The mountain in Oman’s Al Hamra region is the highest in in the GCC at 3009 meters. The terrain is rocky, steep, and even more challenging on the way down. The views and the sense of accomplishment are unparalleled and if you are a hiker, truly unique.

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. We are going to use a path where we climb and descend using the same route and there will be an option to rest at some shaded and secured places (Waterfall and Campsite)

 

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

Jabel shams is a long hike and it is important that you are reasonably fit for this hike and ideally you should have hiked before in the region (Jabel Qatar, Wadi Shah etc). If you are unsure about for fitness level required for this hike, please feel free to call Amy or Dirk and have a frank discussion about your fitness level and see if you should go ahead.

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

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June 7, 2017

Fulfilling experience, fun group !

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