I booked a 2 day trek for my wife and I and our two children age 8 and 6 in the High Atlas mountains. From beginning to end, we had a fantastic experience with Mohamed's trek company. I would heartily recommend it to anyone looking to hike in the mountains.
Pre-Trek: I booked the trek online with Mohammed Aztat. We corresponded multiple times via email. I was anxious taking my children on an overnight trek. Mohamed guided me through the options and suggested an appropriate route. We settled on taking a guide (Ibrahim), muleteer (Ibrahim) and cook with us as well as two mules. Prior to departing on the trek from Imlil, Mohamed reviewed the trek details with us in person. His demeanor is very professional. It is clear he runs a tight ship. Every person we met associated with the trek company held himself to high standards.
Transfer: The transfer Mohammed had arranged was exactly on time for pick-up at our hotel in Marrakech. The van was new, spotless and the driver spoke english. We were welcomed at Dar Adrar, Mohamed's guest house. On our return, we had a 4x4 drive us down from the mountains all the way to Marrakech. The driver was expert at navigating the narrow single lane road on a wet day. Again, the driver spoke English. The vehicle was new and spotlessly clean.
Guide: Ibrahim is a berber who had grown up in a neighboring village. He is a proficient guide. He speaks english very well. He answered our many questions about berber culture, his own experiences growing up, the geography, the plants etc. Ibrahim kept us moving at a steady pace. He helped with the children who, even when tired, were anxious to walk rather than ride. After dinner at the refuge, Ibrahim joined us for cards and general fun. He was great.
Other: The muleteer and cook did their jobs professionally. The food was better than I would have expected and was served in quantities well beyond what we could eat. The soup, breakfast porridge and bean tagine stand out in my memory. The muleteer did a great job of handling the mules and keeping the kids safely on them on inclines and declines. We also used sleeping bags provided by Mohamed. The were clean and lightly used.
I heartily recommend hiking the Atlas and doing it with Aztat Treks. Overall a fantastic experience!
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