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Wadi Ghalilah (Ghalilah Valley) is located in Ras Al Khaimah Emirate and is nestled among the Al Hajar Mountains. Hike info: Event Duration: 2 days (two overnight camping) Difficulty Grade:
Wadi Ghalilah (Ghalilah Valley) is located in Ras Al Khaimah Emirate and is nestled among the Al Hajar Mountains.
Event Duration: 2 days (two overnight camping)
Difficulty Grade: 3 (long hike with scrambling parts and exposed narrow passes)
Length: 17 km
Elevation: ascending around 1200 meter, starts from 250 to 1500 meter.
This is -a must do- one of the top list attractions for hiking experts and lovers and is longest and most challenging hikes in UAE/Oman consists of a proper manmade route/stairs, a loose stones steep part, climbing two sections of cliff vertical stairs, narrow pass and donkey trail passing through few manmade settlements and farms.
Therefore, this hike is not recommended for acrophobia people.
In general, no technicality is required but you have to be fit and have good hiking experience to participate in this hike.
Arrive to the camp site nearby the start point at night, set up basic camp. Wakeup by the dawn have quick breakfast, pack and start the hike from the village in the valley taking our way along the valley bank on a proper manmade route the we have faint steep route with loose gravels and stones before reaching the cliff.
The cliff is about 300 meters height consists of three sections of manmade steps and narrow exposed part (2 meter long), and the end of the cliff we reach AS SAYH PLATEAU, take a break for quick bite then continue ascending few hills till we reach the donkey trail made by locals for logistics supply to their secluded houses and settlements.
First day hike finish on arrival to the settlements, we will have dinner prepared by locals including baking a fresh delicious bread in a very simple and traditional way. as well water, tea and snacks will be served. Prepare the camp and setup tents for the night, enjoy the panoramic view of Ras Al Khaima and the gulf as well the astonishing view of the wadi from the top.
Next morning, the breakfast will be served by locals, pack and start descending to the valley on a proper manmade route back to starting point.
We stop for a proper meal in a restaurant in the city of Ras Al Khaimah before heading back to our houses.
– Transport including fuel. (From accommodation to camp site and versa)
– Hiking guide
– Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, chairs, table, shade)
– Bonfire arrangement
– Meals: Dinner/breakfast at camp site before the hike, Dinner and breakfast at the plateau camp, meal at restaurant on the way back.
– Drinking water at the camp.
– First aid kit
– Personal stuff (toiletry, hygienic stuff, sun protection, cloth changes…)
– Sleeping Bag, pillow (can be provided for extra charges)
– Headlight with extra batteries.
– Power bank for mobile charging.
– Warmer clothes (jacket and trousers, wind breaker…)
– Hiking boots and socks
– Hiking poles (optional)
– Hiking bag (30-40L)
– Snacks and sandwiches during the hike (dates, dry nuts, dry fruits, fresh fruits…)
Price: AED 750 pp
30 (Friday) 4:00 pm - 31 (Saturday) 3:00 pm
Ras Al Khaimah, ADNOC Service station