South to North
Originally Posted by thestens
Thanks Tim, really interesting! Didn't realise it was easier N to S, however the pic of the rolled 4 x4 makes me think we were probably wise to stop when we got nervous. We returned the way we came then continued towards the pass on the main road, to find that we had to turn back because of snow before the top of the pass (not our decision - everyone was going back), so probably the last bit of the loop road would have been in snow too, which confirmed our feeling that we had decided wisely!
May try it N to S next time!
Just to add to Tim's info, if you are travelling from South to North there is a particularly tricky section. I guide through here regularly as it's our last day on two of our off-road routes, going South to North back to Marrakech. It does get easier after this stepped, rocky section, but it can be chancy. In general it's easier on a bike than in a 4x4 as you can pick your line. However, I am only experienced in taking riders on enduro bikes with suitable tyres, mousses and protective riding gear. I'm not sure I could recommend any chances to be taken on a bigger bike, with luggage etc. For instance, we have experienced waist high melt water coming down from the mountains in spring and have carried (physically) bikes over the crossings, having removed wheels and petrol tanks etc. So you get the idea. Perhaps a rule of thumb is, if others are turning back, it's for a reason.
Hope this helps. Can recommend Cafe Assanfou on the top of the pass if you do make it through S to N, tagine or pizza and good Italian coffee machine!