Mountain Biking | Saghro Mountains

Morocco · 6 nights

Traversing the volcanic terrain of the Saghro Mountains with a finale to explore Marrakech.

Overview

Ride over land-before-time feeling landscapes on a seven-day cycling adventure that unveils Morocco beyond the ancient walled city of Marrakech.

Head into the Atlas Mountains to the Saghro Mountains via the lush oasis interspersed between volcanic and dessert terrain. Exhilirating trails will take you up steep tracks to awe-inspiring views and then on down, flying past verdant valleys packed with wild roses and trees weighed heavy with fruit.

Cycle unpaved roads and less traversed tracks to uncover a side to south Morocco few get to see, combining this with an unforgettable camel ride and time to explore the hustle and bustle of Marrakech's lively souk culture.

Included
  • Accommodation (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
  • All Meals
  • Ground Transfers
  • Equipment

The P l a n

The Plan

  • 1
    On arrival

    Touch down at Marrakech Airport and transfer to your hotel or riad. Depending on when you arrive, you can explore Marrakech before turning in for the night in advance of your cycling adventure.

  • 2
    AM

    Fill up at breakfast because the day hold a 48km cycle ahead. This morning you leave Marrakech for the beautiful UNESCO designated world heritage village of Ait Benhaddou. Travelling by 4-wheel drive from Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass (2260m) as far as Telouet, you visit Glaoui Kasbah before setting off on two wheels. From Telouet, take to your mountain bike and cycle through remote Berber villages and the lush Ounila Valley until you arrive at the stunning Kasbah village of Ait Benhaddou where you'll stay the night.

  • 3
    AM

    Leaving Ait Benhaddou via the beautiful Taslmante Valley and Boutaghrar head to an ancient troglodyte settlement and see nomadic Berbers living in caves handed down through generations of families. There's a chance of visiting a Berber family, sharing a cup of mint tea and learning about their unique lifestyle. The final leg of today's 43km cycle takes you way up to the Dades Gorge where you'll spend the night.

  • 4
    AM

    You may want to warm up for your almighty 70km cycle today. First you'll cycle to the breath-taking Berber oasis town of N’kob. You'll then head through the Dades Valley which lies between the High Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Saghro Mountains. Making your way into the Jbel Saghro Mountains you cross the Tizi n’Tzazert pass past stunning panoramic views. Continue onto the Berber oasis town of N’kob which lies at the foot of the Jbel Saghro Mountains where you get to spend the night under the stars.

  • 5
    AM

    Take your breath away as you whiz past Mountain the valley of the Drâa up to Tin Zouline. It's here you'll enter the Anti Atlas Mountains with its cinematic rock formations that will have you feeling like you're cycling on the surface of the moon. Cross a small river and take a small, smooth path around the base of Jebel Kissane, passing through lush ‘palmeries’ and remote Berber villages. Small tracks and trails wind through the valley of the Drâa to Zagora. At Zagora you can dismount and take a handy camel rude through dramatic dunes, where you spend the night in Berber tents under the stars. Watch the sun set over the dunes and prepare to feast after your 60 km bike ride.

  • 6
    AM

    Get up early for a sunrise you'll never forget and refuel at breakfast before riding your trusty camel back to Zagora. From there hop into your 4x4 and watch the landscapes of the Atlas pass by as you head back into Marrakech via Tichka pass.

  • 7
    On arrival

    Dine on your very last Moroccan breakfast in the Riad and check out the souks of Marrakech if you have time, before being picked up by your transfer to the airport.