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Trekking in the Oman Mountains

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I packed my down coat rather skeptically – but on day 3 of my Oman hiking trip I found myself eagerly unpacking it and putting it on – in addition to my gloves! When you think of the Middle East – you probably don’t think of mountain ranges and freezing temperatures. However it was the mountain ranges of Oman that I found the most fascinating part of my travels . The Al Hajar mountain range located in the Northeast of Oman serve not only as the agricultural hub for the country, but historically it was the geographic barrier that kept Oman free from invasions. Historically this region is also where some of the largest battles were fought in Oman’s quest for unity. Today the government has thrown large investment into the development of this area especially in the area of road construction. The road we took up into the mountains was new and spectacularly created – full of hairpin turns and steep climbs – this was not for the carsickness prone!

For me, the Al Hajar range served as my playground for 4 days of my Oman mountain trekking tour, as well as a photographic muse. We hiked in the warm temperatures during the day around Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams, and then would set up camp and prepare for the temps to drop to freezing as the sun went down. Most of the hikes do require a guide and you will also need a 4×4 to get to many of these locations.

Read more about Sherry's trip on Ottsworld.

Written by  Sherry Ott.

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