Type

Gravel

Duration

9 Days & 8 Nights

Next Departure

19 Oct 2024

Status

Available

From

1.950 EUR

Atlas Mountains by Gravel Bike

Experience the colors and smells of a different culture through the Atlas Mountains and Roses Valley in Morocco, where rugged landscapes and vibrant culture collide. Welcome to a country rich in history and nature. This journey takes you through the majestic Atlas range, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, traditional Berber villages, and lush valleys. Get to know historical places like Ait Ben Haddou villages, a UNESCO site. Have fun exploring the markets and tasting the different foods and teas. Witness the dramatic beauty of Todra Gorge, where towering limestone walls create a majestic canyon.

Highlights

  • Marrakech and its rich history, bustling markets, and exotic atmosphere
  • Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO site
  • Dades Gorge, the most beautiful canyon in Morocco
  • Incredible canyons and rock formations
  • The Atlas Mountains and its unique geological formations
  • Imi-n-Fri natural bridge
  • Roses Valley and the Kasbahs
  • Berber Culture and Gastronomy

Tour Information

Included

  • Pre-departure Information Pack
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Fully Gravel Guided Tour - 5 Riding days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Support 4x4 vehicle
  • Transfers during tour as mentioned in daily description
  • Transfer from Marrakech Airport to the first Hotel (D1)
  • Final transfer from the last Hotel to Marrakesh Airport (D9)
  • 8 nights on double / twin room with breakfast included
  • 8 Dinners (D1 to D8)
  • 2 Lunchs (D2, D8)
  • 5 Picnics on trail (D3 to D7)
  • Purified water to drink

Excluded

  • All non-mentioned services or activities
  • Liability and personal accidents insurance
  • International & domestic flights
  • Bicycle and individual equipment
  • Tourist taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Price

    1.950 EUR

  • Single room supplement

    +400 EUR

  • Duration

    9 Days & 8 Nights

  • Accommodation

    Comfort | Basic

  • Start / Finish

    Marrakesh / Marrakesh

  • Tour Grade

  • Daily Distance

    52-140 km / Day

  • Daily Elevation Gain

    +1.200 m / +2.350 m

  • Profile

    Mountainous roads / Hilly

  • Route

    Gravel

Bikes available on request

Included and Optional Services

Preparation

Accommodations

Transfers

Orientation

Optional

  • Personalized assistance throughout the booking
  • Pre-departure Information Pack (checklist, travel information)
  • Tour Information (description of daily stages & profiles)
  • 8 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 8 Dinners (D1 to D8)
  • 2 Lunchs (D2, D8)
  • 5 Picnics on trail (D3 to D7)
  • Transfers during the tour as mentioned in the daily description
  • Transfer from Marrakech Airport to the first Hotel (D1)
  • Transfer from Marrakech Airport to the first Hotel (D1)
  • Support 4x4 vehicle
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Fully Gravel Guided Tour - 5 Days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Single room supplement: +400 EUR
  • Bike rental available: On request

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival

Salaam Aleikum – Welcome to Morocco!

Welcome to the enchanting city of Marrakech! Our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your Riad. All the explanations and logistics will be prepared for you. Get ready for the upcoming days of discovery. Depending on your arrival time, seize the opportunity to venture into the captivating streets of Marrakesh, immersing yourself in its vibrant tapestry. Savor a feast of traditional Moroccan dishes, including flavorful tagines, couscous, and aromatic spices. Have a traditional dinner and enjoy the opportunity to share along with the group your expectations for the journey ahead and begin your exploration of Morocco’s diverse and vibrant traditions in a convivial atmosphere.

Transfer 

00:30 h

Hotel Riad Bahia Salam

DAY 2

Transfer to Denmate

Bike Setting and Transfer to Demnate

Today’s morning will be reserved for preparing the bikes and all the necessary equipment for this gravel bike adventure. After that, we will go to Denmate, a city located at the foot of the high Atlas Mountains. Most of the population speaks Berber, as well as Darija and some French. Demnate is the oldest city in the south and used to be a connecting point between the Moroccan south and Marrakech. It is surrounded by Berber villages that are still full of tradition and boast some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the entire south.

Transfer

02:30 h

Kasbah IIIy

DAY 3

Denmate to Agouti

The best sightseeing at an altitude of 2.400m

Today is the day your gravel bike adventure begins! Leaving the town of Denmate, the track will take you through a mountainous landscape, reaching an altitude of 2,400 meters. In the first kilometers, you will have a chance to see one of the most beautiful geological formations in the world, a natural cave and bridge with approximately 70 meters of height. Iminifri (‘Grotto’s Mouth’ in Berber), is a natural travertine bridge that formed over a gorge 1.8 million years ago. The two sides of the bridge are said to represent two local lovers whose families kept them apart, so Romeo and Juliet held hands and turned to stone. But that´s not all, along the route you will also pass by Geoparc M´goun, a World Heritage area by UNESCO that fits into the geological evolution of the central High Atlas dating back to the Triassic period, 250 million years ago, while the main stages took place during the Jurassic period, about 180 million years ago. The route heads towards the destination of Agouti, where these gravel roads will be challenging, but will bring unique and stunning views of Morocco. When you get to the highest point for today stop at Tizi N’ Tighist, a place where rock carvings were done millenniums ago.

