A 150km spectacular mountain bike tour through the Happy Valley region of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Full 4×4 back up, twisting ascents and nice long, fast descents!
Our Moroccan Mountain Bike adventure takes place in the remote Ait Bougmez valley, known as Happy Valley. This 6 day ride is suitable for all abilities; the 4×4 back up can cater for anyone who needs assistance.
Having spent a comfortable night in Marrakech, we get you fitted for your bike. A variety of high quality bikes are on offer depending on your preference and once we’re all ready, we depart for Damnate (4hrs driving, with a break). On arrival, we jump aboard the bikes and get going for the first day’s ride.
Camping (or using local Gites) everyday in beautiful spots, usually by rivers, the daily rides vary in distance and use a mix of solid dirt tracks and tarmac, both suitable for your supporting 4×4’s, who follow at a discreet distance. Your Guide will be riding with you and it’s all supported by a bike mechanic. The route runs through villages throughout allowing you to experience rural Moroccan Berber life; slow yet welcoming. Some of the ascents are long and twisting but countered by some very long and potentially fast descents! The longest is over 14km; just let those wheels go (carefully)!
Your final full riding day is a glorious ride up through forested mountain terrain, finally stopping under the impressive Cathedral Rock. You camp by the river.
This is tented trip with use of Gites if the weather is not kind. There is full chef support to provide the superb meals daily.
Once the ride has finished, we transfer back to Marrakech to spend your final night exploring the city before flying home the next day.
- High quality, well maintained mountain bikes
- 4×4 and mechanical support throughout
- Some challenging ascents and very long descents (the longest is over 14km!)
- Suits most abilities; no dangerous single track riding
- Explore the ancient walled city of Marrakech – voted world’s best destination 2015
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Land Only clients – we meet you at the hotel in Marrakesh (hotel details supplied).
Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakesh
Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakesh, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.
Day 2. Depart for Demnante, start riding
Pick up from hotel at 0730hrs, drive to Demnate (120km/3hrs) for a coffee stop and a chance to buy any last minute supplies. There’s a picnic lunch en route before the final drive section to Tizi Abachcou, where you will start your ride. From Tizi Abachcou, it is a 22km ride (mainly descending) into ‘Happy Valley’ to your overnight stop at Agouti.
Total distance 22km, ascent 380m, descent 626m. BLD
Day 3. Agouti – Zwayat Oulmzi
Leave Agouti, crossing the river for a steady climb to a plateau (+400m) before descending (-330m) back to the river and crossing to Imelghas. Continue onto Ifrane and then to your night stop at Zwayat Oulmzi.
Total Distance 25km, ascent 635m, descent 330m. BLD
Day 4. Zwayat Oulmzi – Wasamsouq
Departing Zwayat Oulmzi, you head straight up towards the Tizi-n-Tirgist Pass, an 8km ascent of 500m. Once you reach the top it will be time to enjoy the views and a well earned lunch stop. From here the ascent continues more gradually, the road changes tarmac before a fast descend to your overnight stop at Wasamsouq.
Total Distance 23.5km, ascent 642m, descent 388m BLD
Day 5. Wasamsouq – Tifwina
An initial ascent towards Tizi-n-Illisi (+231m), before your longest continuous descent of this trip (a whopping 15.5 km) to Zawit Ahansal where you will enjoy a break and the chance to explore the famous Casbah. From here the tarmac changes back to a shale track as you continue along the valley to your overnight stop at Tifwina.
Total Distance 35.5km, ascent 231m, descent 1158m. BLD
Day 6. Tifwina – Cathedral Rock
A beautiful but potentially tough day through the pine forests leading into Cathedral Rock. From Tifwina you will ascend on the twisiting track up the side of the mountain leaving the river behind. Wonderful views throughout today culminating in a 9km descent down to the river overnight stop.
Total Distance 29.5km, ascent 365m, descent 596m. BLD
Day 7. Cathedral Rock – Tillouguit, transfer to
A 12.5km ride completes your great ride through the lovely Amesfrane National Park. Your journey will finish with a cheeky little climb of 1.5km into the village of Tillouguit, a local Berber village.
Total Distance 12.5km, ascent 102m, descent 180m.
Your journey back to Marrakesh will take you via Wawizaght (coffee stop), along the banks of the largest reservoir in Morocco and the Ouzoud Falls. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy in Marrakesh. BL
Day 8. Depart for London, B
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight home.
Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner