The Goat Herder’s Trail
The Goat Herder’s follows a goat’s path and offers some of the most spectacular views into the wadis on the northern side of the Western Hajar mountains, the the Jabal Shams region. The trek is an approximate 6 hour walk and follows former Goat Herder’s tracks and Donkey trails, passing small villages with impressive views over lush wadis and stunning mountain scenery. The starting point is near the village of Sharaf al Alamayn, at an altitude of 2000m where you reach by 4×4. The views are spectacular as you descend down to the a village of Misfat al Abriyyin at 950m via the small villages of Hayl al Jawari and Aqbat al Hamra. We tend to suggest this way round, as it is a downhill trek, you can opt for the ascent, which would take about 8 hours of walking. The high altitude of this route means that even in the hottest months the temperature is much more bearable than at other altitudes.