4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Visit Oman's Grand Canyon

Snake Canyon, Oman © Sylwia Pecio /Flickr
Snake Canyon, Oman © Sylwia Pecio /Flickr
Photo of Gehad Medhat
19 March 2018

Oman offers tourists a land of wonders and natural beauty that make for an unforgettable holiday. There are many beautiful spots to visit, but be sure to stop by Wadi Ghul, also known as the Grand Canyon of Oman for an amazing must-visit experience.

A Mind-Blowing Attraction

The Grand Canyon of Oman is in the village of Ghul, which is northwest of Al Hamra. It lies near Jebel Shams, which means Mountain of Sun, and is the highest mountain peak in the Hajar mountain range. It is referred to as the Omani Grand Canyon or the Grand Canyon of Arabia and is one of the most famous wadis (a dry riverbed) in Al Dakhliya Region, as well as one of the best natural attractions in the country. The canyon is around 1 km (0.62 mi) deep at some points.

Snake Canyon | © Sylwia Pecio / Flickr

The Amazing Balcony Walk

The Balcony Walk is a spectacular path on the rocky rim of the canyon that leads to an old abandoned village called Al Sab. The path offers mind-blowing views of the canyon, the surrounding magnificent mountains and the villages below.

Balcony Walk, Jebel Shams | © Fabio Achilli / Flickr

Hike an Exceptionally Rocky Destination

For hikers, rock climbers and adventure travellers, this is the ultimate destination. The Grand Canyon offers amazing trails with equally incredible views that are sure to satisfy your love for energetic sports. There are several daily tours on offer, if you’d like some guidance or to ensure total enjoyment of the magnificent scene.

Balcony Walk, Jebel Shams | © Fabio Achilli / Flickr

Camp Under the Stars

Surround yourself with natural beauty, fresh air, magnificent mountains, crystal water pools and a clear sky filled with glowing stars. This amazing experience, and others, may be had while camping in the canyon.

Snake Grand Canyon | © Sylwia Pecio / Flickr

Getting to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is in the Hajar mountain range, one of the most famous ranges in the country. Most tourists drive the 204.5 km (127.1 mi) from Muscat to Wadi Ghul, which will take around two hours and 15 minutes.

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