Morocco Atlas Mountains Centre Based Singletrack

  • Cruise miles of smooth, free- flowing inter-village mule trails
  • Navigate epic boulder-strewn stream beds and rock gully descents
  • Climb in the shadow of Toubkal- the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Uplift bikes on donkey back up and over the pass of Tizi Zouguoart
  • Get refreshed at snow-melt springs and early season waterfalls
  • Drink famously tasty mint tea with super friendly local Berber people
  • Relax in the comfort of historic, family-run boutique hotels
  • Photograph the awesome wild flower meadows of the Kik Plateau
  • Enjoy delicious culinary feasts specially prepared by our expert trail-chef
  • Wander Marrakech’s souks and see the legendary Jemaa el-Fnaa square
  • Professionally guided with 2 guides per group guaranteed (UK / Moroccan)

Introduction:

In search of year-round riding with epic views, world-class trails and something “just a little bit different” the Biking in Turkey team packed their bags and headed trans-continental to Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. What we discovered was little short of a revelation. We knew of a long-standing singletrack reputation, solidly developed trail infrastructure and friendly, welcoming local people, but we weren’t expecting to be quite so FUN…

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So much more than the “big mountain” trail environments that we had heard of, we discovered a brand new tour with routes that stretch from the high peak of Toubkal right down to the foothills of Ouirgane and the plains of Marrakech. We wanted to make a different tour from the many “gite-to’gite” singletrack tours out there already, being familiar with that “rustic” edge and rather liking the idea of a pool and a cold beer at the end of the day. Plus decent wifi as well (sorry!) This centre based singletrack itinerary is the result of a lot of hard riding, and we are very happy with it! If you want to ride the very best singletrack trails of the Atlas, but stay in good hotels with excellent quality facilities then you have come to the right place…

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TOUR DETAILS:

Launching directly into the beguiling, medieval madness that is Marrakech, we propel you through a million different vistas, enchanting villages and some of the best trail mountain biking known to man. Morocco’s trail network is still used by the Berber people and their trusty mules and donkeys help to keep the paths relatively clean, grippy and fast-flowing. That said, there are plenty of challenges for advanced riders here, with long (often rocky) descents, scree and sections with exposure. You should have a good technical ability and experience riding red (and preferably black) trail centre grades to get the most out of this tour. In Marrakech (first and last nights) we stay at a top class, extremely inviting “riad”- a classic, Berber mansion house with cool, shady courtyard and rooftop terrace.

This hint of unpretentious refinement continues throughout the week, and for 4 nights we stay at a very nice quality, family-ran lodge in Ouirgane. This hotel is one of the trip highlights… Set in beautiful gardens, with luxury swimming pool, good wifi, a licensed and well-stocked bar and excellent French / Moroccan food, you will also enjoy the alpine mountain lodge decor and cosy atmosphere . Most days function on a similar routine. We normally make use of a morning transfer and uplift to get us started into a full day of biking, returning us back to our hotel base. We often meet our 4×4 support team at midday, and enjoy the most awesome, hand prepared camp lunches trailside in some fantastically beautiful locations.

On one of the rides we actually load our bikes onto mules and trek up to a 2200m pass, from where the unfolding downhill trails will put a smile on anyone’s face! Another ride is a 2-day loop, and on that night we stay in a wonderful local gite (village house), complete with hamam / Turkish bath. This tour is only moderately challenging on a physical level, but good bike handling skills, concentration and the right attitude to sensibly assess risks at short notice will reward you with oodles of enjoyment as well as a safe ride 🙂 We strongly recommend a full suspension mid or long travel trail / enduro bike with wide, tough tyres. As a minimum, soft-shell knee pads, long finger gloves and a decent helmet are required. Our Moroccan partner are the regional distributor for Giant Bikes, so we can obtain good quality trail bikes when you are not able to bring your own.

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About the Area:

Morocco makes a whole lot of sense as a singletrack destination. Not only are the trails still in use by villages and generally in excellent order, but most of this route is passable throughout the winter months. The atmosphere here is totally different to anywhere we’ve ridden in Europe or the Middle East. Morocco feels exotic- incredibly culturally diverse, colourful, and rich in so many ways. You can feel a connection to the great African continent here, and the sights, sounds, smells along the way make this much more than a regular trail biking journey. 

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WHY?

We wanted to find an outgoing destination that would appeal to riders who love Cappadocia, and like the idea of going somewhere just that little bit more exotic, as we did…

WHEN?

Avoiding the summer months of June to September, where the heat is just too much (particularly on the lower plains), this tour is possible year round.

HOW?

Marrakech is blessed with a wide range of scheduled and charter flights from Europe, and good international connections further afield. You can join one of our scheduled group departures or arrange a made-to-measure programme on bespoke dates to suit your club or group.

Booking Info:

Book this tour just as you would any other Biking in Turkey tour! Fill out the online Booking Form that you’ll find on this page and pay a deposit of 150 Euros per person. Simple as that! 

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Price: 
1350 Euros.
Minumum group size 6.
Maximum group size 12.

Price includes: 
7 nights accommodation comprising:
2 nights top quality B&B in “riad” boutique hotel
4 nights half board in nice hotel hotel in Ouirgane
1 night half board in village house / gite.
Transfers to and from Marrakech airport.
Advanced level MTB guide- flies out from Europe with each group
Local guide / trail expert- so 2 guides per group in total.
Vehicle support by specially equipped 4×4’s.
All lunches prepared by our own cook and driver team.

Price does not include: 
Flights. Drinks. Tips. Dinners in Marrakech.

Tour Length:
8 days.

Start / finish point:
Marrakech.

Grade:
Technical S3: Sections of challenging, steep and rocky singletrack with some exposure, requiring singletrack experience and good bike handling. However, the well used nature of the trails make them suitable for intermediate and improving riders.
Physical Grade 3: Good cycle fitness and an adventurous attitude are essential although the tour is fine for strong riders who spend more time in the pub than they do training…

Features:
6 days trail MTB- nearly 100% pure gold singletrack.

Equipment advice:
This tour is best on a trail, all mountain or enduro full suspension mountain bike- contact us for hire options. Tyres must be big, grippy and tough, ideally tubeless with good quality sealant. Pads are a good idea. 

Dates:
April 22nd – 29th 2017
November 11th-18th 2017

Options:
Single Room: 220 Euro.
Bike Rental: 180 Euro.