The terrain of Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain, is steep and rocky. It’s a hike that will challenge you but it will also reward you with amazing views of the Grand Canyon of Arabia and the western Hajar mountains. You will also get the opportunity to Via Ferrata down the canyon wall for 3 hours the following day! The trailhead and hotel both sit at 1750m making the trek doable during the hot summer months.
Accommodation will be at the Jabal Shams Resort and all meals are provided.Book Now
Challenging: Up steep hills and down exposed ledges, with bouldering and some extensive climbing.
Duration: 13 hours round trip, at a slow but steady pace.
Length: 20 km
Elevation: 3009 m
Day 1: You should plan to leave the city (Dubai/ Abu Dhabi) around 2 PM. This is to ensure that you can escape the weekend rush at the Oman border and reach the resort by 8 PM, have dinner and sleep early. Friday is going to be a long day and we will start at 4.30 AM. Any less sleep and your body wouldn’t be able to perform.
Day 2: Wake up at 3 AM, Friday. Breakfast, Lunch Pack and leave hotel at 4 AM. Start the hike at 5 AM.
Jabel shams hike starts at 1800 MASL and the summit is at 2997 MASL. Jabel Shams is a rocky and steppy hike throughout with some ridges to cross at the beginning and last part of the hike. There is no scrambling required however just before the summit, you may have to hold on to rocks for support a couple of times. Given the altitude and season, it is not likely to be hot but sun can be harsh and depending on the wind speed, it can also be chilly closer to the summit. Cut off time for Summit – 12.30 PM (All team returns back irrespective of where they are).
Target time to finish the hike by 5.30 PM (Sunset). Reach back Hotel by 6.30 PM. Shower, relax and Buffet Dinner – 7-10 PM.
Day 3: Buffet Breakfast, Saturday Morning and leave Hotel latest by 2 PM