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Jebel Shams, Oman

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#6 of 25 in Nature in Oman
Explore Jebel Shams, Oman's highest peak, best known for its grandiose canyon. You can drive up to the top in your personal vehicle (although a four-wheel drive is recommended) or go on an organized guided tour. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and panoramic vista of the towering canyon cliffs and scenic mountainous landscape, or brave the "balcony walk," an adrenaline-inducing cliffside trek. Plan to see Jebel Shams and other attractions that appeal to you using our Nizwa trip itinerary builder .
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  • We did the balcony walk over the weekend and were impressed and awed by the beautiful views. The walk was not an easy stroll and most books say it is good for beginners but I thought it was a little t...  more »
  • We hired our own saloon car and drove from Nizwa to Jebel Shams. The drive was mostly on a concrete road so it was an easy drive and then the last 5-6 km was on a dirt road but nothing our car couldn'...  more »
  • 4 wheel vehicle required, since the last kilometers are very bumpy. From the parking lot on the balcony always on the precipice of the Omani basic canyons up to the abandoned rock/cave village over a very rocky and steep path climbing wall. Incredible view of 1000m down into the Canyon. Hiking boots and 1 l water per person recommended. Ca back and forth 3 h. Schade that the antisocial everywhere leave your plastic waste.
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Where to stay in Nizwa

Nizwa has relatively few accommodations to offer its guests, drawn to the historical core of the former capital. The relative lack of tourist infrastructure may well be what's keeping the traditional feel of the city center alive. A couple of standard hotels can be found in the center, and a few more in the towns to the north and south along Highway 21. The capital, Muscat, lies about an hour and a half's drive to the north-east along a good quality highway. Most visitors simply visit Nizwa during a day trip from the capital.
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