Trekking in the Atlas Mountains with children

The Atlas Mountains are a fantastic location for families planning to test a multi day trek for the very first time or even attempt many more demanding peaks. Within easy access from Marrakech the they provide a variety of challenging and moderate trails with lots of interest en-route to hold the kids engaged.

Probably the most striking aspect for kids will be the standard Berber way of living in the mountains. It’s difficult to think of elsewhere within easy access of Europe which provides such a marked cultural sense and contrast of perspective.

It’s not uncommon to stroll through villages with absolutely no power, in which local families clean the clean clothes of theirs in streams and water is collected through the well. Homes are classic straightforward mud or even concrete built buildings & kids are typically seen out there in the valleys caring for their families’ goats. It’s a unique opportunity to provide the kids of yours a far more worldly perspective.

On trek you will be supplied with the own little staff of yours, incorporating a neighborhood (English speaking) Berber Guide, local Berber cook and mule. The mules use the load and all you have to carry is one day pack with waterproofs, water and camera. We supply a spare mule, therefore the kids are able to get it in turns riding whenever they become sore.

Your dishes are ready by the cook of yours from new ingredients, he will get in front of you and also create a scrumptious cooked picnic lunch at the edge of the trail and also a night dinner at the conclusion of the morning.

The benefit of trekking with your personal manual is the fact that we are able to deal with the tempo to fit the loved ones of yours as well as can make modifications on the itinerary as you go along if necessary. Similarly with your personal cook, you are able to allow them know if there’s something your children prefer not to consume.

Accommodation on trek is both staying or camping in village gites. In winter, autumn and spring we’d typically wear the village gites. These’re simple village guesthouses. The family of yours will have an area to itself to sleep in, but bathroom facilities are shared. Hot showers are occasionally offered.
Which trek?

We discover that generally kids prefer varied routes with features like sheer sections, very small stream crossings etc. to long smooth paths. Frequent breaks for snacks and lunch are likewise really welcome. We also favour routes that provide a plan B providing you think it is tougher going than you anticipated.

Our favorite Atlas Mountains trek for families: Our 3 day valleys trek is ideal for families, with roughly 4 5 hours of walking each day in addition easy stops for picnic lunches. There’s a lot of attention on route, with stream crossings, a lot of tiny Berber villages and several modest passes. The great thing about this particular rout is the fact that in case you locate the very first day tough going you’ll find choices to alter the path for the third and second many days to decrease walking. We have this particular trek by default in our household itineraries, but are glad to exchange for an alternative choice if preferred. With 3 days you are able to get miles away from the fairly established trailhead town of Imlil to find several of the more conventional Berber Villages.

A difficult trek for teenagers: If your loved ones is in place for a task, our 4 day Toubkal trek has the very best of both worlds with conventional Berber villages, gorgeous valleys, spectacular high altitude passes and also the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain, Toubkal.

Anything much more adventurous: Further afield than the Toubkal region, Ait Bougmez is much additional untouched, with a few fantastic scenery. The Ait Bougmez traverse is an excellent longer trek for families seeking to buy (further) far from it all on a longer trek without having a any high altitude peaks or even goes by.

Toubkal trek 2 days: If you’re quite short of time, then you definitely may want to look at instead a shorter 2 day one night trek. The walking distances are a bit more concentrated and there’s much less space to shorten the walking many days on this feature.

If primary gite accommodation does not appeal: We’d suggest making use of a good comfy guesthouse in Imlil (Douar Samra and Dar Adrar are both beautiful for families) as a foundation for many day hikes. There are many good 3 5 hr walk options from Imlil, we offer mules, guide and cook like the multi day trek, which means you are able to still enjoy a beautiful picnic lunch up over the trail. Please get in touch in case you’d prefer this option.

The downside on the two days trek and day treks from Imlil is you do not get really similar contact with the conventional villages of the Atlas Mountains as the villages encountered usually be evolved with street access.