& Snake Gorge
Wadi 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
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 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 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
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)
The 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
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
Cost 160 RO Per Car
(approximate US $ 420)
Al Hota Cave
The 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
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
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
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
Wadi 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
Sun & 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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