Jebel Shams
Jebel Shams
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At just over 2000 meter. Jebel Shams Resort is ideally situated a few minutes walk from the famous "Grand Canyon of Oman" and a visit to us on Oman's highest Mountain at approximately 3000 Meter is great place from which to enjoy the mountain. A warm welcome is ready for all those weary adventurers who visit it. Enjoy a perfect starry night sky outside one of our Arabic Rents or Chalets and enjoy a warming campfire at night. During the day there are lots of lovely walks and treks to suit all levels of fitness. For those who want to just relax then there is a swimming pool and lovely views of the surrounding stunning mountain vista.
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,817 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Scenic
    The Jebel Shams are unlike anything we've seen before and were a short trip from Muscat. To access the area you should use a 4x4 vehicle but it may be worthwhile to get an expert guide so you can truly enjoy the scenery. Bring good food, snacks and water if you plan to visit here and don't go after the rains or if there is rain in the forecast because the conditions could change quickly and the roads are not that great.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • HilaryJ
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Balcony Walk
    An excellent walk which really isn’t dangerous in any way. Good views of the canyon and seeing the abandoned homes at the end was fascinating. How did they manage to live there? 4km each way. Took us 2 hours in total but we were rushing a bit due to setting off later in the afternoon and wanted to get back before the sun set. The afternoon is a good time to go as you are then walking in the shade.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • AucklandWiz
    Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Vast Views With Beautiful Sunsets
    We did not arrive at Jebel Shams until late afternoon as we were on a tight schedule. We wound our way up the mountain to Oman's highest mountain, (Mountain of the Sun; 3009m), which is best known for the view into the 'take your breath away' deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it. There were only a couple of people there (camping right on the edge) so we and the goats really had the place to ourselves. The view was vast and deep and then we got to see the sunset which was just beautiful. If we had had more time we would have done the Balcony walk, and maybe even have found accommodation up in that area but time was so limited.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Yorkshire Lad - The Original
    York, United Kingdom1,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our little car made it!!!!
    So glad we “gambled” and risked travelling on the 8km unpaved section of road, which, trust me CAN be driven on carefully if you only have a 2WD vehicle. The end result is a geographical and geological marvel which really does in my opinion rival places like the Colca Canyon in Peru and the Grand Canyon in the USA. We stopped 3km before the road ends at Wadi Ghul, so we could walk and check out a couple of viewpoints without the crowds which was a good thing to do. Then, we followed the trail down. Me stopping half way as I suffer from vertigo, but my wife skipped along the whole mountain path and saw some amazing views. This is a must do and I hope dear reader you do as I doubt you will be disappointed.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Gloria
    Baltimore, Maryland170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Hike with Beautiful Views
    It's called the Grand Canyon of Oman and while a bit smaller than the real thing, the canyon is beautiful and worth a trip to see. We booked a day trip to the Nizwa Fort and Jebel Shams with Oman Raw Explorer through instagram (@oman_raw_explorer). Abdullah, our guide, planned our day so that we got to the fort by late morning, with plenty of time to explore it and the souk as well, and then we at Jebel Shams and were hiking the rim when the sun was just right, not shading the canyon. I would rate it a moderate hike. It took us about 2.5 hours to do the full hike (about 9km or 5.6 miles) but we did one section pretty quickly, so it could take up to 3 hours. It's worth the time as the views are gorgeous.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
  • Farhan
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must spot if at Nizwa
    Amazing place to be , more than photoshoot, plan for a stop over in tent or either of 3 resort option, let the place settle in. Carry food water and garbage bags. Salon car can make it, ensure to use low gear mode for better control both up and down hill, try not to speed up more than 20 kmp/h as u will only end up burning breaks. Nature at its best at 2000 mtrs above sea level
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful part of Oman
    Beautiful part of Oman. Worth the drive from Muscat, or easy enough to add as part of a road trip (as we did). If you're into hiking, this is your spot. We hiked the Balcony Walk and really enjoyed it. We carried our toddler in a backpack carrier and it was easy enough. Just bring everything you need if you do that hike (or any others), as there aren't really any facilities near the hikes: food, water, and sun protection.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 April 2024
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Bicks_medellin
Colombia8,923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
An amazing hike, that offers absolutely stunning views, nature and solitude. I opted to hike at 3 pm due to the heat, and a large portion of the hike would be shaded. The drive up offer magnificent views, and with lots of twists and turns. Some is unpaved, and a 4WD is preferable, though doable in a sedan.

