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 Lollipop is a 5-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 two and a half hour 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 descent back through the gorge. The entire trip will take around 5 hours.
The meeting location will be at Showka Canyon Parking, RAK at 6:30am. 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.
COST: 250 DH + VAT
1 Wilderness First Aid Certified Trek Leader
1 Assistant Guide
SAT phones, so we don’t have to rely on a mobile network connection
Transportation, water or food
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
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
Comfortable clothes (you will get wet)
Dry clothes to change into after the hike (optional)