Jebel Misht

Hajar Mountains

With its serrated teeth, Jebel Misht (meaning 'Comb Mountain') is well named. This striking lump of rock is one of Oman's so-called ‘exotics’ – a limestone mass that is out of sequence with the surrounding geology. Its near vertical sides make it a favourite with rock climbers, while its magical colour at sunset make it a favourite with everyone else and a reason why, perhaps, the ancients chose it as a backdrop for their burial sites.

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Nearby Hajar Mountains attractions

1. Beehive Tombs

3.65 MILES

Beside the village of Al Ayn, and arranged along a low, russet-coloured ridge, this string of tombs make a dramatic silhouette against Jebel Misht that…

2. Wadi Damm

4.94 MILES

This steep-sided wadi channels the water that runs off Jebel Kawr and Jebel Shams and makes a pretty place for an easy stroll or a picnic. The walls at…

3. Jebel Al Kawr

10.42 MILES

Just east of Al Ayn, there's a small roundabout (beyond which lies Wadi Damm); a right turn here leads up a winding paved road to a broad fertile plateau…

4. Wadi Ghul Viewpoint

13.32 MILES

The term 'Grand Canyon of Arabia' is wholly deserved for this quintessential feature of Oman's spectacular mountain scenery. A short path leads to the…

5. Wadi Hajir

13.53 MILES

While Al Ayn has the best preserved beehive tombs, the largest concentration of these structures is to be found in Wadi Hajir, between Al Ayn and the…

6. Ghul Village

14.88 MILES

Affording one of the most lovely vistas in the Hajar Mountains, the abandoned village of Ghul dusts the shoulder of a cliff at the foot of Wadi Ghul, the…

7. Al Hamra Viewpoint

20.08 MILES

Bathed by the golden light of sunset, with the limestone 'dip slope' of Jebel Shams as backdrop and a thick plantation of date palms in the foreground,…

8. Bait Al Safah

20.2 MILES

This quirky museum is more open house than historical display. Three ladies accompany guests around their traditional house in the aged and crumbling…