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Walk to the lakes in Wadi Ash Shab

One of the most beautiful wadi of Oman

Petr Liška
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Walk to the lakes in Wadi Ash Shab
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A walk to the lakes of Wadi Ash Shab is one of the most beautiful short hikes you can take in Oman. A great gorge march awaits you here, ending with amazing swimming lakes and a small waterfall.

Estuary of the Wadi Ash Shab Valley

The mouth of the Wadi Ash Shab valley spans the Muscat – Sur highway, so don't forget to go down. There is also a fairly large parking lot and food stalls

Estuary of the Wadi Ash Shab Valley
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Pond at the beginning of the route

The first obstacle is right on the edge – a pond and a hiking trail on the other side. Sometimes someone tries to wade here, but it is more classic to pay the ferryman. you will immediately receive a ticket for the return route. Just be sure to ask when they will be here to get you back.

Pond at the beginning of the route
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Path between fields in Wadi Ash Shab

From the beginning, the path leads between the fields. The imposing walls of the canyon rise high above you – a super spectacle

Path between fields in Wadi Ash Shab
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Life in Wadi Ash Shab

The place is not just an attraction for tourists – the locals still live here as they did years ago. It is incredibly green for Omani conditions.

Life in Wadi Ash Shab
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And Wadi Ash Shab

The gorge itself changes quite its character, once it is wide, full of pebbles, once it is quite narrow, just for a small river

And Wadi Ash Shab
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Road on a rock ledge

One of the beautiful places along the way is at the first ponds (not yet swimming), when the way leads along a rock ledge

Road on a rock ledge
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Beautiful color of the water

The color of the river in the gorge is really beautiful

Beautiful color of the water
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Omani Preikestolen

Here, too, you will find a mini pulpit directly above the water – a wonderful place

Omani Preikestolen
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Fairytale nooks

There is no point in hurrying at all, because some corners here are really magical

Fairytale nooks
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Gorge paths

The journey through the gorges is not so difficult – families with small children also come here – you just have to be careful in some places not to fall down from the rock ledge.

Gorge paths
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Second ponds

After about half an hour of walking you are at the other pond, even here you should not swim according to the signs.

Second ponds
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Road through boulders

This is followed by a passage with boulders, where you do not always hit the most optimal path. Here you need to follow the most paved footpath more

Road through boulders
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Journey through the gorge of Wadi Ash Shab

The Ash Shab gorge is really beautiful and it is a place where you will definitely want to return once again in time

Journey through the gorge of Wadi Ash Shab
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Bathing place

After less than an hour, you are finally at the bathing place!

Bathing place
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Bathing part of the gorge

The whole bathing passage is quite large – bathing ponds alternate places where the water is knee-deep.

Bathing part of the gorge
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View from the rock ledge

View from the top

View from the rock ledge
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Sailing through the gorge to the waterfall
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Sailing through the gorge to the waterfall

From this place it is beautiful to see where the „cruise“ leads through the gorge. The most interesting place is at the end, where there is perhaps only a meter wide wall and it is a relatively unpleasant place to avoid Omani non-swimmers in vests topped by a cave with a waterfall.

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