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, Canada2,254 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
  • Stringy
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom9 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 Zealand1,666 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, Maryland167 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
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Gloria
Baltimore, MD167 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
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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
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AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand1,666 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
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Stringy
Leatherhead, UK9 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, Canada2,254 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
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coopersintunisia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia57 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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nadia_izzy
Colombo, Sri Lanka136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It’s absolutely worth the visit and the view is amazing. The highest point in Oman, you can drive up to the view point where you will be greeted by a few friendly goat and then you’re free to explore, walk and take in the gorgeous surroundings and views
Written 12 March 2023
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We have made one of or maybe even the most popular hiking trail in Oman- W6 Balcony Trail (Jabal Shams). Just put this in Google and you will be navigated to parking which is beginning of hike. I reccommend 4×4 SUV car but we have seen also normal sedan cars. Then you just need to drive much slower to get there and more watch out. Hike takes about 3/4 hours both ways. Views are amazing, wild goats on the way so cute. Just take 1/1 .5 l water with you. Hike is quite easy. Go to same end. If you see first buildings of abandoned village, then go extra 15 minutes to same end to see great view on canyon. Definetely I can warmly reccommend going there.

Written 6 March 2023
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nauj63
South East England, UK818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
This area would be dwarfed by it’s American counterpart but what it lacks in scale it more than makes up for in experience. America is commercial, America is populated, America is loud. Not here ! Nothing exploitative, nothing touristy. Just you, a few goats, the odd fellow traveller, some locals and THE most magnificent ‘Balcony’ trekking trail. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be ‘at one’…
Written 11 December 2022
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