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Trip to Sharaf al Alamayn Pass

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Petr Liška
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Trip to Sharaf al Alamayn Pass
Inserted: 04.09.2018
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The Sharaf al Alamayn Pass (2,036 m above sea level) lies on the main mountain ridge not too far from the Jebel Sham mountain. A road connects Al Hamra in the south with the villages in the north. From Al Hamra to the pass there is a good asphalt road. On the other hand, only gravel intended for off-road vehicles. The trip is enriched by a short hike along the ridge with lots of beautiful views of the depths on the north side of the ridge

Road to Sharaf al Alamayn Pass

The road to the pass starts just east of Al-Hamra. It goes on a nice asphalt on the long southern slopes of the mountains.

Road to Sharaf al Alamayn Pass
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View of the ridge

After about half an hour of driving and overcoming a series of curves, the view of the main ridge will open. The transmitter antennas that are visible from here are just a short walk from the pass. In the background Jebel Sham

View of the ridge
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Just below the pass

Just below the pass at an altitude of almost two thousand meters above sea level is the Al Hoota Rest House, where it is possible to stay

Just below the pass
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The first view into the depths

After driving through a not very extraordinary landscape, the first view from the pass on the other side will definitely get you. Below you is basically a kilometer downhill slope and a number of jagged ridges

The first view into the depths
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In the Sharaf al Alamayn pass

There is a small car park right in Sharaf al Alamayn Pass. From this point of view, it is beautiful to see the possibility of a nice hike along the ridge

In the Sharaf al Alamayn pass
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Road north to Bilad Sayt

The road to the north no longer has an asphalt surface and is intended only for off-road vehicles. If you have a good vehicle it is definitely worth driving it

Road north to Bilad Sayt
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Looking back at the pass

From the pass, we set out for a pleasant walk along the edge of the ridge along a terrain path leading to the transmitter

Looking back at the pass
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The village of Hat

Directly below us is in a beautiful place the village of Hat (sometimes referred to as Al Hajir)

The village of Hat
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Road to the transmitter

The path of the walk is comfortable, you just have to avoid the locals, who can only go there by car.

Road to the transmitter
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Panoramas like on the Grand Canyon

The views here will remind you of the famous Grand Canyon

Panoramas like on the Grand Canyon
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Relax on the edge

There really is nowhere to hurry here. Just climb the rock plate and enjoy the views.

Relax on the edge
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Viewpoint behind the transmitter

It pays to walk behind the transmitter, because from here there is a really impressive view of the edge of the ridge. But the journey continues even further, as it is the Omani trekking route W10h leading to the crossroads of routes W8 and W9 leading to Bilad Sayt or Misfat al Abriyeen

Viewpoint behind the transmitter
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View of the famous village of Bilad Sayt

Bilad Sayt, destination of off-road vehicles

View of the famous village of Bilad Sayt
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Way back

Return to Al-Hamry. The trip to the pass was definitely worth it.

Way back
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