This is the full route of the trip we did in December 2014, the bikepacking route Agadir to Ourzazate. It wasn’t the trip we had planned but one we prepared on arrival in Marrakech as the weather had had a major impact on the trails we originally prepared for. Rain, snow and wind sent us scurrying to Agadir for a southerly, more familiar approach to the High Atlas. We rode via Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco, to the shore of Lac d’Ifni which was covered in snow. We camped in bivvy bags, where temperatures fell to well below freezing. Damp socks froze solid and our water turned to ice. We stayed in cheap hotels and had lunch in someone’s home. We were fueled by many glasses of mint tea, dried fruit and nuts and many kind strangers. We washed in local hamamms, crossed ice cold rivers and rested in the sun, finding shade under palm trees. Bikepacking in Morocco is a special and memorable experience. French is a useful language and a few words of Arabic goes a long long way.
If you’d like to read a little bit about the trip and look at a few photos, then please take a look here.
Paved road, unpaved road (piste), sand, mud, dust, gravel, rocks, rivers and snow. We rode over ground covering almost every colour of the spectrum.
Camping gaz and methylated spirits can be found in a small shop opposite a couple of cafes in Marrakech at the following location near Jemaa el Fna N31° 37.459’ W 007° 59.351’
The shop opens after 9am. They sell camping gaz and some basic essentials.
Our bikepacking kit list is available for download here.
If you’d like to look at some other routes we’ve taken, then take a peek at routes, trails and tracks.
A guide to stealth camping can be found here.