Living in Dubai can seem not adventurous with its sky scrapers, but you can actually drive out two hours out to Ras Al Khaimah and go on many fun adventures! We woke up nice and early at 6:30 am to make our way up to Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, for some epic Zip-lining and trekking on the Via Ferrata. Important note, this is another activity than the Longest Zipline in the world.
The Adventure Experience In RAK
We love our action sports, so when we heard about the zipline, we had to give it a go. Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Path” and this is exactly what this is. You are connected by metal wire and harness all the way up as you climb and it is super safe. Even with Mitch not good at heights, he felt at ease the whole climb.
During our 3 hour climb, there were 3 ziplines. The first one was 50m, second was 60m, and the last one was by far the biggest at 300m.
We went up the easiest course, the “Ledge Walk” with climbers at all levels. Some had never done anything like this before and still did it very easily. If you are an adrenaline junkie or want to push your limits, you should try the Middle and the Julphar Scare. They involve some overhang and vertical scents.
As our photos show, we were able to climb nice and high and grab some incredible pics.
Harder Level Climbs
Like we said, you can go for harder climbs if you think you will get bored!
The Medium Difficulty Climb: the Middle Path, has also vertical sections (3) with horizontal traverses. It will take you around 3.5 hours to finish. It rises 60 metres from a wadi bed to join the Ledge Walk before the ﬁrst zipline. After that you joint back with the standard route and do the 3 other ziplines.
The Hardest Climb: Julphar Scare, which is a very vertical route that will take you around 1.5 hours. Call it the most direct route to the long zip-line, a 120-metre ascent using ladders through 5 different vertical sections with adjoining horizontal sections. Something bit close to what we did in Oman.
Booking The RAK Via Ferrata
If you want to try out the Via Ferrata at Jebel Jais, check out their website to book. There are two climbs daily, one at 9 AM and the other at 1 PM, you always need to show up 1 hour prior the climb for preparations and climbing.
What To Bring And Expect?
Don’t forget you need to be between 12 and 65 years of age, between 50 and 100 kilos of weight and have moderate fitness levels (duh). There are no prior technical experience is needed, so don’t you worry about it! You can all do it, just need to not freak out with heights!
They will provide you with the safety equipment and a handy small backpack with water and enough space for your camera items. Only one helmet has the GoPro Mount, so don’t forget to be the first to ask for it! Also most importantly, don’t forget the clipper mount!
Wear some good gripping shoes and you have to wear typical athletic clothing. It will be sharp so our advice is don’t wear shorts. Note that if you show up with slippery soles like Vans or Converse, they won’t let you do it.
The Cost Of The RAK Zipline & Via Ferrata
It’s only 400AED, including the 3 zip-lines, the climb and the transfer from Hotel Tulip Inn, Ras Al Khaimah City. Note that GoPros are not provided and you will have to bring your own! Only one helmet has the sticky strapped on it, we recommend you to bring you own body strap, head strap or other to document your adventure! Some people bring their iPhones, it’s okay but at your own risk if you drop it or scratch it!
This adventure has been fuelled in partnership with the Tourism Development Authority of Ras Al Khaimah.