Why do we use mules on the hike up Mount Toubkal?
The mules help carry bags on the trek and are a traditional part of Berber culture in the Atlas Mountains. We only use mules for luggage and water transportation up to a certain weight, except in the event of an emergency where they may be used for transporting people.
Are the mules well cared for?
The mules are looked after to a good standard using traditional management techniques. The locals depend on their animals for their livelihood and often live with them, so will always work with the animal’s best interest in mind. The mules are well adapted for life in the mountains and have been part of Berber culture in the Atlas Mountains for centuries.
How should I interact with the mules?
The local guides are there to teach you about the Atlas Mountains and will show you how to behave around the local animals. The mules are very used to human interaction and most are comfortable being petted, however, you should always ask the owners permission before interacting with a mule. When photographing the mules, you should avoid taking close-ups or using a flash.
How am I supporting animal conservation?
Trekking up Mount Toubkal supports the local Berber community financially which, in turn, improves the standard of care for mules and ensures regular feeding and check-ups. On our trips, we do our best to ensure that only well-cared for mules are used, with our guides regularly providing feedback on their wellbeing and not allowing the use of mules which are unwell. Recently, a mule care workshop was run in this area to help mule owners improve their animal care, for example, through the use of more comfortable head collars.
Can I leave feedback on animal welfare?
Absolutely. If you have any feedback on the conditions or treatment of the mules used on your trip, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org