Hassan was ok, although favoured the faster members of the group.
A group of 16 walkers of mixed abilities was too large for only one guide, and we had no back-marker for much of the trip, and in my view sometimes this was dangerous on snowy and icy paths. The group did not stick together, and there were too many gaps between the group, so on occasion people took the wrong path and got lost.
We joked that Moroccan guides and muleteers need lessons from Nepalese sherpas. They didn't go out of their way to be helpful! For example, they didn't bring tea to tents in the morning, there were no wake-up call, and they didn't boil water for drinking water or for hot water bottles, as they usually do in Nepal or any other country where I have camped before.
Definately bring a thermorest, as the sleeping mats provided by Exodus are useless and made of foam covered in fabric material, so when wet, are very unpleasant to sleep on. They are also transported on top of the equipment carried by the mules, so I dread to think of the ingrained dirty!
Bring water purification tablets (tablets are better than drops). You can't always buy bottled water, so have to drink water from the rivers and streams. I would also recommend bringing orange tang or vitamin C tablets to make the water taste better.
The food that Mohammed managed to cook while camping was great, although after a while vegetables and cous cous got a bit boring. There wasn't much meat! Perhaps bring things like nice tea bags, dried fruit to put on porridge, marmite, peanut butter, bovril drink etc to make things more exciting.
Obviously bring plenty of wet wipes, alcohol hand gel, lots of chocolate and energy bars, travel pillow, and walking poles.