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Check a link to my blog post below after the description for more infor about this hike and other hikes in Mleiha! https://www.theroadreel.com/mleiha-travel-guide/
A hike to the top of the mount Mleiha towards to the Fossil rock with beautiful backdrops of Al Fayah mountain. The difficulty of the hike can be rated as moderate as it involves a part where you have to climb vertical rock of around 2 to 3 meters high. Climbing can be avoided by taking the route recorded here (pointed out in steps nr8 and 9). It is a fairly short hike and you can make it to the top in an hour (depending on your fitness level and the weather conditions-not advisable during the hot day as there is no shade). Way down took us 50min.
Parking: UPDATE: drive past the Sheikh's portrait, there will be a place to park immediately behind the mountain, from where you can start your hike and save yourself around 1km of walking on the highway.
OLD PARKING: You have to park your car before reaching the mountain, there is a turn to Khatam Exit 1. And then walk around 1km following the highway until you reach the other side of the mountain. There will be a fence that you can cross. Please check the descriptions in each Point of interest to see the comments.
Safety while climbing: watch out for the fossil rocks- their structure is very thin at some places, thus look for the more thick surfaces before stepping on them. Stay away from edges on the top of the mountain, the vertical drop down is like 30 meters high or so.
Weather Note: we did this hike end of April starting 2pm in the afternoon, and to be honest it was not a good idea- the heat is notorious, so leave this hike either for very early morning or late evening if you are fast enough to climb up and return before the darkness.
UPDATE: drive past the Sheikh's portrait, there will be a place to park immediately behind the mountain, from where you can start your hike and save yourself around 1km of walking on the highway.
This is where actual hike starts, you have to cross the fence first and head towards the right-hand side where you will reach a small steep hill. It looks scary but it is actually easy to descend from the very right side. See the picture where I marked the spot. Be careful of loose rocks when descending.
Scroll through pictures illustrating notes bellow:
Getting to the starting point:
Park you car at Khatam Exit 1 just before the jebel Mleiha. And then walk towards the mountain following thw side of thw higjway for around 1km, hike startsbehind this mountain. You havr to cross the fence as mention before.
Head straight towards the valley
Pace your self after this point we will start proper hike, crossing the rocky path which is not clearly marked, but it is a straight way toward the mountain
Here you are already climbing up the hill, watch out for the unstable rocks under your feel, try to follow small paths to make it easier
You will start noticing cairns left by other hikers, try to spot them as they are a good indicator which side to keep. I have added a photo where I marked the spot you should be aiming to- it look like a wall that is quite high but it is only a couple of meters high and quite easily claimable if you are have a little bit of climbing experience (no need to be pro mountain climber just have normal strength, the grip of the rock is good).
We took a wrong turn- we went towards the left and when we climbed higher, it appeared to be another mountain, not the one we are aiming to reach. See the photos from that spot- if you are there means you have to come back down (we took a scree slop down back into the narrow split of two mountains)
From here you will have to find the way up that you feel comfortable with. Mountain looks steep but climb up is not difficult.
This is where you are aiming to climbing the steepest part of the trail. It is not hard, just be careful and go at your own pace.
You will further walk on the plain top of the mountain, be careful and stay away from the edges as they might not be stable.
Here you will reach end of the Jebel Mleiha with marvelous views with Fossil rock and Faya mountains. You can either turn back and return same way or, as other hikers do, descent down the mountain (we skipped that as it looked quite dangerous).
We took same route back. Please note descending is always more challenging and you have to be careful. It will look high but it is totally doable. I marked the point which we were supposed to take on the our way to the mountain which is this vertical climb rock- it is not very high but you have to have some minimal climbing skills and be brave, watch where you put your foot and always have a grip at to the wall. Better to turn around when descending. This is the trickiest part of the hike.