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Wadi Ghul - Oman's Grand Canyon

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Wadi Ghul - Oman's Grand Canyon

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Jebel Shams, Balcony Walk & Al Hamra Village
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Private Tour to Jabal Shams Grand Canyon Balcony Walk
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Private Tour to Jabal Shams Grand Canyon Balcony Walk

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Take a turnaround trip alongside the Grand Canyon and experience spectacular natural scenery in Jabal Shams. Walk on through old abandoned village ruins and reach to cave with a water pond as a reward for Your efforts on the “Balcony Walk” trek. <br>Located 220km from Muscat (80km from Nizwa) with the closest town Al Hamra, we gonna follow the road from Al Hamra to Wadi Ghul towards Jabal Shams Plateau, carry out until we will reach Al Khitaym village (app. 40km from Al Hamra).<br>An ancient donkey trail, which follows the west flank of the An Nakhur Gorge (known as “Grand Canyon”) and leads to a abandoned village of As Sab - formerly known as Sab Bani Khamis.<br>From the terraces we will also explore Water pool located inside open cave structure (Bi’r Dakhilyah).<br>We gonna return on the same road.<br>The time spent on the trek is set up around 5 hours, which is including the stops to breaks, pictures and break at the Water pool area before returning back).
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Bogdan Adamic wrote a review Apr 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
You can drive with "normal"car more than 2000 m high.Sometimes you are higher than cloud.When you are on the end of road,you*ll see what is nature.Amazing
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Date of experience: December 2019
Andrew A wrote a review Mar 2020
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
We drove to Jebel Shams for a couple of days of walking in the mountains. We didn't do what most people seem to come here to do. We had decided in advance that the Balcony Walk probably wasn't for us - it looked a bit too busy and a bit too scary in places. We spent the first day following the W4 walk along the top of the canyon. It's a steady walk requiring only a moderate level of fitness. We didn't see another walker on the W4 route all day, so I would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of peace and quiet. The views are breathtaking and there are plenty of great spots to sit and have lunch. On the second day, we picked up a trail behind one of the resorts in Jebel Shams, walked it for a while before going off piste to explore the nearby gullies. It was a bit more strenuous with some slow going on the rocky descents, but still accessible to most.
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Date of experience: March 2020
feras wrote a review Jan 2020
Palesine- Juresalem12 contributions1 helpful vote
Recommended to see this place. Not touch with human Nice for sunset Made our trip different If it is rainy I recommend to go with 4*4 car since may be it is a bit dangerous when it comes to the unpaved road
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Date of experience: January 2020
philo04 wrote a review Jan 2020
California216 contributions136 helpful votes
We stood on the ledge of the viewing platform and gazed into this amazing canyon. It is breathtaking and even a bit scary with the protective railing there. Then we drove our 4 wheel drive to the so called balcony walk to hike to the village. At first it seems nice - we walked for a while loving the atmosphere and excited for the experience. After about ten minutes you get to a trail - only the trail is very narrow like one to two feet and it goes over rocks and the drop off is very dangerous like a mile or two straight down. There is no room for a stumble - you would die. It is not safe for a child under 16 and we promptly turned around. I was almost paralyzed with fear ten min into this hike - looking down. To be honest I would not even do this hike if I did not have a nine year old child. We saw three other families do the same thing we did - turn around after a few min due to the danger. It is a shame as I would loved to have done it - they need to install a railing or make it less dangerous. I wonder how many folks have died here and it will happen - it is just a matter of time. But I also saw countless people returning from the hike - some were even carrying a pack with a child in it. To me, the risk was not worth it. So we stayed at the beginning of the hike where it is safe and let our daughter climb the rocks. There were goats and sheep here and we even saw three goats climb on top of a SUV to eat from a tree.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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7268 wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, California3,952 contributions851 helpful votes
I loved everything about Jebel Shams, but I'm glad I did a little research first. + The scenery is obviously the most amazing part. But read up on the geology of the region and you'll appreciate it even more. + The drive up to the top is exciting and beautiful. + Beware: Parts of the road are gravel. A 2WD car can make the trip, but it will be challenging. + Photos don't do it justice. + Road signs aren't very helpful. When I refer to Jebel Shams I mean the scenic drive up and the overlooks at the top.
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Date of experience: January 2020