Atlas Descent

Atlas Descent
Atlas Descent
Atlas Descent
Atlas Descent
Atlas Descent
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Take in the incredibly varied and dramatic scenery of Morocco.

Over the years we've ridden every trail through the Anti Atlas Mountains in order to create the best off road cycling tour. This trip has everything from fast singletrack through palm trees, to ancient hairpinned muleteer’s routes and remote, rocky jeep tracks. As well as the amazing trails, there is epic scenery, delicious food and one of the warmest welcomes in North Africa. On this tour you will pass through areas untouched by mass tourism, but also get a chance to interact with local people and really experience the culture of some of the indigenous Berber people who populate this area.

Highlights
* Ride remote and rugged mountain biking trails  * Immerse yourself in vast mountain scenery  * Stay in traditional Moroccan Riads
Food

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Moroccan food is excellent, though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread, croissants and jam with tea or coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. Lunch will be prepared by the drivers and served on the bonnet of a 4x4, it normally consists of pasta, rice, bread, salad, tuna and Nutella for desert. The meal on the last night will be eaten out in Agadir, there is a good selection of restaurants including French, Italian and of course Moroccan. The guide can recommend the best ones, dinner will normally cost between 200 – 300 Dirhams per person (about 15 - £20). The hotels in Tafraoute, immouzer and Agadir all have bars serving alcohol, a beer will cost about 20 Dirhams (£1.50) and a bottle of wine will be around 120 Dirhams (£9).

Destinations
  • Africa
  • Morocco
Tour Types
  • Road Cycling
  • Off-Road Cycling
  • Adventure
  • Cycling
  • Mountains
  • Active
  • Singles
Day 1

Fly to Agadir, transfer to our hotel. Depending on arrival time we can go for a wander around the town, spend some time relaxing by the hotel pool or take a walk down to the beach which is just 5 minutes from the hotel. In the evening we will be met by our tour leader and will have a trip briefing over dinner ( dinner not included). *Tulip Inn Oasis or similar – Agadir*



Day 2

Setting off from Agadir in our four wheel drive vehicles, we drive across the plains of the Souss Valley. We climb into the heart of the Anti Atlas range, reaching the high mountain Pass of Tizi Mlil, above the old garrison town of Tafraoute (3 hour transfer). From here we get on our bikes and descend on a rocky, vehicle width track down to Aguerd Oudad where we meet the vehicles before heading on to the gritty pistes through the extraordinary boulder strewn moonscape to the famous painted blue rocks. Following non-technical gravel tracks across the high altitude plains, we return to Tafraoute on a mix of good tarmac and sections of sweeping singletrack through the beautiful palmeries. Today's ride is a relatively easy introduction to prepare us for the days to come. *Auberge Chez Amaliya or similar – Tafraoute*



Day 3

Today's ride follows a spectacular route through impressive gorges and lush palmeries around Ait Mansour. After a short transfer high into the mountains behind Tafraoute to Tizi Tasrite, we begin our 75km ride descending through the landscape that contrasts so dramatically with what we saw yesterday. The scenery is breathtaking as the ride descends through impressive gorges, following dry river beds in places and passing through small berber villages. 25km is off road and 50km is on tarmac, including some massive downhill sections (and one long optional climb on tarmac) we return to the hotel on bikes. Back in Tafraoute we can relax by the hotel bar and pool or go for a walk into town where we can visit a local carpet shop before dinner at the hotel. *Auberge Chez Amalia or similar – Tafraoute*



Day 4

A short transfer takes us back to the high pass of Tizi Mlil (start of day 2 ride). From here we take a 20km high mountain trail above Tafraoute leading to Tizi Tasrite. Stunning views of our previous ride are clearly visible far below. Before the village of Tasrite there is a short optional single track section which leads onto the start of a superb 10km switchback off road descent. The first 4km of the trail are rough and rocky (and ridden without a support vehicle), then the trail gets smoother and the flowing gritty pistes return. After lunch we take a short section of tarmac to the village of Fisli and then ride on an old piste over the plains back to Tafraoute where we re join our single track through palmeries back to the hotel. Once back in Tafraoute there will be time to visit the town or relax by the hotel pool. *Auberge Chez Amalia or similar – Tafraoute*



