8 Days Tour, 6 Days Biking / Level: Experienced / Period: Septemper to June, Assistance: 4×4 & Mules
The Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh offer incredible opportunities for Gravity, Enduro and All Mountain XC riders. This is amazing mountain biking terrain – hundreds of miles of flowing dusty singletrack trails that are peppered with technical rocky sections, switchbacks and fast descents. Sure there are some testing climbs, but the scenery is incredible as are the ancient villages we pass through. These “natural” singletrack trails in Morocco are some of the best you will ever ride.
Actually, these trails are part of an incredible, and vast, network built hundreds of years ago and used almost exclusively by Berber villagers and nomads travelling between the valleys, high plateaus and villages in the region.
Day By Day
Transfer by road: 75km / Ride distance: 30km / Elevation Gain: 365m, Loss: 2360m
For the afternoon we'll be dropped by 4x4 at the beginning of another unexpected singletrack to ride 9 km of uninterrupted delight! At the end of stage we will be met by our drivers and transferred to another region for other adventures! On the way we can enjoy the stunning landscapes while discussing the highlights of the day (1h30 drive). Overnight in Ouirgane in a nice gite where you can have a traditional Hammam followed by a tasty cousscouss!
Transfer by road: 85km / Ride distance: 30km / Elevation Gain: 400m, Loss: 2170m
After this authentic stop, time for some action! This afternoon, mules and muleteers will join the team to give our bikes a lift to the highest point of the day (2160m) after two hours walk, we get hold of our bikes again and say good bye to our mules. From here, you will ride memorable slopes of slate and a superb Freeride line of dusty fine scree where you can try some carving till the bottom of the river bed, JUST EPIC!! But it is not over, a short uphill section and few wheel tours to reach the last portion of the day, an 8 kms of the best trails you would have ever imagined through a juniper and oaks forest! At the end of an outstanding day we reach our lodge where the Berber "Sauna" is awaiting with another delicious local meal right after.
Transfer by 4x4: 45km / Ride distance: 25km / Elevation Gain: 600m, Loss: 1840m
Louka - Tahnaout
We leave by bike from Oukaimden from where a Maximum single track and flow is waiting for you throughout the day, taking advantage of the natural terrain to improve your techniques or show your skills on amazing switchbacks, natural bumps, grippy crests ... For lunch time, we will share a meal with a local Berber family accompanied with Moroccan mint tea in an authentic atmosphere. After a rewarding lunch, we continue our ride on superb flow trails. About half an hour descent on first class singles, that will suddenly stop. We will then have a 15 minutes peppered steep climb to add a little physical effort and enjoy an ultimate flow section behind to reach our meeting point with our 4x4 driver. A short drive will take us to our lodge on the banks of the luxurious Ourika Valley.
Transfer by road: 50km / Ride distance: 32km / Elevation Gain: 350m, Loss: 2020m
Louka - Ourika
After a short morning 4x4 shuttle, will take possession of our bikes and ride a cool hill side Djeep track to the beginning of a breath taking journey. A first very technical single track will require all your focus followed by a full speed section in the shade of pine trees. The second single is pleasant pedaling allows us to extend this route until the next ridges that offer a nice compromise between technical, physical and flow the whole in a superb 360 degree view of the High Atlas. The greatest way to finish the journey is a last exhilarating and full of flow trail will lead us to the valley where we will meet our 4x4 for a shuttle to our hotel near Ait Ourir.
Transfer by road: 50km / Ride distance: 35km / Elevation Gain: 240m, Loss: 1900m
Biking Distance: 10 km Altitude Gain Loss: +150m, -830m