The start of the Balcony Hike has a carpark, complete with dozens of goats, which are also frequently observed on the trail. Plan for about 4 hours total, and take lots of water
Even at this late hour with the shade it was extremely hot.

I only passed 1 other individual on the walk, which was amazing. There are couple of areas with basic seating along the way, and while not dangerous, there are areas where you could fall a long way.

Most people stop at the abandoned village, however you can go further along, which I recommend if you have time. I tried to find the cave and pool but ran out of light.

Some areas in this spot are a little more extreme, so pack good.shoes and don't do it if you are afraid of heights.

No guide is needed, the main trail is well marked, and it's not a hard hike - pretty much a straight, flat-ish shoot.
Written 14 July 2024
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful part of Oman. Worth the drive from Muscat, or easy enough to add as part of a road trip (as we did). If you're into hiking, this is your spot. We hiked the Balcony Walk and really enjoyed it. We carried our toddler in a backpack carrier and it was easy enough. Just bring everything you need if you do that hike (or any others), as there aren't really any facilities near the hikes: food, water, and sun protection.
Written 26 April 2024
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Farhan
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Amazing place to be , more than photoshoot, plan for a stop over in tent or either of 3 resort option, let the place settle in. Carry food water and garbage bags. Salon car can make it, ensure to use low gear mode for better control both up and down hill, try not to speed up more than 20 kmp/h as u will only end up burning breaks.

Nature at its best at 2000 mtrs above sea level
Written 21 April 2024
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Gloria
Baltimore, MD170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's called the Grand Canyon of Oman and while a bit smaller than the real thing, the canyon is beautiful and worth a trip to see. We booked a day trip to the Nizwa Fort and Jebel Shams with Oman Raw Explorer through instagram (@oman_raw_explorer). Abdullah, our guide, planned our day so that we got to the fort by late morning, with plenty of time to explore it and the souk as well, and then we at Jebel Shams and were hiking the rim when the sun was just right, not shading the canyon. I would rate it a moderate hike. It took us about 2.5 hours to do the full hike (about 9km or 5.6 miles) but we did one section pretty quickly, so it could take up to 3 hours. It's worth the time as the views are gorgeous.
Written 1 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
So glad we “gambled” and risked travelling on the 8km unpaved section of road, which, trust me CAN be driven on carefully if you only have a 2WD vehicle.
The end result is a geographical and geological marvel which really does in my opinion rival places like the Colca Canyon in Peru and the Grand Canyon in the USA.
We stopped 3km before the road ends at Wadi Ghul, so we could walk and check out a couple of viewpoints without the crowds which was a good thing to do. Then, we followed the trail down. Me stopping half way as I suffer from vertigo, but my wife skipped along the whole mountain path and saw some amazing views. This is a must do and I hope dear reader you do as I doubt you will be disappointed.
Written 30 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did not arrive at Jebel Shams until late afternoon as we were on a tight schedule. We wound our way up the mountain to Oman's highest mountain, (Mountain of the Sun; 3009m), which is best known for the view into the 'take your breath away' deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it. There were only a couple of people there (camping right on the edge) so we and the goats really had the place to ourselves. The view was vast and deep and then we got to see the sunset which was just beautiful. If we had had more time we would have done the Balcony walk, and maybe even have found accommodation up in that area but time was so limited.
Written 5 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

HilaryJ
Leatherhead, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
An excellent walk which really isn’t dangerous in any way. Good views of the canyon and seeing the abandoned homes at the end was fascinating. How did they manage to live there?
4km each way. Took us 2 hours in total but we were rushing a bit due to setting off later in the afternoon and wanted to get back before the sun set. The afternoon is a good time to go as you are then walking in the shade.
Written 2 November 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Jebel Shams are unlike anything we've seen before and were a short trip from Muscat. To access the area you should use a 4x4 vehicle but it may be worthwhile to get an expert guide so you can truly enjoy the scenery. Bring good food, snacks and water if you plan to visit here and don't go after the rains or if there is rain in the forecast because the conditions could change quickly and the roads are not that great.
Written 28 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

coopersintunisia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Far cooler than Muscat, the intimidating sounding Balcony walk is relatively easy and very enjoyable.
Totally glad we did this
Written 27 June 2023
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SRJ
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Adventures driving!! Very thrilling driving experience !! Beautiful mountain view. Excellent weather!!!
Written 16 May 2023
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