Cycling Distance

84 km | 52 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.400 m | +1.200 m

Guest House Flilou

DAY 4

Agouti to Amzeri

Up to the Tizi n’Tirghist mountain pass

The Happy Valley is perhaps one of the most beautiful valleys in the Atlas Mountains. Surrounded by stunning mountains, it also allows us to immerse ourselves in the true traditional Berber culture. Today we will explore this beautiful valley, as we ride to Zaouiat Ahansal, a remote town founded in the 13th century by an Islamic traveler and scholar named Sidi Said Ahansal. Local legend says that his mentor told him once, to stop where his cat jumped off his donkey, the reason why he established there Zawiya, a religious school. Starting along the valley floor, always side by side with the river, you will have the opportunity to enjoy, once again, this unique place, before tackling our first long ascending to the Tizi n’Tirghist (2.626 m), a high mountain pass. The views from up here are magnificent, with the dark craggy form of the Mgoun Massif contrasting starkly with the startling greens of the valley below. From here, we will continue the Mountain scenario until our second (and last) ascent of the day until Tizi n’Ilissi (2.530 m). Then, a long descent will lead us into the village of Amzerai, where we will stay the night.

Cycling Distance

72 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.700 m

Guest House Dar Ahansal

DAY 5

Amezri to Anergui

Ridding through one of Morocco´s Grand Canyon

Today we will explore the beautiful Anergui Valley, where the Ahansal River is. Here we will find a place of some of the most beautiful river wilderness in Morocco. Famous among rafting lovers, it is also a place where we can find the most beautiful and pristine wildness in Morocco. So, after a delicious and traditional breakfast, we will start our stage until Anergui. The first kilometers will lead us until Tifouina, where a soft ascent awaits us. As we go up, surrounded by an impressive Aleppo pine forest, we will notice the contrasts of natural beauty between green and red. It is a magnificent setting with beautiful views, contrasts, and wildlife. An incredible descent will attract our attention to Morocco’s famous ‘Cathedral Rock’, an imposing natural wonder that emerges from the wild nature near the river. Once again, on the banks of the river, we will ride through a nice green valley until Anergui. On the way, it will be possible to admire almond trees that live side by side with subsistence agriculture, showing us how people live in one of the most remote places in Morocco.

Cycling Distance

82 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.600 m

Gite Tighremt Assif

DAY 6

Anergui to Imilchil

Discovering the best of Morocco’s hidden secrets

Get your energy up at breakfast and prepare yourself for an unforgettable day. Our stage starts with a challenge to an incredible passage (2.400 m), from where we can admire the beautiful valley of Anergui. It will be a drop of more than 1.000m in an 11km ascent! Then, we will continue cycling at altitudes between 1.900m and 2.300m alongside the Assif n’Tafedna, passing through several villages such as Tasraft and Tassent. After Tassent, we will find the path that will lead us to the Tisli and Isli lakes. Located in the heart of the Great Atlas, these two lakes are a true pearl of authentic and natural life. While an open lake that feeds the valley of Asif Mellou, the Tisli Lake is part of the geographical area of the tribe of Ait Yazza and is located at a height of 2.252 meters. On the other hand, Isli Lake, located on the highlands of Imilchil, belongs to the tribe of Ait Ibrahim and is located at a height of 2.270 m. Our day will end with a gentle descent until Imilchil (2.100 m), where we will stay the night.

Cycling Distance

76 km | 59 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.200 m | +1.200 m

Imilchil Auberge Izlane

DAY 7

Imilchil to Dades

Crossing one of the highest roads of Morocco!

That’s it! Today we will ride up to the clouds in a wonderland region, it will be a very special day. We will leave Imilchil for a long but soft ride along the valley until its highest point. This stage will take us until Tizi-n’Ouano, an incredible and remote pass over the Atlas that tops out at 2.910 m of elevation. From this incredible high point, we can admire nice views and breathe the pure air of the mountain. In fact, at some point in the day, we will be riding in the extraordinary views of the Dades Gorges Canyon. It was carved out by the passage of the Dades River and is navigable via a road known locally as the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, it´s one of the most beautiful canyons in the world. Apart from that, another highlight today will be, for sure, the amazing switchbacks of the Serpentine Mountain Road – this magnificent high-winding road offers spectacular and panoramic views and is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world. It will be a day of desolate and open wide landscapes, with endless skies, through the beautiful and remote part of the Atlas.

Cycling Distance

140 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.500 m

Riad Rihana

DAY 8

Transfer to Marrakech

It´s time to return to the busy city of Marrakesh

After a delicious breakfast, you will be heading towards Marrakech. Along your journey you will have a chance to do a short hike but before that begin the day with a scenic drive, immersing yourself in the changing landscapes as you journey from Dades to the trailhead. The transfer provides a fitting conclusion, allowing you to absorb the diverse beauty of Morocco one last time before bidding farewell to this enchanting destination. Experience the natural beauty and serenity of the region as you traverse varied terrain. Finally, arrive in Marrakech, where you can reflect on the memories of your journey while enjoying the vibrant energy of this captivating city in an incredible farewell dinner.

Transfer

06:30 h

Riad Bahia Salam

DAY 9

Departure

EVERY DREAM COMES TO AN END

Today, it is time to gather all your memories, luggage, and belongings as it is time to say goodbye to Morocco. Depending on the time of your flight, you may still have time in the morning to visit the city, have your last cup of flavored tea, or do some last-minute shopping in the big markets. It has been an incredible adventure, and we would love for you to come back and discover more of Morocco’s nature trails. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Marrakesh Airport. This is where we say our goodbyes, and we hope you had a wonderful time.

Transfer

00:30h