Day 5

We drive for about an hour southwest from Tafraoute to the start of today’s ride. After a short off road climb to a high col, there is a choice of a steep technical singletrack descent (followed by a short climb), or a more leisurely piste trail with stunning views. We then take a superb switchback piste trail, nearly 20km down off the mountain and pass a number of traditional villages en route to Anezi. A short tarmac stretch offers a break from the stony terrain, but the piste soon returns winding its way through a scenic valley and crossing riverbeds. At the end of the ride, we transfer approx 30 minutes to Tiznit, an old walled medina town famous for its silver markets. There is a traditional hammam (steam bath) here that we can visit in the late afternoon, explore the town or you can relax by the hotel pool. *Hotel Idou Tiznit or similar – Tiznit* * *



Day 6

After an early breakfast and morning transfer (approx. 3.5 hours) we arrive at the small village of Tiqqi in the foothills of the High Atlas. The landscape here is very different, with pine and cedar forests and remote mountainside villages dominating the area. Initially, our track leads past several untouched Berber villages. Mud houses are perched precariously under cliff edges, with locals looking on as we cycle through. After lunch the track becomes slightly rockier as we come to a spectacular gorge, there is time to admire the views and contemplate the two afternoon climbs, before our final fast flowing cross-country ride down to tarmac. Rejoining the tarmac we cycle downhill for the last few kilometres to our hotel in Immouzer. *Hotel des Cascades Ecolodge or similar – Immouzer* * *



Day 7

The ultimate off road trail and a fitting finale to this biking adventure! Riding directly from the hotel, we take the short scenic tarmac road through the village of Immouzer, before ascending a rough track which gradually climbs for 6km onto a high mountain pass. From here the blast down to the coast begins with a spectacular 40km mountain descent. The trail is rough and rocky in places as it contours and gradually descends, offering amazing views over the mountains and to the coastline. Poor weather may make this particular route impassable, in which case we will make our way out of the mountains through the Paradise Valley. This route follows a spectacular winding tarmac road, dropping from the ridges around Immouzer, deep into a narrow gorge, abundant with palm trees and small oases. After a swim or stroll on the beach, we load the bikes onto the support vehicles for the last drive into Agadir (approx. 30 minutes), arriving in time for an optional, relaxing Berber massage and a farewell dinner. *Tulip Inn Oasis or similar– Agadir*



Day 8

After breakfast the trip ends in Agadir. **



*  7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners * All accommodation (see below) * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers * Local bike hire


Never gets old

12 years from first doing the Atlas descent in 2007 I am embarked for a third journey on this wonderful expedition. The variety of scenery and landscapes combined with the off-road journey makes this a wonderful trip

Rating: 5




Varied riding in the sun

This is a great winter getaway for people with at least some off road mountain bike experience, most, but not all of the rough and technical sections can be avioded but there was nothing which was excessively technical. The scenery was impressive with a good variety of landscape to enjoy. Dont think this trip is all downhill, there are some demanding climbs. The leaders, Liz and Ranu were excellent, looking after everybody from skilled riders to the less experienced. Hotels were pretty good, food was adequate rather than good, apart from the lunches on trail which were always good, plenty of snacks and drinks always on hand. A quibble which didnt affect me personally was that some of the bikes were supplied with the brakes reversed, which is an accident waiting to happen, and unfortunately one of our group needed a trip to hospital for a clean up and a stitch after braking hard to avoid a child, unfortunately he was used to the brakes the UK way round and pressed hard on what he thought was the rear brake, and went over the bars as he pulled hard on front brake which was were the rear normally is ! Unfortunately the first time we saw the bikes was at the first trailhead so no time to swap and bleed the brakes. But overall it was an excellent trip with a large but lovely group of people, highly recommended, just check the bikes are set up properly.

