Balad Sayt Village
Longitude: 23° 11’ 28.2” N Latitude: 57° 23’ 15.6” E
Balad Sayt is a mountain village located just over 200 kilometers west of Muscat, approximately on the border between the A’Dakhiliyah and A’Batinah Governorates.
The village is an exquisite example of what ‘Old Oman’ was like – a trip here feels like a trip back in time to an era where you might never want to return from!
The village is located on the slopes of the Hajar Mountains near the highest peak in the Sultanate of Oman, Jebel Shams.
The town of Rustaq is located just less than 60 kilometres away (about an hour’s drive) from Balad Sayt, and is a good place to stock up with supplies for the day, or for a camping trip.
Due to the relatively high altitude, Balad Sayt enjoys moderate daytime temperatures – even during the peak summer months.
The village is surrounded by the awe-inspiring peaks and valleys of the Jebel Shams mountain range. A camera is essential!
There are some spectacular natural camping sites next to the few kilometers of road that ascend towards the village. Campers need to bring all amenities and supplies with them – including lots of water.
Many of the village buildings are constructed in the vernacular style – they have been built the same way for hundreds of years using locally sourced clay, mud, stone and date palm fronds.
The village itself is next to the local people’s date palm plantations and agricultural terraces. The final approach to the village involves a steep climb, followed by an exhilarating descent into the mountain and valley oasis.
Due to its inaccessibility and out-of-the-way location, Balad Sayt’s natural and cultural beauty is unspoiled. Balad Sayt is accessible only via rugged mountainous roads, so a four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.