Ride the Kasbah Cycling Holidays
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Ride to Kasbah (Morocco) Guided Cycling Holiday
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Tour Summary


Mountain bike holiday in Morocco`s desert world – Jebel Sahro

“This great biking adventure is perfect for anyone looking to make a winter escape to Morocco and the pink and ochre coloured mountains of the Jebel Sahro.”

· Bike across the Tazarzart Pass
· Cycling through the Todra Gorge
· Cycle the isolated and exotic Draa Valley
· Morocco has it all for a short bike holiday destination

7 nights hotels, 5 days biking, 320 kilometres (200miles), 60% off-road, 100% vehicle supported, Max altitude – 2800 metres. Join in Marrakech. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


This is a classic mountain bike holiday adventure in Morocco’s arid Jebel Sahro region. With the snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas to the north and the Sahara to the south, the climate of the Jebel Sahro in southern Morocco is the perfect place for cycling outside the summer months.

From the intoxicating city of Marrakech, we drive across the Atlas Mountains to Tinerhir and begin biking in the magnificent Todra Gorge, whose towering walls attract rock climbers from all over the world. Ascending on tarmac and then hard pack, we find ourselves in a remote mountain area, with nomadic Berber shepherds and views of the Atlas peaks.

Crossing the Tamtattouchte Pass (2800m), we drop down into the beautiful Dades Valley, the so-called ‘Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs’. Our journey continues, through Boulmane Dades and by way of the striking rock formation of Bab n’Ali (Ali’s Gate), to finally end up at the oasis town of Zagora on the very edge of the Sahara.

With its flexible itinerary and time to explore the souks and sounds of Marrakech, this great biking adventure is perfect for anyone looking to make a winter escape to Morocco and the pink and ochre coloured mountains of the Jebel Sahro!

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marrakech. Airport transfers are provided. Package services begin with the evening meal.

Day 2: Drive across the Atlas to Tinerhir and ride into the Todra Gorge.

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: Cross the Tamatattouchte Pass into the Dades Gourge.

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: Ride to ElKelaa M’Gouna, drive to Boulmane Dades.

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: Bike via Bab n’Ali and the Tazazart pass to N’Kob.

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: Ride to Zagora on the edge of the Sahara.

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: Bike in the Draa Valley and return to Marrakech.

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: Depart.

Package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

Altitude

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.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile – Important

This holiday is suitable for regular and reasonably fit bikers with mountain bikes fitted with semi-slick tyres or cross-country tyres with a non-aggressive tread pattern suitable for dry conditions and offering low rolling resistance.

Biking on hard pack roads and loose gravel tracks, the route is not overly technical but there are enough climbs to offer a challenge, as well as some great, fast descents.

There are also singletrack options throughout for fitter, technically adept bikers.

We will stay in comfortable hotels each night. This trip is suitable for cyclists who are used to paved roads, forestry roads and easy double track.

Daily rides are relatively short and vehicle support is always available.

Average 60 km (37 miles) of biking per day. We start and finish the trip in Marrakech and with 2 nights included in Marrakech, there’s plenty of time to explore the souks, sights and sounds of this exotic city.

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Holiday Overview

Please read carefully as important information is contained in the below…

What’s Included

• A locally based professional bike guide
• Marrakech Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
• One or more support vehicles and drivers
• All accommodation as described
• All meals
• Bottled water during the rides

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Moroccan Visa (if applicable)
• Tips for our local bike guide and support crew
• Marrakech Airport transfers (other than on Day 1 and Day 8)
• Miscellaneous expenses – souvenirs and drinks etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Accommodation

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights in a city centre hotel in Marrakech.

The accommodation for the rest of the trip is in comfortable Moroccan style hotels, on a twin-sharing basis. All rooms will usually have private facilities other than in Zagora.

All the hotels are clean and very friendly, varying from good standard kasbahs to simpler establishments, although they are usually not heated.

Many have outdoor swimming pools that you can use (weather permitting). If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

Single room occupancy can be pre-booked at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech can also be arranged.

Is this holiday for you?

The Jebel Sahro is a great place for a mountain biking holiday. This holiday is suitable for regular and reasonably fit bikers with mountain bikes fitted with semi-slick tyres or cross-country tyres with a non-aggressive tread pattern suitable for dry conditions and offering low rolling resistance.

Biking on hard pack roads and loose gravel tracks, the route is not overly technical but there are enough climbs to offer a challenge, as well as some great, fast descents. There are also singletrack options throughout for fitter, technically adept bikers. We will stay in comfortable hotels each night. This trip is suitable for cyclists who are used to paved roads, forestry roads and easy double track.

Daily rides are relatively short and vehicle support is always available. Average 60 km (37 miles) of biking per day. We start and finish the trip in Marrakech and with 2 nights included in Marrakech, there’s plenty of time to explore the souks, sights and sounds of this exotic city. EXCELLENT BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

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Ride the Kasbah (Morocco), 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and excludes bike hire.

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