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I know that Piotr is waiting for some mountains photos. So here it is.

In the far west of Jebel Akhdar, the finest and highest region of the Western Hajar Mountains, is Wadi Nakhur, also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon, a huge and truly spectacular hole with vast cliffs dropping to its deep and, in its lower reaches, lush bottom.

The Balcony Walk from Al Khitaym on the high rim plateau to As Sab abandoned village is justly famous and undoubtedly one of Oman’s finest walks.

This straightforward (if at times a tad vertiginous) but exciting and enormously atmospheric trail (W6 in the Explorer guide) follows a wide, sloping ledge/fault in the vast cliffs of the canyon’s western side to a superbly sited village in a corner-bowl.
Jebel Shams (Arabic: جَبَل شَمْس‎, romanized: Mountain of Sun) is a mountain located in northeastern Oman north of Al Hamra town. It is the highest mountain of the Hajar range and the country,[3] and the third highest in Arabian Peninsula.[clarification needed] The mountain is a popular sightseeing area located 240 km (150 mi) from Muscat. In the summer, temperature is around 20 °C (68 °F)) and in the winter it drops to less than 0 °C (32 °F). Nearby is Jabal Akhdar, another prominent peak in the region.The mountain also has second summit, the South Summit, which is publicly accessible for trekking via the W4 Trail,[4] marked by the Oman Ministry of Tourism.[2] The elevation of the second south summit is 2,997 m (9,833 ft).
(from Wikipedia).

Well, I will disappoint you. I went a small part of this path but then it seemed to me too vertiginous and I didn't go farther :(.
better see the bigger picture on the beta site:


http://beta.trekearth.com/gallery/photo1578016.htm

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