Al Jabal Al Akhdar

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Wings of Oman takes a look at the Sultanate of Oman’s much-loved Al Jabal Al Akhdar mountain – a destination of choice for those seeking adventure, magnificent mountain scenery, or simply a sanctuary of solitude where you can fill your lungs with cool, crisp mountain air…

The great mountains of the world have forever been revered by the communities and cultures living below them. They have been a source of inspiration for heroic adventure, a seat of spirituality, a birthplace of myths and legends since ancient times, and they continue to provide energy, water, food, shelter and medicine for people and cultures all around the globe.

Modern day travellers are also increasingly ascending into the mountain heights to experience adventure, to take spectacular photographs, and to spend time in what are a growing number of luxurious mountain retreats perched on and around the world’s peaks.

In Oman, Al Jabal Al Akhdar is one such mountain. The access roads leading up to this great mountain’s around 3,000 metre heights are the gateways to adventure, to Oman’s rich mountain folklore, to magnificent panoramic views, and to a world of floral and wildlife wonders.

Most importantly, Al Jabal Al Akhdar simply provides a sanctuary of solitude where you and your family and friends can fill your lungs with cool, crisp mountain air while letting any thoughts of the daily grind of city life gradually drift away.

Action and adventure…

Al Jabal Al Akhdar is where you can come get the heart racing and adrenalin pumping with adventures like rock climbing and abseiling, or while doing a cliffhanging via ferrata tour with guides from one of the mountain’s resorts. There are also numerous trekking routes on offer, which take you through ancient mountain villages, caves and canyons, and to explore the mountain’s fascinating flora and fauna. In the evening, after the day’s adventures, you can gaze up at the crystal clear night skies above Al Jabal Al Akhdar that become brilliantly lit up with stars.

Fruits and flowers…

The micro climate around Al Jabal Al Akhdar makes it an ideal location for cultivating many types of fruits – a tradition that has been continued by the local villagers here for many generations. The mountain is especially renowned for its groves of pomegranates and the giant, juicy fruit that they produce in late summer. Each year, from mid-March until mid-May, the village terraces on Al Jabal Al Akhdar also come alive with colour, and the aroma of what are thousands upon thousands of pink Damask rosebuds bursting into bloom. These are harvested and used to make a very special variety of rosewater, using traditional distillation processes.

5 Star mountain luxury…

In recent years, Al Jabal Al Akhdar has also become a hot spot for those in search of luxury. Establishments like Alila Jabal Akhdar and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar – both perched high on the mountain, and on the edge of the Al Hajar range’s Grand Canyon – present guests with award-winning 5 Star luxury.

Cooler climes…

Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s micro climate ensures that during summer, you can enjoy blissfully cool temperatures and even occasional afternoon showers here during the hot summer months. This is a welcome escape from the heat experienced in Muscat and throughout much of the country during this time.

Online Info! The base of Al Jabal Al Akhdar is around a two-hour drive from Muscat International Airport. While the lower slopes can be explored in a sedan, visitors will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the mountain’s upper regions (via the Royal Oman Police check-points). For more on Oman’s mountain regions, visit www.omantourism.gov.om

In search of a luxurious 5 Star mountain retreat? Don’t miss out on Alila Jabal Akhdar (www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar) or Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort (www.anantara.com/jabal-akhdar)

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