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13,38 km

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1.001 m

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1.001 m

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976 m

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97 m

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7 timer 11 minutter

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tæt på Z̧anḩah, Fujairah (United Arab Emirates)

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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.

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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.
Bjergpas

WP1 - View of the starting point

Bjergpas

WP2 - Mountain pass

Panorama

WP3 - Rock layers

Kryds

WP4 - Intersection, beginning of the spectrum

Bjergpas

WP5 - colurful spectrum of rock formation

Panorama

WP6 - Panorama

Bjergpas

WP7 - Mountain pass, bouldering

Panorama

WP8 - multi-colour rock layers

Bjergpas

WP9 - Mountain pass

Bjergpas

WP10 -Mountain pass

Bjergpas

WP11 - Climb over smoothened rocks

Panorama

WP12 - stunning wadi

Panorama

WP13 - huge boulders

Foto

WP14 - way through the wadi

Bjergpas

WP15 - Mountain pass

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WP16 - climb over large rocks

Panorama

WP17 - Panorama

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WP18 - slight diversion over a mountain

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WP19 - terrain, rejoined the wadi

Bjergpas

WP20 - Mountain pass full of rubble and loose rocks

Panorama

WP21 - Panoramic view, towards the summit

Bjergtop

WP22 - first summit, overseeing Oman

Bjergpas

WP22 - left turn towards the Musandam views

Bjergtop

WP23 - Summit, overseeing the sea/Oman

Panorama

WP24 - Panoramic view of Oman

Panorama

WP25 - Panorama

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WP27 - Panoramic view of the mountain range, crisscrossing into Oman

Turn back from this waypoint on the same trail, for a low risk return path.
Bjergpas

WP28 - Mountain pass (descent)

Bjergpas

WP29 - Mountain pass

Bjergpas

WP30 - Decision point - descent route back to the wadi

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WP31 - crossing the difficult descent

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WP32 - Mountain pass, rejoining the Wadi

Bjergpas

WP33 - Mountain pass

9 kommentarer

  • Foto af jyotikase

    jyotikase 8. feb. 2021

    Looks amazing, want to try this one!

  • Foto af HikerWolf

    HikerWolf 25. feb. 2021

    It is. Please do let me know how it goes. It would also be a risk free hike if you turn back on the same trail, after WP27. Do try to walk around that WP27, towards the mountain top, to have a breath taking vide of Musandam. Happy hiking!

  • Foto af chogoree

    chogoree 9. mar. 2021

    Jeg har fulgt denne rute  verificeres  Vis mere

    Thank you for recording. It really helped us a lot.

  • Foto af HikerWolf

    HikerWolf 9. mar. 2021

    Thank you for your feedback, Chogoree. Happy that it helped!

  • Foto af amira jabir

    amira jabir 14. mar. 2021

    Trying this one tomorrow and can’t wait

  • Foto af HikerWolf

    HikerWolf 14. mar. 2021

    You will love it. Please carry enough water. At least 5 ltrs. It is getting warm..

  • KathiaL 7. apr. 2021

    Hi, we tried it today and couldn’t reach the first summit after wadi Ghub.
    I found the loop part was not intermediate level due to the rubbles and ‘almost’ climbing skills required. Also couldn’t see any cairns or marks to use as guide, would have been useful to see some at least on the WP to confirm we were on the right track.

  • Foto af HikerWolf

    HikerWolf 15. apr. 2021

    Sorry to hear that it was a bit difficult. We did set up a few cairns, however, given the terrain, I doubt that they would remain stable. Did you reach the top overseeing the Musandam area?

  • KathiaL 16. apr. 2021

    No impossible. The terrain was too scrambled and the heat didn’t help as we couldn’t hold on to the stone to ‘climb’. Another time maybe ...

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