Bike & Hike climb the peak of Toubkal and Cycle to Sahara Desert

Code: ATLAS2DESERT
13 DAYS 12 NIGHTS
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Tour Overview

Biking through landscapes that shaped both Moroccan history and the silver screen. Biking allows you to get closer to the Morocco, Morocco has a vibrant culture and unique vibe, making it the perfect destination for this adventure tour. - Fantastic and challenging trek up Mount Toubkal where you can enjoy stunning views Follow this with a desert tour to Experience the Gorge du Dades; explore and biking around the Todra Gorge with its 300m high gorge walls; camel trek into the Sahara Desert and stay overnight in a Berber camp; visit ancient Casbah.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION From Airport or Your Hotel/Riad
DEPARTURE TIME At 9h AM from the Hotel/Riad
INCLUDED
Arrival & Departure Transfer ( Type of Transport )
Transport pick us from Marrakech and get us back to Marrakech. ( Type of Transport )
Transport support Vehicle 44 follow us all the trip. ( Type of Transport )
Assistance Transport Minivan to pick us some times from place to place ( for big group ) ( Type of Transport )
Accommodations ( Type of Accommodation )
All Meals during this Trip & Mineral Water

Full suspensions Mountain Bike with Helmet ( Type of Bikes )

English French speaking guide / Local Guide
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Inssurance
Guide gratuity
Soft Drinks

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Day 1: Airport — Marrakech

We warmly welcome you in our beautiful country in your Arrival than transfer you to your evening accommodation in Marrakech, in this arrival day no activities are planed, So we will have just dinner together and we discuss about days of our trip.

Accommodation hotel

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Day 2: Marrakech - Imlil - Azib n Tamsoult

After your transfer from Marrakech to Imlil, Imlil is a village in the High Atlas Mountains. It is a good starting point for a trekking holiday or for climbing Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa (4167m). Imlil has a variety of shops and "pensions" as well as being a trailhead village for treks deeper into the mountains including the ascent of Toubkal. Imlil is a progressive community and money from tourism goes into a variety of projects organized by the Village such as litter collection and disposal you will set off an a 6 hour trek out of the Imlil Valley and into the Azzadne Valley. Along the way you will pass Tizi N'Mzik at 2,450m, the refuge at Azib n'Tansoult and the Ighouliden waterfalls. Overnight in the Tamsout mountain refuge at 2600m.

walking distance approx. 6H

Accommodation: Tamsoult refuge

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Day 3: Azib n tamsoult - Agelzim 3560m - Toubkal base camp

Today involves a fairly stiff climb out of the Azzadne Valley to the Toubkal Refuge over the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m. Lunch will be taken with spectacular views over the Atlas Mountain Range. Overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (Niltner Hut) where we w'll likely be sharing a bunk room with other trekkers tackling Toubkal early the next morning.

walking distance approx. 7 h

Accomodation: Toubkal refuge ( Nilter Hut )

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Day4: Toubkal Ascent - Imlil -Marrakech

Up early for the climb up Toubkal (4,167m) from where, clouds allowing, we w'll have wonderful views over the Atlas Range and the Sahara Desert then a long way back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. This is a fairly long day with 8-9 hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil than transfer you to Marrakech for the night.

Accomodation: Hotel or Riad

walking distance approx. 8_9

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Day 5: Marrakech - Telouet (Mountain Biking)

After our breakfast, we set off in Land Cruisers for a scenic drive to the kasbah of Telouet, The crumbling fortress is set in a remote valley overlooking mud villages and fertile gardens. We climb on switchbacks up the Tichka Pass, one of North Africa's highest paved roads. Over the pass we have a few more kilometers to drive before reaching the ruined kasbah. We'll break for a picnic in the gardens, then hop on our bikes to begin our cycling. The ride begins at 6,000 ft / 1,800 m, so the first section might feel a bit tough. After about 10 km we start off-roading down a 32 km jeep track to Tamdaght, set in a desert palm oasis near Ait Benhaddou. The surface is occasionally very poor and sometimes rocky but there are some fun fast sections too as we descend through numerous mud villages and canyon land scenery to an altitude of 4,000 ft / 1,200 m. We aim to arrive well before sundown for some great photo opportunities from the terrace of our converted kasbah hotel. Overnight in a converted kasbah. Mountain Biking 42 km / 26 mi. Ascent 207 m / 679 ft. Descent 665 m / 2,181 ft.

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Day 6: Ait Benhaddou (Mountain Biking)

This morning we'll pack our gear onto Land Cruisers, then have a post-breakfast tour of the Ksour of Ait Benhaddou. This complex of adobe kasbahs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is still inhabited by a handful of families. It's surrounded by date palms and rugged mountains and is probably the best-preserved village in the south of Morocco. It made an appearance in the film The Gladiator. Afterwards we set off in our support vehicles to the start of our 3 day ride through the remote Jebel Sirwa region. With no hotels and few village lodgings available we spend the first night under canvass and the second night in a basic village house. In Agouim we mount our bikes and pedal along a well-maintained dirt path westbound into the heart of the Sirwa. The path we tackle is hilly with one significant climb up to our wilderness campsite. En route we pass through some very remote villages and start to get a flavor for the area, although be prepared for constant changes in character and landscape throughout the three days we spend here! After a lunch break we climb onto an expansive plateau and set up our campsite. With luck, we'll have clear skies and panoramic views of the craggy mountains peaks of the High Atlas and the dark tabletop peaks of the Sirwa range. We're now at about 2,100 m above sea level so temperatures can drop below freezing so wrap up warm for a cold night of wilderness camping. Overnight in tents. Mountain Biking 40 km / 24 mi. Ascent 1,202 m / 3,944 ft. Descent 586 m / 1,922 ft.

