Wakan Village: A Trip To Oman’s Greenest Village Anywhere

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10 Feb 2019 Posted By Y Magazine

Overview

Shaquel al Balushi treads carefully when passing on insider tips about one of the Sultanate’s most scenic spots – Wakan Village.

Every so often, we are told to be careful what we wish for in case the reality fails to measure up to the fantasy.

This can be the case for tourists visiting Oman. Years of dreaming about taking a journey packed with trips to wadis and beaches can be shattered by one simple, adverse experience.

This is why I make sure to show anyone visiting the Sultanate around the Wakan village.

It’s a sure-shot locale that never fails to evoke a feeling of patriotism, owing to its century-old roots and heritage.

And I have never returned with my relatives or friends feeling deflated after a camping trip to the Wakan Village.

This was probably why I went to the heart of this ancient village last week during a visit to the outskirts with my cousin and friend (Hitman).

Wakan village is just two hours-or-less drive away from Muscat. It’s a straightforward hop for the most part; one that will take you through the cultural hub of Oman, Nakhal. Perhaps it would be wise to blend your Wakan trip with a quick nip to the Nakhal Fort, too.

Once you’ve reached the foothills, though, it’s time for you to ditch your vehicle and proceed on foot. Be prepared to take on the environment, for nothing comes easy at Wakan.

Sure, you’ve seen the stunning photos of Wakan from the top of Jebel Akhdar, which showcases the pristine lands of Wakan untouched by outside forces.

But you’ll have to scale several tens of metres up the mountain to reach the spot for that textbook Wakan photo – the mountains in the background and the village standing out from amid the scenery.

I find myself going at least twice or three times a year.

With two companions joining me this time around, I made sure we went right up to the top – even if it meant coping with our our poor stamina as we made our way to the top, one step at a time.

Once there, however, you’re in for a treat.

Everything from the air to the view is beyond one’s wildest imaginations. Just the thought of how man could scale mountains with rocks and build a whole village is beyond me.

And while I could have simply approached the inhabitants of the village for the full story, I demurred and left it for another day.

The less you know about Wakan village, the better you can experience it as its mystic aura is truly enchanting.

From the people of the land that will wave and smile as you pass them by to the sheer simplicity of the mud and rock houses up on the mountain, there’s much you can experience about Oman from this region.

Wakan is also reckoned to be the hometown of figs in the country, with several farmers harvesting hundreds of kilos of the fruit in the months leading up to summer.

In fact, the figs are so popular in India, Pakistan and even parts of Europe that you now have tourists going there simply on the pretext of packing some to take home.

Therefore, it’s unsurprising that Wakan village has turned into the top attraction in the country; with several tourists trekking up the mountains to check out this ancient village.

That said, I hope that all of this attention won’t hamper the rustic feel of this locale that gives it its signature aura.


How to get there?


Take Route 1 towards Barka and exit at the turn off for Route 13. Pass through Nakhal, and the turn for Wakan will be on your right approximately 13km down the road. Once you get close to Wakan you will need a 4×4 because the path is treacherously steep with sharp curves.

GPS Location of Wakan: N23° 8’ 22.455”; E57° 44’ 7.08”

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Location

Anywhere
Length:
Difficulty: Hard
Dist. from Muscat: 133kms


GPS Location

N23° 8’ 22.455” E57° 44’ 7.08”


Known For

Adventure, Hiking, Historic landmark


TRAVEL GUIDE

Take Route 1 towards Barka and exit at the turn off for Route 13. Pass through Nakhal, and the turn for Wakan will be on your right approximately 13km down the road. Once you get close to Wakan you will need a 4×4 because the path is treacherously steep with sharp curves.


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