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Getting There & Away

There is no public transport ascending Jebel Shams, but tours with Husaak Adventures, or just about any tour agency in Muscat or hotel in Nizwa, can be arranged. Alternatively, it's possible to hire a 4WD from Muscat or from Birkat Al Mawz.

If driving, the junction for Jebel Shams is clearly signposted off Hwy 21, the Nizwa–Bahla Rd, 30km or so from Nizwa. A paved road follows the bottom of the wadi, climbing through a series of sharp hairpin bends before eventually giving way to a well-graded track that climbs to the military radar site on the summit (closed to visitors). There’s a right turn just before the summit that leads, after 10-minutes’ drive along a paved road, to the plateau and canyon rim. The whole route is a 30km uphill climb from the start of the paved road and takes about 45 minutes.

Some people wish to attempt Jebel Shams without a 4WD, but car-hire agencies won’t thank you for the uninsurable abuse of their car. It's also dangerous, with big holes opening up in the track after rains.