The Mountain People are committed to ensuring the highest possible standards in mule welfare on all our trips and are one of the few companies with a carefully thought out and implemented animal welfare policy for our trips in the High Atlas. We have worked closely with The Donkey Sanctuary’s experts in this area to develop our policy and train our staff in mule care and management. We are therefore confident that our muleteering team is amongst the very best you will find in Imlil.


Our pay structure rewards our team for their efforts and goes a long way to combatting the dreadful exploitation that characterises the trekking industry. Where many companies still only pay their muleteers 100 MAD per day, our pay structure exceeds that recommended by Tourism Concern: We pay a basic rate of 150 MAD per day and this can rise to 175 MAD per day for those of our team members who have undertaken training in mule care and are working their mules in head collars only.


We guarantee that none of the mules working for us are ever worked in traditional bits and do everything possible to help owners respect the Expedition Provider’s Association charter of care for working mules.


We also make a point of supporting local initiatives to develop and promote humane tethers and bitless bridles by donating used climbing rope to these good causes. We are happy to ensure ropes donated by our clients are similarly used.





Long and lasting change is based on the local community, companies and individuals buying into good animal welfare practices. This takes education, creative solutions, incentives and a commitment to the welfare of animals! Ethical consumerism means that you, the customer, can make a difference by carefully considering the values and practices of those you travel with. You can expect and demand change more than ever before and the best companies will listen. So, ask questions, choose carefully, travel well. We suggest the following as a starting point to help bring change:


  • Make sure the company you choose for your trip is actively working to improve mule welfare and good treatment practices. If you find on a trek that they are not report to the head of the company asap. Make sure to get photos and details and if it is a western company partnering with a local one then get in touch with both of the company heads!
  • Check that the company pays a fair wage to the muleteer and that the money (all the money) actually gets to the muleteer!






PDFDOWNLOADIMAGEPromoting Pack Mule Welfare on Expedition – Mountain Professional March 2015


This PDF will help you to identify good and bad treatment and care practices. We suggest if you come across bad practices that you inform the company heads. Do provide photos and details in order help bring accountability and change.




PDFDOWNLOADIMAGEDeveloping Solutions for Tethering Injuries – Veterinary Times


This article give clear insight into the issues surrounding bad tethering practices (securing a mule) and shares what solutions are being developed by Glen Cousquer of the Donkey Sanctuary.




PDFDOWNLOADIMAGEUpdate on the work and initiatives for humane tethering practices – Veterinary Times


This article tracks the progress being made in seeing humane tethering practices implemented in the High Atlas mountains.