Morocco Family Trip
Why take this trip?
- Visit the charming town of Marakkech with bustling markets and snake charmers
- Experience true Berber life in the small villages surroundings the footheills of the Atlas
- Climb the highest point in the Arab world, Mount Toubkal, and witness the Atlantic Coast on the horizon to the West and the great Sahara Desert to the East
- Learn basic crampon and ice axe mountaineering technique to navigate the snowy slopes of the mountain during the winter
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Marrakech
Upon your arrival, a representative from Wild Guanabana will be picking you up from the airport and accompanying you on the 3 hour drive to Marrakech. You will check in to your rooms in a traditional Moroccan Riad and get some rest. Depending on your time of arrival and the level of energy you will have after the long travel day, you can either go and explore the city or chill in the Riad.
Day 2: Tour of Marrakech (B,L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your Riad and taken on a day of exploration in Marrakech. First stop will be to see the Palais de la Bahia, with beautiful courtyards and splendid living quarters. The royal family still uses some of the building as their residence. You will also visit the Dar Si Said, home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts. This former royal townhouse contains beautiful art and craftwork from all over Morocco. After lunch, you’ll visit Ali ben Youssef Medersa, which after almost six centuries, the blessing still works its charms on visitors. You will also get the chance to buy souvenirs throughout the day from the souqs.
Day 3: Marrakech Take 2 (B)
Today you have the day to continue exploring the beauty of Marrakech as you please. We suggest visiting Marjoelle Garden, a twelve-acre botanical garden and archeological picturesque museum that will have you in awe from its beauty and blushing colors! You should definitely visit the famous Souq and Sahet El Fana where you can immerse yourself in the hussle and bussle of shoppers, foodies and lights.
Day 4: Head to Imlil (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the Riad and taken on a 1.5 hour drive to Imlil. You'll see the landscape changing as you head deeper into the High Atlas. Arriving at the village of Imlil (1,740m above sea level), you'll stay in a traditional Moroccan gite for the night, a typical Berber house in the village of Ait souka (1800 m). After a short rest you'll go for an intro hike around the area to discover Imlil and get lovely views up the valley towards Toubkal having lunch at a magnificent view point.
Day 5: Neltar Refuge (B,L,D)
Today we leave the village behind and head to the mountain for the coming 3 days. The hike will start with an easy walk through the valley till you reach the river where you will have lunch. Beyond here the trail climbs steeply through a series of switchbacks, traversing the flank of the valley high above the river. At some point you may well hit the snowline where it will be time for you to don your crampons, before arriving at the Toubkal base camp at Neltner (3,207m). After settling in, your guide will brief you on the coming few days.
Day 6: Acclimatization Hike (B,L,D)
Today is a somewhat relaxed day where you will be going on a short acclimatization hike and learning some tequniques on how to use the ice axe, walk in crampons and building a snow man :) Its also a good chance to get some snow fights going! You will sleep early today as the following day you will be waking up very early for the summit push
Toubkal Summit (B,L,D)
Early this morning you set off for the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m), the goal of many mountain walkers who visit the High Atlas. There is a steep final climb that may involve some scrambling, but the effort is rewarded by superb views from the summit of the Atlas range. On a clear day it’s even possible to make out the hazy outline of the Atlantic coast to the west, and the sands of the Sahara Desert to the east. After resting on the summit, you make your way back to Neltner for a well deserved rest and celebration dinner.
Head to Casablanca (B,L)
After an early breakfast, you will start heading back to Imlil for a quick lunch and hit the road one last time for the remainder of your stay in Casablanca where you will be starting the new year with such great accomplishment and beautiful memories.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- Consultation in every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- All accommodation as mentioned above
- All meals as mentioned above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers during the trip in private cars (airport to Marrakesh to Imlil and back to airport)
- Highly experienced English speaking guide
- All national park admission & entrance fees
- Mules, muleteers and/or porters
- Offsetting all carbon emissions of the journey in an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya (Wild Guanabana is the Middle East and North Africa’s first carbon neutral travel company)
- Round-trip International flights
- Morocco visa fee
- Water and drinks
- Your personal travel insurance
- Gear and Equipment (please let us know if you want to rent gear)
- Tips and gratuity