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Central Atlas Mountain Biking - 8 Days

Biking Morocco

On this mountain bike cycle tour, you will mostly be riding on jeep tracks, mule paths and on some fantastic single track. The cycle tour begins in the ancient walled city of Marrakech which has been a meeting place for traders for many the centuries. It is bustling place with water sellers, snake charmers and market stalls packed with bargains, very much like the movies, and it is wonderful to explore!

 

Once we get on the saddle, we cycle through remote Berber villages that cling to the steep sides of the Central High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. 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.


 
Annapurna base camp Trek

Trip Facts

Total Days : 8
Biking Days : 6
Trip Nature : Mountain Biking
Lodging : Hotel & Guest house, Gite
Min. Altitude : ( 1300 m )
Max. Altitude : ( 2629 m )
Overal Biking :  6 / 7 hrs P/D    
Difficulty : Hard
Group Size :  +2 person    
Best Time : This trek is available throughout the year. You can start the trek on any date you wish
 

Intinerary

Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Marrakech - Demnate - Imi N'Ouaqqa
Day 03:  Imi N'Ouaqqa - Abachkou - Ait Bouguemez
Day 04: Ait Bouguemez - Tizi n'Tirghist - Zawyat Ahansal
Day 05: Zawyat Ahansal - Mestefrane
Day 06: Mestefrane - Dam Bin Elouidane
Day 07: Lake Bin Elouidane - Marrakech
Day 08:  Marrakech - Airport

Services

What's Included
  • • Private Airport Transfers
    • Private Transfers from and back to your hotel
    • 2 Night Hotel in Marrakech (B&B)
    • Englisch / French Speaking Guide
    • Mountain bike riding instruction
    • High quality mountain bikes.
    • Helmet, water bottle, riding gloves
    • Daypacks (available for rent if you need one)
    • Assistance Car
    • Accommodation during the trek

What's Not Included
  • Personal Insurance
  • Meals in Marrakech
  • Tip
  • Drinks
Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel
Arrive at Marrakech airport, meet your guide and transfer to the city. Settle into your Riad or hotel for the night with half board.

Day 02: Marrakech - Demnate - Imi N'Ouaqqa
Early morning departure to the city of Demnate and the natural bridge of Imin'Ifri (1100m). After visiting this site there is an option to look at Louaridene as it is known to have traces of dinosaurs. The first pedal strokes lead into the High Atlas along a red dirt road. Long passages leading upwards begin the first ascension of the tizi pass (2012m) with superb views of the massif of Jebel Til and the beautiful valley of Tassaout. Descending down leads to ton' Waqqa Imi (1817m) passing through many Berber villages. Night at a bed and breakfast. 150 km transfer. 38 km of mountain biking. Elevation: 1390 m,-690m.

Day 03:  Imi N'Ouaqqa - Abachkou - Ait Bouguemez
Passing the village of Tarbat n'Tirsall, mounted under the protection of Mount Ghat, we will cross the Tizi n'Tighist (2400m), famous for its rock carvings (one of the most famous of the High Atlas). A pleasant descent into Abachkou follows with a hilly terrain full of dazzling colors. Lunch will be eaten beside the river. The after-noon, we will ride up along the Assif Ait Boulli Aguersif before a good climb to Agouti (1760m) the first village in the valley of Ait Bouguemez. Night lodging at the inhabitant in the heart of Happy Valley.51 km of mountain biking. Elevation: 1450 m,-1350m.

Day 04: Ait Bouguemez - Tizi n'Tirghist - Zawyat Ahansal
We will mount our bikes to explore the upper valley of Bouguemez Ifrane.Following this we will begin a decent climb to the pass of Tizi Tirghist (2629m). In the pass, the views of the massive M'Goun are spectacular, which is culminated around 4068m along with the cast of Green Happy Valley along the bottom. After the pass of Tizi Tsali, a beautiful descent into the valley of Assamsouq begins, running alongside the stream. We then cross the "dead forest" (old trees Cade juniper) to the pass of Tizi Ilissi (2603m). Arriving at the pass, a magnificent descent of about 1000m leads us to the village of Zawyat Ahansal, an ancient religious brotherhood in the heart of the High Atlas with a beautiful berber village at the foot of the majestic mountains of Aroudan. Night in lodging in the heart of the village.71 km mountain bike. Elevation: 1380 m,-1700m.
 
Day 05: Zawyat Ahansal - Mestefrane
Mountain biking, we go decend to the Ohio River, Ahançal. From time to time along the bottom of the valley we discover a few villages with "Tighremt" (fortified houses). We turn to the right bank to begin a gradual climb up the mountainside. At the height of our ascent, we see behind us the impressive circus of Taghia and ocher cliffs. Looking in front of us you will see the imposing cliff of Mestefrane, more commonly known as the "Cathedral." An optional winding descent to the bottom of the valley can be had or a comfy bed beside the river alongside the village of Imi Ouareg could be more appealing for others.43km mountain bike. Elevation: 840 m,-1320m.

Day 06: Mestefrane - Dam Bin Elouidane
Winding along the wadi of Ahançal, we continue our trek north through a small pass (1450m) joining Tilouguit. Climbing to Tizi n'Ait Isha occurs (1802m) before a final descent enjoying the panoramic views of the lake dam and the surroundings of Bin Elouidane. Overnight lodging at the lake.45km mountain bike, 10 km of paved road. Elevation: 955 m,-950m.

Day 07: Lake Bin Elouidane - Marrakech
Beni Mellal and transfer via road to Marrakech. Arrival in the early afternoon to check into your hotel or Riad, with an overstay night and breakfast. The after-noon will bring an opportunity to visit some monuments, souks, or simply relax by the pool. 225 km of paved road.

Day 08:  Marrakech - Airport
According to your flight time, transfer to the airport for your return flight.


THINGS TO BRING
• Bike clothing both for warm and cold weather conditions Rainwear,
• Warm clothes,
• Daypack for water en snacks,
• If you wear contact lenses: also bring regular glasses!
• Muesli / energy bars,
• Warm sleeping bag,
• Sleeping mattress,
• Towel,
• Toilet paper,
• Suntan oil,
• Anti-diarrhea medication,
• Flashlight,
• Disinfectant gel,
• Sunglasses.
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