Mountain Bike High Atlas

Morocco mountain biking is a real adventure. This is biking in the mountains; and the mountains are high. Mountain bike High Atlas is strenuous and for experienced mountain bikers. Starting from the magical city of Marrakech you are really going for mountain biking: every day there is a firm climb and off course you will go down too. This tour is only for mountain bikers with goof skills and a good condition. And for the real mountain bike lovers: there are some nice single tracks in the end.

  • Starting from the magical city of Marrakech you are really going for mountain biking: every day there is a firm climb and off course you will go down as well.
  • And for the real mountain bike lovers: there are some nice single tracks in the end.
mountain bike decent
Good to know

  • Be prepared to sleep in simple Berber guesthouses; you bring your own sleeping bag (or hire one for only € 10).
  • In Marrakech you can book additional nights in a central located medina hotel or a nice Riad hotel close to the famous square Jemaa el Fna. € 65 for a double room per night, € 45 for a single room including a nice breakfast.
mountain bike in the mist
Day 1

Start Mountain bike tour. From Marrakech via the pass Tizi Tadmamt (2100m) 

From the famous Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh we start our spectacular journey. To warm up the muscles, we cycle first on the asphalt gradually up to the green Ourika valley. In Arhbalou (ca. 1300m), we go really into the mountains and up to the pass Tizi Tadmamt (ca. 2100m). Then it goes up and down; Mountains at the Atlas, Berber villages and valleys. Eventually we reach the mountain village Imsker: “little Nepal” as our tour leader Jos calls it.

Total approx 100 km. Overnight in Imsker (1450m) – Berber guesthouse.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Mountain bike trip 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 15 km. Extra with the climb from Tinghourine approximately 10 km. Overnight near Imlil (1740m) – Berber guesthouse.

Day 4

Bike tour: short walk to Tizi Mezzik + Mountain bike to Tessaouirgane.

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 Ouïssaden 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 Tassaouirgane (1400m) – Berber guesthouse.

Day 5

Mountain bike tour: the Kik plateau to Amizmiz.

A small decent on the asphalt road to Asni and then a nice climb to the pilgrimage village Moulay Brahim, on the edge of the Kik plateau. From the Kik plateau we still go up and down, to the larger mountain village Amizmiz. Here we stay just outside the village.

Total approx 70 km. Overnight Amizmiz – Berber Guesthouse.

Day 6

Mountain bike trip to Marrakech (ca. 60 km)

A nice day cycling on the asphalt – first on a mountain road which is gradually becoming flatter. Finish of the tour on the famous Jemaa el Fna square and then to the hotel for a well-deserved shower !!!!

Total approx 60 km.

Included:

  • Transfers from and to the airport;
  • Complete organized tour with a following car and a local guide biking with you.
  • All overnight stays; in Marrakech in a nice hotel near the famous square,
    in the mountains in simple Berber-guesthouses you bring your own sleeping bag !!
  • All meals during the mountain bike trip;
  • Complete program and excursions as described.

Not included:

  • Intercontinental flight to Marrakech
  • Bike hire – if you do not bring your own – € 120 / 6 days
  • Meals in Marrakech (2 x dinner, lunch day 8)
  • Tips, private drinks and souvenirs;
  • Travel Insurance (obligatory) and, if preferred, a cancellation insurance as well;
  • Entrance fees for museums, old palaces, etc…
  • Extra nights in Marrakech:
    double room € 65 per night, single room € 45