Atlas Mountains Road cycling tour

29 August, 2023

Atlas Mountains Road cycling tour

Embark on a 4-day road cycling adventure in the stunning Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The journey begins in the ancient city of Marrakech, where you’ll traverse the bustling streets of the old Medina before setting your sights on the majestic High Atlas Mountains.

Pedal across the flat Haouz plains, where the challenge of the looming Atlas Mountain slopes beckons. As you ascend these imposing heights, you’ll conquer Morocco’s highest roads, each twist and turn a testament to your determination and the breathtaking vistas reward your efforts.

The road ahead leads you through Berber lush valleys and onto rugged high plateaus, where you’ll uncover the traditional way of life that has thrived in these lands for generations. The authentic architecture and landscapes of rare beauty come together to create an immersive experience that connects you to the heart of Morocco’s natural and cultural heritage.

4 Days / 3 Nights
Guided tour, 2-12 person group size
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate | Road Bike
At a glance

You’ll find yourself cycling through diverse landscapes, witnessing the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, and immersing yourself in the traditions of the Berber people. This journey captures the essence of Morocco’s enchanting allure and offers a glimpse into a world where every pedal stroke uncovers its captivating landscapes and rich history.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Day 1: Marrakech – Oukaimeden - A Mountainous Start

The adventure kicks off after breakfast as you leave Marrakech behind and venture into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Crossing the Ourika valley, a favorite route for local road bikers, you’ll reach the villages of Adrar. The challenge of the day begins with an uphill ride to the Ski resort at an elevation of 2600 meters. The climb, lasting 2 to 3 hours, rewards you with panoramic views and a chance to capture the awe-inspiring landscape. Passing through charming Berber villages, the day concludes in Oukaimeden, where you’ll find rest for the night.

Day 2: Ourika – Asni - Scenic Contours

Short transfers take you from Oukaimeden to Imi n Lghar, your starting point for the day’s ride. You’ll steadily climb along the mountainside, gradually gaining altitude while taking in the impressive Atlas Mountains and Berber villages below. As you reach the Tizi n’Tadmamt at 1813 meters, the ride takes on a more relaxed pace, allowing you to enjoy the contours of the mountain hillsides and the stunning views stretching toward the Haouz Plains in the north. A thrilling downhill section from Sidi Fares leads you to Asni, where you’ll spend the night in a Riad.

Day 3: Asni – Ouirgane - Historical Heights

Embarking on one of the Atlas’ renowned climbs, you’ll head to the Tizi-n-Test pass. A 40-kilometer ascent takes you to Tinmel, a historic village known as the birthplace of the Berber Almohad Empire. With an ancient mosque that holds UNESCO heritage status, Tinmel’s significance in Moroccan history is palpable. Reaching the 2100-meter peak, you’ll take a moment to savor the view before descending back toward the Ouirgane valley. A return to your hotel marks the end of the day’s journey.

Day 4: Ouirgane – Kik Plateau – Marrakech - A Grand Finale

Your final day unfolds as you pedal to the Kik Plateau, an ultimate cycling challenge. Setting off after a hearty breakfast, you’ll ride towards the Moulay Brahim shrine, a revered Sufi saint’s resting place that draws pilgrims from across Morocco. Reaching the plateau’s summit, the snow-capped Toubkal peaks stand majestically in the background. As you traverse the terraces and villages, the grandeur of the landscape unfolds. The descent leads you to Takerkoust lake, where your cycling adventure concludes. After packing your bikes, a short transfer brings you to the vibrant city of Marrakech. Your Riad, nestled within the heart of the medina, awaits—just a short stroll from iconic attractions like Jemaa El Fena Square, the souks, and Bahia Palace.

In these four days, you’ll journey through the challenging mountain roads, experience Berber culture, and be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Atlas Mountains. Your cycling journey culminates in Marrakech, where the bustling energy of the city merges with the memories of your remarkable road cycling adventure.


Airport Transfers

Transport from/to Marrakech

Accommodation during the trip

English Tour Guide

All meals during the trip

Assistance car during the trip

Not Included

Travel Insurance


Private Expenses

Additional drinks and meals

Bike hire*


*available to rent from our bike shop

Essential Equipment*

Normal daily clothes

Padded cycling shorts and gloves

Breathable top or cycling jersey

Sunglasses/eye protection

Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling


Long cycling trousers

Warmer layers for earlier departures

Sun cream

Water bottle or Camelback

Energy gels/Energy bars

*we recommend packing the following items

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