Biking from the Atlas Mountains to Essaouira
Mountain Biking in Jebel Saghro: sandwiched between the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas and the bone-dry sands of the Sahara are Jebel Saghro is the No. 1 destination for mountain biking in Morocco. The landscape is straight out of a Road Runner cartoon with towers of pink rock dominating the horizon. Put simply it’s perfect mountain biking country and with the Dades and Todra Gorges nearby you can get your fill of Kasbahs before seeing if you’ve got the strength to attack the Atlas.Mountain Biking in Central Atlas :South west of Morocco’s backbone lies the Anti-Atlas and a great starting point for anyone new to mountain biking or new to Morocco. Trails are less vertiginous than elsewhere and thread through scenic valleys and Berber villages.
Day 01: Marrakech
After arriving in Marrakech, you will be received by our staff and check in at the hotel/riad, before spending the night there..
Day 02: Marrakech – Imlil – Tachedirt
This is the start of the riding on the first day, We head direction of Tachdirt for stay night in im orlad and start with a 1hr climb to the top of the pass. This trail is a good introduction of what’s to come: A fast but technical mule trail with a few tricky bits thrown in for good measure. This singletrack stretch is over three hours long! Accommodation for the night is a Guest house, a basic building comprising cooking area, shower, toilet (french style!), eating area and roomsfor sleeping.( 20 km day’s journey )
Day 03: Tachedirt – Imsker – Tiziane
A hearty breakfast and stock of energy bars will see us through the next piece of mind blowing singletrack! From Imi orlad we head through the Tiziatin Forest and Gorge. The scenery is amazing if you can take your eyes off the trail! After lunch head of towards Tizi n’Test (2092m). A steady climb on singletrack and dirt track for about an hour then another night in a Gite with dinner cooked, as always, by Our Berber chef. (32 km day’s journey)
Day 04: Tiziane – Ouirgane – Amizmiz Valley
Another hearty breakfast and stock of energy bars mixed with singletrack and piste takes us towards to Ouirgane. Again, the scenery, views and villages you pass through on this stretch are breathtaking.
After lunch we leave Ouirgane one more singletrack which will take us to Amizmiz where we stay in a comfortable hotel for the night. 32 km day’s journey
Day 05: Amizmiz – Wadakar
From here we head up the Oued Amizmiz Valley to Azeghour, steady piste riding and stunning scenery. At Azeghour we head towards Toulkine on the other side of the river on singletrack all the way to Adghous. From here the trail becomes more technical (loose and rocky) until we reach Tiqlit and pick up a short dirt track to Wadakar. The majority of this day is on more technical singletrack so even though it’s only about 30km,
Day 06: Wadakar – Imlil
By now you’ll be pretty tired! So after breakfast we head back towards Imlil one more twisting singletrack. Less technical and faster than yesterday, this is real grin factor stuff! Total ride time today is about three hours but still worth every minute. If we have time and the legs for it there is an option for another big singletrack descent into Imlil, but the climb to the top pass at 2200m will test your legs. 35 km day’s journey
Day 07: Imlil – Marrakech
Pack up the bikes after breakfast, load the 4×4 and off to the hotel in Marrakech for the day and night. Explore the city and if your up for it, a Hammam to help refresh aching limbs!
Day 08: Marrakech – Airport
Transfer to the Airport