3 days mtb tour atlas mountains is the perfect escape on mtb from Marrakech. A wonderful three day explore the Berber villages.
3 days Mountain biking tour holidays in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, could be one of the highlights of your entire trip in Morocco, explore the Atlas Mountains by bike. The ride itself is just spectacular endless descents of fast gravel off-road singletrack and donkey tack, we offer an unrivalled off road experience through striking landscapes of jogged mountains and gorges.
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 : 3 days / 2 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: Biking from Imlil to Azzaden valley
we leave Imlil riding down through the Imlil valley to Imi’oughelad, then take a dirt road that climbs steadily, zigzagging up to allow us to enjoy a very nice view over the Ait Mizan valley, the neighboring valleys and all the small passes. We continue to the Tacht pass where we will stop for drinks and some nuts, then continue along the Azzaden valley on dirt roads to Id Aissa villages. It is possible to extend this ride if anyone wants to. Night in gite (guest house). At 1600m.
4-5 hours biking
Day 02: Biking to Amizmiz via Ouirgane
This path links three or four villages as we traverse from one to the other. There are a couple of little climbs of 3-400m which catapult us into incredibly fast sections. We stop for lunch in a secluded wooded part of the riverbed where mint tea is waiting for our arrival. After lunch we’re off again.
A short warm up of 2 km and we’re crossing a large dam to find the entrance to yet another incredible ribbon of singletrack to a spectacular gorge. This is truly breathtaking scenery to match some of the best singletrack in the world! From here we have a gentle ride to the gite 10km outside Amizmiz (1005m) this day will take us to Ait Zitoune village where we can enjoy a nice hammam after a long ride.
4-5 hours biking
Day 3: Biking to Amizmiz
This is the last day on the bike and possible the best! Today is another tough great singletrack challenge day with some great climbing and challenges all morning! We will stop in Berber house for a couple of min tea, and then continue our riding to lunch place. After lunch transfers back to Marrakech
4-5 hours biking
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, Private Transport from/to Marrakech, English Tour Guide, Bike hire + Helmet, 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
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.