One of the few mountain villages accessible by 2WD on a paved road. The ancient village is in a beautiful setting, with terraced gardens and a falaj irrigation system. The ruined fort of ''Al Rogan'' overlooks the village, which is the starting point for the challenging '''W9''' trekking path, connecting with trails '''W8''' and '''W10h'''. Donkeys and guides are available for hire here as well.
Set right at the base of the mountains, this town is notable for a number of Yemeni-style mud-brick buildings, some of which are among the oldest houses in Oman. They are located in an older section of the town overlooking the newer town; in recent years many of the older houses have been abandoned as the inhabitants have chosen to move into more modern buildings.
At the mouth of the wadi are the photogenic ruins of Old Tanuf, which was bombed extensively by the British RAF during the Jebel Rebellion of 1954-1955. A 4WD track proceeds up the wadi past a recharge dam to the trailheads for '''W19''' and '''W19a''' (not waymarked), two excellent hikes through and above neighboring Wadi Qashah.
These unexcavated beehive tombs here are in much better condition than those at Bat, with the added dramatic backdrop of Jebel Misht and its 1000m-high cliffs. To access them, take the graded road to the left (just past the junction), and turn right and drive 100 m down the wadi. From here a footpath leads to the tombs.
A 2.7km-long living cave network with a large chamber of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a 800 m-long lake, home to a species of blind fish. There is also a geological museum onsite, as well as a cafe and gift shop. As of this writing (Oct 2013) the cave is closed to the public for maintenance.
Located in the northern foothills, this recently-restored fortress features four watch towers and dates to the 13th century. The complex includes a mosque and former prison as well as a falaj system, and has been nominated for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A restored fortress with a history dating to the pre-Islamic era, scenically situated on a rocky outcropping at the base of the northern Hajar Mountains. The fort houses a museum of historic guns.
The only accommodation available in the village, in a traditional Omani house with Omani cuisine cooked by local families. Arrangements for guides can be made here. No internet.
Three sites of prehistoric settlements and beehive tombs dating from the 3rd millennium BCE, collectively inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
This site was excavated in 1976 and includes communal graves, ruins of tower forts, and beehive tombs.
This dramatic mountain range has a wealth of attractions for the adventurous traveler, including trekking, rock climbing, canyoning, and off-road exploration. In addition to outdoor activities, there are numerous sights of historic, cultural, and geological interest. Temperatures in the higher elevations tend to be on average 10-15°C cooler than Muscat, and snow, although very rare, is not unknown. In summer the mountains offer a retreat for those looking to escape the heat baking the rest of Oman and the Arabian peninsula.