Oman's Grand Canyon
Wadi Al Nakhr 10 hours
On this tour we visit the Nizwa Souk(marketplace) and Fort before visiting the Wadi Al Nakhr, situated in the deepest canyon of Oman and stone dwellings at the Misfah village. We then head towards Wadi Ghul to visit the village known for it terrace farming before reaching Jebel Shams, the highest peak of the the Jebel Akhdar.
We depart early morning from Muscat towards the Nizwa region where we will first visit the famous Nizwa Fort for a tour. This seventeenth century fort, is one of the best representatives of the architecture of its time and is famous for its circular main tower, one of the largest of its kind. After the tower, we make a quick visit to the Nizwa souq(marketplace). Here you will discover many interesting finds from traditional khanjars(daggers), and local handicrafts to silver jewellery and tourist souvenirs; If it’s a Friday you can even witness the famous cattle auction that takes place here once a week.
From here we head towards Wadi Nakher, or Wadi Al Nakhr which is called the Grand Canyon of Oman. We start from the base of the canyon to drive up to the top. Our first stop along the way is at Misfat al Abriyyin, one of the oldest villages in Al Hamra, which is hidden away in the hillside here. Set at an altitude of almost thousand meters above sea level, we get an opportunity to admire the panoramic views of the surrounding valleys from the viewing platform, which is a short walk from the village entrance. On reaching the village we can walk around between the crumbling houses set in the mountainside and visit the step plantations cut into the slopes and explore the traditional Falaj irrigation system here. The village is known for the traditional mud houses here made with palm frond roofs, and what is truly unique about them is that these ancient houses were built on solid rock foundations. We can also take a short walk through the date plantations here.
Continuing towards Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman, we visit the beautiful Wakan Village famous for its terrace farming. This mountain village sits on the Western Hajar mountains at an altitude of 2,000 meters overlooking the surrounding mountains above and Wadi Mistal below. As it can only be reached by driving uphill on a narrow dirt track set on a steep slope, we have experienced drivers with a 4WD who can take on this track easily. One can take in the amazing views from the viewing platform in the village and explore the beautiful green terrace farms here.
Finally we reach the highest peak of the Jebel Akhdar range, Jebel Shams. Jebel Shams roughly translates to ‘Sun Mountain’ and it is thus named as it is the first to experience sunrise everyday as it is the tallest mountain peak in Oman. Here we can look down in to Wadi Nakhr to fully admire it depth and mammoth proportions.
From here we head back to the drop-off point where the tour ends.
It is best to start early in the day.
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It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
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