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Mountain biking through the southern part of the Atlas Mountain, the Saghro Mountains, and the Oases of the South Morocco. A challenging and adventurous mountain bike trip.
During this trip you ride through the “Gardens of the Atlas”, the Valley of the Birds, the M’Goun valley, the Valley of the Roses, the Valley of Dates (the fruit), and the massive volcanic Jbel Saghro. With the exception of a few short sections, the entire cycling trip is on mixed trail.
Your journey starts in the ancient walled city of Marrakech, a vibrant bustling city that has been a meeting place for traders over the centuries. It is full of water sellers, snake charmers and market stalls packed with bargains – something out of a Hollywood movie perhaps!
Arrive at Marrakech Airport and transfer to your hotel or riad. Afternoon tour of Marrakech including the UNESCO designated world heritage old medina, Djemaa el Fna Square. Overnight n Marrakech.
This morning you depart Marrakech for the UNESCO designated world heritage village of Ait Benhaddou. Travelling by 4-wheel drive from Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass (2260m) as far as Telouet, you visit Glaoui Kasbah before setting off on your adventure bicycle tour of Morocco.
From Telouet you take to your mountain bicycles, fully supported by your Berber Treasures driver and vehicle. Cycling through scenically situated small Berber villages and the Ounila Valley you make your way to the stunning kasbah village of Ait Benhaddou. Overnight in Ait Benhaddou.
Leaving Ait Benhaddou via the beautiful Taslmante Valley and Boutaghrar you visit an ancient troglodyte settlement and may see nomadic Berbers living in caves handed down through generations of families. It may be possible to visit one of these Berber familes, share a refreshing cup of mint tea and learn about their unique lifestyle. The final leg of today’s Moroccan cycling adventure takes you to the interesting Dades Gorge. Overnight in Dades Gorge.
Today you cycle to the Berber oasis town of N’kob. Setting out your route takes you through the Dades Valley which lies between the High Atlas Mountains and Jbel Saghro Mountains (Jebel Sarhro). Making your way into the Jbel Saghro Mountains you cross the Tizi n’Tzazert pass (2200m) all the while enjoying stunning panoramic views in every direction. Continue onto the Berber oasis town of N’kob which lies at the foot of the Jbel Saghro Mountains. Overnight in Nkob.
Continuing your mountain bike exploration of the Moroccan desert you ride to the beautiful seemingly endless date palm groves of the lovely D’raa Valley – the largest date palm groves in Morocco.
Following local dirt tracks you make your way into the heart of the oasis, exploring the palm groves and the small Berber villages lining the edges of the D’raa River, the life source for this beautiful oasis area. Tonight you have the option of a home stay with a local Berber family. Overnight Draa Valley
Today we leave the beautiful Draa valley, short transfers take us to town Ouarzazate . cycling through the fint oases of Finte . We move into a traditional hotel the beautifully city of Ouarzazate, known from film shooting and Film Studio.
Our minibus takes us to Marrakech today. We drive over the beautiful Tizi-n-Tichka pass and have again beautiful views. After your arrival in Marrakech, you can explore the vibrant souks of the old town.
Breakfast in the Riad, if you have spare time before the transfer to the airport, you can finish your visit to the city or going shopping in the souk, then transfer to the airport of Marrakech.
I recently did a 8-day- Mountain Biking to Saghro. The tour guide is friendly and always shares some knowledge with me. I would recommend Mountain Bike Morocco for Mountain Biking in Morocco!!