7 days MTB tour Atlas Mountains: If you are considering a mountain biking holiday, think of Morocco, one of the world’s finest destinations for biking! Exotic and alluring, Morocco offers an unexpected mosaic of cultures and an amazing variety of mountain ranges with breathtaking landscapes…..
It offers fabulous riding experiences in the surroundings of Marrakech, the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the rural villages of the countryside, itself along gravel and tarmac roads.
Adventurous mountain bikers looking to explore the High Atlas Mountains & Berber villages outside of Marrakech, Beginner with a reasonable level of fitness will enjoy this adventurous ride as much as experienced riders.
Trip length : 7 days / 6 nights
Group size : Min 2, max 12 persons
This bike adventure takes place in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, just a short drive from the vibrant city of Marrakech. The High Atlas Mountains are a spectacular setting for a mountain biking trip with hundreds of miles of dusty singletrack just waiting to be explored. With many years of experience guiding in the region, your local hosts can help you explore this region’s hidden riding potential.
The scenery makes for an impressive backdrop to your journey. The rugged and remote terrain has resisted the pressured of the modern world and feels like a window into a bygone era. Dramatic valleys offer vivid contrasts with the lush green irrigated fields along the valley bottom set against the barren rocky scree slopes that lead up to the snow-capped peaks.
The area is dotted with the villages and towns of the Berber people; their characteristic stone houses nestled picturesquely into steep hillsides. This region of Morocco remained isolated until the early 20th century and for a long time the fiercely independent local people resisted French colonisation. To this day the Berber people retain a strong sense of their unique identity and operate in many ways independently of the Moroccan government. The regions rich cultural heritage makes it the perfect destination for an adventure.
What to Expect
Day 1: Airport — Marrakech
Meet and great’ by ourselves on your arrival in Morocco at Marrakech airport and transfer to evening accommodation. Deposit baggage and breathe in the frantic pace and aromas of Marrakech
Day 2: Marrakech via the pass Tizi Tadmamt (2100m)
we transfer you out site the city of Marrakech like 1h and half than we start . To warm up the muscles, we cycle first on the asphalt gradually up to the green Ourika valley. In Arhbalou (1300m), we go really into the Mountains and up to the pass Tizi Tadmamt (2100m). Then it goes up and down; Mountains at the Atlas, Berber villages and valleys. Eventually we reach the mountain village Imsker. Total approx 100 km. overnight in Imsker Night in at the Guest House.
Day 3: Mountain bike trip through the valley of Imenane to Tacheddirt
Along a mountain stream we gradually climb up on a beautiful slope to the high Berber village Tacheddirt. Along several villages surrounded by steep, green farm fields and rugged parts of nature. Total approx 50 km. Night in at the Guest House
Day 4: Biking over the pass Tizi Tamatert (2280m) to Imlil
Today we can choose: the zig-zag way up you’ve seen yesterday to the pass Tizi Tamatert. Or an easy option; very gradual and paved road. You can enjoy the view over the valley in our nice Berber guesthouse in one of the small villages around Imlil. For enthusiasts, there even is the opportunity for a walk along the small Berber villages around Imlil, exploring culture and traditions in the afternoon. Total approx 20 km. Extra with the climb from Tinghourine approximately 10 km. Overnight near Imlil (1740m) – Night in at the Guest House
Day 5: short walk to Tizi Mezzik + Mountain bike to Tassa Ouirgane
Today we are going over the pass Tizi Mezzik (2280m). Our bikes are transported by a mule and we are all walking to the pass. Then we will hit the road again with our bikes. A nice but difficult – single track – descent over rough and sometimes steep slopes through the beautiful valley of Ouazzaden to the village of \. Along the way, we have views over beautiful valleys. Total: walking approx 1,5 hours Mountain biking approx 35 km. Overnight in Tassa Ouirgane (1400m) – Night in at the Guest House
Day 6: Kik plateau to Amizmiz
A small decent on the asphalt road to Asni and then a nice climb to the pilgrimage village Mousy Brahim, on the edge of the Kik plateau. From the Kik plateau we still go up and down, to the larger village Amizmiz. Total approx 40 km. Overnight Marrakech – Night in Riad.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast at your hotel, transfers to the airport. .
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.
What Includes, Airport Transfers, 2 Night hotel in Marrakech on BB, Private Transport from/to Marrakech, English Tour Guide, Accommodation during the trip, All meals during the trip, Assistance car during the trip
Does not Include, Travel Insurance, Tips, Any Private Expenses, Drinks and Items of personal nature, Meals in Marrakech, Bike hire (Full Suspension) + Helmet (available to rent from our bike shop)
Bookable Extras, Umbrella, Sunscreen, T-Shirt, Entrance Fees
We recommend packing the following items:
- Normal daily clothes
- Padded cycling shorts and gloves
- Breathable top or cycling jersey
- Sunglasses/eye protection
- Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling
- Waterproofs and long cycling trousers
- For the earlier departures you may need some warmer layers
- Sun cream
- Water bottle or Camelback
Energy cycling gels offer a quick form of crabs replenishment. Most contain the simple crab sugar, which is the fastest form of energy to replace glycogen. It’s suggested that people who cycle at a moderate intensity for more than 90 minutes, need to replace between 30g and 65g of carbohydrates per hour and we would thoroughly recommend bringing some of these with you, as well as some energy bars.
During this bike adventure, you will be staying in a Guest house in the Berber village, but we can also update the accommodation suits your needs.