The Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) is a spectacular mountain range in Oman, comprising craggy peaks juxtaposed against lush-green irrigated fields, ancient villages, and deep gorges. The Jebal Akhdar is located in the hills above Nizwa, famous for its Friday livestock market, and impressive forts. The Jabal Akhdar is located to the east of Jabal Shams (where you find Oman’s Grand Canyon) and is best visited for the superb range of luxury mountain resorts that have been opened in the area. You can opt for a series of wonderful walks (less strenuous than those in the Jebal Shams region), through abandoned villages. The fields are all irrigated using traditional techniques, allowing orchards to grow pomegranates, apples, apricots, and walnut trees. A particularly good time to visit is between March and April when the damask roses bloom turning the hillsides pink, often then used to produce rose water. Much of the Jabal Akhdar is above 2,000m in altitude giving the region a cooler Mediterranean-style climate that is wonderfully refreshing when contrasted with coastal Muscat. The popular Four Village Walk is a favourite for many guests, taking you from the village of Sayq to Al Aqur.