Envisage a scene from the Arabian Nights – the tallest tale in a fantastical dream.
Amid waves of weird mountains and cloud, a cluster of stone-towers stand guard on a crag.
Awake, Al Hajjarah!
From Manakhah, it’s an easy 5 km walk to Al Hajjarah village.
Manakhah is a good base to explore the Haraz Mountains, with a regional market, reasonable transport links and a few hotels.
Travel Advice for Manakhah & Al Hajjarah
CAUTION: I was inYemen in 2005. But now in 2020, civil war and a humanitarian crisis grips much of Yemen; and I assume the Haraz Mountains are inaccessible to travelers. Check first for the latest updates.
ROOMS:Manakha Tourist Hotel – simple mattress on floor with shared bathroom and amazing views of mountains and villages. It is located on route to the market on the main road to Manakhah.
The price also includes decent meals in family-run atmosphere.
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.