Aremd (1907m) is the ideal location for passing a few days in the "clean air" of the mountains in the Toubkal region.
This is a family body locked together in the High Atlas Mountains consisting of 1200 people, split up into 145 different family living communities. The spelling of the village name changes from map to map between Aremd and Aroumd.
This is an all year mountain resort offering: trekking, climbing, mountain biking, ski mountaineering and much more.. Over 7 km of concrete has been placed, giving a clean and secure sanity system for everybody in the village. These projects have been funded by the dynamic local village association and the local governments help. 100% of the population has running water and electricity, 80% have television and 20 % have a telephone in their house, thank you Maroc Telecom.
2 camping sites, 4 gites/ hotels, restaurants, shopping and guiding services can be found in the village.
A Gite in the High Atlas
If all you want a place to stay and to breath some clean mountain air in the village of Aremd here is the place to do it. The multiple layer terraces will give you hours of different view spots as you drift away the afternoon in one of the shaded corners. You will find your stay here relaxing.
The gite can be used for groups of up to 40 people. The cafe where you can get your fingers on it is a great cafe au lait. Also serves Tajine and Grills all year around so you can eat and drink in the nomadic tented restaurant on the terrace above the camping. You can stay in one of the 10 bed rooms (40 beds) each with stunning views of Aremd and the valley below or in the campsite.
A Hotel in the High Atlas
A top choice when you base your trekking holiday in Aremd. You will be following in the footsteps of many top mountaineers who have climbed and trekked in this area since the 1960's. The hotel is built using the local rock on three floors with toilets, hot showers and relaxing spots in abundance. Able to accommodate up to 40 people. 12 clean bedrooms. Berber kitchen, giving great food and service all year. Growing crops is mixed in with relaxation. Guiding Services at the reception. Stunning views from all of the bedrooms as you look out towards the mountains and Toubkal.
The terraces are hand cultivated through out the year, with each crop giving the kitchen a new seasoning for the evening couscous. Couscous can be eaten with a spoon. The other way is by hand. Take a small hand full, roll it up into a ball then throw it into your mouth. The evenings are filled with singing and dancing as the customers and the staff get into some "local style" of music and rhythm. .
Schools and Village Life
Aremd has 2 schools which keeps the children occupied for 4 hours each day. From the age of 16 years old the next school is in Marrakech, which involves either a 180 km round trip or pension.
This has been a major problem for the children of the High Atlas, as the average family normally is unable to pay for the extra costs. From next year this problem will have been sorted, a high school in Asni is the answer, now the children of the mountains will have the same chance as their cousins who live in the cities.
The Cherry and Walnut trees give a covering of shade to the pickers and carriers of the fruits and nuts. Wheat and Barley are grown on terraces which are irrigated by the integrate net work of streams and mini dams which run between the houses. These are constantly being fed by the run off from the snow melting in the mountains above.
The main commercial part of the village is found on the path which leads from the village of Imlil. Here you can find three cafes on the way out of the village of Aremd, stop for that last cup of tea before the steeps arrive if your heading for the top of Toubkal. One of the cafes has being given a new roof made from bamboo.
The Lac Ifni has a small bazaar where you can find a small choice of local products, from carpets to fine silver and tea pots. In the upper part of the village you will have to hunt to find the local village shop. Its easier to ask and be shown.