Responsible tourism: Mount Toubkal trekking holiday, Morocco
Our local agent in Morocco is as passionate about preserving the natural environment as we are. As such, we try to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible on our tours. On this trip, your trek goes through some parts of the stunning Toubkal National Park and you will be educated by your guide on the local regulations of the park and how to act in order to minimise damage to the environment, such as avoiding picking the flowers, straying from paths or leaving litter. You will also be educated in the use of different irrigation systems in the area for the cultivated terraces of land.
Luggage is carried by local mules, who are cared for by their owners throughout the trek. The mule owners have signed agreements with us as to the level of welfare we expect for the animals we use on our tours, and we provide education to them on mule care. All litter from the trek is collected and taken where possible to be recycled or otherwise disposed of responsibly. If guides fail to recycle or otherwise dispose responsibly of litter, we have a fine system in place.
This trek employs a large number of local people compared to the number of travellers. For a group of six tourists, the trek employs at least four local muleteers, one local guide and one cook. By employing local people not only are we giving back to the local economy through job provision, it also enhances your trip as it provides you the opportunity to get to know the local people and learn about their way of life. Also, the local people are the best people to guide you, as they hold the best knowledge of the local areas, flora and fauna.
Guesthouses used throughout the trek are all locally owned, again contributing to the local economy, and guests are provided the opportunity to meet local people on a visit to a local school and also staying with a Berber family. The food provided on the tour is all sourced locally, and we recommend our clients purchase their souvenirs in the shops in Aremd or Imlil rather than the larger suppliers in Marrakech, further contributing to the local economy.