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Oman Hiking and Treking
Snake Canyon Hike | Jabel Shams Rim Walk | Western Hajar Mountains Hiking

Snake Canyon Hike
Overnight

Wadi Bani Auf.jpgDay 1:  Your tour begins by driving along the magnificent Batinah coastline.  From Barka heading south to the Oasis of Nakhal.  Here you will visit the 17th Century Fort.  Next, travel across the mountains to the fascinating and hidden mountain village of Bilad Sayt.  This is an amazing village of winding pathways.  We will walk through the village, there are great photo opportunities and you will have a chance to meet with the local people. From here we will travel to our campsite which is at the mouth of Snake Canyon.

 

Day 2:  Next morning after breakfast we will commence our hike through the canyon.  Snake Canyon is by far the most diverse and challenging wadis. Every bend is a photo opportunity. Jumps into the crystal pools range from two to six meters into deep waters. The caverns add fun and extra challenges to the trek.  Snake Canyon is an awesome hike although definitely not considered to be easy but, having completed it you will feel inspired.

 

The name "Snake Canyon" refers to the serpentine effect created by the water cutting through the mountains and the wadi snaking through.  Snake Canyon is cut into the mountains and offers a fantastic trip past waterfalls, through rocks pools and over boulders. Our hike of approximately 3 hours will have you jumping into pools of water and swimming in caves under the mountains. At places, it is so narrow that you can barely swim between the sides of the mountain.

 

This canyon is for the adventurous spirit and requires a level of fitness.  You will need to be an able swimmer in addition to being capable of climbing and jumping from boulders. Snake Canyon offers a sense of discovery within the winding gorge which will keep you occupied for hours.

 

Cost 400RO (US $1040) for 2 persons / private vehicle

50 RO for additional person

Tour includes all meals, refreshments, accommodation & Experienced Omani Guide.

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Jabel Shams Rim Walk
Overnight

Jabal Shams.jpgDay 1:  Your tour commences by travelling through the Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman. At Nizwa you will visit Nizwa Fort and the Traditional Souq.

 

From here we will continue to the beautiful old village of Misfah. The village of Misfah is perched on the side of a mountain where narrow ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below.

 

Next, we will travel to Jebel Shams, "Sun Mountain" which is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, soaring 3,000 meters above sea level. Spectacular scenery and remote villages, this is Oman's Grand Canyon.  Spend the night at a comfortable resort at the top of the mountain.

 

Day 2:  Next morning after an enjoyable breakfast we will start our hike.  The Jebel Shams mountain hike will have you walking along the cliff face on goat trails, narrow ledges and passages. It is one of the most popular treks in Oman and is known as the "Jebel Shams Rim Walk". From this amazing vantage point you will enjoy incredible views of the mountains and the rugged landscape.  The views from the trail are spectacular and offer unparalleled vistas of Wadi Nakhr.

 

This hike has all the ingredients of high adventure. Commencing from the village of Al Khateem situated on the edge of the mountain at a height of 2,000 meters, you will hike approximately about 5 hours depending on the length of time you stop and enjoy this incredible location.  You will pass an abandoned village perched on the mountain side and then on to a secluded lagoon balanced on the cliff face.  There will be time for you to swim across the waters of the lagoon and explore the caven with its amazing variety of ferns and mosses.  You will find that the views are unsurpassed throughout Oman and will leave a lasting image of this incredible Grand Canyon.

 

Cost 400RO (US $1040) for 2 persons / private vehicle

50 RO for additional person

Tour includes all meals, refreshments, accommodation, entry & Experienced Omani Guide.

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Western Hajar Mountains Hiking
Tour Time: 5 days and 4 nights
 

Oman Mountains.jpgDay 1: Start your tour from Muscat by driving along the magnificent Batinah coastline and heading south at Barka to the Oasis of Nakhal.  Next, travel across the mountains to the mouth of Snake Canyon, to begin our first hike through the canyon.  Snake Canyon is by far the most diverse and challenging wadis. Every bend is a photo opportunity. It is an awesome hike although definitely not considered easy but, having completed it you will feel inspired.

