Morocco's High Atlas Mountains for Families

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

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Where
Morocco
When
Year Round
How long
3 nights
How much
FROM £695 PP
why
A wonderful off-grid experience for families wanting to spend quality time together. Authentic Moroccan Berber experience, simple but beautiful camp in breathtaking wilderness
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Light Mobile Tented Camp

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.

There aren't many better ways to get your kids off-grid and off-screen within a few hours of Europe”

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Day 1

Into the 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 stop for lunch and then continue to the remote spot where you'll meet your camp and crew for the beginning of your trek

Day 2

The trek begins

The day begins with breakfast in the crisp mountain air - freshly brewed tea and coffee, crepes cooked in camp, plenty of fruit, toast, cereal and more. As you eat, the camp crew will begin to dismantle the camp and pack it on to the mules in preparation for the day's move.

Day 3

Away from it all

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.

Day 4

A daily rythm

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.

HOW FAR & HOW OLD?

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.

If you're unsure whether your children will enjoy this, give us a call. We won't recommend something if we arent sure you'll enjoy it.

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A note from Alex

Inspiration

Early days with our kids were spent in East Africa and holidays were trips into wild areas where that connection with the elements was exhilarating.

Moving back to England the lack of proximity to wilderness left a big gap in our lives. Until we discovered Morocco with it's vast tracts of untamed land that seem not to have changed for centuries. More intriguing was the idea that safari here was something that hadnt changed either. Travel by mule through the valleys and passes of the High Atlas with mules carrying your camp and you're doing what travellers have done in Morocco for hundreds of years.

After extensive research trips we connected with the wonderful Berber partners - now friends - that we've been working with for many years. With them we've walked the mountains and deserts, travelled with nomadic pastoralists and shared all of this with our children.  Morocco is a thrilling country to explore with children for its complete contrast to European life and it's striking cultural integrity - if you do go, spend at least a night or two under canvas.

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