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                                         Marrakech & Atlas Mountains Cycle

This is an Open Challenge itinerary; you can take part on the dates
shown and raise money for a charity of your choice. Itineraries for
bespoke trips (run for sole charities) may differ slightly, and will
have different dates and pricing schedules.

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Trip Grade: Tough

14 – 22 May 2011               12 – 20 May 2012
1 – 9 Oct 2011                 29 Sep – 7 Oct

Payment Options:                   2011            2012
                                                                       Strange rock formations and ochre-coloured villages
Registration Fee                   £299            £299
                                                                       are the backdrop to the many climbs and descents that
Min. Fundraising                     +               +                 await us as we cycle towards the coast. Coming out of
Target                            £2500           £2650                the mountains, we head for the colourful walled town of
                                                                       Tiznit, renowned for its striking pink buildings.
Self Payment:
Registration Fee                   £299            £299                Our route is tough in places, and really takes us
                                                                       off the beaten track! This is a fabulous cycling
                                     +               +
                                  £1000           £1060                challenge in an incredibly diverse country.
Trip Cost
Please note Registration Fee is in addition to Trip Cost /
Fundraising Target
                                                                       Day 1: Depart London for Marrakech; transfer to hotel.
            Open to Families – for information see below
                                                                       Night hotel.
Our cycle challenge takes us from the wonderful,
                                                                       Day 2: Free Day Marrakech
bustling souks of Marrakech through the foothills of the
High Atlas Mountains into the spectacular, remote and                  We have a morning city tour of this fascinating city; we’re
colourful Anti Atlas Mountains.                                        then free for the rest of the day to explore the amazing
                                                                       sights of the Jma El Fnaa – the main square – and shop in
                                                                       the frenetic souks for which Marrakech is so
                                                                       renowned.(Lunch not included). Night hotel.

                                                                       Day 3: Marrakech – Asni

                                                                       Early morning start as we head south across farmland. We
                                                                       leave the city life of Marrakech behind very quickly and the
                                                                       rural scenes and villages before us form a real contrast. Our
                                                                       route undulates as we reach the foothills of the High Atlas,
                                                                       preparing our legs for the steeper climbs that await us
                                                                       further in the mountains. In clear weather we should be able
                                                                       to see Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in the
                                                                       High Atlas range, and indeed in North Africa. We cycle
                                                                       through a beautiful, populated valley before reaching the
                                                                       bustling village of Asni. Night in gite. Cycle approx 110km

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Day 4: Asni – Taroudant                                            Anti-Atlas behind and head towards the busy town of Tiznit,
                                                                   situated not far from the Atlantic coast. Night hotel. Cycle
Leaving Asni behind, we head deeper into the mountains.
                                                                   approx 60km
The scenery is very dramatic and beautiful, and small mud-
brick villages dot our route. Our biggest challenge today is       Day 8: Tiznit
crossing the spectacular Tizi-n-Test Pass (2095m) – our
                                                                   We have the day free to
highest point. The views more than make up for our efforts
                                                                   relax and explore Tiznit, a
on this climb! After time at the top to appreciate the fact that
                                                                   well-preserved pink-walled
we are about to cross the High Atlas Mountains, we start the
                                                                   city which provides plenty of
long, swooping descent before us. We end this fabulous day
                                                                   shopping and people-
in the town of Taroudant, an old caravan trading-post. Its
                                                                   watching opportunities. You
well-preserved city walls, palm-trees and back-drop of
                                                                   may wish to head down to
snow-capped peaks provide a wonderful place to relax for
                                                                   the wild, spectacular
the evening. Night hotel. Cycle approx 110km
                                                                   coastline for a view of some
Day 5: Taroudant – Igherm                                          very different scenery to
                                                                   what we’ve become used to!
Leaving Taroudant, we head into the Anti-Atlas Mountains
                                                                   We meet again in the
on wonderful roads, which provide us with an insight into life
                                                                   evening for a full celebration
in this remote area as we pass families travelling to and
                                                                   of our achievements. Night
from market and working in the fields. The mountains we
                                                                   hotel. (Lunch & dinner not included). Cycle approx 65km
cycle through now are lower in elevation, but no less
spectacular. The route is hilly, but we take our time and          Day 9: Agadir – London
enjoy the surroundings as we make our way to the small
                                                                   Transfer to airport for our flight back to London.
town of Igherm, passing small traditional villages en-route.
Night hotel. Cycle approx 90km                                     Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the
                                                                   route or itinerary for safety reasons should local
Day 6: Igherm – Tafraoute
                                                                   conditions dictate.
After a hearty breakfast we leave Igherm and make our way
through fields, date-palm groves and mountain villages. The
mud-brick villages in this region are very picturesque, and        GENERAL INFORMATION
there will be plenty of good photo opportunities as we             All accommodation is included as well as flights and all
continue to cycle uphill and down through this barren, but         transport and meals except 3 as detailed in the itinerary.
spectacular, area of the Anti-Atlas. The rocks are a mix of        Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary is
pinks, oranges and greens, and our ride through these              included; a bike is also provided.
mountains is one to treasure. The area around Tafraoute is
known for its wonderful, precarious-looking rock formations        The tour cost also includes full trip support of experienced
and lunar-like landscapes; we finish the day in the lovely         Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics and medics; local
town, with its Berber architecture and cool, lush palm-            guides, drivers and cooks (see Trip Support below).
groves. Night hotel. Cycle approx 100km                            As a general guide, items not included in the tour cost are

