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Trip to al Ghawr

At the very end of the valley wadi Sahtan

Petr Liška
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Trip to al Ghawr
Inserted: 03.10.2018
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The vast Wadi Sahtan Valley lies directly north of the majestic Jebel Sham Ridge. Newly, a nice asphalt road leads through it, which you can reach almost within reach of the mountains. The road ends at the village of al Ghawr, which is worth visiting, including its surroundings. A nice oasis awaits you here and views of the vertical rock walls exceeding you by almost 1500 meters

Sunrise over the mountains

We slept on a small plot near the penultimate village in this side valley, so we had such a view practically directly from the car. The asphalt is completely fresh here, the remains of the construction can still be seen everywhere. On the horizon is the destination of our walk, the village of al Ghawr

Sunrise over the mountains
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The starting point of the walk

From the sleeping area we drive another kilometer to a small parking lot just a few tens of meters before the beginning of the village

The starting point of the walk
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Oasis Al Ghawr

You walk a few meters beyond the end of the road and you are in an oasis. Working with highly scarce water is amazing here. The system of canals and small dams distributes water over small terraced fields.

Oasis Al Ghawr
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Omani mountain development

The small houses glued to the rock are really picturesque

Omani mountain development
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Ascent to the village

Our first goal is to climb to the very top of the village – although on this walk it is more true that the road itself is the goal, the surrounding landscape is really amazing

Ascent to the village
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View of the wadi Sahtan valley

There is a nice view of the valley from the village, but you can't go much further from there.

View of the wadi Sahtan valley
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Valley below the village

The village is built directly above a small valley. We go to it, maybe we get through it to another village

Valley below the village
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A short journey through the gorge
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A short journey through the gorge

We give way along the gorge after a few tens of meters, we would have to overcome a number of huge boulders blocking the way

Gecko

In the gorge we meet a gecko basking on a rock

Gecko
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Road along the irrigation canal

Already in the village we noticed that an irrigation canal leads above the gorge, so we climb up to it and make a third small exploration expedition here.

Road along the irrigation canal
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March along the irrigation canal

The path along the irrigation canal is probably the most interesting part of this walk, but also the most adrenaline-fueling. The canal winds really high above the ground, a fall would probably be fatal

March along the irrigation canal
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Swimming pool
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Swimming pool

Our journey ends at the swimming pool, where there is a super refreshment after the previous walk around. Unfortunately, the way forward is quite impossible. So even the third attempt to get to the next village failed

Views of the mountain peaks

The north side of the mountains is really great. It would be worth spending more time in this area

Views of the mountain peaks
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Return

We return the same way, it was a nice morning

Return
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