Jebel Shams (Oman) Old Village Hike

Apr 6, 2017 | Hiking-2, Route

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Route Details

Author: Tom
Distance: approx. 8km
Average time to complete: 2-3hrs
Route grade: intermediate
Suitable for families or kids: yes – stay on the trails
4×4 required to reach start point: No


Jebel Shams (mountain of sun) is a mountain located in northeastern Oman north of Al Hamra town. It is the highest mountain of the country and the region with about 3000m. It is a popular sightseeing area located 240 km from Muscat and can also be reached in a one day trip from the UAE. In the summer, temperature is around 20°C so perfect for camping or hiking when it gets to hot in the cities.
The hike starts from the high plateau of the mountain and runs along the steep cliffs to a old hidden village. The path is clearly marked after the start and most of the time away from the steep drops of several hundred meters. Only in a few sections, it gets close to the edge, so if you hike with kids, stick to the trails.