To celebrate the Marrakech Atlas Etape (MAE) receiving the Royal Patronage of King Mohammed VI — and with the increased support of the Moroccan authorities, in particular the Governor of the Province d’Al Haouz — we are now having an ‘event village’ in the town of Tahanaout. This will be the formal finish of the MAE followed by a neutralised police escort back to the start in Marrakech.

156-kilometre route

Marrakech to Oukaïmeden and back (via Tahanaout).
70 km out and 86 km back. 2129 m of altitude gain:

Route description

This route leaves from the southern edge of Marrakech at 495 m and heads south, following a very gentle gradient (average 1.25%) for some 29 km to the start of the Ourika valley at an altitude of 860 m. Spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains should be seen throughout this gentle rise to the start of the Ourika Valley. The route then follows the Ourika valley for 11 km to where the road branches out of the valley (975 m)and the main climb to Oukaïmeden begins. The next 30 km of the course will raise 1649 m (average gradient 5.49%) to the ski station at 2624 m.

The physical and human scenery on this section of the course really is awe inspiring as the road snakes its way ever higher passing the villages and terraced fields of the Berbers of the High Atlas. The route then returns to Ourika and then follows the P2010 westward to the town of Tahanaout where the official finish of the Etape will be hold. From here, there is a gentle downhill ride back to Marrakech.

76-kilometre route

Marrakech to the Ourika Valley and back (via Tahanaout).
30 km out and 46 km back. 365 m of altitude gain:

Route description

This route leaves from the southern edge of Marrakech at 495 m and heads south, following a very gentle gradient (averageof 1.25%) for 29 km to the start of the Ourika Valley at an altitude of 860 m. Spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains should be seen throughout this gentle rise to the start of The Ourika Valley. The route then follows the P2010 westward to the town of Tahanaout where the official finish of the Etape will be held. From here, there is a gentle downhill ride back to Marrakech. This route is achievable by almost anybody who has reasonable fitness and wants to be involved in this event.