Cycle the High Atlas

tours / Cycling

Cycle the High Atlas information and booking

from
$1490
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory - Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 day trip
  • 6 day cycling
  • 7 nights hotels/riads
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required includes a hybrid bike and bike helmet. Good quality, functional bikes (Stockli brand or similar) are available for hire if you do not wish to take your own. Cycle helmets are compulsory and are not available for hire. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Marrakech
  • Spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Exhilarating cycling down several mountain passes
  • Berber villages
  • Coastal town of Agadir

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Morocco's superb blend of culture, natural beauty and infrastructure make it an ideal place to explore by bike and the opportunities are both physically exhilarating and culturally infused. We begin in Marrakech, enjoying the 1000 year-old ochre-coloured city with fascinations at every turn, the old Medina and a blend of cultures. Then it's off to the highest mountain range in North Africa to tackle the rugged, prehistoric, flat-topped peaks that are still used by the nomadic berbers. From Ouirgane we bike up the beautiful valley of Asnio to the mosque of Tinmal, followed by some free wheeling down to the southern side of the High Atlas to Ouled Behril. Our cycle journey then reveals views across the Anti Atlas ranges with beautiful scenic villages on mountain tops that are flanked by terraced fields with almond trees. Continuing on to the coastal city of Agadir we ascend a winding mountain road that twists through palm trees, limestone gorges, fresh water ravines and verdant tree-clad hills to Imouzzer. An exciting final day sees us descend a narrow gorge to the idyllic Paradise Valley, where we transfer to Agadir and onward to Marrakech by road.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Good 3 star hotels and traditional riads
  • Arrival transfer day 1 only
  • Transport between cycle sections
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transfer daily
  • Expert english speaking cycle guide
  • Driver and assistant/ cook
  • Bottled water to refill drink bottles en route
  • Bike & bike helmet not included

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Marrakech
Arrive in the colourful city of Marrakech where we will assemble, prepare and be briefed by our guide on the information of the tour. At night, enjoy a hearty welcome-dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hotel Almas 3* (or similar).
Day 2 Drive out of Marrakech, cycle to Ouirgane
You will begin your Cycling tour following a short transfer to Lake Takerkoust. From here you will bike through several local villages and experience the heart of moroccan culture. Firstly, you will pass through Amizmiz and bear witness to some spectacular scenery of the Atlas region, before arriving at the village of Ouirgane. Biking: distance 38 km / uphill 870 m / downhill 840 m / approx. 3 1/2 h Overnight: Hotel, Le Sanglier qui fume (or similar).
Day 3 Asni to Tizi n Test, village of Ouled Berhil
You continue by bike along the beautiful valley of Asni to the Mosque of Tinmal. After the visit you will be transferred by car up to the Tizi n'Test pass where you can enjoy a relaxing downhill bike ride which stretches over 30 km on the Southern side of the High Atlas. The final 17 km can be enjoyed on flat terrain to the village of Ouled Berhil. Biking: distance 80 km / uphill 920 m / downhill 1900 m / approx. 4 h Overnight: Riad/Hotel, Riah Hida (or similar).
Day 4 Drive to Ait Baha, cycle in the Anti Atlas
Today begins with a 3 hour transfer by car from Ouled Berhil to Aït Baha at the foot of the Anti Atlas mountains. Your first challenge is to ascend for approx. 11 km in order to reach the fist pass. Then you continue by bike through hilly landscapes before crossing the last pass of 1450 m altitude. Enjoying a breath-taking view down to the Anti Atlas valleys and mountains you bike downhill to your overnight accommodation. Biking: distance 43 km / uphill 800 m / downhill 650 m / approx. 4 h Overnight: Kasbah Hotel (or similar).
Day 5 Anti Atlas cycling, to Agadir
This is the day of the Anti Atlas passes. By bike you explore the beautiful Anti Atlas scenery and cross two passes, each of 1700 m altitude, bearing witness to majestic mountains, valleys and villages with huge houses which sit like thrones on top of the mountain flanks, as well as terraced fields with almond trees which are in blossom. After a long and enjoyable descent, you will be transferred to the scenic seaside destination of Agadir. Biking: distance 64 km / uphill 600m / downhill 1200 m / approx. 4 1/2 h Overnight: hotel, Anezi (or similar).
Day 6 Agadir to Imouzzer
An early morning transfer by vehicle sees a fresh start to the day involving a mixture of climbs and descents. Today you will marvel at more picturesque scenery along the awe-inspiring Western High Atlas chain. To end the days bike ride, you will enjoy a 14 km descent through winding roads to your hotel. Biking: distance 40 km / uphill 1200 m / downhill 620 m / approx. 3hr Overnight: hotel, Les Cascades (or similar).
Day 7 Cycle to Aourir, then transfer to Marrakech
We have a final ride this morning before our vehicle transfer back to Marrakech. We begin with a short ascent, then will enjoy a great downhill ride of over more than 50 kilometers to the Atlantic coast. At the beginning the landscape is wide and open, but as you descend you will merge into a narrow gorge leading to the Paradise valley. After another ascent of approx. 4 kilometers we descend to the coast again which sees the end of the bike tour. After a well-earned lunch, we will be transferred back to Marrakech for our final night. Biking: distance 65 km / uphill 550 m / downhill 1500 m / approx. 3 1/2 h Overnight: Hotel Almas (or similar).
Day 8 Trip concludes in Marrakech
Trip arrangements end after breakfast.