This day hike will take you on a flat section through the wadi and up and over the ridge for an amazing view of the Hajjar mountains. There are no steep ascents but lots of small scree and loose rocks with a bit of bouldering and clambering through water. It’s a great first hike for those who have never tried hiking before! A great experience as long as you have good fitness, balance, and proper hiking shoes.
No meals are provided. This trip is family friendly and suitable for children aged 10 and above.
Beginner: Mostly flat ground, over some rocks and few hills.
Duration: 5 hours
Length: 10 km
Elevation: 500 m
Meet in the Showka area to the trailhead at 9 am with 4 liters of water packed in your backpack.
The trail itself will take you through a few short dips into a narrow wadi, that usually has some water in it. You can dip in, or hike around it. After some climbing on the sides of the wadi, you’ll walk on flat terrain through the canyons, eventually climbing up a steep and narrow ridge just long enough to get a magnificent view of the Hajjar Mountains and feel that you are miles from anywhere. The scree slope is slippery but not very long or exposed, giving you just a brief idea of what to expect on longer and steeper hikes in the region. The last hour will be walking on flat but rocky ground back through the wadi to the same place you started. No steep ascents, but there is a lot of small scree and loose rocks, exposed descent on a ledge. But most of the walk will be through the level of the wadi with a bit of bouldering and climbing through the water and slippery rocks in a wadi.
Trek will take 4-5 hours.