Ascent of Jebal Shams (Qarn al Ghamaydah)
This is a tough 9-12 hour one-day trek - so not for the casual walker. You start on the rim of the An Nakhur Gorge at 1,950m and trek up to the summit at 2,997m for the best views in Oman.
Oman is one of the best trekking destinations in the Middle East, and our private Walking Holiday in Oman is a suggested itinerary that incorporates a range of superb day-walks. This suggested itinerary is just a starting point of what we can offer. This all depends on your expertise and how much you want to walk. You will be looked after by expert trekking guides throughout. You will also have your own private driver/guide on your journey.
We suggest finding a flight that lands into Muscat early in the morning, so you can be driven straight into the mountains. We recommend stopping at the Jabel Akhdar region first, where you find more of the leisurely walking trails where you can get used to the climate and cuisine. The superb two-hour Four Village Walk is your first day-trek, a delightful 2-hour walk through abandoned villages, overlooking picturesque orchards, jagged peaks, dramatic gorges, and lush green terraced fields.
You then head to the Jabal Shams region, a trekkers’ paradise. You can stop off in Nizwa for a cultural interlude, seeing the fort, souq, and possibly the Friday livestock market if your dates coincide.
The next day, you will set off for Wadi Ghul, where you will set out on the Balcony Walk, overlooking the stunning An Nakhur Gorge. The ascent will take about 3.5-4 hours, where you will have a picnic lunch in Al Khitaym. The afternoon takes you north, again following the Canyon to the abandoned village of As Sab, taking about a 3 hour round trip. You then return to your hotel at night.
We then have the longest trek the next day, taking you on the Goat Herder’s Trail from Sharaf al Alamayn to Misfat Al Abyreen, a downhill walk of about 6 hours. For those more intrepid, we could do it in reverse, giving you an uphill trek, taking up to 7-8 hours.
Finally, return to Muscat for two nights of R&R, where you can rest your weary legs before returning home.
Any element of this itinerary can be tweaked. For those more adventurous, we could add on an optional ascent of Jebal Shams (Qarn al Ghamaydah), a 9-12 hour one-day trek. You start on the rim of the An Nakhur Gorge at 1,950m and trek up to the summit at 2,997m for the best views in Oman. This would mean another night at the View.
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch. You can leave a phone number and suggest a time to call you back, and we can also arrange to do this during the evenings or at weekends if you are busy during the daytime. We can also meet up with you in you fancy a coffee and are based in and around London.