i have spoken in person to sevarl people who have cycled the hoggar route some years back
I've met a few myself. It's a fantastic ride. But that was before 2003 when 32 European tourists in about 6 separate groups got kidnapped almost simultaneously and held for up to 6 months. Only 31 went home.
While that was an unprecedented event for Algeria, the authorities reacted with the long overdue regulation that already existed for much less obvious reasons in the Tenere (Niger), Libya and the Gilf (Egypt): the need for tourists to lodge an itinerary and be escorted (in the desert).
That's the way it is now; the 1980s golden age has passed. As Yves said you will be the only cycle tourist in the country (he contributed a chapter on Cycling in the Sahara Overland
book) and every checkpoint will be expecting you.
Algeria is less of a tin pot African 'dictatorship' than you might think.
Some Germans tried to slip away from their guide a couple of years back, they got caught, fined, locked up for weeks, cars confiscated and for good measure framed (probably) as prehistoric artefact thieves.
any trip reports on here regarding water or checkpoint locations please? a search doesn´t pull up anything.
Plenty of trips reports here, including trans-Sahara Highway (TSH):
There's also .../news .../routes ..../maps .../best fishing spots .../country info. Add that's just one website in English; there's 10 x more in French and German.
Try also: http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/ca...9&iCountryId=1
I'm afraid it seems you've jumped in without doing any research on Algeria - anyone who knows the country recognises your request for a baksheesh price list as rather ignorant (corruption exists there of course, but at a much higher level, as it does in the West).
It's very frustrating I know but you've missed the boat to undertake this great riding adventure independently
. You might just be able to pull it off undercover/in disguise solo - an old 19th century explorers trick that worked right up until the point they got beaten to death or died of scurvy - but on a pushbike no chance.
It's not about money - Algeria is one of the richest oil producing countries in Africa. Tourism is more trouble than its worth but they tolerate it as it gives the people down south a bit of a living to stop them rioting. It's about control for the reasons donncha gave. There have been half a dozen deadly bombs this year and last week an attack on a desert airport. The 2003 event was a humiliation - they won't let it happen again.
Me, I'd be content to cycle aroud the north. You may not 'cross the Sahara' but will meet great people and still
be the only cycle tourist in the country. Keep off the TSH and in the northwest you might even get down to Taghit and as far as Timimoun.