Jebel Akhdar signifies “Green Mountain”, and its complete zone smaller than a separate mountain, and an extraordinary limestone massif centered on the Saiq Plateau (Oman’s most fertile region) is 2,000 m above ocean level. This region lies in the northern section of the Hajar Mountains, the temperature is very cool and rainfall is high while compared to other countries. Hence this weather remains perfect for the growth of wealthy agriculture, bushes, and trees.
Peaches (Prunus persica), pomegranates (Punica granatum), apricots (Prunus armeniaca), walnuts, saffron, the Damask roses of this region make the air as perfume and it is used for Omani rose water making. Hence this place is restricted for military use. You don’t need to get a permit to reach the top through a 4×4 vehicle. You will watch the scene of huge drop-offs, olden villages steeped into the mountainside, and extensive views of the valley underneath.
Jebel Akhdar is a part of the Al Hajar Mountain range in Oman; Jabal Shams is its highest point which is around 3000 m high. Jebel Akhdar extends about 50 -100 km from the Gulf of Oman coast and about 300 km from northwest to southeast of inland. It is a deserted range, but at high altitudes, it gets nearly 300mm (12 in) of rainfall annually, which is moist enough to allow the growth of shrubs, trees and carry agriculture. Cool summers provide the visitor with fresh air enclosed by wonderful stones. A walk through the terraced fields beside the narrow walls of the aflaj is indeed an experience never to be forgotten. An amazing perspective over the encompassing mountains opens up before you, giving you a helpful understanding of the life of the individuals in this detached region.
Activities in this region:
Visit to Nizwa Fort and Nizwa Souk
Exploring Jabreen Castle
Hiking in Hajar Mountains
Roaming around the orchards