Rating: 5




Riding up rocks

Great trip with excellent leaders, stunning landscapes and challenging trails

Rating: 5




MTB Atlas Descent

This is a. Exodus classic which has evolved over the years . Consequently the quality of organisation and leadership by the experienced guides was first rate . We were unlucky with the weather but nevertheless had a good week with a modified itinerary thanks to the determination and local knowledge of our guides.

Rating: 5




Atlas Descent

Second time on this trip and once again it was brill. Great riding, stunning scenery, amazing tour leaders and a good group of fellow riders.

Rating: 5




Beautiful scenery, excellent tour leaders and company.

Our week in Morocco was expertly led by Liz and Radu who were always there to help and sort out any issues. Despite the extreme weather (temperature ranged fro zero to +30 and there was lots of rain at times) and inability to ride some trails (good alternatives were always found) we had an extremely enjoyable week. The company was great as well - even more fun than on the road biking trips!!! The scenery was stunning with some great views. Goats really do climb trees!!! Some bits of advice: It does get cold and it does rain - so make sure to bring plenty of layers and head/ neck wear Bring shampoo as Hotels in Morocco don’t always provide it Some hotels are dry - you may not always be able to get a beer A great trip that I would recommend - even to a mountain bike virgin such as myself

Rating: 5




Atlas Descent

Forget about enjoying the scenery, there just isn't time. The mountains were stunning, but I couldn't observe a lot until the rest stops. The downhill biking was run at an incredible pace and probably surprised most of us at what we tackled and achieved. The Exodus guys were prepared to go at a pace with which we could all cope and that was amazingly fast. l think I'm still high on adrenaline. There was quite a range of biking confidence and styles but I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time. Radu and John couldn't have done a better job of looking after us, our welfare, our safety and the bikes. My only issue, and that of my fellow travellers, Exodus don't appear to do any more trips quite as good as this. Take you life in your hands, get on the bike and go for it, you won't regret it.

Rating: 5




Absolutely Brilliant!

The last week of March 2018, I met with 10 other cyclists and 2 Exodus cyclists. Weather was great all week. Mountain biking was just that - real mountains, middle of nowhere, old rocky tracks; most just about capable of 4x4 - which is just as well as we had two Toyota Landcruisers as back up along with a transit minibus leapfrogging. Day 1 - Straight into a long and exciting descent - a real test of skill set - shale surface to huge rocks, all just about manageable by all of us. Excellent - Exodus guides and back up drivers Good - Hotels and food - as described in brochure/web - cleanliness with food handling a major factor throughout Excellent - choice of routes, camaraderie, bikes, excitement, social evenings, views and natural scenery. Excellent - leadership and cycling knowledge by both guides; both at the very top of MTB cycling but not bragging or showing off. Really mature characters. Climbing - yes there was plenty of uphill cycling - if you wanted to - there was always a choice of a back up vehicle if you didn’t fancy a particular climb. All aspects were clearly explained - the distance of the climb, the steepness and the choice of cycle or not. Never an issue at all. Other positives - evening meals, small cycle challenges (ride on the blue rocks, ride a single v steep rock) It was such great cycling that I’m going to return - not something I normally would consider. It was a truly exciting, seat of the pants, on the edge cycling experience. By the way - everyone was tucked up in bed before 2230 - happily worn out! Well done Rad and John. Stuart

Rating: 5




Fantastic Trip

Plenty of uphills in this Atlas Descent!!

Rating: 5




Atlas Descent

A fantastic way of getting to know Morocco from a saddle. The holiday was far better than anticipated and has reignited my sense of adventure.

Rating: 5



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03-Apr-2021 for 7 Nights Flight inclusive adult Flight Included Visit website
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25-Dec-2021 for 7 Nights Flight inclusive adult Flight Included Visit website
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Group Size:4 - 12
Suitable For: 16 to 99
Difficulty:Challenging
Meals:7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
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