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Wadi Bani Awf & Snake Gorge

Snake GorgeWadi Bani Awf is stunning. Renowned as one of the most fantastic tourist locations in the nearby area surrounding Muscat.

The entrance of the wadi is about one and a half hours from Muscat, some 43 km after Nakhal.

Wadi Bani Awf is by far the most diverse and challenging wadi. Every bend is a photo opportunity. Jumps into the crystal pools range from two to six meters into deep waters. The caverns add fun and extra challenges to the trek.

Wadi Bani Awf leads to the famous Snake Gorge. It is an awesome hike although definitely not considered to be easy but, having completed it you will feel inspired.


The name �Snake Gorge� refers to the serpentine effect created by the mountains snaking throughout the wadi.

Snake gorge is cut into the mountains and offers a fantastic 6 hours trip past waterfalls, through rocks pools and over boulders. The hike will have you jumping into pools of water and swimming in caves under the mountains. At places, it is so narrow that you can barely swim between the sides of the mountain.

 

Wadi Bani Awf and its sense of discovery within the winding gorge will keep you occupied for many hours.
 

Cost 180 RO Per Car (approximate US $ 470)

 

Wadi Dayqah

Wadi DayqahWadi Dayqah is not far from Quriyat and is known as the �Devil�s Gap�. The wadi runs through a narrow winding vertical-sided canyon, which appears as if the mountain has been split in two.

Wadi Dayqah is a picturesque valley with inspiring gorges, rugged trekking trails and cool refreshing turquoise pools all year round. The walls of the wadi soar to 1,700 meters and at places close in as close as 12 meters. The scenery is breathtaking and is an ideal spot for exploring nature.

The walk will have you swimming or wading through the deep pools and channels that lie beyond the huge boulders. Alternatively climbing over the boulders can be equally exciting.

Cost 100 R0 Per Car (approximate US $ 300)

     
   

Wadi Shab

Wadi ShabWadi Shab is a canyon type valley with flowing water throughout the year. A long walk past the green grass, banana and mango trees along the narrow winding, old rock paths will bring you to a series of streams and pools. After wading and swimming through some gentle ponds your extreme adventure begins.

You will have the opportunity to swim through a pond of crystal clear water and dive through a narrow keyhole, surfacing inside a magnificent cave, which contains an inspiring waterfall. The cave is a magical place and provides the opportunity to climb up into the ceiling and jump 7 meters into the crystal water.

Next stage is a climb up the rock-face through the mouth of the waterfall. Once through to the other side more crystal ponds, massive boulders and stunning waterfalls await your discovery.

Wadi Shab is one of Oman�s most scenic wadis and the swim through the famous keyhole and beyond will leave you with a lasting memory.


Cost 150 RO Per Car (approximate US $ 390)

   

Jebel Shams

Jebel ShamsThe Jebel Shams mountain hike will have you walking along the cliff face on goat trails, narrow ledges and passages. It is one of the most popular treks in Oman and is known as the �Jebel Shams Rim Walk�. From this amazing vantage point you will enjoy incredible views of the mountains and the rugged landscape.

This hike has all the ingredients of high adventure. Commencing from the village of Al Khateem situated on the edge of the mountain at a height of 2,000 meters, you will hike approximately 10 kilometers to the canyon floor and back. The hike will take anything from 3 hours to 5 hours depending on the length of time you stop and enjoy this incredible location. The views from the trail are spectacular and offer unparalleled vistas of both Wadi Nakhr and Wadi Ghul. You will pass an abandoned village perched on the mountain side and then on to a secluded lagoon balanced on the cliff face. There will be time for you to swim across the water and explore the cave with its amazing variety of ferns and mosses.

Arriving on the canyon floor you will enter the village of Sap Bani Khamis.

You need to be fit to undertake this hike as it is demanding, however the views are unsurpassed throughout Oman and will leave a lasting image of this incredible �Grand Canyon�.


Cost 160 RO Per Car (approximate US $ 420)

   

Al Hota Cave

Al Hota CaveThe well known name for this magnificent underground cavern and lake system is "Hoti Cave." Its correct name is Al Fallah-Al Hota Cave and this cave trek is highly recommended and one of the most popular in Oman. Al Hota Cave is a 2.7km tunnel which runs in a north-south direction through the Hajar Mountains.

Entry into Al Hoti Cave is through the Al Fallah entrance, which is a large gaping entrance below a cliff overhang.

The main chamber of Al Hota Cave is around the size of the Al Bustan Palace Hotel's ballroom and contains some magnificent cave formations, stalactites, stalagmites, and columns which have evolved over millions of years.

When you reach the end of the track, to the north you can see a cliff-side looming up, and a vast rocky plateau above it. Below this cliff-line and further below a massive overhang of rock is a big black space. This is the huge mouth of Al Fallah Cave. After less than 20 minutes of easy hiking you are there � this is the Al Fallah entrance to the cave and is the most popular, and easiest.

You get down into the cave through one of the three one-meter-wide holes on the rock shelf right below your feet.

Cost 130 RO Per Car (approximate US $ 350)entrance fee not included

 

   

Muqal Cave

Muqal CaveWadi Bani Khalid is one of the most beautiful wadis in the mountains of Oman. The landscape is green and lush and the pools of the wadi are deep clear blue. The hike through Wadi Bani Khalid is magnificent and when continuing past the rock pools you will arrive at the cave known as Muqal.

This cave offers a number of challenges including a number of narrow passageways which lead you deep into the cave containing the fabled �Noah�s Ark�. The folk tale is an interesting one and well worth the effort to experience this special cave located at the end of the magnificent wadi.


Cost 150 RO Per Car (approximate US $ 390)

   

Majlis Al Jinn Cave

Majlis Al Jinn CaveSun & Sand Tours does not include this cave in its Extreme Adventure Tours; however as it is one of the most significant caves in the world we want you to know about it.

The Majlis Al Jinn is the second largest subterranean cave chamber known in the world � big enough to fit ten jumbo jets into the floor space and tall enough to stack them four high. Situated on a plateau of Jabel Bani Jabir (A�Sharqiyah) the entrance is through one of three inconspicuous openings in the ground. The longest drop into the cave is 158 meters and not to be undertaken without specialist equipment and expertise.

 

     
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