Atlas Mountains mountain biking holiday

This mountain biking tour was created by experts who have cycled every route in the Atlas Mountains - & it shows. It reveals the best of Morocco's landscapes, culture & Bedouin hospitality.
High Atlas & Anti Atlas Mountains Cycling through moonlike landscapes, including the painted Blue Rocks Palm groves & gorges around Air Mansour Tizi Mlil Pass Descent to Tahala Old walled town of Tiznit Tiqqi Gorge Offroad ride through remote villages to Atlantic Ocean Optional: visits to silver market, hammam
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£1599To£1799including UK flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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From £1299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £160.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Atlas Mountains mountain biking holiday

Several years' worth of cycling in the Anti Atlas Mountains have led us to create this ultimate Atlas Mountains mountain biking tour, following our favourite tracks through some of most varied and dramatic landscapes these mountains have to offer. This off-road itinerary takes you along rocky jeep tracks, fast singletrack through palm groves, and hairpin trails that have been followed by muleteers for centuries.

A lack of mass tourism in this area has preserved not only these stunning landscapes but also the traditional Berber culture. We’ve built up a relationship with local communities over the years, ensuring you get to experience the best of the Berber lifestyle, food and exceptionally warm welcome.

Over six days’ cycling, you’ll cover between 35-55km a day, the majority of it offroad – there will be a support vehicle close by for most of the trip. This Atlas Mountains mountain biking holiday takes you to places that neither vehicles nor trekkers are likely to access, leaving you to traverse the otherworldly, boulder-strewn lunar landscapes, gorges, dry riverbeds and desert oases without interruption. The rough and ready landscapes contrast with the beautiful hotels; many are decorated in lavish North African style with a swimming pool and terrace, ideal for enjoying those stunning Moroccan sunsets.

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Price information

£1599To£1799including UK flights
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From £1299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £160.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 02 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Scenery and serenity of Morocco.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Have a good level of fitness and some MTB experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly from the prospect of tourist dollars , but otherwise not clear.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Atlas Mountains - stunning

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do some training for it. It's worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10 and exceeded my expectations in so many ways.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Activity:
As a cycling holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By hiring our bikes locally, we also give our business to Moroccan suppliers, which is beneficial for the community. Through this activity, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.

Campaigning for Change:
In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, we have sponsored the development of a small village called Tijhza for many years with a variety of projects. These include supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Thanks to our volunteer groups, Tijhza now also has electricity and an annual medical clinic, which has had a hugely positive effect on the welfare of the village. More recently, we have achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many inhabitants. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November 2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected. Although we do not visit on this trip, clients are able to donate items through their leader.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

People

Accommodation and Meals:
Our local operators generally prefer to select accommodation which is locally owned in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. Having local staff also ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Most vegetables come from the region of Sous; meat is locally supplied by butchers and fruits can be found at markets or farms in the countryside. The main Moroccan dishes most people are familiar with are couscous, meat and vegetable tagines, fish chermoula and bocadillos, which are available from street stalls almost everywhere.

Local Craft and Culture:
By passing through both small villages and large cities, we encounter several opportunities to engage with local culture by meeting residents and seeing them go about their day to day lives. On the third day in the mountains, for example, we organise sharing a home cooked meal and carpet making demonstration in the old garrison town of Tafraoute. This not only enriches clients’ experience with authentic cuisine and insight into domestic customs, but it directly supports this remote community.

Community:
Passing through Berber villages up in the High Atlas Mountains, hiring local drivers, staying in local gites and using markets has a positive impact on the local economy. Many of our clients leave things behind at villages we pass as, due to their remote and mountainous location, there is little access to many of the things we take for granted. On our journey there are also optional opportunities to visit female Argan Oil Co-operatives, which provide women from rural communities with an avenue of income, fair wages and good working conditions, along with educational classes in some cases. These are wonderful initiatives to stop at and purchase souvenirs if clients are interested.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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