Small Day Pack. Water. Sunglasses. Lip Balm. Hat. Sunscreen. Tissues. Any Medication you might need. Change of socks. Extra layer of clothes. Snacks. Plastic Bag to bring back your rubbish in. Optional: extra memory card for photos. Power pack for recharging camera or phone.
What to bring on a multiday trek
Sleeping Bag with or without liner. Kleenex, wet wipes, personal hygiene items. Sun screen, hat and sunglasses. Lip balm, moisturiser. Water Bottle for up to 2 litres. Trek towel, wash kit. Personal medication and first aid kit. Shoes for all terrain, flip flops for the evening. Plenty of changes of socks at least 2 per day. Layers, hat, gloves and rain gear if needed. Changes of clothes as required. Small day pack to wear. Gear bag to go on the mule. Change of clothes for the evening / sleeping (always remove cold / sweaty clothes at the end of the days trek). Device chargers, adaptors, memory cards and power packs. Some accommodations have limited sockets. A head torch or small torch. Some dirhams as there is nowhere to change money. There are some small shops for buying snacks.
Should you bring a sleeping bag
If you are coming on a winter trek, then Yes, definitely bring a good quality one. For treks with camping Yes. For a 2 or 3 day Mountain trek where your accommodation is in a gite, they supply blankets, so it is a personal choice but not essential.
About tipping Trek guides and Muleteers
There is a system in place with a pretty standard rate. Guides: 100 dirhams (10€) per day. Muleteers who are also the cook: 100 dirhams (10€) per day. Muleteers: 50 dirhams (5€) per day. It is easier to work it out beforehand rather than be looking for it at the end. Keep it safe in an envelope and give it to the guide at the end. This is a very vital part of their income as the season may not be very long if there is too much snow.Items.
About food and drink on Treks
Shopping is done in the weekly souks for treks or local shops. Fresh fruits and vegetables are bought as well as dried goods. Bread is often bought too as it may not be so easy to find on the trail. Meat is sometimes bought in small villages on a daily basis. Tinned fish is a mainstay with salads for lunch. Water is bought too as well as tea, coffee and dried powdered milk. Snacks are also purchased in the form of nuts and dried fruits. Alcohol is not recommended on treks. Soft drinks and snacks can be purchased in small hannouts on the trail, so be sure to have some small change in dirhams.
How many trekkers per mule
Usually 2 to 3 depending on the amount of gear. On a camping trek there is much more gear to transport.
Who does the cooking and what do they cook?
The muleteers do the cooking and clearing up. There is usually one head cook and the others help. If there is only one, the guide may help him. Seasonal nutritious dishes are cooked fresh for each meal. Salads, tagines and couscous are the regular dishes with the cooks own additions and dishes that use minimum fuel and impact on the environment. There is always plenty of food.
What if someone become sick or gets altitude sickness?
Guides are all knowledgeable about altitude sickness, its effects on the body, how to recognise it and what to do. It is however very important that you tell the guide if you are not feeling well or notice anything different as you climb. Tell him what your symptoms are as quickly as possible so he can take the correct action to assist you. Do not hide it because you are worried about delaying the rest of the group, or because you paid for your trip you feel you must do it.. your health is always more important.