Ibrahim Mountain: Touching Taif’s skies
جبل إبراهيم السياحي يرتطم بسحب الطائف مشكلاً لوحة فنية رائعة
08 JUL 2020
Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani
If you are traveling down the King Fahd tourist road that links Taif with Al Baha, you will come across the Bani Malik region. There in the heart of the area stands Ibrahim Mountain, part of the Sarawat mountain range and also known as “Jabal Bathrah” or the “White Mountain”. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the country that attracts many vacationers, day-trippers, climbers and nature lovers, especially in the summer. It is rich in natural wonders, beautiful greenery, waterfalls, and ancient stone villages that surround the mountain. The area enjoys a cool climate due to the height of its peaks, about 5,000 feet above sea level.
The mountain is named after Ibrahim bin Adham, one of the kings’ sons in the Abbasid state who came to Makkah in search of asceticism and piety. He prayed in solitude on top of this mountain to attain oneness with God, a process known as i’tikaaf. The mountain is also known as “Jabal Bathrah” due to its height accentuated by surrounding mountains; it is sometimes called “White Mountain” because of its white granite rocks.
Visitors can find petroglyphs on the mountain’s white rocks that date back to the pre-Islamic era and the ancient villages of Bathrah located on its summit. The latter is more than 500 years old and still inhabited despite the rugged surrounding terrain. Around the villages are abandoned agricultural farms and wells.
At the top of the mountain are also seasonal waterfalls, streams, and several dense forests that attract visitors looking to enjoy the cool fresh air and picturesque nature. It may take up to a whole day to climb the mountain peak due to its high altitude; it is highly recommended you source a local guide able to safely traverse the rugged paths to the summit.
Wildlife and vegetation
There are many forests spread around Ibrahim Mountain containing juniper and olive trees, basil bushes, and other types of vegetation. It is considered a natural reserve protected by the National Wildlife Protection and Development Authority. Take the time to explore and you can find a variety of wildlife including birds, hawks, eagles, monkeys, wolves, hyenas, and foxes. Some extinct animals used to live in the mountain such as the Arabian tiger. The area attracts photographers who love to take pictures of the beautiful nature and highlight the diversity of wildlife.