LOVE THE MOUNTAINS AGAIN

Limestone mountains, kilometers of hiking paths, abandoned villages and the best viewpoints of the Hajar Mountains await you this summer

For anyone who loves being outdoors, enjoys a good challenge, and is looking for a breath of fresh air, the Hajar Mountains are the best destination while visiting Oman this summer.

Also known as the Oman Rocky Mountains, or the Oman Mountains, the Hajar Mountains, divided in Central, Easter, and Wester Hajar sections, offer kilometers of hikes and stunning landscapes to its visitors. The highest peak in the Hajar Mountains is Jebel Shams, with an elevation of more than 3000 meters above sea level and plenty of routes for you to discover.

Among the 3 Hajar sections, Central Hajar is a tourist-favorite as it has the

wildest terrain and most breathtaking landscapes and viewpoints in the Hajar Mountains. Moreover, in this section is located the Jebel Akhdar mountain range with the Jebel Shams peak, its highest peak.

Visitors traveling to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams, and its surrounding areas will not only be amazed by the splendid mountains, but will also have the opportunity to explore green Wadis terrace farms, rose gardens – typical for the production of rosewater, abandoned villages, and stunning viewpoints including Diana Point, one of the favorite viewpoints for the late Princess Diana during her visit to Oman, that will leave you speechless.

For anyone who loves being outdoors, enjoys a good challenge, and is looking for a breath of fresh air, the Hajar Mountains are the best destination while visiting Oman this summer.

Also known as the Oman Rocky Mountains, or the Oman Mountains, the Hajar Mountains, divided in Central, Easter, and Wester Hajar sections, offer kilometers of hikes and stunning landscapes to its visitors. The highest peak in the Hajar Mountains is Jebel Shams, with an elevation of more than 3000 meters above sea level and plenty of routes for you to discover.

Among the 3 Hajar sections, Central Hajar is a tourist-favorite as it has the wildest terrain and most breathtaking landscapes and viewpoints in the Hajar Mountains. Moreover, in this section is located the Jebel Akhdar mountain range with the Jebel Shams peak, its highest peak.

Visitors traveling to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams, and its surrounding areas will not only be amazed by the splendid mountains, but will also have the opportunity to explore green Wadis terrace farms, rose gardens – typical for the production of rosewater, abandoned villages, and stunning viewpoints including Diana Point, one of the favorite viewpoints for the late Princess Diana during her visit to Oman, that will leave you speechless.

KEY ATTRACTIONS IN JEBEL AKHDAR & JEBEL SHAMS

GETTING TO JEBEL AKHDAR & JEBEL SHAMS

The best way to get to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams is via Muscat International Airport, located 14 km away from the city center. Once in Muscat, visitors can drive the 150 km, around 2 hours, that separate Muscat from Jebel Akhdar. No buses are connecting Muscat with Barkazt Al Mawz (on the bottom of Jebel Akhdar). Another option for those already traveling around Oman is to organize day-trips from Nizwa. Please keep in mind that to go up the mountains you need a 4WD car as sedan cars are not allowed and you will be stopped by the Police at the bottom of the mountain.

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WHERE TO STAY IN JEBEL AKHDAR & JEBEL SHAMS

Jebel Akhdar offers hotels and campsites where visitors can stay overnight during their visit to the Hajar Mountains. For those looking for hotels, the Anantara Al Jabal Al AKhdar Resort will not disappoint with its stunning views and service. On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheaper option, there are several hotels and campsites nearby. If you plan to organize a day-trip to Jebel Akhdar instead, you can also stay in Nizwa. Nizwa offers a good selection of hotels, guest house, apartments and aparthotels for all budgets and traveler’s needs.

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JEBEL AKHDAR & JEBEL SHAMS TRAVEL TIPS

  • You need 4WD cars as sedan cars are not allowed in the mountains
  • Omani Police have checkpoints at the bottom of the mountains to check you are not traveling in a sedan car
  • Hiking the mountains requires some physical effort
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothes and keep in mind the changes in temperature because of the altitude
  • Don’t forget to bring water, food, snacks, and sunblock with you

REAL EXPERIENCES IN THE MOUNTAINS