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Best Hiking Trails in Oman

Overview

Oman is a beautiful, arid country on the Arabian peninsula and features the highest mountain range on the peninsula. There are hiking trails throughout the mountainous regions of Oman, which include the Hajar mountains in the north of the country near Muscat, as well as in the stunning fjords of the Musandam peninsula and in the Dhofar mountains in the south of the country.  The best time to hike in Oman are the months of November – March.  Read on for more details on where and when to hike in Oman, including information on the best hikes in Oman, hiking guidebooks, hiking websites, hiking apps and hiking maps.

Capital: Muscat

When To Hike in Oman?

Nov – Mar: Least hot time of year (could be cold at night)
Oct; Apr: Could be too hot
May – Sept: Too hot, rainy in Jul/Aug
Climate: Tropical desert – summer rains in parts of the mountainous areas.  

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Lots of marked trails, especially in the popular area, but best done with a guide.  There are many tour companies offering guided hikes.

Transportation required: Car, 4×4 is handy

Where to stay in Oman:

  • Dibba Al-Baya – Musandam Peninsula
  • Rustaq – Western Hajars
  • Al Hajar – Eastern Hajars

Top Places to Hike in Oman

The main areas are the Hajar Mountains along the north coast, the Musandam mountains on the peninsula, and the lower altitude Dhofar Mountains along the southern border with Yemen. Western Hajars are more popular than Eastern Hajars. The highest peak is Jebel Shams (3009 m), in the Hajar mountains.

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Dhofar Mountains

  • Lower altitude mountains in southern part of country, you can find vegetation on these mountains 

Musandam Peninsula

Musandam Peninsula – at the very northern tip of the country, it is mountainous. This region is known as “Norway of Arabia”; easier to access from UAE

  • “Khors” are fjord-like deep water bays
  • Wadi Dibba
  • Jebel Al Harim
  • Need a guide for this area and also many hikes require a boat to get to starting point if hiking by fjord
  • Khasab and Dibba are good bases for this region

Eastern Hajars

  • Wadi Shab
  • Wadi Tiwi
  • Tiwi is a good base for this region
  • Hike to Wadi Bani Khalid

Western Hajars

  • Jebel Shams – popular
    • Balcony Walk – very popular
  • Jebel Akhdar
  • Al Dakhliya region
    • Wadi Bani Awf (Snake Gorge) – popular
  • Wadi Ghul
  • Nizwa is a good base in this region

Oman's Long Distance Trails

  • Wilderness Trekking Oman describes a 200 km traverse of the Western Hajar Mountains – Wilderness Trekking Oman
  • Wadi Bani Khalid to Wadi Tiwi – 28 km

Oman's Walking & Hiking Resources

Oman Hiking Books: 

  • Wilderness Trekking Oman: 200km Traverse of the Western Hajar Mountains, by John Edwards, 2021, Gilgamesh Publishing
  • Oman Trekking Guide by Alistair MacKenzie, 2005, published by Ministry of Tourism
  • Adventure Trekking in Oman by Anne Dale and Jerry Hadwin, 2001, Cordee – dated
  • Travel Guide – Oman, 5th Edition, by Diana Darke and Tony Walsh, 2022, Bradt Travel Guide
  • Lonely Planet Oman, UAE, Arabian Peninsula, by Lauren Keith, Jade Bremner, Tharik Hussain, 2019, Lonely Planet Publications
  • Rough Guide to Oman (Travel Guide eBook), by Rough Guides, 2018, APA Publications

 

Oman Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Oman:

  • Jebel Shams
  • Balcony Walk
  • Jebel Akhdar
  • Wadi Ghul
  • Wadi Tiwi
  • Smugglers Bay
  • Snake Gorge (Wadi Bani Awf)
  • Wadi Damm

Easy Hiking Trails in Oman:

  • Wadi Dibba
  • Wadi Shab

 

Oman Hiking Websites:

 

Oman Weather Website:

 

Oman Official Tourism Site:  

 

Oman Hiking Apps: 

 

Oman Hiking Maps: 

  • Oman Wilderness Trekking Map – accompanies the Wilderness Trekking Oman book
  •  International Travel Maps – Oman & Yemen

What Else To Do

  • Desert experiences
  • Mosques
  • Forts
  • Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Other Important Points

  • Be aware of flash floods
  • “falaj” is an irrigation channel; the system of these all over Oman, received UNESCO World Heritage status