Introducing The Haraz Mountains
Rising abruptly off the steamy Red Sea coastal plains the sheer-sided Haraz Mountains have, for centuries, acted as a cultural fortress protecting the Yemeni heartland from interfering foreigners. Today the suspicion of outsiders is largely a thing of the past, but what hasn’t changed one jot is the grandeur of the mountains and the beauty of their tapestry of terraced fields and fortified villages, all huddled together on the most unlikely of crags. At the time of going to print the Haraz Mountains had just re-opened to tourism. This is prime trekking territory and now things are calming down it will hopefully once again be possible to spend days, or even weeks, weaving along the mule trails that link up the different villages.