Trekking through the High Atlas
The Ourika Valley and its surroundings, located south of Marrakech, is part of the High Atlas. The area has rolling hills and the highest mountains in North Africa and is therefore very suitable for a multi-day MTB trekking. Beautiful views of the plain of Marrakech alternate with high mountain peaks. So is the Toubkal, the highest mountain in the Atlas. The long stretches of singletrack are among the best routes Morocco has to offer. We cycle on colored slopes that are strongly eroded in certain places, a unique picture. In addition to great trails, the area has a very hospitable Berber culture. Our local guide provides us with a unique introduction to the area and its inhabitants.
Cross country trip through Morocco
- 6-day cross country tour through the High Atlas
- Accompaniment by a local and a Dutch guide from Epique
- Unique and fully catered adventure
- Huge variety of landscapes
- Visit to isolated Berber villages
The Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas has extremely high peaks up to 4000 meters, but also rolling hills. The beautiful colors and the hospitality of the locals make this trip special. We stay in comfortable gîtes, inns or a kasbah. During the overnight stays at the Ourika there is the possibility to refresh in the river after a long day of cycling. The first and last night we stay in a 4* hotel in Marrakech.
Route through the High Atlas
Day 1 – outward journey
We meet at the airport of Marrakech. Here we are picked up as a group by bus and taken to the 4 * hotel in the city. We will have dinner together, with the local guide joining us.
Day 2 – to Tizi’n Oucheg
We drive in two hours with a 4×4 to the starting point in the Zat valley, from where the first stage towards Tizi’n Oucheg begins. Along the way we stop for our first mint tea, something that will become a habit during this trip. We spend the night in a Berber inn and enjoy a special homemade surprise.
Day 3 – to Aghbalou
Today we enter the Ourika Valley for the first time. A long day with quite a few altimeters, with the longest climb ending on a beautiful red surface. After a descent to Aghbalou it is time to cool off at the Ourika River.
Day 4 – to Timalizene
The day starts quietly, we cycle up on the banks of the Ourika. After reaching the top of the Amassine valley, another red-colored valley awaits us. This is followed by a very inviting descent through the eroded landscape, which almost resembles a toboggan run. On the way we pass the village of Amassine, a small village with olive trees.
Day 5 – to Agounsane
A bus takes us in half an hour to Oukaimeden station, which serves as a ski resort in winter. We then cycle under our own power to the 2900 meter high peak and enjoy the view. From there a 2000 meter long descent awaits us. Although we move around the ski resort, the tajines are also simmering here.
Day 6 – to Soûr
We do the most challenging climb of this day early in the morning. We pass the village of Ourkane, where local children merrily hobble along for a bit. At the end of the village we have to walk for 20 minutes by bike, we are rewarded with a long stretch of singletrack. We descend to Soûr which is located on a great plateau of red soil.
Day 7 – to Kherouagh
On the last climb of the last cycling day we ride under vegetation for some welcome shade and cooling. Along the path we find berries, also called the Berber wild strawberries. We continue the journey and descend for the last time, again over singletrack. With a half hour bus journey we are brought back to our 4* hotel in Marrakech.
Day 8 – return trip
After breakfast at the hotel we travel together to the airport. At the airport we say goodbye and this trip ends.
A unique culture and impressive nature
This multi-day trek is for the avid mountain biker who, in addition to the singletrack, is also interested in the culture and unique environment that Morocco has to offer. The route in the Atlas Mountains is technically challenging in parts and completely different from what we drive on a daily basis in the Netherlands. Outside the colorful mountains, we will undoubtedly encounter a number of mules.
Level of this trip
On average we mountain bike more than 40 kilometers a day, with about 1500 altimeters. This number can vary greatly from day to day. Count on a maximum number of 2200 altimeters. You must be fit enough for this trip, at least two rides a week is desirable. If you are already controlled over steep and technical sections, then this trip is for you! Do you want to know more about the different levels? then click here .
- 8 days of guidance by an Epique guide and a local guide
- 1 guide per group of maximum 7 participants
- 2 nights in a 4* hotel in double rooms with en-suite facilities (Marrakech)
- 5 nights in a gîte/kasbah/inn in shared rooms/dormitories
- 7 days breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Daily baggage transfers
- Transfer from and to the airport
- Transfer to starting point route and from the end point
- Tourist tax
- epic keepsake
- Contribution Trees for All (to compensate for the CO2 emissions of your trip)
- SGR Guarantee Fund
- calamity fund
Are you going on an adventure with us? We would like to let you experience the beauty of nature, the feeling of a challenging drop-off and the sensation of endless descending.Contact us