This trip offers the traveler the absolute pleasure of driving both on aerial tracks and through orange dunes! Up above and down below, this itinerary is extremely varied as it journeys through the High, Middle and Anti-Atlas Mountain Range, at times through snowy peaks, at others through sand and basalt.
If you like to travel off the beaten path, this is the trip for you!
Here, the topography is always more contorted than one could imagine. Certain stretches of the itinerary will take you down narrow steep tracks that cling onto the sharp cliffs precariously. The very first stretch zigzags its way around olive trees and starts its climb towards the heights passing through a forest of cedar trees. Small red-earthed tracks crisscross the volcanic plateaus of Middle Atlas. Poppies blanket the embankment. Cherry trees withstand the weight of their juicy red fruit. The itinerary continues towards the High Atlas. But then, as you reach the end of the third stage, the desert extends towards the horizon, as if never ending.
The motorized traveler plunges into forests of ancient cedar trees in Middle Atlas, crisscrosses the high plateaus while skirting the numerous volcanic lakes, drives along the dizzyingly high tracks that almost brush against the High Atlas’ snowy peaks, navigates their way through deserted expanses of sand and even takes a dangerous peak into an old volcanic crater… Driving through ancient cold magma and around eruption plumes, the traveler crosses the Anti-Atlas, cuts across the steppe and plunges into deep canyons before reaching the unexpected freshness offered by palm tree groves…
Your day by day program
Arrival in Fez.
Overnight stay in a hotel.
A smooth departure among cacti and olive trees. Then, after the surprising little town of Ifrane, as you drive under ancient cedar trees and on a mattress of pine needles, the track plunges into the heart of the mountains. Whatever the season, you might come across a family of macaque monkeys; a species that long ago chose this harsh climate to establish their home. Skirting the high altitude volcanic lakes, a network of tracks and trails crisscrosses the grassy high plateaus. Settled at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, Midelt appears in the horizon. The itinerary heads in that direction.
Overnight stay in a hotel.
A tiny trail weaves its way around the mountains, coinciding with a dry river bed.
Bivouac in Djebel Khang-el-Ghar.
As you leave the mountains behind and as the sun starts to set, the desert makes its appearance in all its grandeur; the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes are close by.
Overnight in a remote Kasbah, reminiscent of a tale from the Arabian Nights!
There is nothing much in sight other than the immense desert. Kilometer after kilometer, the track rises and falls as if surfing the waves of sand.
Bivouac close to the border with Algiers.
Weaving its way around shattered black rocks and cold magma, a winding track slowly climbs towards the Djebel Sarhro, the oldest mountain chain the the country. The Tizi-n' Tazazert peaks at 2 200 m. The landscape is lunar. After Iknioun, a sandy and wonderful track cuts through the steppe as it heads towards the gorges of River Todra.
Overnight stay in a hotel.
After leaving the gorges of River Dades behind, the track heads through a stunning narrow pass to Bou Tharar. After crossing the wadi, the track tackles its way up to the High Atlas peaks almost reaching the giant Ighil M.Goun at 4 071 m. After skirting the summits, the track plunges towards the Toufrine valley and its century-old walnut trees. The waters of the powerful Tessaout wadi splash the branches of the oleanders.
Today's bivouac overlooks the valley.
The narrow track is slippery and, at times, precarious as it clings onto some steep cliffs. This stretch seems endless at it winds its way to the Aït-Aadel Dam. The track then continues towards Marrakesh along the canal.
Ovenight stay in a hotel.
Return trip to your home country.
Departures for groups formed on request
- This itinerary is mainly composed of tracks and trails. At times you will have to drive on sand, at others through the typical mountain landscape including the crossing of streams (wadi), driving through rocky or sandy soil, managing steep pin curves, among other technical driving. Solid off-road motorcycle experience is necessary to undertake this trip.
- You will be accompanied by a Trail Rando staff member, driving his own bike. A four-wheeled chase vehicle will also follow the group with the luggage, a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and is always able to lend a hand if required. In case of motorbike breakdown or pilot fatigue, the bike or driver can be picked up by the chase vehicle, too.
- There's a definite feeling of freedom about this journey. To preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable GPS file for the entire trip. This technology allows you to be totally independent in terms of navigation.
Thanks to this wonderful tool, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.
A GPS IS MANDATORY
The itinerary is safely up loaded and stored stage by stage on the GPS...
Before you start your trip, Trail Rando will provide you with the total uploadable GPS itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
If you do not own a GPS, Trail Rando can rent you one.
- Single room supplement : 150€
- GPS rental (with handlebar support and uploaded GPS itinerary) : 60€
- Yamaha WR250R : 1190.00€
- : 1190.00€
- • Lodging:o hotels, in twin rooms or bivouacs,o from the evening of day 1 to the morning of the last day,• Food:o breakfast, lunch and dinner,o from the evening of day 1 to the morning of the last day,• A complete uploadable version of the GPS track,• Tents and mattresses to bivouac,• Tour leaders :o Tour leader on his motorcycle,o Support vehicle for luggage transport
- • Transportation :o To and from tour start,o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,• Beverages
o Transfers from airports to hotels and back
- With which motorcycle ?
Ideally any 250cc to 450cc trail motorcycle is suitable for this tour.
What kind of tires ?
Mixed tires with knobbies
If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find something suitable.
To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
Other possible vehicles
This itinerary is also feasible with a quad or an SSV.