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Ghul & Wadi Nakhr

ودي النخر
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Wadi Ghul with the modern village of Ghul on the right and the summit of Jabal Shams on the left
Wadi Ghul with the modern village of Ghul on the right and the summit of Jabal Shams on the left
The ruins of the old village of Ghul, abandoned in favor of the new village across the valley
The ruins of the old village of Ghul, abandoned in favor of the new village across the valley
Ruins of the old village of Ghul
Ruins of the old village of Ghul
Oasis of Ghul with the abandoned old village and the south rim of the Wadi An Nakhur Gorge
Oasis of Ghul with the abandoned old village and the south rim of the Wadi An Nakhur Gorge
Constructed of local stone, the ancient village blends into the mountainside
Constructed of local stone, the ancient village blends into the mountainside
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Fortifications of Ghul leading up to the ruins of the fortress
Fortifications of Ghul leading up to the ruins of the fortress
Wadi Ghul
Wadi Ghul
Panorama with Wadi Ghul, the ruins of the ancient village of Ghul and Jabal Shams
Panorama with Wadi Ghul, the ruins of the ancient village of Ghul and Jabal Shams
The new paved road runs above the wadi
The new paved road runs above the wadi
Driving in Wadi Ghul
Driving in Wadi Ghul
Wadi Ghul continues off to the left in front of the ruins while Wadi Al Nakhur leades deep into the mountain
Wadi Ghul continues off to the left in front of the ruins while Wadi Al Nakhur leades deep into the mountain
Watchtower, ruins of Ghul
Watchtower, ruins of Ghul
Watchtower, ruins of Ghul
Watchtower, ruins of Ghul
Driving up Wadi An Nakhur into the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Driving up Wadi An Nakhur into the "Grand Canyon of Arabia"
Driving up Wadi An Nakhur into the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Driving up Wadi An Nakhur into the "Grand Canyon of Arabia"
Oasis village of Al Hajir, 2 km into the gorge
Oasis village of Al Hajir, 2 km into the gorge
Date palm oasis, Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhur
Date palm oasis, Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhur
To get around a rockfall, the road climbs on the side of the valley before returning to the wadi floor
To get around a rockfall, the road climbs on the side of the valley before returning to the wadi floor
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Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
The road passes through a narrow section of Wadi An Nakhur
The road passes through a narrow section of Wadi An Nakhur
Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhur
Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhur
Watch tower, Al Hajir
Watch tower, Al Hajir
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Al Hajir
Al Hajir
Primitive stone building, Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhurl
Primitive stone building, Al Hajir, Wadi An Nakhurl
Irrigation falaj, Wadi An Nakhur
Irrigation falaj, Wadi An Nakhur
The loose gravel of the wadi floor make the driving unsuitable for non 4x4s
The loose gravel of the wadi floor make the driving unsuitable for non 4x4s
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ودي النخر
Tiny pool of water with, amazingly, small minnow-sized fish
Tiny pool of water with, amazingly, small minnow-sized fish
Wadi An Nakhur with steep cliffs both sides
Wadi An Nakhur with steep cliffs both sides
Deeper penetration into the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Deeper penetration into the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia, Jabal Shams
Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia, Jabal Shams
Overhanging cliffs offered ancient people shelter and protection
Overhanging cliffs offered ancient people shelter and protection
The remains of an ancient structure high on a cliff above Wadi An Nakhur
The remains of an ancient structure high on a cliff above Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
A cave, Wadi An Nakhur
A cave, Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur with the cliffs rising 1000m on either side
Wadi An Nakhur with the cliffs rising 1000m on either side
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ودي النخر
Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Wadi An Nakhul replaces Wadi Bih as the best drive I've found around the UAE and Oman
Wadi An Nakhul replaces Wadi Bih as the best drive I've found around the UAE and Oman
