The last full day’s walking was all downhill as we descended the valley from Toubkal refuge to Aremd.
This approach to Toubkal was much busier than the route we had taken. Hikers bagging Jebel Toubkal in 2 days come up directly from the valley, overnight at the refuge, then ascend the mountain and descend back down the valley the second day. Also many day trippers hike to Toubkal base camp (the refuge) for views of the mountain. It was strange to be part of such a mass of hikers after a few days in the relative quiet of the high tops.
At Sidi Chamharouch there are several small shops and cafes, plus a white roofed mosque. This is a popular place of pilgrimage by Muslims both within Morocco and from further afield, as the source of water, which emerges from the rocks here, is reputed to have healing powers. The waters are supposed to be particularly good for curing leg ailments.
We had a bit of a long lie this morning so were descending in the heat of the mid-day sun. I felt sorry for those people (and mules) going up!
The final approach to the village involved crossing a dry flood plain.
The gite in Aremd
After lunch our guide, Mohamed took us for a walk around Aremd, his home village, we had mint tea in the house of one of his neighbours.
Walnuts drying on a house roof
Smoky dinner in the gite