Jebel Akhdar, meaning Green Mountain, refers to the northern section of the Hajar mountains.
As you take the road out of Nizwa heading for Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman at about 3,000m, you start to climb past ancient villages steeply terraced into the mountainside.
Exploring Jebel Akhdar
Near the summit is a wide plateau from which you can peer into Wadi Ghul, Oman’s Grand Canyon. A sheer drop of over a kilometre, with dramatically contorted vertical rock faces opposite, it simply takes the breath away.
Perched halfway up the canyon wall in a seemingly inaccessible location at the head of the valley is an abandoned village whose narrow terraces can still be made out.
If you look very closely you can see the footpath that makes its way under the rim of the canyon to the village. It is a walk of about 3 hours each way from the plateau.
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