The 11th century village of Al Hajjarah is an easy 5 km walk from Manakahah – a market town with ok transport links and rooms – so a good base from which to explore the surrounding Haraz mountains.
Travel Advice for Manakhah & Al Hajjarah
ROOMS: Manakha Tourist Hotel – simple mattress on floor with shared bathroom and amazing views. Also includes decent meals in family-run atmosphere. Not far from market. There are very few other accommodation choices. ALSO POSSIBLE: staying in a guesthouse in Al Hajjarah
TRANSPORT: Shared taxis from Sanaa to Manakhah take about 2.5 hours (or get one going to Al-Hudayda – but jump out at the nearby turn-off town of Al-Maghraba). From Manakhah, getting to Al Hajjarah is a nice 5 km walk.
TIPS: Take plenty of rial & cash dollars – no banks; exchange with market vendors. Take some warm clothes, too.
CAUTION: I was in Yemen in 2005. Since then, security is less certain in many parts of the country. Check the web for latest updates.