The tiny hamlet of Shaharah mountain in the Amran Governorate of Yemen is so remote you need to know the coordinates 16°11′1″N 43°42′12″E to Google Earth it. There are no street views as we are accustomed to in the west. The best that I could do was play with the amazing simulations until I came up with this.
The Mountain Fastness of Shaharah
The road bypasses the small town on its journey from Al Mayqa’ to Ar Radum as if it could not be bothered to scale the heights. If it did, it would find ‘nothing’ there save a view of bulging mountain swells and achingly hot plains to the north. The village comprises a few stone houses and a cistern carved from solid rock.
Only One Footpath Leads to This Isolated Spot
A long time ago, in the 17th Century or so the story goes, a wealthy local lord created a series of footpaths to connect the tiny villages under his rule. This may have been to collect taxes or reinforce military power. The local people prevailed on him to build a bridge across a gorge so they could defend themselves against approaching attackers.
The Path Leading Down to Shaharah Mountain Bridge
Time was gentler when they built that footpath. There was time to attend to details, although I think the people that built the arch across the 91-meter-deep gorge were brave. According to legend, the local people know how to collapse it within a few minutes. Lips are sealed. They cross the bridge every day as part of their daily routine. The only way for backpackers to get there is to catch a bus. And then you climb the steps… best travel light or hire a car.