Day 7: Tafraoute – Tiznit                                          your personal travel insurance, airport departure tax (if
                                                                   applicable), tips for local support crew, any extra meals,
As easier day today, as we take time to explore some of the        drinks and personal expenses, and entry to other tourist
amazing scenery around Tafraoute. One of the most well-            sites/activities you may wish to undertake in your free time.
known, impressive, and bizarre sights is that of the painted
rocks: huge granite boulders painted by Belgian artist Jean        Costs in Morocco

Verame in the early 80s. After lunch we head out on roads          We recommend you budget for the following costs in-
dotted with almond trees and the occasional lush, green            country:
oasis, and follow the twisting route out of the mountains.
                                                                   - Meals not included: £40-50
Our way is predominantly downhill now as we leave the              - Tips for Local Porters & Crew (see below): US$50

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Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs & other              can advise you. We need to know if you do not require our
personal expenses. This recommendation is a guideline              group flight as early as possible; please complete the form
only. Please note that costs may fluctuate and we have no          in the information pack you’ll be sent with your booking
control over any changes.                                          confirmation.

We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case              ACCOMMODATION
of personal emergency.
                                                                   Accommodation varies from small traditional
FLIGHT INFORMATION                                                 hotel/guesthouses or gites, to 2-3* hotels in the main cities.
                                                                   Please do not expect the same standards as you would in
Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick and
                                                                   the UK!
are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL
licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are
protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).                         ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

We are most likely to fly with Royal Air Maroc. However, we              For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a
don’t always fly with the same airline so this is a guideline            different country is to see new sights and enjoy new
only. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several          experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can
months before departure.                                                 make life harder or more inconvenient than you may
                                                                         like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a
Our itineraries are always based on current flight
                                                                         different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of
schedules and are therefore subject to change by the
                                                                         the challenge you are signing up for!
                                                                         We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with
Connecting Flights
                                                                         experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will
If you book flights to                                                   help you bond with your fellow cyclists and provide you
Heathrow or Gatwick, it is                                               with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour
your responsibility to allow                                             and sense of adventure are two of the most important
plenty of time to connect                                                things to bring with you!
to the group flight and to
cope with any flight
schedule changes. Please                                           FOOD
be aware that the best                                             All food is included except 3 meals. The food is great, will
deals allow little flexibility                                     give you plenty of energy for cycling, and there is plenty of
if you need to change                                              it!
them. We regret that we
are unable to book                                                 Dietary Requirements
connecting flights for you.                                        Being vegetarian or having
Transit Stops                                                      other dietary requirements is
                                                                   not usually a problem provided
When booking group flights we endeavour to find the best           you let us know well in
flights that match our itinerary. There are often no direct        advance. Please do not expect
flights to our destination, so do be prepared for transit stops:   as much variety as you would
bring a good book or chat to your fellow cyclists! Airlines        have access to at home – we
that do offer direct flights rarely offer competitive rates for    will be in rural areas and
groups. Please remember that the main purpose of our trips         among people of a different
is to raise money for charity!                                     culture who may not
Flying Separately                                                  understand your requirements,
                                                                   however willing they are to help. If you know there are
If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a
                                                                   plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra
land-only cost. You will be responsible for making your own
arrangements for meeting the rest of the group, though we

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snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.            We are always happy to talk through the trip in more
Please feel free to ask us for advice.                            detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at
                                                                  any stage.
Other Meals
                                                                  Cycling Distances
Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are
generally when we are in towns or cities and you are free to      You will cycle approximately 535km on this trip overall. It’s
explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always       much more useful when training to think about the hours
something to suit every budget.                                   you need to cycle for each day, and the type of terrain!

