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Showka Gorge: Adv Beginner

  • Ras al Khaima UAE (map)

This hike requires two pairs of shoes and you will get wet, potentially up to your waist. Hikers are encouraged to bring a pole for balance in the pools.

Showka Gorge is a 3 hour trek. The first hour plus will be spent ascending through a gorge with pools of water of varying depths. Maximum depth is about 1 1/2 meters, waist deep depending on your height. The boulders in the pools are moss laden and therefore slippery. Water shoes with good grips, neoprene socks or dive shoes will give you the traction you need. Absolutely NO SANDALS or FLIP-FLOPS.

At the end of the gorge we will dry our feet off and put our trekking shoes on for the hour and half wadi loop. This portion of the trek will include some bouldering, loose rock and some breathtaking scenery. It will also include our stop for a snack. At the end of the trail, we will begin our decent back through the gorge under the Moon light. Head torches are required. The entire trip will take around 3 hours.

The meeting location will be at Showka Canyon Parking, RAK at 1:00pm. It’s about 1 hour from Dubai, 2 1/2 hours from Abu Dhabi. From that point we will use off-road vehicles down a dirt road for 30 minutes. If you don’t have an off road car, you can carpool with someone who does at the meeting point.


What’s included:

1 Wilderness First Aid Certified Trek Leader

1 Assistant Guide

SAT phones, so we don’t have to rely on a mobile network connection

Not included:

Transportation, water or food

Hiker’s Responsibility:

Proper hiking boots with ankle support

Proper water shoes, neoprene socks, or dive shoes

Extra pair of dry socks in ziplock bag

4L of water and backpack to carry it in



Comfortable clothes (you will get wet)

Dry clothes to change into after the hike (optional)

Earlier Event: December 13
Showka Gorge Lollipop: Intermediate
Later Event: December 20
Wadi Shah Beginners