MT Bike Saghro and Atlas Mountains

Special Tour 8 Days 7 Nights Availability: 10/11/2021
Marrakech Morocco trekking, Marrakech

Atlas Mountains

Fertile valleys, networks of hiking paths, remote Berber villages and snow-smeared peaks across North Africa’s highest mountain range.

The three ranges of the Atlas Mountains create a striking, sometimes harsh barrier between the arid Sahara and Morocco’s milder coastal climate. The middle of these ranges, the High Atlas Mountains, begins close to the Atlantic in Agadir and run in a jagged line northeast through the country, encompassing some of the region’s most authentic pockets of culture.

The mountains’ broad russet slopes are dotted with scrubby pines and lacy cedars, and the peaks gleam with snow even in the warmer months. Dirt roads and narrow footpaths snake through the otherwise pristine landscape, and in the moist, green valleys you’ll wind past herds of goats, wild herbs and small, remote Berber villages.


Although most visitors to the Moroccan Sahara visit the World Heritage Site of Aїt Benhaddou, those looking for a kasbah that’s secluded, off the beaten path, and filled with fascinating history should look no further than Kasbah Telouet, a crumbling yet beautiful village steeped in lavishness, traitorship, and the struggle for Moroccan independence.

In the makhzen, the pre-1957 feudal system of Morocco, a Sultan ruled the country, while a group of Pashas, the equivalent of dukes, instated local control by imposing taxes and keeping order. One of the most powerful Pashas of 20th Century Morocco was Thami El Glaoui, the “Lord of the Atlas.” The El Glaoui family had close ties to the Sultan and had presided over Kasbah Telouet since its construction 1860, and from 1912 to 1956, Thami ruled as the Pasha of Marrakech.

Thami El Glaoui can be easily referred to as the Great Gatsby of Morocco. The El Glaoui family dominated the olive, saffron, and salt trades due to Kasbah Telouet’s optimal placement on the caravan trails, making Thami one of Morocco’s richest men. El Glaoui wielded immense political, cultural, and economic clout and was known for throwing ostentatious parties at the kasbah.

But by the mid-20th century, El Glaoui took his political influence one step too far. As the Moroccan independence movement was gaining popularity, El Glaoui teamed up with the French colonialists to oust the current Sultan, Mohammed V, and place Ben Arafa, a Moroccan sympathetic to the French, in power. This served El Glaoui well until 1955, when Mohammed V returned from exile in Madagascar and declared independence for Morocco.

With Mohammed V in charge once again, El Glaoui was declared a traitor and lost all of his political leverage, and Kasbah Telouet has been left to crumble ever since. The El Glaoui family charges an entry fee of 10 Dinah ($1) to the rare visitor in order to preserve the Moorish architecture, ornate windows, painted ceilings, and narrow corridors of the kasbah from decay. Although much of its original beauty is destroyed, the kasbah’s decrepit state has made it the perfect hidden gem for the few who venture out to experience it.

The Valley of Roses

The Valley of Roses sits at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where the mountains meet the Dadès Valley. It is irrigated by the Asif M’Goun river and its main village is Kelaat M’Gouna.

Rose cultivation takes place in two distinct geographical areas: the first begins at around 10 km from Kelaat M’Gouna village and continues for 10 km, ending near the town of Boumalne Dadès.

The second growing area, and by far the most important and most interesting to tourists, begins at Kelaat M’Gouna and continues along a secondary road that climbs due north to the village of Bou Tharar at its far end. This offers around thirty uninterrupted kilometres of rose cultivation along the wadi. This verdant valley, lying beneath an ochre canyon, is an incredibly beautiful landscape and is one of Morocco’s major tourist sites.


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This tour runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.


Contact us for actual price for this tour. We require 20 % deposit payment for private tours in Morocco.


