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MTB tour in Atlas Mountains 5 days : cycle through remote Berber villages that cling to the steep sides of the High Atlas Mountains. We have the opportunity to explore Berber villages, encounter amazing scenery and wildlife and experience some of the best long mountain biking descents offered by this region. This biking holiday really does give you the chance to experience the ancient and fascinating culture of this country
A challenging Mountains bike tour in the Atlas Mountains, 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 single track and donkey tack, we offer an unrivalled off road experience through striking landscapes of jogged mountains and gorges.
Transfers from Marrakech to Imlil Valley at the foothills of Mount Toubkal, this is the start of the riding on the first day. We start with a climb! Not a tough one but good enough to put pressure on the pedals to make sure everything is working. At the top of the pass (2300m) we usually stop for mint tea and biscuits before heading for the first real singletrack through the villages of Tacheddirt, Tamguist and Amssakrou. This is good, flowing singletrack for a couple of hours which drops us into the riverbed for lunch. After a good, long lazy lunch we’re off again. A short climb which turns into a singletrack descent. At the end of this technical singletrack descent we stop at Imi Oughlad where you spend the night.
From Imi Oughlad we start a tough climb to the head of the second pass of the week. The climb is optional and uplift can be arranged for those not wanting the challenge of it. There is an easier and faster singletrack than on the first day. At the bottom of this singletrack there is a shop where we can grab a coke and cake before setting off again on the next climb. At the top of this climb we drop into a short section of very technical singletrack. From here we drop into the Gite where we will be staying for the night and have lunch. Enjoy the rest of the evening visiting the area and its landscapes.
This is a day of singletrack. The Guest house is at nearly 1800 m in altitude and today is the day to ‘cash in’ on the altitude! 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.
On the way to our next destination we make a cycle through olive groves to Berber house. There we enjoy freshly baked bread from the wood oven, olives and Min tea with a local family. We continue uphill through the Middle Atlas until we reach our lunch stop. During the meal enjoy a nice view. And it’s time to go on, another 300 m high, until we reach the pass. Through a high plateau we bike on single trails and slopes up to our accommodation in Tnirte
Starting after breakfast from the gite, riding up the Mountain, after that an amazing singletrack take you to Center of Amizmiz where your end bike trip, after lunch heading back to Marrakech.
We had amazing bike tour in Morocco. We can warmly recommend the trip arranged by Mountain Bike Morocco. We enjoyed the best service from our excellent guide Lahcen and our cook abdul, who were always concerned with our needs and wishes.