Wakan Village
Wakan Village
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Regine H
Paris, France336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The drive to Eagan village is not for the meek. One needs to be an experienced driver with a 4x4. The view is amazing. The 700 steps to the village and past it to a point where one has an outstanding view of the mountains are very well-maintained and easy to climb.
Written March 15, 2022
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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Located at the heart of Jabal Al Akhdar at an altitude of 2000m above sea level, Wakan is truly was one of the unique villages in the entire country. The village is surrounded by the mountains from the south and a wide plain to the north.

It can be a challenge to drive up to the village as 5km of the road leading to the village is unpaved and having 4×4 and some good driving skills is necessary. Once up there, the view to the mountains and the pa8n will take your breath away. There a very long track going into Jabal Al Akhdar that one can take. Make sure you have proper footwear and plenty of water if you choose to go through that track. Otherwise, you can chill in the village and admire the scenery.
Written January 13, 2022
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Kaustubh P
Mumbai, India105 contributions
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Dec 2015 • Family
Wakan is about 150 kms from Muscat, and can be reached from Nakhal by taking the turn to Wadi Mistal on the Nakhal-Awabi road.
After the Nakhal Fort Round about, look out for water tanks on the left of the road. Turn left at the third water tank. Continue on this road till the end. This is known as the Ghubrah Bowl. One can see a few villages and wadi's on the way. Watch out for signage leading to Wakan Village.

The road goes up to a small village and leads to a graded dusty road with a sign post pointing towards Wakan. The last 3 kms of this road is gravel track and one needs to use a 4WD vehicle here. This a very narrow road with sharp hairpin bends and steep inclines.

Be careful while navigating this stretch of road. The road ends at a small parking lot at the base of the village. Look out for steps with marking that point towards the trekking trail.

The steps pass through the village, hence please be careful not to disturb the local residents. Start climbing up the steps towards the final look out post.

One can observe terrace farming done by local residents on the slopes of the mountain. A falaj (small irrigation mountain stream) runs on the sides of the steps.

Authorities have created watch zones where one can stop and admire the beauty of the surroundings.

The trek can be finished within 45 mins to reach the top observation post.

Do's and Dont's

1. 4 WD vehicle is mandatory for the last 3 kms
2. Ideally start the trek in the morning.
3. Since the village is situated at a height of 2000 meters it gets relatively cold. Please carry warm clothing.
4. Do not pluck flowers or damage the terrace gardens, the residents are dependent on the same for there lively hood.
5. Travel light but do carry food and water as there are no shops, coffee shops around.
6. Not suitable for very small children or people with difficulty of climbing steps.
7. Ensure to bring your camera with lots of memory space available.

The village is the back side of the famous Jebel Akhdhar mountain range.
Written January 8, 2016
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shereen pereira
Muscat, Oman123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This weekend we were a group of 10 adults and 6 kids who visited the Wakan Village. We were told that parking there could be an issue so we took three 4WD and set out! We started at 9 am from Muscat and reached there in 2 hours. A beautiful drive passing through the magnificent Muscat mountains made up for the perfect day trip! 

Located 2,000 meters above sea level and in the Western Hajar Mountains is Wakan village (قرية وكان), a small mountain village with beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the surrounding mountains above and Wadi Mistal below. It is about 150 kms from Muscat.

Once we entered the area we could see the beautiful blue skies with the clouds touching the mountain top. Camels and goats around on either side of the road. 

The path to Wakan is on a narrow and steep mountainous road. Initially i was really excited, but the last offroad drive of almost 2 kms, i literally closed my eyes (of course occasionally peeking) realizing that this cliff on one side was really really deep and it was quite a scary stretch which should be ONLY attempted by confident and calm driving skills. Haha. Quite a challenging road indeed. 

Once we reached the top, there was someone to guide us where to park and we also noticed a small cafe. (SAMA heritage lodge) We went to enquire if they served snacks or tea coffee and were told it was a houseful and service is only for the in house guests. Right next to the parking were also clean toilets to use before the climb to the top.

Local boys were selling some juices, water, rose water, fresh zaater herbs, some Omani local food in small cups (i cant remember the name) but i highly recommend you to bring your food or snacks in case you do plan to spend the day around here since nothing is available in close proximity.

So finally we reached the start of the uphill trek! It took us almost 1.5 hours to climb up the 700 odd steps.(1.1km trail) But of course we stopped in between to get some photos, admire the scenery, relax at points and basically just admire nature. There were lot of families with many young kids. The view from most watch zones are different and in case you cannot reach the watch tower right on top, you are not really missing out too much. There were observation towers, mosques, benches, rest areas all over looking the village and its terraced gardens. The descending Falaj passes from the top of the village towards the agricultural terraces. You can see butterflies, dragonflies, apricot flowers in full bloom.

Wakan is quite popular for treks and hikers and you will notice hiking tracks that start at the village and they are marked by the familiar yellow, green and red flag that mark most hiking tracks in Oman.

We were told the 120 odd families who live in Wakan rely on agriculture and farming for their livelihood thus you will notice a lot of terraced gardens cultivating pomegranates, apricots, figs, grapes and other produce. The fruit season is during the months of March and April so we missed out on this one. 

This is an ideal day trip for families with kids too. We had a 1 year old baby who made it with us through the entire sight seeing! My 3.5 year old boy also climbed up the 700 steps without asking once to be carried of course having other kids along made the walk fun for them together. 

