• Mountainbiking in the Hoggar

Explore the Hoggar on MTB

 
  • Period: 8 days.
  • Accomodation: bivouac(except at Assekrem - campsite).
  • Elevation : between 2000 and 3000m.
  • Level: it is essentiel that you are in good health because some of the tracks are streneous.
  • Discover the Hoggar, meet the locals and learn more about their traditions.
  • Visit of the hermitage of Père Foucauld at Assekrem in the heart of the Atakor.
  • Luggage, kitchen, food, water, mattresses, tents, equipment, etc... will be conveyed in 4WD vehicles. You will be accompanied by a guide, driver and cook.
  • The mountainbikes and repair material are to be provided by the client (as well as helmets which we recommend to wear when riding your bike).
  • You carry a small rucksack with personal stuff you may need for the day.

Please contact us for a detailed description. We also refer to section type of tours.

In the heart of the Sahara, to the east of Tamanrasset, lies the Hoggar (Ahaggar in Tamasheq), a giant mountain range extending over an area of 554,000 km2. Its borders are the Ténéré (south), Tanezrouft (west), tassilis of Ahnet Mouydir and Ajjer (north and east). The mountain range of Atakor in the Hoggar consists of peaks which are among the highest of the Sahara, Tahat 2910 m, Ilamane 2760 m and Assekrem 2728 m. They are composed of basalt, phonolite and trachyte towers, created by an intense volcanic activity in the Tertiary and Quaternary.


If Assekrem is the most popular and most visited place in the Algerian desert,  it is because of two aspects: the exceptional beauty of the site with its most unique sunsets and sunrises in the world, so it seems - and also because of the story of Charles de Foucauld whose shelter had become a place of pilgrimage and meditation. Charles de Foucauld (the white father) led a monastic life and  in 1904 he came into contact with the Tuareg people in the Hoggar mountains and became their friend. He was killed in 1916. During his stay in Tamanrasset he wrote a dictionary Tuareg-French. 

 

Because the climate is less extreme than in the rest of the Sahara, the Hoggar is an important refuge for some species of animals and plants. From an ecological point of view, it can be differentiated from the rest of the Sahara.The peaks of the Ahaggar (Hoggar) and Tasnou or even Tefedest are good places to climb for fans of mountain sports.

 

In 1987, the whole Hoggar region was declared "National Park of Ahaggar".