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Wakan Village

Oct 24, 2013 by     73 Comments    Posted under: Al Batinah, Mountain, Outdoors, Village

Wakan Village (10)

Located 2,000 meters above sea level and in the Western Hajar Mountains is Wakan, a tiny mountain village with beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the surrounding mountains above and Wadi Mistal below. Wakan village is officially part of Wilayt Nakhal in the South Batinah Governorate, although its located right in the boarder with Al Dakhiliyah Governorate through Al Hajar mountain range.

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Looking at Wadi Mistal from the Viewing Platform

Looking at Wadi Mistal from the Viewing Platform

A viewing platform is the first sight that greets you as soon as you enter the village. It offers spectacular views of Wadi Mistal and the surrounding mountains. There is also a visitorsย information center building which is still not opened. From there you can exploring this beautiful village by foot. There are a couple of hiking tracks that start at the village, and they are marked by the familiar yellow, green and red flag that mark most hiking tracks in Oman.

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The track that goes through the village is the easiest and most accessible, compromising 700 steps across the terraced gardens and along a falaj stream ending at the watch tower at the top of the village. The walk takes less than 30 minutes in one direction with several observation points and rest stops. There is also a track that connects Wakan to Al Jabal Al Akhdar in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate that is a several hours hike in one direction, which we didn’t get the chance to try!

Wakan Village (9)

The inhabitants of Wakan rely on farming and agriculture for their livelihood and the first thing you will notice once you reach Wakan is the beautiful terraced gardens which are used to cultivate pomegranates, apricots, grapes and other produce. Depending on the season, you may have the experience of seeing beautiful apricot flowers in full bloom and the butterflies feeding on them. However, please should remember not to pick any fruits and vegetables as the villagers depend on them for their livelihood.

Wakan Village (6) Wakan Village (7) Wakan Village (8)

Please also note that you should stick with the designated path when exploring the village and its surroundings, as the tracks pass through villagers homes and their privacy should be respected.

Places To Stay

Only villagers live up in Wakan and we doubt there are any guesthouses/hostels in the tiny village! Best to go there on a day trip while also exploring Nakhal/Al Rustaq area!

How To Get There

Wakan is about 150 kms from Muscat, and can be reached from Nakhal by taking the turn to Wadi Mistal on the Nakhal-Awabi road. The paved road continues for a few kilometers before turning to graded road, although an extension of the paved road is almost complete and should be opened soon. The graded road leads up to Al Ghubrah Bowl, which also contains signs to the various villages in the area. From here Wakan village can be seen high up in the mountains. The path to Wakan is on a narrow and steep mountainous road and should only be attempted in a 4WD car.


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Wakan Village seen as you drive through Al Ghubra Bowl

Wakan Village seen as you drive through Al Ghubrah Bowl

We really loved Wakan and thought it is a wonderful place to visit, that makes you wonder for a second if you’re still in Oman! The weather is great, and can probably get quite cold (relatively speaking of course) during winters. We would love to go again to do some proper hiking in the mountain paths as we are sure they are amazing, and we heard its possible to even camp up there!
Have you visited Wakan Village? What did you think of it?

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  • Man your photos are amazing! Remarkable!

    • Thanks! Glad you like them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Believe me, it DOES get quite cold. I spent a night there with the family of one of my former students and I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold in Oman. Granted, it was wintertime, but I nearly froze. But loved every minute of this remarkably beautiful village and its lovely inhabitants!

    • That is amazing, the village must have a really unique feeling in winter. We would love to try camping there during winter sometime, just for the chills ๐Ÿ˜€

  • After reading your article, I went there yesterday with a friend of mine … I was so happy to see such a beautiful village, super friendly people and fascinating sceneries … Thanks a lot for sharing such great places with us, very pleased to see the hidden gems of Oman through your blog. Keep up the good work.

    • Very glad you enjoyed the visit Abdalla, and thank you so much for the support ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope to write about few other beautiful places we visited soon!

  • this article is really great.. pictures are awesome… nice post… just want to ask… if it is possible to camp there the night before trekking to the higher ground in the next morning? if we could pitch our tent somwhere in wakan village and spend the night. thanks a lot. cheers!

