Atlas of Marrakech Cycling Escape


5 Days Trip / 3 Days Road Bike intermediate level  /  Period : All Year , Assistance:

Our tour starts from the 1000 year-old ochre-colored city of Marrakech.  A fascinating ride across the old Medina towards  the mountain range of the High Atlas Mountains. Cycling  on the flat Haouz plains, you will be quickly challenged by the imposing Atlas Mountain slopes, climbing Morocco's highest roads. You will have the opportunity to discover Berber lush valleys and rugged high plateaus  to discover  the traditional local way of life, an authentic architecture and matchless landscapes of a rare beauty.

Day1. Marrakech

Welcome by your guide at Marrakesh Airport and short transfer to your hotel in town. If you have brought your bike with you, we will take you to our shop to mount it and keep your box until the end of trip. For the first night we have chosen a practical hotel not far from our shop. Overnight on bed & breakfast basis at 3* hotel. (Meals: B)

Day2. Marrakech - Ourika

The stage starts through the buzzing Marrakesh and takes the quieter road of Sidi Abdellah Gheyat. A nice stretch across the Haouz Plain on a flat direct line (37km). Serious things start on the foothill of the Atlas Mountains, with a challenging climb of 10km to reach the high plateaus of Iguer. The views are just amazing and the snow capped mountains contrast with the green terraces of barley and almond trees. The stone built Berber villages are superb and naturally melt in the landscapes. After a last demanding uphill, the road follows the contours of the mountain before a big and endless winding downhill section towards the Ourika Valley and our lodge for the night. (Meals: B, L, D)

Biking Distance: 64 km, Altitude Gain: 800m, Altitude Loss: 620m, Min Altitude: 455m, Max Altitude: 1,130m

Day3. Ourika - Asni

The cycling stage starts on the road following the left banks of the Ourika River for about 10 km. The road then leaves the lush valley and starts snaking up towards west. On the next 14km, you will climbs steadily along the mountainside and genteelly gain altitude through some impressive views across the Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages. As we reach our highest point at the Tizi n'Tadmamt (1813m), you will have a more relaxed section following the contours of the mountain hillsides overlooking the superb views stretching towards the Haouz Plains far north. After Sidi Fares, we will enjoy an amazing downhill section of 10km towards Asni, Overnight in a nice Lodge. (Meals: B, L, D).
NB. An optional ride up to the Ski Resort of Oukaimden, an epic 18 km climb and cycle the highest road in Morocco!

Biking Distance: 50 km, Altitude Gain: 1,175m, Altitude Loss: 876m, Min Altitude: 855m, Max Altitude: 1,845m

Day4. Asni - Kik Plateau - Marrakech

Our ultimate day will lead us to the heights of the superb Kik Plateau. After a good breakfat, we start cycling on the little road snaking up towards the shrine of Moulay Brahim. This is a holy place where  a well-known Moroccan Sufi saint was buried. It's a famous place that attracts a lot of pilgrims from all over Morocco. At the highest spot of the ride we will cross the magnificent limestone plateau with the often snow capped Toubkal peaks in the background. The ride across the terraces will be punctuated by few villages before we reach the western end of the Kik. From now on, it's a long decent to reach the Takerkoust lake where our cycling adventure end. After packing our bikes, a short transfer will lead us to the exciting Marrakech and your Riad in the Medina of Marrakech at 5mn on foot from the main attractions: Jemaa Lafnna Square, the souks, Bahia Palace... (Meals: B, L)

Biking Distance: 32 km, Altitude Gain: 500m, Altitude Loss: 1,046m, Min Altitude: 664m, Max Altitude: 1,46m, 4x4 Drive: 36 km

Day5. Marrakesh Airport

Depend on your flight schedule, a transfer is arranged from your hotel to Marrakech (Meals: B )

Tue 01 Nov 2016 - Sat 05 Nov 2016 Code 001 Adult550€ Available Book now

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