Off Road Morocco 6 day

Mini Mountain & Desert Tour

One of our most popular tours, 

it is aimed at those who are limited in timebut would love to experience a bit of the best off road biking that Morocco can offer. A total of 4 days biking plus your days of arrival & departure.


You will experience

  • Nearly 90% off road.
  • Spectacular trails combined with dramatic mountain landscapes and awesome views.
  • Beautiful winding trails, gorges, rocky climbs, and some big wash-outs!
  • 2,500m mountain passes with spectacular scenery
  • River crossings - with and without water
  • Sandy river beds & vast dry lake beds
  • Isolated mountain villages
  • A night out under the stars at our desert bivouac with campfire and local musicians – 90km from nearest road! Excellent accommodation.
  • Good food.
  • Alcohol available every night, even in our desert bivouac!



Day 1 – 6 days total - 4 days biking

Arrival at Ouarzazate airport and transfer to our 3* hotel in the town (about 5 minutes away)


Day 2 – (approx. 209km) Ouarzazate to N'Kob 

Breakfast and then leave at 09.00. The first day always takes a bit more time to get going.
Just 5km on the asphalt and we are into our first off road section. Take the chance to get used to your bike during this 54kms of fast desert . Fast and straight tracks, to twisting, slow and rocky....with everything in between. The black, sandy riverbed is a highlight. Watch out for the 'fesh fesh' (bull dust). Regroup on the tarmac for a refreshment from the support truck.



After lunch the first 34 km are on a very well prepared track that services the copper mine at Bou Skour. Once at the mine the bikers can ride the tailings while waiting for the 4x4...a good bit of practice for the dunes at the end of day 3.
Final 70 km north to south crossing of the Jbel Saghro Mountains considered by some to be the most picturesque mountains in Morocco. Hairpin bends, rocky tracks and big drop-offs are a feature so take care and keep the camera ready especially when looking down on “Monument Valley”.

Our hotel is a converted ancient Kasbah more than 200 years old.

Day 3 – (approx. 228km) N'Kob to Chegaga desert bivouac

Breakfast at 08.00, leave at 09.00. Refuel at Ziz petrol station in the village, then straight onto the track.

Generally a fast days riding today allowing us to spend some time in the dunes before nightfall.
The first 30kms are rocky and twisting as we head south onto the Hamada du Draa, a rocky plateau that leads us to the Sahara desert. Once we have negotiated the rocks it's onto the fast undulating tracks leading into the desert town of Zagora where we will stop for lunch and a quick swim for those up for it.

 

Last 70kms to the dunes at Chegaga where we spend the night, are a feature on most of the desert rallies held here in Morocco...again fast riding with a crossing of the small dunes at Erg Lihudi as well as some deeply rutted sandy riverbeds.


Tonight we are staying in our bivouac, situated right in the dunes. Campfire and local musicians.


Day 4 – (approx. 113kms) Chegaga desert bivouac to Fuim Zguid

Breakfast as usual at 08.00 for set off at 09.00..

For those up to it we leave the bivouac and head out immediately for an east to west crossing of the dunes.  Its 19kms as the crow flies before we arrive on the western side of the dunes so be prepared for at least 40kms of dune riding. Chegaga Dunes are not the highest in Morocco but are generally much softer and more difficult to ride than the larger dunes at Erg Chebbi. 


For those not wishing to go into the dunes there is an 18kms sandy riverbed to negotiate before arriving at the dry lake bed at Lac Iriki where we meet up with the others. From here onto our hotel outside Foum Zguid is fast and easy riding.



We will have a late lunch at our hotel before relaxing around the pool in the sunshine with cold drinks.

Day 5 - (approx. 228kms) Foum Zguid to Ouarzazate 

Breakfast and leave at 09.00.

Again a predominantly fast day that ends with us crossing the spectacular Jbel Saghro mountain range again, but from south to north this time.


On leaving the hotel it's 20kms on road before we refuel and head off road again. Nice twisting tracks made up of hard packed sand lead us across a plateau with palms and acacia trees where we will have a picnic lunch under an acacia tree near the gold mine at Bou Azzer. After lunch we head into a narrow, rocky valley for 8kms.