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi Nakhr
Wadi Nakhr
Pools of standing water, Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Pools of standing water, Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
The track passes through a wet section of Wadi An Nakhur
The track passes through a wet section of Wadi An Nakhur
Pool of water, Wadi An Nakhur
Pool of water, Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
A very narrow section of Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
A very narrow section of Wadi An Nakhur, the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Road leading 7km up Wadi An Nakhur
Road leading 7km up Wadi An Nakhur
1000m cliffs, Wadi An Nakhur
1000m cliffs, Wadi An Nakhur
Interesting rock formation, Wadi An Nakhur
Interesting rock formation, Wadi An Nakhur
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Another narrow section
Another narrow section
Looking up 1000m to where the clifftop viewpoints of Jabal Shams are
Looking up 1000m to where the clifftop viewpoints of Jabal Shams are
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Nearing the village of Nakhur, the valley opens up
Nearing the village of Nakhur, the valley opens up
Village of An Nakhur 7km through the narrow gorge deep within Jabal Shams
Village of An Nakhur 7km through the narrow gorge deep within Jabal Shams
Arriving at An Nakhur village
Arriving at An Nakhur village
Terraced cornfields, An Nakhur village
Terraced cornfields, An Nakhur village
An Nakhur village
An Nakhur village
A rare sight in the desert, water-thirsty ferns
A rare sight in the desert, water-thirsty ferns
There must be a spring in the cliff here to support the ferns
There must be a spring in the cliff here to support the ferns
Dirty Range Rover
Dirty Range Rover
Lush paradise, An Nakhur
Lush paradise, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
Stone hut, An Nakhur
An Nakhur, a village deep inside the Grand Canyon of Arabia
An Nakhur, a village deep inside the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Turnaround point at the end of the road in An Nakhur
Turnaround point at the end of the road in An Nakhur
The end of the road, An Nakhur
The end of the road, An Nakhur
Any further exploration is on foot
Any further exploration is on foot
An Nakhur
An Nakhur
Shady pavilion where the inhabitants of An Nakhur sell carpets to tourists who manage to make it this far
Shady pavilion where the inhabitants of An Nakhur sell carpets to tourists who manage to make it this far
Tempting, but no sale...carpets of the Jabal Shams region, Oman
Tempting, but no sale...carpets of the Jabal Shams region, Oman
The end of the road, An Nakhur
The end of the road, An Nakhur
An Nakhur village, Jabal Shams
An Nakhur village, Jabal Shams
An Nakhur village, Jabal Shams
An Nakhur village, Jabal Shams
Driving back through Wadi An Nakhur
Driving back through Wadi An Nakhur
An amazing drive...five stars
An amazing drive...five stars
Wadi Al Nakhr
Wadi Al Nakhr
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Irrigation channel (falaj)
Irrigation channel (falaj)
Falaj along Wadi An Nakhur
Falaj along Wadi An Nakhur
Another surprise, tadpoles in the falaj
Another surprise, tadpoles in the falaj
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Passing through Al Hajir again
Passing through Al Hajir again
Al Hajir
Al Hajir
The climb around the rockfall at Al Hajir
The climb around the rockfall at Al Hajir
Al Hajir
Al Hajir
Wadi An Nakhur
Wadi An Nakhur
Back at the village of Ghul
Back at the village of Ghul
Climbing through the ruins of the ancient village of Ghul
Climbing through the ruins of the ancient village of Ghul
Rough climb to enter the village of Ghul
Rough climb to enter the village of Ghul
Watchtower ruins, Ghul
Watchtower ruins, Ghul
Main Street of the abandoned village of Ghul
"Main Street" of the abandoned village of Ghul
Note the trail marker on the left
Note the trail marker on the left
Inside one of the ruined huts
Inside one of the ruined huts
Exploring the ruins of the old village of Ghul
Exploring the ruins of the old village of Ghul
Ancient ghul
Ancient ghul
Irrigated fields at Ghul
Irrigated fields at Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
The junction of Wadi Ghul and Wadi An Nakhur in front of Jabal Ghul
The junction of Wadi Ghul and Wadi An Nakhur in front of Jabal Ghul
Panorama from the ruins of Ghul
Panorama from the ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
Ruins of Ghul
It's May and it's hot
It's May and it's hot
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