Five places to hike in Oman

Lifestyle Tuesday 22/November/2016 18:37 PM
By: Times News Service
Five places to hike in Oman

Wadi Shab

At the Wadi Shabs, you get to try out an array of enthralling activities apart from hiking and climbing. Cliff-jumping, diving, casual swimming are among the other recreations this place is known for.
On Road 17 , take the turn-off which is signposted to Tiwi (not Tiwi Shab). At the end of the slip road, you come to Tiwi village, stopping at a T junction. Turn left and continue through the village, until you reach the “estuary” and above, the high road bridge.

Majlis Al Jinn Cave

The world’s second largest cave is the ideal spot for adventurers who are looking for a strong adrenaline rush. The dark underground coves leading to the beautifully unique turquoise water with little fish nibbling on your feet is a must experience attraction.

Inside Edge of Grand Canyon

To get the most stunning view after following a narrow trail looking down hundreds of metres in the gorge below, hiking the inside edge of the grand canyon will just be apt. At the end of the trail you will discover the ancient abandoned village of Sap Bani Khamis whose mystique ruins will allure you further. Drive southwest from Muscat to Nizwa. Turn north at Nizwa to the town of Al Hamra at the foothills of the mountains. Fill your tank with petrol at the Shell filling station at Al Hamra. You are now about 200km from Muscat’s airport. Turn left, the road will climb, follow it and the signs to the top of the Grand Canyon. The road turns into a dirt track. Follow it past the hotel, to the village of Al Khatim, where it ends. Start your hike from here, following the painted markers.

Snake Gorge

The Snake Gorge or Wadi Bani Awf is a large wadi in wilayat Al Rustaq in the South Batinah Governorate of Oman is a true attraction especially among hikers. The wadi covers authentic Omani villages among various other attractions including the Snake Canyon.

Birkat Sharaf
If a peaceful getaway close to nature is what you are looking for then this is the place you ought to be. It is considered as one of the most difficult trekking trails and hence is sparsely inhibited or used even by tourists. It is a pass between mountains and wadis with a beautifully scenic landscape.
Drive from Muscat to Nizwa, and then to Al Hamra. From there, drive straight through to Misfat Al Abriyeen, up the mountain at the end of the road. Walk through the village, following its irrigation channel through to the other side, parallel to the gorge. Follow the marked hiking trail across the gorge, up the mountain, past the settlement of Aqabat Al Hamra and to the pass at the top, Birkat Sharaf. You are looking at around five to seven hours of hiking time.

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