head for the snow-capped mountains. Expect spectacular views, switchbacks and mountain passes before you crest the mountains and enter the dry country of southern Morocco.

A daily rhythm: a day on your trek

Take a look at our video, ‘Morocco under canvas’ which give you a good idea of the type of experience to expect as part of this itinerary.

After breakfast the walk begins and usually follows mule tracks that follow gentle contour lines beside streams, steep sided valleys and soaring mountain passes. Terraced valley floors green with immaculately tended crops contrast with the rocky landscape and thyme bushes at higher altitudes. The pace is gentle and there are plenty of stops to rest, take in the sensational views and replenish your energy with dates and nuts. A riding mule can be arranged for those who tire of walking.

Around mid-morning you’ll be overtaken by the mule train as they go ahead of you to set up camp for the night. All except the lunch mule who (as the name suggests) will meet you with a lavish picnic allowing you to rest up in the heat of the day. In the evenings you’ll walk in to camp to find the tents up, dinner on the go and freshly prepared mint tea awaiting you, while around camp the mules graze peacefully – free from their burdens.

Accommodation

Mobile Tented Camp

The Moroccan Light Mobile Camp is a private tented camp that we use to explore the wilder parts of Morocco.

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High Atlas Mountains (2 Nights)
2 Nights

High Atlas Mountains

After your time in the mountains we often recommend tagging on a couple of nights in a hotel or riad to rest, enjoy the pool and put your feet up with a good book before you and your family head home.

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ITINERARY FAQS NEED TO KNOW

How old should my children be? 

The walks can be adapted to suit you, but in general you should expect to be on your feet for 3-4 hours in the mornings and a couple of hours after lunch. The pace is gentle though and as the trips are totally private the walk can be done at your own pace.

We’ve done these walks with children as young as two years old (admittedly he was carried for much of the time in a backpack) and kids of eight upwards will manage fine if they are buoyed up by other children. In our experience the best possible plan is to travel as a couple of families as this is a great way to stave off the “are we nearly there” type questions.

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