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
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.
info board and trekking map
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
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
the entrance to the village’s interior and towards the farm
seems like medieval French houses
a narrow path to the farmland
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.
going down to the farm at the rim of the gorge
the mountain hikers..little ones and big ones
Bait As Saffah – a house on the flat rock
an oasis on the side of a barren mountain
a beautiful sight indeed!
the little baby believe to have followed the correct path with the help of this trekking sign.
pose for a while
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
one of the watchtowers
finally decide to return back
For us, this is another discovery in one of Oman’s rich historical landmarks.
See you next time.
Riah – The Blissful Wife and Mom
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