  • Hotel pickup / drop-off
  • Transfer in comfortable vehicle
  • English speaking driver

  • Local guides
  • Meals as per itinerary


  • Tips and personal expenses

Day 1: Marrakech

We will welcome you at Marrakech airport and we transfer you to the hotel with Dinner, breakfast as per itinerary.

Day 2: Transfer to Telouet and the start of our bike adventure

In the morning we depart in a minibus or 4×4 vehicle heading south. We cross the Atlas mountains Tizi-n-Tichka pass to explore Telouet. Here our Morocco mountain bike adventure starts. A track takes us through an amazing landscape oftraditional Berber villages and oases. The track ends at the famous kasbah Ait Benhaddou from where we transfer you to Ouarzazate to local riad/hotel. (long tour: 80 km, 2800 feet pos. short tour: 35 km)

Day 3: From the Rose Valley to the Talouite Valley

Today we transfer you to Kelaa Mgouna, known for it’s annual rose festival. Our biking route takes us over a desert plateau toward the 1st pass of the High Atlas. A long climb brings us to the Talouite pass. Next we descend into the Talouite Valley, and we will enjoy the lunch on the bank of the river. Then we cross the river and follow the splendid valley of El Hot with its traditional Kasbahs.

Lodging with local residents. (short tour: 35 km, 2000 feet pos., long tour: 42 km, 3024 feet pos.)

Day 4: Dades Gorge to the Saghro mountains

We follow the splendid Dades Gorge until the city of Boumalne Dades. The long tour will cross the M’Goun river and we climb at Boumalne Dades to have a nice view over the oases. We cross over a large desert plateau to arrive in a small village at the feet of the Saghro Mountains.

Lodging with a local resident. (short tour: 40 km, 1300 feet pos. , long tour: 55 km, 3300 feet)

Day 5: Biking to the canyons of Afourar via Tazazarte

Today we ride into the volcanic Saghro Mountains, and we climb to the Tazazarte Pass (2500 m). After lunch is in the pass, we will have a long descent and we set up camp as we enter the canyons opposite the impressive rock formation Bab n’ Ali.

Lodging in tents. (40 km, 2600 feet).

Day 6: Biking to Nkob via Bab n’Ali

Today we leave the unpaved road and we enjoy biking a single track (mule path) through a scenic landscape. We continue to the impressive rock of Bab n’ Ali, and on to the arid Amguis Valley. After lunch in Nkob we can add about 48 km by climbing 2 passes.

Lodging at a traditional riad/Kasbah. (short tour: 37 km, 1968 feet pos , long tour: 83 km, 3504 feet pos).

Day 7: N’Kob we transfer to Marrakech

After breakfast we drive by 4×4 or minibus to the splendid Draa Valley. From here we enjoy the bike ride for the last short stage on our Morocco Atlas mountain biking through one of the most beautiful valleys of Morocco. ( 30 km) After lunch we drive to Marrakech via the Tizi n-Tichka pass where and we check into a local hotel/riad.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport: We transfer you from the hotel to the airport.

NOTE: This is a Fes to Atlantic coast and nobody else will travel in your private group. If you require any modification for our suggested itinerary please fill up the contact form.

Between tradition and modernity, Marrakech is the promise of unequalled sensations. Strolling the Jemaa El-Fna square and the souks with their shimmering colours and oriental smells, the red city offers you a complete change of scenery. Horse-drawn carriage rides, sunny terraces, travelling artists and other day and night activities will give a tates of wishful comeback. You will be able to admire all the architectural richness of the Medina, upon visiting one of its many riads, small oriental palaces overlooking a beautiful patio. You can also relax and recharge at the Menara, a vast garden with an emblematic basin. Marrakech shower its visitors by its splendour and its diversity, you just have to leave the ramparts to be immersed in modern Morocco. The districts of Gueliz and Hivernage offer the most modern infrastructures, luxury boutiques and international ready-to-wear stores, airy avenues ; which all contribute to Marrakech's unique offering.

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