This is the adventurous way to cross the mountains to Nizwa and the interior, and requires a 4×4 vehicle. As you head north from Muscat you may want to visit the attractive fishing village of Barka and the dramatic forts of Rustaq and Nakhl. You then begin your drive up the canyon of Wadi Bani Awf. The valley floor is dense with palms whilst higher up the mountain sides are terraced fields and villages built of traditional mud-brick. The exposed mountains revel layers of rock repeatedly folded and shaped by tectonic forces, to the point where they appear to have shattered. After reaching a plateau, you begin the descent of the far side of the mountain range, through more dramatic scenery, before re-joining tarmac roads that take you to Nizwa or your mountain hotel.