    • Hi Sherwin, I don’t think there are good camping spots in the village itself; however, I have heard of people camping just after the walking path going further up. I haven’t personally gone beyond the walking path during my visit, but its certainly worth exploring. Just remember you will have to carry all your stuff with you as it is not vehicle accessible ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hi. Thanks for this post about your trip in Wakan. You mentioned that Wakan Village is 2000m above sea level. this altitude is almost the same as that of Jebel Akhdar. How is the driving going up Wakan Village…is it similar way like that of Jebel Akhdar? Are the roads very steep or just gradual change in elevation? Im planning to visit the place in the near future…because the way you described it here in your post is that it is an amazing place. Looking forward to hear from you…

    • Hey Ric.
      I am glad you liked the post and I hope you find the information useful.
      In my opinion it is more difficult to drive to Wakan compared to Jabal Akhdar. This is mostly because the road is graded and very narrow. I can’t really tell how tdoes it compare to Jabal Akhdar in terms of steepness, I remember only the last stretch of the road getting quite steep. Either way you shouldn’t have a problem as long as you take a 4×4 ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ali

  • Dear Ali,
    Thanks for the wonderful article,, we don’t have proper 4*4, but we have AWD vehicles,, Honda CRV and Kia Sportage (no high and low ratio gears). Can we still go or do we need to have proper 4 wheel like Prado or Pajero ?

    Thanks,
    Deepak.

    • Hi Deepak,

      Thank you, glad you like the article. I think an AWD can probably make it through to Wakan village, depending on how comfortable you are with taking your car there and pushing its limits. The reason you need a 4WD is that the road is really steep and you might have to go through some uneven gravel roads. I would personally not take an AWD car there, and if I have to I’d make sure to go with a group that at least has one 4WD drive just in case.

      Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ali

  • Do we require a four wheeler to get to this place? And man your photos are awesome!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Check my response to Deepak above ๐Ÿ™‚

      And thanks, I was very lucky to have amazing clouds during my visit ๐Ÿ™‚

    • definetly you will need 4×4 car, the road to the village is very narrow and dangourers

  • Really a beautiful place. Out of this world. Thank u very much.

  • Hello!

    I’m planning to visit Wakan Village as part of a day trip at the end of the month driving from Muscat. What other spots can I conveniently get to either by driving or walking to combine with Wakan Village? Jabal Shams? or Wadi Abyadh? Is there a suggested order to do this? Ideally I’d set off early in the morning and head back to Muscat by the time the sun comes down.

    • Hi Usama,

      It really depends on how much time you’re planning to spend in Wakan. But you are most likely able to combine it with a trip to Nakhal and/or Rustaq. And if you really want to cramp lots of stuff in one day, maybe you can even drive through Wadi Bani Awf as well.

      My recommendation would be to get to Wakan nice and early, and take your time exploring the village. If you find you still have time once you left Wakan, you can head to Nakhal or Rustaq and see some of the forts/hot springs there, or if you prefer a wadi go to to Wadi Al Abyad.

      Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ali

  • Hello,
    I would like to know when the exact season time to visit here. Last December I visited here but unfortunately was not able to see any fruits because it was autumn season there.

    • Hi Shiju,

      We went there in April in our visit and that’s when they had apricots and pomegranates. I’d say somewhere between Feb-March as it will be ‘spring’ there is probably the best time to visit.

      Ali

  • Hi, I love your pictures. I came here last year exactly the same as your picture. My kids looked from the viewing platform over Wadi Mistal. It was during April and the weather was cool. The views were unbelievable and we were invited to come into one of the villager’s houses in Wakan village because it was raining inside. Lovely Omani hospitality. Such delightful people. We brought lots of sweets with us and the kids came running from the houses. It was a lot of fun! I recommend this day-trip for anywhere in the Muscat area. Only 2 hours drive.

    • Glad to hear you had a great time, and you are most welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great review, I’m taking a bunch of us up there in two weeks to do the W25,24a & 24b trail. (Going to be a long day walking!) Can I ask is it possible to camp somewhere around Wukan? We can base out of Hadash if there are better prospects there? Many thanks for any info.

    • You’re most welcome. Unfortunately, I haven’t camped there myself so can’t really tell. I understood from some friends that its possible to camp somewhere off the trekking path once you’ve passed the village, but not sure where it is. I know that another of my friends camped at Hadash the times he went there. Sorry can’t be of much help, and hope you have a fantastic time there!

    • Great to hear you planning to do the W25,24a & 24b trail. I’m planning to do it next April. I’d appreciate your feedback on the hike – eg. level of difficulty, trail times, route finding. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the info alimsk, turns out the trip got delayed so I’ll be able to do a recce this weekend before taking everyone up there in two weeks.

