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Review of Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar
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9-Hour Jabal Akhdar Green Mountains Tour
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Jabal Al-Akhdar is part of the Hajar Mountains & it is located in Governorate of Dakhiliyah. The journey from Muscat to Al Jabal Al-Akhdar takes about two hours. You should have a four-wheel drive vehicle to allow you to continue the road. Also the car should be not overload .Spread across the mountain are many Omani villages. the people there have dug terraces in some parts of the mountain for growing crops. Jabal Al-Akhdar produces a variety of fruits and flowers, pomegranates, peaches, apricots, almonds, walnuts, roses that can not grow anywhere else in the Arabian Gulf, except Jabal Al-Akhdar as a result of unique weather. it is great for hiking & sightseeing because the height of Jabal Al-Akhdar around 3000 meters

Visited March 2012
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“4WD Essential”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

I live in Oman and have been up Jebel Akhdar on a good number of occasions - it is 10+ centigrade cooler than Muscat and a good place to escape the powerful Omani summer. The mountain consists of a substantial high plateau (100s of square km) at about 2000m, with a series of peaks surrounding it rising to about 2800m and numerous spectacular wadis. It's worth spending at least a day up exploring the plateau; if you want 5* hotels your only option is the Golden Tulip Nizwa and driving up the mountain from there (2 hours from that hotel up to the plateau). I don't see any worthwhile day trip to Jebel Akhdar from Muscat because it's 2 hours from Muscat to the base of the climb up the mountain, and hour to the top and night driving is not a great option in Oman in general outside a few big towns (or even in them...).

The hotels up the mountain are OK but nothing exceptional, and camping is a very safe option as long as you are sensible. There's very little by way of western creature comforts up the mountain so stock up in the Lulu hypermarket in Nizwa before making the climb if you need to take those with you... remember you are at 8000ft up a mountain not far from the euqator so make sure a hat and / or sunblock is on the list. Omanis however assure me it does snow up there once every five or so years!!

A 4WD is not optional - the guys at the security services checkpoint before the main climb won't let you up without one! The drive should not however be dramatised - the main route up the mountain is of extremely high quality and you could drive up it in almost anything bigger than a 2CV; however many of the roads going down into the wadis from the plateau or up to the various peaks climbing off of it are fairly hair raising and even if you could you would be be foolish to think about driving them in a saloon. However if you have a strange desire to risk your life or invalidate your hire car insurance you can go and do this in a large number of other places in Oman - there are no such vehicle checks anywhere else.

Hire a 4WD if you aren't lucky enough to live here, buy a copy of the Oman Off Road Explorer (it has a detailed map of the routes on top of the mountain), get a GPS which allows you to input coordinates, and you won't look back - this is the best way to appreciate this spectacular area.
Al-Hoota caves, Nizwa and Al-Hamra are in the immediate vicinity and all worth visiting.

Visited July 2012
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Munich, Germany
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“Amazing views, a present day trip into a fairy tale life”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were met by an Omani at the entrance to the park. Only trucks are allowed due to the rough terrain. We were taken to some of the most beautiful sights of natural beauty. Al Ain in Oman is the top of three cities reaching down the valley. Really worth the drive to see nature at it's finest. Nizwa is nearby with wonderful markets. We were greeted with a waterfall that was the first time to flow in five years. Recent rains caused an amazing landscape. This is truly Arabia Felix or beautiful Arabia!

Visited February 2012
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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“Excellent trip at The Jebel Akhdar”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We went on last October, it was very nice to visit the mountain and its old valleys. Can find remains of old traditional civilizations at each valley. Pomegranate farms are common in every house. it was very tasty
.Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic: الجبل الأخضر ‎ meaning The Green Mountain), is part of the Al Hajar Mountains and located around 150 km (93 mi) from Muscat.

You need to have A four wheel drive vehicle to drive the mountain from Nizwa. There is a Police Check post at the starting point.

Visited October 2011
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Muscat, Oman
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“Escape the heat !!!!!”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Went on a camping trip, spent a couple of nights in the open...
The wind cools you down but does protect from sunburn. Several (small) trees around to provide nice shade (unlike Jebel Shams)
As others have mentioned, 4*4 vehicle is a must. (possible to leave your saloon car near the ROP check point and get a local guy to drive you around in his 4*4, used to be 25 R.O. last year)

Visited May 2012
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