Ride the Kasbah - Mountain Bike Morocco
Morocco, Bike - Semi Slick, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $980 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marrakech. Airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We make an early start for the long and interesting transfer across the Atlas Mountains and via Ouarzazate to Tinerhir. If we have made good time, there will be the option to ride the last hour on tarmac roads to our hotel in the Todra Gorge. Ride distance 12 km (7 miles) with 200 metres of ascent.
Day 3: We bike on tarmac to the top of the Todra Gorge, then cut across country on a jeep track to the Tamatattouchte Pass (2800m). There follows a superb downhill to the village of Msemrir, then a short transfer to our hotel in the Gorge du Dades. Ride distance 69 km (43 miles) with 1376 metres of ascent and 908 metres of descent.
Day 4: Through the Gorge du Dades to the village of Bou Thrar. Then we zig-zag to the head of the valley and ride downhill to El Kelaa M'Gouna. We finish the day with a short vehicle transfer to our hotel in Boulmane Dades. Ride distance 60 km (37 miles) with 890 metres of ascent and 1123 metres of descent.
Day 5: An initial short transfer to Tagdilt. We then ride across the Jebel Sahro via the Tizzi n'Tazazart (2270m) and into the Draa Valley. Descending through spectacular scenery and by way of the rock pillars of Bab n'Ali, we reach our hotel in N'Kob. Ride distance 73 km (45 miles) with 1038 metres of ascent and 1510 metres of descent.
Day 6: A short transfer takes us to the start of the quiet piste road that follows the eastern side of the Draa Valley. We pass through palmeries and tranquil villages en route to Zagora on the edge of the Sahara. Ride distance 69 km (43 miles) with 365 metres of ascent and 490 metres of descent.
Day 7: After another short transfer, we bike easily from Tansikht into the lovely Draa Valley, passing impressive kasbahs and surprising oasis gardens. Then, after lunch at Agdz, we load up for the drive back to Marrakech, stopping off for dinner at a wayside restaurant en route. Ride distance 36 km (22 miles) with 441 metres of ascent and 334 metres of descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.