  • Sounds good, good luck with that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is my village I hope every one to visit my village your brother Yaqoob ALarafati

    • As Salaam Aleikum Yaqoob.
      I am excited to visit this place and hopefully i will do sooon!

    • Hi , I’ve read in a web site that it’s only 3.5 hours of day time in your place , is that true ? Thanks

  • Hi,
    Can we go to Wakan with kids and babies?

    • Hi Adil,

      Yes! Its a nice village to walk around and the terrace walk through the gardens is suitable for kids (with supervisor) – keep in mind there are plenty of stairs so strollers might be an issue.

      Best,
      Ali

      • Hi saw all the reviews and I m really excited to visit the place can u tell me if august is a good time to visit here…?

  • very Nice blog just found out as i was looking around For Some info. on Al Wakan Village.
    must say pictures taken of all the other places including al Wakan is amazing.

    • Thanks Samira, glad you find it useful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I visited this place last 2days and it was fantastic. the road now reaches near the village however you need a 4×4(must). there allots of place to visit in Oman.

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  • I stay in Muscat city and I’m planning to visit Waken village, can anybody pls. answer, as of 4th Feb 2015, up to what distance black top road is open for travelling and how much distance do i have to travel off-road to reach Waken village.

    • I hope you get someone answering your question, I will keep this in mind next time if I visit Wakan.

    • Hi, After reviewing your blog I planned a trip to this Wakan village in these EID holidays. Unfortunately or should I say fortunately I couldn’t arrange a four wheeler. So myself and my friends decided to park our car at the end of the proper road and dared to climb the steep road. Believe it or not it was one of the toughest walk of my life..Halfway through the walk we thought of giving up but the people who returned, gave enough water and snacks to keep our hopes raised. When we reached the top we feel like we have achieved an accomplishment which we will keep in our hearts all through our life. The Village was beautiful .It was worth the effort we put in. And The people are so friendly. At the Wakan village there is only one shop a small one but we have to appreciate his friendly and Kind nature. All through the village the Omanis are very friendly and Kind. After finishing our tour we thought to get a lift to reach the bottom. But the heavens have other plans. There was heavy rain so we took shelter in the shop. The cloud and the cool breeze with tiny water falls changed our mind to have another walk down the road. That walk was such a pleasant surprise for us with cool climate and breeze that make our walk even more sweet.So If anyone don’t have a four wheeler don’t drop your plans You might have something to achieve at the Unexplored beautiful Wakan village…….

  • I plan to visit Wakan Village this week with some of my friends. I have only 2WD car and most of my friends have 4WD car. My friends said you may go with 2WD car and park your car once reaching the mountain and go up with their 4WD car but I a little bit doubt regarding there will be safe parking area before the mountain where I can park my car safely. Please advise so I can plan my travelling well.

    • Hi Dian,
      Honestly, I haven’t been to Wakan for a while now so I can’t tell if the road has changed from before. There are certainly spots you can leave your car before the steep ascent up to the village, I wouldn’t say there are designated parking spots, but you might be OK leaving it at the side of the road – after all its Oman and it would be extraordinary and unheard of to have your car broken-into! Still, if you’re worried about it I’d suggest you try to get a ride with your friends from the start ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best,
      Ali

  • Hi. My wife, daughters and I visited Wakan a few years ago now when it was quite quiet and there seemed to be very few visitors. It seemed very remote indeed at that time (even by Omani standards) and not too easy to get to, as one had to have a 4WD vehicle to cross the Ghubra Bowl and access the far village by a quite hairy, cliff-hanging, one way track / road. Quite a relief to not meet another speeding vehicle on the way along that narrow road. The locals were very welcoming (I hope they have not become tired of tourists by now).
    We purchased the complete stock of crisps/potato chips from the smallest shop in the Sultanate (run by a ten year old boy) as we were so hungry. The walk up the tracks were wonderful and there appeared to be an empty accomodation building half way up but not sure if it got used or what facilities were on site. Several men insisted we go to their various houses for coffee/dates and it was difficult to choose where to go and hard as anything to turn them down but I didn’t want to take on that road in the dark.
    We have extremely special memories of that place. Be sure not to take anything but photos and leave nothing but ur footprints, sweat and treats for all the children who shout “How are ewu?” (as everywhere in Oman). Such a teriffic country and people. Must research the geology of the Ghubra Bowl. M

    • Kia Ora Michael,

      Thank you for sharing your story about your visit to Wakan Village, I’m very glad you and your family had a nice time. It is definitely a fantastic place to visit, whether you like to see a bit of the local culture or see beautiful scenery.

