Trekking in Oman @ Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

Oman is a beautiful country that we have the blessing to be neighbours. It is only a 45 minutes flight from Muscat to Dubai and 3 hours of drive to start making your way in the beautiful mountains of Oman. After going camping a few times in Oman in the Mountains and in Musandam, it was time for us to tackle another popular activity to do in Oman: Trekking.

Mitch & I are not huge trekkers. We do aspire to one day do Kilimanjaro, make it to base-camp of Everest, hence we better start somewhere to trek a bit more seriously than trekking up the Monastery in Petra! (Okay, we did “hiked” before…)

So we boarded the flight to Oman to get picked up by Alila’s Hotel lift service to get to their facilities for a good night sleep before heading up to the mountains for our trek! Alila Jabal Akhdar recently introduced 6 scenic and exciting hiking routes and we had to tick that box out of our to-do list! Each trek will take you to different scenery. This includes in and out of caves, wadis, abandoned villages and incredible backdrops.

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

Getting good shoes for a hike

We rushed last minute into this trip and had no time to go grab some proper shoes for the hike. Although – we did survive with our Nike & Under Armour shoes, we made sure to choose the pair with the most grip. Any good suggestions for a great investment on good hiking shoes?

Should I start with easier treks?

Healthy, active or not, it’s important to always train your body to something. We agreed we would do a milder trek, to make sure we won’t be taking too much time or, in the end literally give up. Mitch usually never struggles with anything, but with me previously having had my leg broken, it is still a big fear to go on challenging journeys. Despite all this, we chose to do the Level 5 trek anyways.

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

There are many trekking routes. Alila Jabal Akhdar offers many options and at some point we wanted to do it all, but we had to pick one. As we arrived quite late, the concierge thought it would be a great idea to guess what we would like and picked the hardest adventure on the list. Before the trek when we discussed about what was booked for us with Ali Al Abri, the Leisure Manager, he casually convinced us that they thought we could and should just do the hardest thing they had. We hesitated a lot but we went for it, the Level 5 Via Ferrata it is!

If you are scared of heights, you might want to reconsider. Mitch doesn’t particularly like heights and I pushed him to go for it. There are many security measures and a great instructor, which should give you some confidence. The height is “only” 20 meters, perfect to practice how you can handle it before going to higher spots like in Austria!

As for me, I hate heights when I feel unsafe, but I had to do it. So are you scared of heights? Just do it… it was amazing. Stay tuned for our video through the path!

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

What is Level 5 in hiking?

There are many levels of difficulty in hiking. Let’s not pretend we are experts here, we’re not the right people to explain it properly for you. In a nutshell, what you should know is that out of 5 levels/classes, the 5th one is at the mountaineering/rock climbing stage. To give you an idea…an unroped fall on any Class 5 climb will result in serious injuries or death, not to worry, you will be very well secured and roped on this trek!

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar
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AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

AdventureFaktory - Trekking in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar
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  • Wow…I would call this more of mountaineering than trekking. I sure would want to try that just to challenge myself.

  • I would love to trek in the mountains of Oman but I will not do this particular trek that you did. I am afraid of heights and this would probably end up being a nightmare for me. I could not be able to step on that rope, even with safety equipment, haha 🙂

  • Fiona Mai

    Your experience looks amazing! I have never done this kind of trekking before but perhaps I should try it soon. Also I didn’t know much about Omas as a touristy country, so this might well be might next stop 😉

  • Amila Dananjaya De Silva

    Wow! Stunning captures of your climb.

    I have some experiences in climbing with less grip shoes 😀
    Didn’t knew Oman was this scenic.

  • What an article and what an adventure! I imagined Oman to be a perfect tourist place for many reasons but never imagined it to be a place for “Treks”! Loved this post 😀

  • For some reasons I have always associated Oman with tourism for history buffs. Your post reveals it is a great destination for adventure buffs too. I can imagine that exhilarated feeling on reaching the top. 🙂

  • Never been to Oman didn’t realise they have a great hiking/ climbing activities there. Maybe something to consider in my future travels.

  • Just wow! I have been to Oman and I went to Wadi Rum and Sinkhole. I hope next time I go trekking like you guys, as it looks incredible! I am afraid of heights, but you convinced me with those pics!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    Your pictures are awesome. You are brave enough to do this trek. I would love to try something like that one fine day

  • Chloe

    I’d love to do a difficult trek but i don’t know about rock climbing… I have a fear of heights haha. Oman looks beautiful though, definitely on my list to visit!!

  • I love hiking but I have never been trekking. I am curious to try because I think of myself as an adventurous person. I will take your advice and start with something simpler. You look like you had a great time and the photos are beautiful!

  • Andreea Bujor

    I’ve been to Oman I saw the mountains but I miss out on the trekking business…I hope I’ll do that next time, your photos are amazing guys

  • Scott Balaam

    An excellent article – Whilst I didn’t go trekking I did spend a week in Oman and loved it! It’s a great country – we went to Muscat and then to the mountains. A really cool trip.

  • Wow this looks awesome! I would LOVE to do something like this in my next trip, but I would probably end up being exhausted! 🙂
    Amazing pictures and views, by the way!

  • Ariane

    Ok, I definitely want to go on holidays with you guys! 😉 This looks like it was just so much fun! Absolutely something I would try out!!!

    • The more the merrier! Come join us!

      • Ariane

        Haha, but honestly, you inspired me. My husband and I just decided that we were going to Oman in February! Thanx a lot, for your fab article 😉

      • We are super happy to inspire you! Please let us know what you think of it, we had a blast!

  • Very brave of you to take a Level 5 trek despite previous injury! I’ve never been to Oman, but didn’t expect there will be such thrilling activities avail there!

    • We were nervous but we were looked after so well by Ali – he made us felt really safe!

  • Whoa! The terrain looks complex. Its a very difficult trek. To begin with a Level 5 trek, that’s a lot of guts!!! I’d love to do it too!!!

    • It is very possible to do it, get there now and enjoy every moment of it 🙂

  • Trinity

    Fantastic pictures and I guess extreme sports have a certain thrill that can stimulate your energy levels! But I think I’ll stick to my walking around the park routine ….:-) 🙂

  • Sabra of Great Green Heron

    I love to hike and took a rock climbing class once. But, wow! To get out there and do it? And take pictures? Amazing!

  • Fantastic experience! I don’t know if i could ever do this though, i am so scared of heights. Great pictures as well! Well done!

  • philandgarth

    Wow Level 5 is not us! and Garth is not great with heights, so well stick to the paths. Must have been amazing tho! awesome photos too!

    • Mitch no good with heights but he managed to push through, he felt super safe the whole way through

  • Margot Guilbert

    Awesome guys!!! I would love to do that!!!
    Bisous, Margot
    http://thepastelproject.com/

  • Nora Tarvus

    Oh wow, excellent views and amazing photos! 🙂 I was once hiking in highs of Madeira but I’d love to go and see those views too!

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

  • Katja Knox

    Goodness. I’m so scared of heights I’d probably faint if I even tried that bu I kinda really wanna get my sh*t together so I can give it a go. Looks amazing!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com