Mountain Bike Holidays in the southern Morocco

Our Mountain biking holidays in Morocco is truly an amazing and unique experience !

Ride technical singletracks in the sun soaked mountains and descend through lush green cultivated oases. Discover hidden villages nestled in the mountainsides of the Atlas. Taste the local specialities, vegetable tagines, spiced roast lamb, the sweetest dates and stone baked bread. Take time to sit in the shade sipping sweet mint tea over a game of backgammon with the Berbers. Let us help you discover what this fabulous country has to offer…Spectacular arid scenery, unspoilt mountain and valley vistas offering up superb Mountain Biking trails with a rich local culture and the warm Moroccan welcome !!

INCLUDED

the guiding by a certified (MCF) French professional mountain bike guide, who is also fluent in English expenses of organization all meals from dinner on Sunday of arrival to breakfast Saturday of departure (except meals in Marakech) 6 homemade freshly prepared gourmet lunches during the riding days 7 night accomodations unlimited access to trail snacks luggage transfer to evening accommodation (inc. mountain refuge) mechanical assistance every evening free access to a complete tool box to maintain your bike safe place to store your bike at night all transfers and shuttles return transfer to Marakech airport on Saturday of arrival/departure the “Alpsmountainbike“ jersey

NOT INCLUDED

the fight ticket, airfare personal pendings (beverages, energetic drinks and food etc...) bicycle renting, the expenses related to the repair and maintenance of the bicycle, the cancellation/help insurances and repatriation costs and in a broader sense what is not included/understood in the heading "the price includes/understands" Alcohol and extra drinks The two meals in Marrakech on day one and the last day Mineral water All that is not included/understood in the heading 'Included'.

Warning: This itineray is given for your information and may be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on the weather conditions, physical ability of clients and the trail 'options' we decide together.

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : '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. Time for unpacking and preparation of bikes.

DAY 2 (Sunday) : Departure from Marrakech by 4x4 towards the Tizi n Tichka pass (2240m) and the village of Telouet. Here we find ourselves in the High Atlas. From this pass we are now heading into the arid south where life concentrates around river beds… After lunch we will climb quite high in altitude (between 1700 and 2200m) on a mix of 4x4 tracks and singletracks to arrive in Tighza.

The terrain is mountainous and the scenery inspiring, like falling into an ancient world. Raw mountainsides with their earthy toned villages, dotted with indigo coloured doors and impressive Kasbahs (castle like fortress made of sun baked mud) rise out of vivid green trees. Here we meet with the local Berbers..

Ride distance: 40km Uneven positive: 600m


DAY 3 (Monday) : On the menu today are dry baked earth red rocky trails and desert. We will ride through sleepy Berber villages via quiet tracks where we may pass a donkey or two… heading to Ouarzazate and the heart of the south. Looking down the valley the view is breathtaking. Passing through a deserted valley, following the Oued (river) and ending the day in the ‘gardens of Ouarzazate’, the lush green sanctuary of a vast plantation of palm trees.

Ride distance: 60km Uneven positive: 800m

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : Starting the day with a short 4x4 transfer to join the track on the mountain side where we will begin today’s adventure. From here we will head to ‘the valley of the roses’, world renown for the growing of the fabulously scented Damascus rose and a classified UNESCO site. We will ride onwards into a lunar landscape with red rocks and a chain of Berber villages and on through the amazing gorges of the Agouti River the day is spent on a mix of 4x4 trails and singletracks !

Ride distance: 60km Uneven positive: 1000m

DAY 5 (Wednesday) : Here we are now in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Riding through the M’Goun Valley one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco and head towards the mythic gorges of the Dades, a must see before you die place ! From here we will follow the riverbed and ride the altitude desert of Aït Youl to the village of Bou Taghrar. With so many different landscapes in one day it is incredible and sensory overload. This day is just magic !!

Ride distance: 50km Uneven positive: 900m

DAY 6 (Thursday) : After the climb of the Taliouit pass we ride down the valley of Boulmane Dades. From here we follow the ‘valley of the 1000 Kasbahs’. A rolling singletrack along the river bed, where we will ride through palm tree plantations, numerous villages and pass a multitude of Kasbahs as the name might suggest! Riding between the High Atlas range and the Djbel Saghro, we will end the day in Skoura under its famous peaceful palm tree plantation.

Ride distance: 50km Uneven positive: 600m

Enduro trip in switzerland
enduro mtb
Aletsch glacier Wallis
gps tracks finale ligure fake !

DAY 7 (Friday) : Wow already the last day ?!

Starting the day with a short transfer to the northern side of the Atlas, where we will have time for a quick visit to the fortress of Aït Benhaddou. Then we head to the last trail of the trip. Almost 30km of downhill singletrack freeride out of the Northern Atlas ! Surrounded with pine woods, we encounter swooping corners, red dirt, spongy pine needles and skids whilst slaloming through the trees. A fine way to end this epic adventure.

Ride distance: 30km mostly downhill: yummmyy!

Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day. Next stop the souks to slip your feet into a pair of hand crafted babouche slippers and on to a cool rooftop dinner with the spiced aromas of cooking and sweet pastries to fill the senses.

Day 8 : departure day (Saturday) : Transfer to Marakech airport.



NB: this tour is run with a group size: 3 to 6 pers.. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

Departure
possible
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Level
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Physical
difficulty
  • You are a mtb fan and ride 3-4 times a week at least for 2 hours non stop or more.
  • You can ride at intense pace for short periods (15 minutes)
  • You are able to cope with longer anaerobic efforts( 3-5 minutes).
  • You are comfortable with cycling more than 5 hours at steady pace per day.
  • you are able to climb 1 hour non stop.
  • you do not mind riding in rain if it occurs.
  • you are able to climb more than 1000 meters (3000 feet).
  • vertical ascent a day over 5 days including hike-a-bike sections ( more than 10 minutes).


    Technical
    difficulty
  • You are experienced and have ridden in a lot different situations ( dust, gravels, rocks, roots, mud, slippery terrain) and different types of singletracks.
  • You can go down a drop above 30 centimeters (about 1 foot).
  • You rarely walk uphill or downhill.
  • You are not afraid of steep singletracks uphill and downhill
  • You like the technical challenge and you would like to improve your skills.
  • You can cope with tight corners while downhill with rock and roots.
  • You can ride along a technical descent for at least 30 minutes.
  • You are confident in riding with little exposure.
  • YOUR BIKE
  • The best option is to ride on your own mountain bike, as it is familiar to you.
  • PLEASE NO XC bikes or short travel bikes (below 130mm)
  • A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front and back travel is required.
  • You need to have big grippy tires front and back, minimum 2.3 solid casing.
  • Possibility of renting a full suspension bike from 365 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).
  • Distance : 295 km - Ascent : 6000 m - Descent : 6000 m
    Duration8 days: arrival on saturday, departure on saturday
    7 nights accomodation
    6 days riding
    Terrain
    All kinds of trails !
    Cruisy 2 path trails
    From easy to technical singletracks 'rocky and dry' trails.
    Location
    Starts and finishes in Marakech
    Accomodations and food
    7 nights accommodation in a mix of hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms)
    Bunk houses and a mountain refuge (group dormitory rooms). Please let us in advance if you have specific diet.
    Lunch
    Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some " deeluxe" lunch for fill your biker's hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!