 

The name "Snake Canyon" refers to the serpentine effect created by the water cutting through the mountains and the wadi snaking through.  Snake Canyon is cut into the mountains and offers a fantastic trip past waterfalls, through rocks pools and over boulders. Our hike of approximately 3 hours will have you jumping into pools of water and swimming in caves under the mountains. At places, it is so narrow that you can barely swim between the sides of the mountain. After completing the hike, we will set our camp for this night.

 

Day 2: After breakfast, we will visit the fascinating and hidden mountain village of Balad Sayt.  This is an amazing village of winding pathways.  We will walk through the village, there are great photo opportunities and you will have a chance to meet with the local people. From here, we will travel into a narrow winding road through the Western Hajar Mountains to Sharaf Al Alamayn 2000m.  Here we will commence a few hours of easy and interesting hiking where you will enjoy a unique panoramic view of over 1000 square kilometers of the whole Jebel Akhdar area.

 

Next, we will travel to Jebel Shams, "Sun Mountain" which is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, soaring 3,000 meters above sea level. Spectacular scenery and remote villages, this is Oman's Grand Canyon.  We will spend the night in a comfortable resort at the top of the mountain.

 

Day 3:  Next morning after an enjoyable breakfast, we will start The Jebel Shams's mountain hike. This hike has all the ingredients of high adventure, and will have you walking along the cliff face on goat trails, narrow ledges and passages. It is one of the most popular treks in Oman and known as the "Jebel Shams Rim Walk". From this amazing vantage point, you will enjoy incredible views of the mountains and the rugged landscape.  The views from the trail are spectacular and offer unparalleled vistas of Wadi Nakhr.

 

The hike will take you through more than half a billion years of geological time. Commencing from the village of Al Khateem, situated on the edge of the mountain at a height of 2,000 meters, you will hike approximately 5 hours depending on the length of time you stop and enjoy this incredible location.  You will pass an abandoned village perched on the mountainside and then on to a secluded lagoon balanced on the cliff face.  After this, we will head off with the 4-WD down the mountain to Wadi Ghul and to the beautiful old village of Misfah. The village of Misfah is perched on the side of a mountain where narrow ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below. From here, we will head off again to the township of Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman. Spending the night at a hotel in Nizwa.

 

Day 4:  After breakfast, we will visit the traditional Nizwa Souq where there will be an opportunity to purchase and see many traditional Omani things.  After this, you will take a tour of the famous Round Fort -one of the finest forts in Oman. Next, you will walk through the old city of Nizwa discovering the history and seeing one of the oldest mosques in Oman. Next, you will then enjoy a delicious Omani meal served in the traditional style. After lunch, we will commence our trip to the town of Birkat Al Mawz situated at the base of Al Jebel Al Akhdar - The Green Mountain. It has this name because of the abundance of green terraced gardens surrounding the villages.  The winding drive up the mountains is spectacular and the views breath-taking.  Arriving at Saiq Plateau 2000m we will stop for the night at your hotel accommodation.

 

Day 5: In the morning after breakfast, you will start the lovely terraces walk and pass through the villages.  There are great views into Wadi Muhaydin.

 

Al Jebel Al Akhdar is shows another side of Oman, and is renowned for its high quality miniature pink roses which, for hundreds of years, have been distilled traditionally to produce its famous rose water and oil.  During harvest in April, the wonderful fragrance can be smelt all over the plateau.  You will walk through villages perched precariously on the sides of mountains and these offer fantastic opportunities to explore winding ancient pathways and view incredible terraced cultivation, around the villages of Sayq, Al Ain and Al Aqor. After this, you will then travel through the Sumail Gap back to Muscat.

 

This trekking tour can be shortened at any stage.

Cost 1150RO (US $2990) for 2 persons / private vehicle

200 RO for additional person

Tour includes all meals, refreshments, accommodation, entry & Experienced Omani Guide.

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* All rates paste on twin occupancy

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