Trekking in the old village of Misfat Al Abriyeen

Trekking in the old village of Misfat Al Abriyeen
earth-toned and mudbrick houses built on steep mountain slope.

earth-toned and mudbrick houses built on steep mountain slope.

November 29, 2012 – After we descend from Jabal Shams, we wander around in an ancient village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. The place sits on a mountain of Al Hamra in Dhakilayah Region, a thousand meters above sea level.

 

a flag-like design is a guide along the trekking trail

a flag-like design is a guide along the trekking trail

Local villagers excavated rocks to build their homes at the mountain top while flattened the slope into terraces to cultivate their farm. They use the water from a pool and build falaj or water channels to irrigate their crops.

The government put up an information center for tourists who come around. but sadly it was closed when we get there.

The government put up an information center for tourists who come around. but sadly it was closed when we get there.

info board and trekking map

info board and trekking map

little cottages for everyone to use for picnic or simply a comfort and shade from the sun

little cottages for everyone to use for picnic or simply a comfort and shade from the sun

a house sits on top of a huge massive rock

a house sits on top of a huge massive rock

Inside the village, are narrow winding alleyways between ochre-colored stone buildings that are still inhabited until today. It is believe that some of the houses are around 200 years old.

window of old buildings

window of old buildings

 the entrance to the village's interior and towards the farm


the entrance to the village’s interior and towards the farm

seems like medieval French houses

seems like medieval French houses

old pathways

old pathways

a narrow path to the farmland

a narrow path to the farmland

winding alleyways

winding alleyways

our little kids inside the old village..aren't they look so cutee and lovely??

our little kids inside the old village..aren’t they look so cutee and lovely??

We follow a well-charted “walking path” along the rim up to the hilltop of the other side of the gorge where we find green oasis of plants and crops.

 The water from this fountain is freezing cold and a great relief for thirst and sweltering heat from a day's hike.


The water from this fountain is freezing cold and a great relief for thirst and sweltering heat from a day’s hike.

going down to the farm at the rim of the gorge

going down to the farm at the rim of the gorge

the mountain hikers..little ones and big ones

the mountain hikers..little ones and big ones

Bait As Saffah - a house on the flat rock

Bait As Saffah – a house on the flat rock

an oasis on the side of a barren mountain

an oasis on the side of a barren mountain

a beautiful sight indeed!

a beautiful sight indeed!

the little baby believe to have followed the correct path with the help of this trekking sign.

the little baby believe to have followed the correct path with the help of this trekking sign.

pose for a while

pose for a while

below is the river flowing.

below is the river flowing.

It was blazing hot a noontime and we retreat after seeing the two watchtowers, believe to be the final stop of the hike.

Jesse and Gerry doing an action stunt on this amazing rock formation

Jesse and Gerry doing an action stunt on this amazing rock formation

one of the watchtowers

one of the watchtowers

finally decide to return back

finally decide to return back

For us, this is another discovery in one of Oman’s rich historical landmarks.

See you next time.

LOVE,
Riah – The Blissful Wife and Mom

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