On exiting the valley more fast and twisting tracks lead us north to our hotel back in Ouarzazate.


Day 6

Transfer back to Ouarzazate airport



Here’s a list of what is included with our Mini Mountain and Desert Tour

The bikes

KTM 450 EXCs

Note: We have a fleet of 12 bikes of which a couple are lowered. Please request this possibility at the time of booking and we will do our best to comply.
  • 3rd party insurance
  • All fuel
  • GPS

Note: A GPS is installed on each bike with each days route installed.

The Equipment

  • MXshirt and trousers
  • Chest protector
  • Knee protectors
  • Elbow protectors

NOTE:For guaranteed comfort we always recommend you bring your own boots however we do hire these for a one off charge of 50€.

VERY IMPORTANT: For safety reasons we are NOT supplying helmets anymore. You need to bring your own MX style helmet with a fixed chin-bar, enduro goggles and gloves. 

The Rest

Pick-up & transfer to/from Ouarzazarte airport to our local hotel. (Return transfers from Marrakech can be arranged for you. We try to join bikers up to reduce costs)

Twin share accommodation with half board

Picnic or cafe lunches

Drinking water during the day’s biking (carried in the 4×4)

Support vehicle with driver & mechanic, equipped with;

  • Fridge
  • Compressor
  • Large first aid box
  • Medical equipment
  • Satellite phone
  • GPS
We are very confident our bikes will not have anything other than minor problems, and we feel sure that you, as temporary “owner” of our bike, will look after it as if it were your own and as such will return it to us in good order. If the bike becomes unusable due to an accident then you could be doing the rest of the tour in the support vehicle. So please go carefully and take care of our bikes – and yourselves!

The following is a list of what you need to organise, arrange, supply or bring with you for our Mini Mountain and Desert tour.

The Essentials

  • Return flights
  • Medical insurance, with repatriation (OBLIGATORY)
  • A 700€ returnable deposit against bike and/or GPS damage. This is paid by credit card. We have a credit card machine through which we block the deposit against your account until the end of the tour, when the bikes are checked.
  • Pocket money - for souvenirs, alcohol and soft drinks etc... Reckon 50€ unless you drink a lot!!
  • Helmet, boots, gloves & goggles

NOTE: For guaranteed comfort we always recommend you bring your own boots however we can supply these for a one off charge of 50€.

VERY IMPORTANT: For safety reasons we are NOT supplying helmets anymore. You need to bring your own MX style helmet with a fixed chin-bar, enduro goggles and gloves. 

A FULL BIKING LICENCE IS NEEDED – SO BRING IT WITH YOU! SORRY IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT WITH YOU, YOU WON’T BE ALLOWED TO BIKE.

Recommended Clothing & Accessories

  • T-shirts per day
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight thermal underwear (just in case)
  • Socks
  • Pair of casual shirts for wearing at the hotels
  • Pair of Trousers/jeans for wearing at the hotels
  • Swim wear
  • Small head torch for the desert bivouac
  • Trainers/shoes
  • Shorts
  • Jumper or fleece
  • A platypus drinking system with tube (about 1.5 litres) – to go in a backpack (OBLIGATORY)

Small medical kit comprising:

  • Aspirins/paracetamol – some form of pain killer
  • Anti-inflammatory pills/cream
  • Lip salve – to avoid chapped lips
  • Plasters
  • Sun cream
  • Rehydration powders.
  • Energy/glucose tablets to chew during the days

Note: Your doctor or GP will be able to advise you further
Moto Aventures also carries a large medical box in the assitance vehicle.
VERY IMPORTANT

The assistance vehicle has limited space to carry luggage so we supply a barrel type soft bag – 40liters – for each client to put their personal effects and clothing into for the tour. Only this bag permitted. Bear in mind you will be in biking gear most of the time so please think carefully what you bring. We would also appreciate keeping the weight down. Any excess gear can be left at our base and picked up at the end of the tour.

PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY MEDICATION OR FOOD BEFORE COMMENCING THE TOUR
MOTO AVENTURES EUROPA S.L. (hereinafter referred to as 'the Company') accepts clients, and any accompanying 4x4 passengers (hereinafter referred to collectively as 'the Client') subject to the following conditions: 

  1. BOOKING AND PAYMENTS
    - The 30% deposit paid at the time of booking is accepted as part of the total cost of the tour and will not be refunded unless the applicant cannot be offered a place.
    - The balance of the total cost for the tour must reach us no later than EIGHT weeks before the tour date.

  2. CANCELLATION
    Cancellation charges on BALANCE payments are as follows;
           - 7 - 8 weeks before departure by Client - 50% refund. 
           - 4 - 7 weeks before departure by Client - 40% refund.
           - 2 - 4 weeks before departure by Client - 25% refund.
           - 0 - 2 weeks before departure by Client - no refund.

  3. The Client must
    be in possession of a full motorbike driving license at all times during the tour
    - have made known to the Company any endorsements or restrictions made to his driving license by the licensing authorities. 

  4. Only the Client recognized and accepted by the Company may drive the motorbike.
  5. Should the Client cause the motorbike to be retained or embargoed, all costs will be payable by the Client, including any losses to the Company whilst the motorbike is immobilized.
  6. All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, which are against the motorbike, the Company or the Client, and caused by the Client during the period of this contract, will be payable by the Client except when caused by the Company. 
  7. The Company reserves the right to refuse to allow the Client's participation in the event that the Company's insurance agent will not accept the Client as an insurable risk.
  8. When using one of the Company bikes or equipment, the Client agrees to pay a deposit of SEVEN HUNDRED EUROS before beginning the tour, which will be returned in full provided that no damage has occurred to either bike or GPS. 
  9. WHEELIES ARE NOT ALLOWED - If damage is caused as the result of doing a wheelie the Client will be responsible for the cost of ALL damages.
  10. If, for whatever reason, it is not possible to check the bikes at the end of the tour, the Company will have up to 7 days to advise the Client of any damages and costs due
  11. The Client understands that:
        - he/she is responsible for his/her own personal insurance with repatriation and acknowledges the inherent risk and dangers of the tour 
        - will travel entirely at his/her own risk 
        - neither the Company, its agents, or any other person assisting with them, is liable for any personal loss, injury, accident, damage, delay or inconvenience, whether caused by acts of the Company, its agents or events outside the Company's control (e.g. strikes, civil war, mechanical breakdown, weather etc.) 
        - due to the nature of the tour, no responsibility can be accepted by the Company for any damage, loss, or accident to a Client's vehicle or other property, whether owned, on hire, or loaned to the Client. 
        - if the Client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour, or is required to do so by a Company representative, then all liability that the Company may bear to that Client will cease immediately, and the Company will have no responsibility for repatriation or any other expenses incurred by the Client which may arise out of such an event. 
        - he/she will abide by the authority and decisions of the Company and/or its representatives. 

  12. The Company reserve the right to alter or cancel all or part of the tour without prior notice. If a tour is cancelled, any payments already received by the Company will be refunded in full. 
  13.  The Client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs, or any other matter. 
  14. All distances and information quoted in our itineraries are approximates. These are meant as a rough guide and can vary if there is a change of route. At all times we will try to maintain this itinerary but due to climatic conditions or availability of accommodation the company might have to alter part of it.
  15. JURISDICTION
      - Any dispute that may arise between the Client and the Company will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the country where the Company is registered.
      - Costs incurred by the Company (including lawyer and procurator fees) whilst reclaiming monies owed by the Client from this contract, will be payable by the Client.

  16. The Company reserves the right to alter or change all or part of these Terms & Conditions without prior notice. 

Tour Dates

2 Oct - 7 Oct 2017

  • Rider 3 1,575.00 Euros
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3 Dec - 8 Dec 2017

22 Jan - 27 Jan 2018

  • Rider 9 1,575.00 Euros
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30 Jan - 4 Feb 2018

  • Rider 7 1,575.00 Euros
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If you are interested in a place on a full tour contact SU to be put on her waiting list & be advised if a place comes free.