The Al Hajar Mountain range in Oman affords some of the most exciting adventures in the nation. With mountains touching the clouds at 2000 meters above sea level, this is the finest spot in the country to enjoy unparalleled views of the city below you. Amidst the myriad of stunning peaks situated here stands the tallest mountain in the country; the Jebel Shams. At 9800 feet above sea level, this ‘mountain of the sun’ is best known for its many adventures hiking to its peak.

A trip up the Jebel Shams demands a good 2 days from your holiday agenda. Before embarking on this exciting adventure, settle down in a resort at close proximity to the Al Hajar mountain range. A popular name in this vicinity is the Alila Jabal Akdhar. This Resort in Oman overlooks a dramatic gorge and affords plenty of opportunity to explore the many surrounding regions of unspoiled beauty.

The Al Hajar Mountain Range is aptly termed Grand Canyon of Oman. Embark on a hike atop Jebel Shams and experience a side of Oman you would have never seen before. The path to the mountain top is well marked by a series of point markers keeping you on track all the way. The ascent usually takes around 5 hours and once you pass the steep incline up the summit ridge the climb becomes far easier and the views become even more spectacular. When you finally reach the top, keep in mind that you have literally conquered a mountain: that too the tallest in Oman. Bask in the ambience of standing on the top of the world after which you can begin your descent down the mountain. For many, the descent is their favorite part. Roughly taking around 4 hours going down is far easier and interesting. You can even stop by one of the many sheltered spots available if you want to catch a break or grab a bite.

All in all an excursion up the Jebel shams is a must do for all those holidaying in Oman.


Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.