Atlas Mountains winter trekking holiday, Mount Toubkal

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08 Nov 2020
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Environment
The scenery and landscape is what makes this experience unique. Travelling on foot we follow marked footpaths through the mountain valleys and to the summit of Jebel Toubkal, ensuring that we keep to the designated paths so as not to disturb wildlife and fauna and have an adverse affect on the beautiful landscape.

The tap water is not drinkable so customers are encouraged by the leader to buy a 5 litre container before leaving Marrakesh to to fill their bottles at the the start of the trek. These bottles are reused by locals to store either water, olive oil or any other liquids and sold in the local markets for that purpose. The drivers hand them to locals in villages or when we arrive at the hotel for people to collect them. During the walking days it is not practical to carry 5 litre bottles, therefore customers are encouraged to use water filter bottles or purifying tablets.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

The communities living in and around the Atlas Mountains are of Berber origin, welcoming and hospitable they rely on tourism and are responsible for helping to develop the area as a tourist destination in a sustainable way, ensuring that the culture and traditions live on. During the days walks there is the opportunity to buy snacks and crafts from small local shops along the paths. This provides direct income for the more isolated communities in the Atlas Mountains as well as a chance for the group to interact with the local Berber’s. Staying in a village house also enables us to get closer to the local culture and gain an insight into their lives.

Undertaking the trek during winter we employ specialist local mountain guides who are able to attentively assist the group when walking on snow and ice and teach customer how to efficiently use mountaineering equipment such as crampons and a walking axe.

We have worked together with our local agent in Morocco for many years now and we’re proud of their responsible practices and strong ethics when it comes to tourism within Morocco. The team are regularly involved with our responsible business projects. In 2017, we funded the purchase of three looms for a women’s only cooperative based on the suggestion and brilliant business proposal from our Moroccan partner. The office staff and the on the road teams work hard to find meaningful and sustainable projects in Morocco that we can get involved with both financially and by raising awareness through our customers.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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