UNLEASH YOUR INNER EXPLORER AT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR WITH THEIR SIX NEW HIKING TRAILS
September 9th 2016
Alila Jabal Akhdar has introduced six exhilarating new routes that take hikers on an adventure through Oman’s magnificent mountain landscape. Ideal for guests at all levels of fitness who feel like exploring the surrounding area on their own or with the expertise of a guide, these guided and non-guided walks follow well-marked trails that traverse the astounding scenery, descending into the wadi and winding though canyons, caves, abandoned villages, farms and plantations.
Mirage in the Mountains
A beautiful walk that takes you to the abandoned village of Sirab. Once home to the original members of the community, Sirab has provided much inspiration for Alila Jabal Akhdar’s design. Keep a lookout for herds of goats and sheep that roam wild whilst you make your way to Ali’s cave, which is a 60m deep pothole featuring breathtaking formations, and also Wadi Tallah, a fresh wadi that gives guests a chance to enjoy a cool swim in its pools.
The Discovery Trail
Starts from the nearby village of Hayl Al Hadab, from there it heads deeper into the mountain backdrop taking you on a fairly gentle 8km hike, passing by two abandoned villages as well as a small but very picturesque dam, and Ali’s cave.
The Adventure Trek
A 4-hour guided trek down an easy via ferrata (iron road) that is sure to get one’s adrenaline pumping right from the start with a steep descent and the aid of climbing equipment. The path then leads steadily down into the wadi, passing some of the most stunning mountain scenery to the hidden village of Al Khutaymi located in a cave on the wadi floor. Walk a little further and discover the best swimming pool in the Green Mountain.
Aqbat Steps Trail
For those who really want to seize the whole day and go exploring, the following 5 to 7-hour routes are nothing short of spectacular. Follow the Aqbat Steps Trail down a steep slope, passing through the rocky canyons to Masirat Al Jawamid, a remarkable abandoned village in Oman located at the bottom of the wadi. The trail continues to the top of some Bedouin steps that lead down to the gardens below, ending at the top of a jaw-dropping waterfall.
The Donkey Trail
Many of these sights can also be experienced on The Donkey Trail, which starts at Aqbat Al Biyut, about a 40-minute drive from the resort. As its name suggests, it follows a well-marked donkey trail, covering 8.6km with even more stunning views across the valley.
Lost Village Hike
Last but by no means least, the 7.5km Lost Village Hike starts at the small village of Mahaibis five minutes from the resort. Passing through the abandoned cave village of Al Khutaymi, the trail then drops dramatically by 600-metre to the beautiful plantations of Masirat Ash Shuraqiyn that lie below. Here, deep in the wadi, you can swim and refresh yourself in preparation for the uphill hike back.
Unforgettable adventures in the Green Mountain begin at Alila Jabal Akhdar. Simply pack a day bag, choose a trail, and see where it takes you… And don’t forget your camera to capture some of the most amazing scenes Oman has to offer.
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