Despite the rugged terrain, hiking is still the best way to enjoy the unique landscape of the Sultanate. And as the hiking season in Oman is fast approaching, from walking Wadi Shab to walking the rims of the Grand Canyon, you are spoiled for choice. So this weekend, put on your hiking boots and unravel the hidden mysteries of Oman.
According to the Oman Ministry of Tourism, “Starting from the W6 hiking trail in Al Khitaym village, a high-level balcony walk to the abandoned village of Sab Bani Khamis takes about an hour and offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon. After Sab, an uphill step leads to the start of the ascent. The lower part is a medium to difficult vertical climb of 80m. After a short crossing on foot, leaves the canyon by a wadi. The climb itself takes about 1 hour.
Samhan Mountain is one of the most important mountain ranges in Dhofar Governorate, with a maximum height of 2,100 meters. Samhan Mountain includes many plateaus punctuated by narrow and deep gorges, some of which are about 1,000 meters deep.
According to the Ministry of Tourism of Oman, “Various plants grow in the plain of Jabal Samhan, such as acacia and gum tree. The narrow mountain passes have little water but there are a number of streams, which are an important water source for most animals Besides the Arabian leopard (considered a rare animal), these mountains are home to a number of other mammals such as the Arabian gazelle, foxes and the Nubian ibex .
“Leopards are the animals that adapt best to the surrounding environment, and are often smaller and lighter in color than their African counterparts. Arabian leopards have long survived in the northern mountain range of the Arabian Peninsula. “
Enjoy the refreshing trek through this mountainous region of Wadi Shab. It is 140 kilometers (87 miles) from Muscat on the Qurayat – Sur coastal road. Fresh water cascading from mountain tops meets brackish sea water on its shores, creating an environmental diversity unique to this wadi and making it stand on a pedestal compared to other wadis () of the Sultanate. It will take you about an hour.
Known for its Mediterranean climate, Jabal Akhdar is very popular among hikers as their favorite trails due to its expanses of greenery and breathtaking scenery. Spread across the mountain are many Omani villages.
Majlis Al Jinn Cave
Hiking this trail is not for the faint of heart. Located at the foot of the eastern mountains of Al Hajar and hides one of the largest and most beautiful natural wonders, Majlis Al Jinn Cave is considered to be one of the largest underground caves in the world. Reaching the cave opening requires intense physical effort, as you have to travel a distance of 1,300 meters to reach the cave opening through rugged mountainous terrain. This trip takes about five hours. The only way to descend into the cave is by ropes.