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A trip to the Wadi Bani Kharus valley

Wadi below the Sayq Plateau

Petr Liška
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A trip to the Wadi Bani Kharus valley
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Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Wadi Bani Kharus is another in a series of beautiful valleys now accessible via a perfect asphalt road. The trip begins at the town of Al Awabi and ends after about 30 kilometers at almost the very end of the valley. On this trip you will see the typical mountain semi-desert landscape of Oman

Guardian of the Valley - Al Awabi Castle

There is one larger city on the route of road number 13 connecting Rustaq with Nakhal – Al Awabi, South of it, at the small square castle of the same name, turns the road into the interior of the Wadi Bani Kharus valley. In older sources, you may read that there is only a gravel road – this is no longer true, there is a beautiful new asphalt road.

Guardian of the Valley - Al Awabi Castle
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Riding the Wadi Bani Kharus Valley

A trip to the Wadi Bani Kharus valley is your own destination. The most interesting part of the valley is right at the beginning – lonely trees growing in a wide stony riverbed, high rock walls exceeding the bottom of the valley by a kilometer

Riding the Wadi Bani Kharus Valley
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Meeting a camel

It is not uncommon to meet grazing camels in this valley

Meeting a camel
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Road surrounded by mountains

Oman is a land of an incredible number of nameless arid mountains and desolate ridges

Road surrounded by mountains
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Mine

Near the village of Mina, the valley extends into a huge rocky plain surrounded by two thousand peaks.

Mine
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Musaynaah

The largest town in the valley is Musaynaah

Musaynaah
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Oasis Al Ulyah

For the locals, the goal is an oasis near the last town in the Al Ulyah Valley – shade, water is what you need in hot Oman

Oasis Al Ulyah
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Above the oasis

The houses are stuck on a rocky slope above a palm oasis

Above the oasis
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The end of the road

From the oasis there is still almost two kilometers of road demandingly built on a mountain slope to end at the gate of a family house – there is almost a question of what prominent must live there :-)

The end of the road
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Above the oasis

View of the Wadi Bani Kharus valley from the end of the road.

Above the oasis
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