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Day 7: Ouarzazate (Mountain Biking)

Those who still feel energetic can make an early start from the village up a gradual 24 km climb. The scenery is wild and volcanic with some rocky passages as well as some smoother undulating tracks. Those craving a rest can take a transfer in our support vehicle up to the top of the pass - the top of one of Morocco's best descents down towards the plains of Ouarzazate. From the top of the pass there's about 35 km of jeep track to our finishing point - that's over 30 km of descent and just one glute-burning 3 km climb after lunch around the village of Tamachocht, an authentic village perched above a fertile valley of cultivated terraces. After our picnic lunch, a quick climb and some more downhill, we transfer out of the Sirwa back to civilization and the town of Ouarzazate. It's an hour's drive across strikingly desolate landscapes to our comfortable hotel overlooking the town's )palm groves. Here you can enjoy a hammam, which is a typical Moroccan steam bath, and massage (women only) to relax any tired muscles. Overnight in a converted kasbah hotel. Mountain Biking 60 km / 36 mi (+24km / 15 mi optional ascent). Ascent 736 m / 2,415 ft. Descent 1,469 m / 4,820 ft.

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Day 8: Zagora - Agdz (Mountain Biking)

After a leisurely start to the day we have a short transfer to Zagora, the start of today's ride. There's an easy start with a thrilling 8 km descent on a dirt path which joins the valley of the River Draa, Morocco's longest river. Today's ride is nice and varied and not too taxing with several short climbs and descents as we follow the upper reaches of the river valley. Some of the villages along the way are startling, with abandoned kasbahs. Our overnight stop is around the town of Agdz where, depending on the size of the group, we will either stay in a beautifully-renovated kasbah just south of Agdz, or a French-run auberge in the palmery. Mountain Biking 40 km / 24 mi Ascent 352 m / 1,155 ft. Descent 609 m / 1,998 ft.

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Day 9: Zagora (Mountain Biking)

Riding out from our hotel we continue to explore the Draa Valley as we descend towards the fringes of the Sahara desert. The Draa Valley is one giant oasis of date palms, fruit trees and vegetables. En route we explore the passageways and ruined interiors of the extensive Kasbah Tamnougalte which overlooks the mountain of Jebel Kissane, a backdrop that stays in our view for some time. How far we ride today depends on the group. It's a day of rolling riding through typical villages with a picnic in the palm groves en route to Zagora, our destination. The full route is long so the last part of the journey will be in 4x4s. Zagora is a regional administrative centre which only dates back to French colonial times.. Overnight at auberge. Distance variable depending on group preferences.

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Day 10: Sahara Desert (Hiking and Possibility of Camel Riding)

Today is our desert day (and night). After passing through an ever-changing landscape from High Atlas to desert, today we get our first glimpses of dunes. We have around 70 km of paved road and 60 km of path to cover as we head south-west. It's a harsh environment for biking so we transfer by vehicle as we make our way via Tagnite to Chegaga. It's a landscape of dunes and dry lakes, lost oases and lonely acacia trees; an area frequented by Saharan nomads with their caravans of camels. This is the deep south of Morocco and marks the start of the Sahara desert which stretches for a further 1,800 km or so southwards. En route we may get the chance to ride camels. There is no more powerful symbol of the desert than this extraordinarily adapted animal. In the afternoon we arrive at the trip's most southerly point, our desert camp surrounded by dunes and little else. Here our hosts set up camp for us and we spend the night in nomad tents, lighting up the desert skies, and enjoy a barbecue meal and a campfire. All day there are opportunities to walk. Overnight in typical nomad tents

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Day 11: Sahara Desert - Marrakech

Today we have a serious transfer back to Marrakech, as we've travelled a vast distance across Morocco. The drive takes about seven hours, but Marrakech is a real highlight. Once we're settled into our hotel, there is time to wander through the labyrinth of narrow alleys in the ancient Medina, a UNESCO Heritage Site. You might like to visit the Badi and Bahia Palaces, the famous souks (markets), the Marrakech Museum, or the Majorell Botanical Garden, owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Tonight we explore the main square, the Djemaa el Fna. At night the square is transformed into a giant open-air restaurant with men in white coats serving anything from sheep's head stew to snails in hot sauce. The rest of the square is dedicated to other forms of entertainment such as snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and dancers. Later on we head out for a farewell dinner and get a chance to experience what Marrakech offers in the way of nightlife. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 13: end of the trip transfer to airport

This cycling & Hiking adventure through Morocco comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave at any time the trip ends after breakfast. those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home. Explore Marrakech if you have time before your flight. the best place to get a view over the square are the la Grand B Balcony du Cafe Glacier or cafe de France. you have to buy a drink. but at MAD 20 its' worth it for a great view.

Highlights

  • Ride in high Atlas Mountains
  • Conquer challenging climbs and exciting descents
  • Pedal through remote villages and the rugged Atlas Mountains of Morocco
  • Ride through many berber villages in Toubkal National Park.
  • Explore berber villages in Toubkal Nation Park.

Tour Price

  • Group 2 people : 900€/person
  • Group 3 people : 890€/person
  • Group 4 - 7 people :890€/person
  • Group 8 - 12 people : 880€/person.

What to Take

  • We recommend packing the following items:
  • Normal daily clothes
  • Padded cycling shorts and gloves
  • Breathable top or cycling jersey
  • Sunglasses/eye protection
  • Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling
  • Waterproofs and long cycling trousers
  • For the earlier departures you may need some warmer layers
  • Sun cream