Shaquel al Balushi takes a solo trip to a deserted spot of Wadi Lahloo and finds that, for him, solitude can mean splendid isolation.
I can only describe my Destinations with one word, which is ‘serene’. Serenity is the sensation I feel every Thursday before I start my adventure. This trip was different but no less enjoyable – a solo trip to Wadi Lahloo in Yiti.
I started off my morning at 4am. I packed my cooler with water, Mountain Dew and snacks. I made sure I had my hoodie with me as the weather is much cooler nowadays. That said, I started off my scenic one-and-a-half hour road trip to Yiti.
My Destinations have taught me that the beauty of Muscat is most palpable in the early mornings. As I was driving, the purple hues were seeping through, the sounds of trucks were whizzing by and I was pumping up my energy (playing Sia’s hit tracks) as I approached the Al Saleel signpost to Yiti.
Arriving at my destination meant an amazing off-road trip to the top hill. It’s an extra half-hour drive that exercises the strength and capabilities of drift enthusiasts and four-wheel-drive fanatics. I tested my Jeep’s endurance while being mindful of my own safety, and followed the winding pathway to the top of the hill.
Wadi Lahloo is a deserted site and there are barely any villages nearby. Most of the dishevelled homes have been abandoned as the houses were built at the foothills of the mountains. Nevertheless, the view was breathtaking. I saw camels, birds’ nests, donkeys, and other creatures in their daily habitat.
The landscape was a formation of high to low mountains that looked like a set from a wildlife action movie. The rocks were of a faded ochre with a glaring sheen that was the result of having been dispersed in water and dried over time.
This is a solemn destination. A traveller will discover peace both from within and the beauty of his surroundings. On a side note, my friends informed me that there is a tiny location in Yiti named Tunis. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it.
Wadi Lahloo is a fantastic destination to kick back, relax and experience a degree of human serenity
from within. My solo drive inspired me to find my inner peace as an explorer again as that is why I started my Destinations in the first place.
It’s about a 40-minute drive to Yiti from Muscat. From Sultan Qaboos Highway, take Al Bustan Road and then exit at the turn-off to Qantab. Follow the signs to Yiti.