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Notes: The hike is moderate to difficult, because there is minimal shade and the trail has loose gravel on multiple stretches of the trail. We had our share of falls and slips on this trail. Recommended only for groups (not solo) with a minimum of 3 ltrs of water per hiker. Even during winters, the afternoon sun can get to you without appropriate sun protection and ample water.
If you intend to follow this trail, you can park right at the starting point and walk towards the WP2. We started the hike pre-dawn and WP1 was a mistake because we took off in the wrong direction. However, with the sun coming up, the wadi was clearly visible from the initial climb and we descended down into the wadi at WP2.
The wadi offers beautiful terrain views and within a walk of 20-30 mins, you will be right in front of the famed "spectrum" or layered, colourful rock formations. Given its unique look and feel, it is a "must visit" site, if you are into hiking in the UAE. The trail is straight forward and all you need to do is to follow the ravine bed. You will experience substantial boulder climbing, and scrambling over smoothened rocks. Being in a group, helped us to navigate the boulders or while descending them.
We took multiple breaks to experience the wadi's beautiful rock formations and also took a small detour (WP18) to climb over a small mountain. This can be skipped and you can continue walking through the wadi bed. After WP18, the wadi gets steep and the path is almost full of loose rocks and rubble - we had to use both hands to ensure grip, while climbing up. The waypoint WP22, at 682m, marked our first summit with beautiful views of the town of Musandam (Oman). After a short break, we continued to ascend further, with the trail offering stunning views of Oman and the Musandam mountain range. At summit, you need to decide whether to turn around or continue along the ridges, thus hiking a loop towards the starting point. We decided to descend down into the wadi, at WP30 and in hindsight, it was a mistake. This is because the trail beyond this point is not marked and we had to scout multiple times for the path to take. Here, one of our members suffered a sun stroke and we were running out of water. I strongly recommend to do the entire loop, rather than taking the path beyond WP30, unless you are mentally and physically fit to do so. No ropes are required, but the path down to the wadi, beyond WP30, has no shade, and has large drops that would require you to find alternative ways to descend. The other option is to take the full loop along the ridges and this takes you to a mobile tower (visible from the summit point). However, this is recommended if you go with someone who has done this trail before.
Turn back from this waypoint on the same trail, for a low risk return path.