A valid ten-year passport is essential for travel in Morocco        CHALLENGING!
and must be valid for at least 6 months after entry into the
                                                                    This ride is designed to be challenging for those of good
country. Other nationalities should check entry
                                                                    health and fitness, and is achievable for most people
                                                                    provided they train well in advance. We will supply you
We insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last         with a thorough training guide when you have
ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio,           registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the
Hepatitis A and Typhoid. A Yellow Fever certificate is also         preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you
necessary .                                                         will find the ride less enjoyable – and we want you to
                                                                    have the time of your life!
You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for
up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.
                                                                  Bike Repairs

CYCLING INFORMATION                                               There will be a range of spares in the vehicle along with a
                                                                  full tool kit; however, it is impossible for us to carry spares
Terrain                                                           for every eventuality. It is vital that if you bring your own bike
Cycling is predominantly on tarmac roads with a few pot-          it is in excellent working order before departure.
holed or rougher stretches of piste along the way. The            We will be using 21-speed mountain bikes fitted with semi
terrain ranges from flattish roads through farmland, to rolling   slick tyres. If you are unsure whether to take your own bike
foothills and steep, long mountain climbs and long descents.      or use one of ours please just contact us.
The majority of the route is undulating as we cross two
mountain ranges! We are travelling through remote areas             TRAINING WEEKENDS: £129 SPECIAL OFFER
and will be exposed to a variety of road conditions; weather
                                                                    Only when you book online at the same time as
may also have an impact.
                                                                    registering for your main challenge
Traffic is usually light and we will cycle at our own pace, but
                                                                    Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends in
when we pass through a large town we go through as a
                                                                    Wiltshire are designed to help you prepare for your
group. We will always take safety into consideration and
                                                                    challenge. Whether you use the weekend to gauge your
reserve the right to change the itinerary on that basis
                                                                    fitness, get your training back on track, boost your
                                                                    confidence, get advice or meet other cyclists, you’re
                                                                    bound to find it incredibly useful!

                                                                    For dates and further information see our brochure or

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Clothing & Equipment                                               trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get
We are travelling through remote regions where we could be
exposed to bad weather at any time. It is generally hot            The number of crew looking after you will depend on the
during the day, though it can be cold in the mountains at          final size of your group, but an average-sized group in
night. The table below gives you an idea of the climate, but       Morocco would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At
be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather             Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader:
conditions can change quickly in the mountains. We provide         cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as
you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as   well as excellent trip safety.
details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover
                                                                   Local Support Crew
Adventure customer. We are always available if you need
advice.                                                            Our local support crew is made up of local guides, drivers
                                                                   and cooks. Your local guide knows the local area well, and
It is imperative that you supply your own helmet and
                                                                   is a great source of knowledge about local customs and
wear it at all times while cycling, with the straps done
                                                                   lifestyles. Drivers and cooks do not always speak English
                                                                   but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover
Weather                                                            Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure
                                                                   your trip runs smoothly and safely.
Average max/min temperatures & number of rainy days per
month in Marrakech:                                                Tips for Local Crew

 April/May       28 / 10ºC    4                                    Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local
                                                                   support crew at the end of your trek. Tipping is not
 October         31 / 11ºC    3
                                                                   obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your
                                                                   behalf you will be happy to donate something! Your leader
                                                                   will give you an idea of appropriate guidelines. All our local
                                                                   crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average
Discover                                                           wage in this country is far below what you would spend on a
Adventure Crew                                                     normal night out.
Your trip will be led                                              Luggage
by experienced
                                                                   All luggage, food, water
Discover Adventure
                                                                   and spares are carried
leaders. Our leaders
                                                                   by support vehicles
are selected for their
                                                                   throughout the
experience in harsh
                                                                   challenge. Space is
wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote
                                                                   limited and hard-sided
areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour
                                                                   luggage is not suitable,
and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation
                                                                   so it is essential that
that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover
                                                                   your kit is packed in a
Adventure leader.
                                                                   soft sailing bag,
All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking          rucksack or expedition
countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have            kitbag. Ask us about our
‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to         specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one
the same destination for months on end – we want them to           already.
be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are.
                                                                   You should also bring a small daypack or large bum-bag for
Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they     items needed during the day (sunscreen, camera, etc) as
are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic, who is           you will not have access to your main luggage until the
there to look after the well-being of the whole group and          evening.
deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the

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Bikes can be transported on flights in bike bags or – a much     construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife
cheaper option – cardboard bike boxes: ask your local bike       habitats or planting trees in your community. Make your
shop if they have any.                                           volunteer pledge by going to


Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest
priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in
mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and
emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other
safety apparatus where necessary. They always have
access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our
leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make    Please contact the Discover Adventure office
any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should          with any queries using the contact details below.

local conditions dictate.                                        Copyright Discover Adventure 2004 / Updated 20010

Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical
questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your
safety in mind.

This symbol means this challenge is suitable for young
people ages 14 and over, provided they are fit and prepared
to train in advance! They must be accompanied by at least
one parent or legal guardian.

Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised
phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made
minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact
on the local communities we pass through. AITO, our Trade
Association, has recognised the work we do in this area and
has awarded us 4 stars as a Responsible Tour Operator.

Discover Adventure Projects

We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a
children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you
would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating
£5 to our projects when you sign up. Please see our website
for more details.

Carbon Offsetting

We encourage all our customers to offset emissions
connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the
lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website
and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by
them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action
in the UK you can volunteer for a day with BTCV and work
on an environmental project local to you. Work may include

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