One of the most beautiful wadi of Oman
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Beautiful color of the water
The color of the river in the gorge is really beautiful
Here, too, you will find a mini pulpit directly above the water – a wonderful place
There is no point in hurrying at all, because some corners here are really magical
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.
After about half an hour of walking you are at the other pond, even here you should not swim according to the signs.
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
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
After less than an hour, you are finally at the bathing place!
Bathing part of the gorge
The whole bathing passage is quite large – bathing ponds alternate places where the water is knee-deep.
View from the rock ledge
View from the top
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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