Jebel Akhdar is a huge limestone massif, literally (and somewhat bizarrely given its rocky terrain) meaning ‘Green Mountain’. It is the centrepiece of the Saiq Plateau in the Al Hajar range and one of the highest points in Oman. It is also an area easily accessible to visitors, being around 150km from Muscat and 90km north of Nizwa. The views around Jebel Akhdar are magnificent and the trekking possibilities are limitless, with many ancient villages, deep gorges and craggy peaks to explore. The region is also known for its agriculture, with many locals growing pomegranates, walnuts, grapes and pears and in April every year there is a harvest of damask roses around the mountain which are then distilled to produce some of the finest rose water in the world.

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