Experience The Tranquil Wadis of Huqum Hoqum

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03 Jan 2019 Posted By Y Magazine

Overview

Shaquel al Balushi resolves to keep on track and clicking away at locations to light up the most jaded of lenses.

New Year poses a lot of significant questions but one that often lingers in my mind is how to find a location that is sufficiently tranquil, desolate or different.

Call me superstitious but I believe in setting the tone for the year ahead right from the very first day.

Thus, it was a no-brainer this week for me to head to Huqum – one of the most tranquil spots I have seen, if a bit mysteriously abandoned. It lies just a few kilometres away from my hometown in Al Amerat.

Given that it is a mere 30 minutes’ drive away from my home, I headed there for a spot of rest and recuperation – something that has been missing from my routine for a while.

The drive to Huqum is as straightforward as it gets. Those wishing to enter should head to Al Amerat and continue onwards for about 22km. Then, you should see a signboard that points towards Huqum.

What lies ahead is a sandy path so those looking to head there should be armed with an SUV at the very least. Even so, cars can circumnavigate the locale without too much hassle.

Unperturbed by the sandy and rocky terrain, I dived straight in.

From the entry point, it’s a stout 8km drive through a narrow but safe path to head to the heart of the wadi, and a few more steps to the secluded village.

But, at no point did I feel claustrophobic, as the sky – especially the one I came across on the day – was as clear as it could get.

A few minutes later, I reached the foothills of the mountains and set up camp for the morning.

Call me crazy, but I think Huqum is one of those spots that comes alive every winter. From the cold breeze circulating through the tall peaks to the smell of green grass and fresh flora in the wadi, there’s much for one to experience.

And armed with my Nikon cameras, I decided to climb the mountain as much as I could for a few aerial shots. Perhaps it’s one of those areas that could make do with a drone camera of some kind.

Nevertheless, that was not to be in my case. So, all I could do was climb – and ascend as far up as I could to catch a glimpse of the village in the horizon.

There, using a zoom lens, I clicked many photos of the houses and the mosque.

Incidentally, the latter also turned out to be my most favourite click: finished in an almost rustic manner, with elements that are normally visible in ancient mosques from other eras; the local holy ground definitely stands out when compared with the otherwise mundane-looking houses.

Huqum’s greatest asset is the sheer size of the wadi and its seclusion from the public. The grounds have a great potential to become one of the best spots for campers and trekkers looking to scale the mountain.

Untouched lands with favourable temperatures and flat grounds (save for the odd electric pole delivering power to the village): experts will assure you that it’s the dream location for a camp-out. And by all accounts, Huqum fits the bill.


How to get there?


If you are travelling from Muscat, head to Al Amerat, and keep following the road that leads to the heart of the suburb. Roughly 22km into your journey, you will see a board that points towards Huqum. Follow the road until you hit the gravel road.

GPS Coordinates: N23°20’42.4”; E58°23’03.9”

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Location

Hoqum
Length:
Difficulty: Medium
Dist. from Muscat: 83kms


GPS Location

N23°20’42.4”; E58°23’03.9”


Known For

Adventure, Family Tour, Off road


TRAVEL GUIDE

If you are travelling from Muscat, head to Al Amerat, and keep following the road that leads to the heart of the suburb. Roughly 22km into your journey, you will see a board that points towards Huqum. Follow the road until you hit the gravel road.


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