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Clambering through an old Omani village

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Hanging onto Jebel Akhdar,  Oman,  December 2018

If you gaze down from the heights of 4-wheel drive up Jebel Akhdar, you’ll spot several old villages clinging tightly to the mountain side.  This one is in a good spot for mad visitors to go and scramble around the old clay brick buildings.

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This guide was sitting on the wall of the small car park, waiting for his visitors to return. To the left of him, there’s a long flight of stairs down into the valley, and a pretty easy walk along the bed of the wadi.

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Just watch out for the rocks underfoot that will gain great pleasure if you spend more time looking at the houses above rather than paying attention to foot placement.

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Eventually, you come to a somewhat hidden path that will allow you to clamber up into the village. There are even a few green arrows to encourage your climb.

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Most of the village looks uninhabited, but every now and there there is a hint that local life continues here. Colourful doorways, rugged steps and some solid wood beams suggest inhabitation, as does the small mosque.

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Nosiness satisfied, I now concentrated on protecting my cameras from hazardous bumps against rock, as I guided my vertigo-ridden head and clumsy feet back down the uneven steps and over random boulders.

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The final climb back up the flight of stairs to the car park was an easy challenge after that, and a refilled bottle of water was my prize.

Plus my photos.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 14 January 2019

Posted as part of Monday Walks

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