The weather initially was pleasant but while we reached half way on top it started getting sunny. Please carry lots of water with you to especially rehydrate the little ones.

Please note the tracks pass through villagers homes and their privacy should be respected. 
Written February 23, 2020
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AmandaWales72
Cardiff, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
This is one of Oman's hidden treasures. Some 700+ steps which seems to take you toward the heavens in this well maintained and nurtured little village. It is essentially a hard steep uphill walk with scenery to die for. You meet many of the local villagers as they tend their land on the way up and you are always warmly greeted. Well worth the visit if in the area and a great sense of achievement when you reach the top.
Written October 5, 2018
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Jitendra P
Muscat, Oman295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
It was a good day trip from muscat to Wakan village.Almost 2 hours drive from muscat, Driving on the rustaq road from barka, look for the keft turn after Nakhal.
Drive is good until you reach the last hilly point, there its a bit rough as you need to have a 4wd to go up,
on reaching the top you have to find a parking slot, if its a busy day you will struggle to get parking.
After parking the car, we moved up on the village track, the main track passes through the village and you can find the way easily, after crossing the houses, you will see small farms with some plantation and then you reach the actually hilly green area.
you can see the small water falaj and water pools on the mid way.
The weather turns cool once you are inside, the walk is around 2-3 kms till you reach the end point.
on the way you will lots of nice rock shapes and kodak moments.

a good and adventurous trip
Written September 5, 2018
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Shajahan K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Wakan village located on a mountain steep about 2000 meters heigh above sea level.

Which is approximately 48 - 50 km away from Nakhal R/A in Rustaq direction via wadi mistal, which lies on western part of al hajr mountains.

It is recommended to have food from Nakhal or buy food and water from Nakhl R/A or before that, as you can't get any food items after that.

You will need a 4wd vehicle and confidence for driving the Last 2.5 km of off-road with deep cliffs on one side. If you don't have a 4wd, you may get some locals offering transport through off-road (not guaranteed) for about 20 RO for a round trip, search for them in the parking areas available before the off-road start. We were able get one local guy, who have a very old 7 seater Pajero: Mr. Mazin: 92049869.

There are only a few parking spaces available at the end. There is a small tourist office and toilets and a small shop. Carrying food items beyond this point is not permitted by law. You can have the food carried from outside of the first office building. you can carry limited food items for kids in your back pack. Don't carry big polythene bags of food and disposable containers in large quantities. have them wihthout disturbing others or have them at a place beyond the steps. Advised to carry drinking water in back packs and use baby carrier if you have babies. Carry any garbages back and don't leave anything there.

From this point you climb the mountain, decent steps are built for going up. Watch the beauty of greenery, agriculture and plantations as you go up over these zigzag steps, there is a natural water stream canal on the sides of the steps, which is used for irrigation and by the residents. There is a mosque for men and then a mosque for ladies in the beginning.

You can see various plants, trees and agricultural plantations like grapes, pomegranates, fig, etc. depending on the season. Don't pluck any of them, a lot of effort is made for planting them, you will be fined heavily if you get caught. 

About 600 to 700 steps are there to go up, if you cover about 25% of it may be enough. Put your legs the water canal and pour it on head to energise yourself.

If you can climb more you can enjoy different views of the village and the valley, and more layered plantations in season. You will always get a nice weather compared to the Muscat weather. It will take about 1 to 1.5 hours to see the whole place.

After reaching at the end of the steps you can collect the water and even drink it. There are some nice rock structure views on top. There are trekking paths beyond this point, probably you may find the source of the water stream and end up in jabal al akhdar if you hike for few hours.

There is an adjacent village known as al Qoura village, which is visible from the top of wakan.we haven't tried going there, you can try visiting there, the road to this village is in the beginning of off-road. There is no special path made for tourists as in wakan, informed by a local.

Written July 1, 2017
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Rajesh K
Muscat, Oman154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
Well located small village on mountains. nearly 3 hours drive from Muscat city. This place is always few deg. C less than muscat area. Preferred to have a 4WD since some part of the route is unpaved. After you reach the village, park your car and have a walk through the village and climb up. Not advisable to carry more luggages. Have enough water, snacks, nuts to complete your hike till the end. There is an hiking track at the end and you can have a long walk if interested.
Written July 6, 2018
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shaji k
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
The road from base town is narrow mountain road with no asphalt and with loose stones. The last 1km is very dangerous with cliff on one side. Not advisable for inexperienced drivers.
Written August 14, 2019
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geofffordderby
Derby, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
A Fantastic day trip from Muscat. You will need a good 4wd, food and plenty of water as there are no facilities at all. From the Nakhl to ai Rustaq road, take the left turn into Wadi Mistal, signposted to the hospital. This is a good black top road (tarmac) in the base of the wide wadi for quite a way until the tarmac suddenly ends as you reach a small village where 4wd terrotory starts! a narrow, rough, very hilly track with hairpins up the side of the mountain, but fine if you are careful. The small car park in wakan is just before the brown tourist sign. Then take the steps through an iron gate to the left and follow the three-colour painted flag signs between houses and up through the fields to the view points further up. Yes - 720 steps! Take your time and remember to stop often to look back at the amazing views. You may be on your own so listen for the SILENCE! its amazing. lots of wildlife if you olok out - lizards, birds, and a hummingbird if you are really lucky. This is a very special place!!
Written April 10, 2018
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