Single Track Heaven


8 Days Tour, 6 Days Biking / Level: Experienced / Period: Septemper to June, Assistance: 4x4 & 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.

Day1. Marrakesh

At your arrival to Marrakech Menara Airport, Maroc Nature Team will welcome you and take care of your luggage. After loading luggage and bikes, a short transfer will take us to our fully equipped bike shop in Marrakech  so as to prepare your bikes and store your bike suitcases. If you have chosen to hire one of our bikes, you can then have your bike fitted, fix your pedals and saddle if your bring yours. The essential done, we will take to your hotel in the modern part of the city (not far from our bike shop) where you will have your room allocated. Dinner is free tonight and your guide can suggest some of the good restaurants around.

Day2. Amizmiz

Meet  your guide at your hotel, after a short briefing, the journey can start. We drive south towards the Atlas foothills and the city of Amizmiz. The road snakes up steeply to reach the high plateaus at 1900m where we will prepare bikes start our ride for a first 18 kms run mixing long playful portions on mule trails and some pleasant pedaling sections. 
The afternoon  stage starts with an hour transfer by 4x4 to get us back to the heights and begin a second single that will delight all fans of extreme flow... 12 km on an absolutely superb singletrack. Alternating large slabs of stone and faster passages on a delicate carpet of pine needles that will fill you with joy! We will meet our drivers on the plain for an ultimate 40 mn transfer to get us tour amazing lodge facing Mount Erdouz.

Transfer by road: 75km / Ride distance: 30km /   Elevation Gain: 365m, Loss:  2360m

Day3. Amizmiz

After a hearty breakfast, we're off again on our bikes starting from our lodge riding a gentle climb for warm up leading to the first flowy single of the day to reach the plateau of  Toumlaline where local villagers graze their herds of sheep and goats. Another short climb will introduce us to another super trail of about 7 km ending at lunch spot where our assistance team is waiting for us with a yummy picnic.  
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

Day4. Ouirgane

Another day and another challenge, we start our journey with about 1h45 4x4 transfer deep into the Atlas where few foreigners have ever travelled! After a stunning show of landscapes, it is time to get back on the saddle. The 4x4 drop us over 2'000m altitude to ride a first mule trail that appears to be made for us bikers! For lunch, we will share an appetizing Tagine with the local family amongst the village.
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

Day5. Louka - Tahnaout

Oukaimden ski resort is our play ground for the two upcoming days starting at 2450m above the sea level!
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

Day6. Louka - Ourika

Today's journey is highly promising where you will ride every type of terrain and cross some amazing Berber villages. 
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

Day7. Tikla Valley

For our last day ride we will drive south on one of the highest roads of Morocco linking Marrakech to Ouarzazate. Just before the Tichka Pass, we will be off again for another great biking day exploring the Tikla Valley. A superb mix of tracks & trails across remote Berber village where the cheerful locals are still amazed to see bikes on their paths. The last single track on a red clay crest line is just alluring! At Azgour, we will meet our 4x4 for a transfer back to Marrakech. We will first go to our bike shop to clean and pack our bike and get them ready for tomorrow's flight. Overnight in a nice Riad in the Medina, very closed to the main square Djenaa Lafna, on BB basis. Riad Bahia Salam or similar.

Biking Distance: 10 km Altitude Gain Loss: +150m, -830m

Day8. Return flight

Depending on your schedule, transfer to the airport of Marrakech is organized to take your return flight.

Thu 10 Nov 2016 - Fri 10 Nov 2017 Code 0012 Adult580€ Available Book now

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