Atlas Mountain singletrack 6 days

DAY 1

arrival in Marrakech

At the airport, we are met by our driver and then have a 30 minute transfer to the riad in the city’s historic centre., some royal palaces, and then travel through the millennia-old city wall into Medina and the pulsating heart of Marrakech. The tranquility we meet inside the riad contrast with the alarm outside- this really is an oasis of peace, and in general Marrakech will surprise you with the lack of hustle-bustle (within the old town at least). We have a short briefing before taking a short trip through the souks (market streets), cruising between the snake charmers and fortune-tellers in the unforgettable Djemma el Fna and eating dinner together at a riad.

DAY 2

Marrakech-imlil-Imi Oughlad

Once we're all together and have everything sorted we will load the van and transfer to Imlil. The transfer time is approximately 90 minutes and we aim to do one transfer once we're all together. However, if your flight is a lot earlier than the rest of the group then an extra transfer is available at a cost of £50. This is the total cost and not per person, so if there is more than one of you then the cost can be split.
When everyone is ready and all our kit is loaded we start the first (optional but recommended) climb of the day. The support vehicle goes ahead to prepare lunch at the top of the Tamatert pass (2300m). This is an early lunch as the climb is short but very useful for checking everything with the bikes is and working correctly ready for the singletrack.
After lunch the fun really begins! We follow the singletrack above the Imenane River. The route takes us through a number of narrow villages, all linked by singletrack, as we descend (with a few short climbs) all the way into Imi Oughlad and the Gite for the night (1382m)

DAY 3

Imi Oughlad--Tizi Tacht-Id Issa

From Imi Oughlad we get an uplift to the head of the second pass of the week. From here we have the first super fast, tight, technical, rocky singletrack of the day. Kilometre after kilometre of singletrack will keep you on and off the brakes as you hit the rocky technical sections and try desperately hard to keep your speed up! This is easier and faster singletrack.
At the bottom of this singletrack there is a shop where we can grab a coke and cake before setting off again on the climb. At the top of this climb we drop into another section of technical singletrack. Now we're heading into the really big mountains. Tizi Tacht-Id Issa is really off the beaten track and has the most amazing mountain backdrop - perfect for the afternoon photo shoot! Here we drop into the Gite where we will be staying for the night and have lunch.
After lunch we have a photoshoot session. This is a great location because of the singletrack, views and redness of the rock. There are some tough technical sections which are well worth sectioning if you’re up for it or just fast flowing singletrack if you prefer. From this you should get photos you’ll want to frame when you get home!
Another massive three course meal with lots of good banter to help digest the day's events, trail and food! (1780m)

DAY 4

Id Issa-Ait zitoun

This is a ‘mega’ day of singletrack. The Gite is at nearly 2000m in altitude and today is the day to ‘cash in’ on the altitude!
1.5km from the Gite (guest house) the singletrack starts. Tight, steep twisty singletrack drops us onto a riverbed we cross to pick up the singletrack on the other side. This path links three or four villages as we traverse from one to the other. This is fast and flowing but we don’t lose much height as we follow the riverbed below. After a few hours of singletrack we enter an area of more singletrack on the famous Red Rock of Morocco. An incredible playground with outstanding grip and fast flowing singletrack.
We stop for lunch in a secluded, wooded part of the riverbed where our cooking will be waiting and would have already prepared mint tea for our arrival. Lunch will be a welcome break from the efforts of riding as fast as you can for so long on so much singletrack. But it doesn't stop there...
After lunch we’re off again. A short warm up of 1.5km and we’re crossing a large damn to find the entrance to yet another incredible ribbon of singletrack. A very sketchy entrance unravels into km after km of gently down sloping singletrack in a spectacular gorge. This is truly breath taking scenery to match some of the best singletrack!

DAY 5

Ait zitoun-Imi Ntala

Today we are going over the pass Tizi Mezzik (2280m). Our bikes are transported by a mule and we are all walking to the pass. Then we will hit the road again with our bikes. A nice but difficult – single track – descent over rough and sometimes steep slopes through the beautiful valley of Ouïssaden to the village of \. Along the way, we have views over beautiful valleys. Total: walking approx 1,5 hours
Mountain biking approx 35 km.
Overnight in Tassaouirgane (1400m) – Berber guesthouse

DAY 6

Imi Ntala -- Imidle—Marrakech

This is the last day on the bike and the best. A real singletrack ‘Mega Day’ which will challenge your fitness and technical ability, but only because the trails are so good you just 'have' to keep going!
We start with a gentle traverse and climb to the top of the pass which takes 45 minutes and includes a 10 minute hike-a-bike, but the rewards at the top are incomprehensible! If you enjoy singletrack, this is your heaven!
This is fast and flowing to start and as it drops in height the trail becomes more technical into the riverbed. All easy to ride.
One of the sections of singletrack runs through a dry riverbed. It’s smooth with rocks lining the twisting route so if you come off-line you get punished. The twisting route makes you throw the bike around as you shift your weight from one pedal to the next to find the grip out of the slide and into the next bend. Almost like a slalom. Big gear, flat out..
This is just one section, there are too many to list but I have to say there is something for everyone and everyone loves it. From slow, super technical to smooth and flat out and everything in between! This continues for hours, without a letup anywhere. The finale is a rickety bridge crossing which takes us to the van for a late lunch. Tired and dusty!
After lunch you can either transfer in the van to Ouirgane or ride the gentle downhill 16km to the Gite. Unfortunately, it's now time to pack your bike before it gets dark and prepare for the transfer into Marrakech the following morning.

DAY 7

Tessaouirgane--Marrakech (60 km)

A nice day cycling on the asphalt – first on a mountain road which is gradually becoming flatter. Finish of the tour on the famous Jemaa el Fna square and then to the hotel for a well-deserved shower !!!!
Total approx 60 km.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

• All accommodation during 7 days

• All meals during your 7 days + mineral water, and tea

• professional Mountain guide

• Breakfast on the last day

• Transfer to Marrakech airport for your return flight

• Secure bike storage in Marrakech

• Hotel in Marrakech

• Luggage transfer from gite to gite (guest house)

NOT INCLUDED

• Travel insurance

• Soft alcoholic drinks

• Tips and personal expanses

PRICE

Depends the number of travelers and their request, please contact us for a proposal.

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