      Best,
      Ali

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  • I am from Iran. Oman is beautiful country and I would like to visit it. This picture is very wonderful.
    thanks for your picture

    • I heard in the summer,day time is very short in wakan ,i heard the sunrise is at 11:00am ,and the sunset is at 14:30
      According to geography it is not right ,
      But i want to be sure
      Have u seen that in wakan?

      • Hi Nadi,

        That is not true, the sunrise and sunset time in Wakan village is similar to what is in Jabal AKhdar and Nakhal areas, and nothing like 3 hours of daylight like some sites have claimed recently. It is more like 5:25 am sunrise and 7:00 pm sunset.

        Best,
        Ali

    • Thank you Edris, glad you liked them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • omg its like heaven. so beautiful. the pictures are on point. wish i could visit

    • Thank you khairun, I hope you manage to visit Wakan soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi alimsk,

    Can u please confirm the sun rise and sun set timmings over wadi Al Wedan,
    As i have heared some stories that sun rises by 11am and sets by 2:30 pm, is it true? Wht is the average sunlight time I can have over there?

    Waiting for ur reply out of ur experience.

    Thank you

    • Hi Aftaab,

      Although I haven’t been there recently, I can confirm that the reported the sunrise and sunset time in Wakan village reported recently by some websites it not true. The place sees similar day light hours to nearby areas in Jabal AKhdar and Nakhal, somewhere around 5:25 am sunrise and 7:00 pm sunset.

      Best,
      Ali

  • Please confirm about the sun rises and sets in 4 hours

    • That is not correct fahim, sunrise and sunset times are comparable to nearby areas, and daylight hours are certainly not only 4 hours.

  • Does this village has the smallest Fast time?

    • No Rukhsana, sunrise and sunset times are comparable to nearby areas, around 5:25am sunrise to 7:00pm sunset ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wao..such a nice place where day is of only 3to 4 hours ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Haha if only that was true Abdul Rehman ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bud wonderful job, much appreciated. I have been in this country for more than 30 years and have visited almost all places but never heard of Wekan. Thanks to you, oh yeah and the pictures and comments were really beautiful and helpful. great stuff keep showing us the hidden treasures of this most beautiful country that we all love and call the Sultanate of Oman.
    God bless the country and its citizens. u guys are amazing.

    • Hi Suresh,

      Thank you for the kind words, I certainly hope you get to visit Wakan some time. It is an amazing place.

      Best regards,
      Ali

  • Amazing place of the world….Masha Allah…..

    Wakan temparature?

    Day timing length and night timing length plz

    • Hi Mumthaz,

      I haven’t been there at this time of the year but temperatures should be comparable to Jabal Akhdar, so probably in the mid-to-late 20s Celsius. Nice enough to visit in the summer for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

      As for daylight hours, it is probably 5:25 am sunrise and 7:00 pm sunset.

      Best,
      Ali

  • iI would like to ask please when the sun rise time and the sunset time in Wakan please

    • Hi bakir,

      Sunrise is probably 5:25 am and sunset 7:00 pm, similar to nearby areas ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best,
      Ali

  • Hi,

    We are planning on ongoing to wakan village for Eid holidays.
    Can anyone tell me if camping is allowed or if there are any small hotels or cottages there ?

  • Hai..i am ubaithullah working in muscat.i wanna go to wakan…but i dont have vehicle…shall u please add me at part of your journey…

  • Hi Bro. Thanks for expressing your trip in details. I would like to ask from you that I have KIA Sportage (4WD), however its manual gears are not working and only 4WD is working fine, can I be able to reach the Wakan by my car?

  • Which month is the best to visit Wakan Village

  • Has any one taken AWD like CRV or Sportage there. It will be helpful to know.

    • Hi Syed,

      I believe you should be fine going with an AWD, it just depends on how comfortable you are driving your car up a windy and narrow gravel road as there might be spots where you may hit the bottom if the car is not high enough.

      Hope that helps.
      Ali

  • Hi Ali..excellent snaps brother..

    As I have been visited Wakan during August with my friends and we had enjoyed the view of grapes cultivation..Now I am planning to visit Wakan with my family with small kids. So is it worth to visit Wakan during 2nd week of this December ?.

    • Thanks Fiyaz!

      Depends on what you see I guess, but I think it is worth visiting Wakan any time of the year. I was there a couple of weeks ago, and even though there weren’t any signs of cultivation it was still great to be there especially with the wonderful weather ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best,
      Ali

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