Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain at about 3,000 meters, is situated north of Al Hamra town. Set close to Jebel Akhdar, it offers stunning views of Wadi Ghul, also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon, as well as Al Nakhr canyon. The high altitude and cool climate make it a popular getaway with locals and tourists seeking to escape the desert heat. Hikes along the rugged terrain and rides in four-wheel drives top the list of popular outdoor pursuits here. Those looking for a complete experience could try camping overnight while picnics are ideal for visitors in a hurry. Day trips to Nizwa fort and remote villages in the area are perfect for a peek into local culture. Besides the sweet dates sourced from local plantations, the Jebel Shams region is known for its colorful rugs made of goat hair and natural dyes.
Hiking & Cycling
Wadi Ghul – Grand Canyon of Arabia
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Places: Muscat (1 day) → Nizwa (1) → Jebel Shams and Al Hamra (1) → Wahiba Sands (1) → Sur and Ras Al Jinz (1) → Muscat (2)
Tour Highlights: Royal Opera House, Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk, Forts & Castles, Al Hoota Caves, Village Walks...
Sama Heights Resort offers a scenic stay amid the cool highland climes of northeastern Oman. Tucked away at the foot of Jabal Shams Oman Peak, this eco resort looks out onto the rugged beauty of Jebel Misht, Wadi Ghul and the famed Wadi Nakhr, also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia.
Nestled amid dramatic heights, The View Oman offers a pleasant stay far from the hectic bustle of cities. A meandering drive through winding trails takes you to this eco resort that offers beautiful views of valleys and distant mountains.