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Jebel Shams

Excursion Details

Visit Jebel Shams, the Sun Mountain of Oman in full day trip from Muscat. Jebal Shams is so called because it is the first place to greet sunlight at dawn and the last to say farewell at dusk. This is the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula, rising to an altitude of 3,004m above sea level


  • Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman
  • Grand Canyon of Oman
  • Visit Al Hamra

Experience a highlight of the Middle East landscapes. Start a day trip to the highest mountains of the Sultanate. Jebel Shams (meaning in Arabic “Mountain of the Sun”) is part of the Hajar Mountains. Start the excursion in the morning from Muscat after the breakfast and drive towards Nizwa.
En Route to Jebel Shams make a stop at the village of Al Hamra. The drive to Al Hamra alone is refreshing. Passing the typical desert landscape of Oman, suddenly you are surrounded by green and alluring palm trees. You then suddenly pull up to massive adobe (mud) houses that radiate a strong sense of pride and dignity. This village, which still highlights homes up to 400 years old, makes for a fantastic stop during your tour. This town was built on a tilted stone slab and is a rare display of traditional methods of housing in ancient Oman. Many of these houses have two floors, the ceilings are of wooden beams and palm fronds, and sealed with mud and straw.
The tour continues with the 4×4 vehicle to the Jebel Shams. Once you arrive at the top, you score incredible vistas of the canyons atop which Jebel Shams is perched. Experience the stunning view down the canyon and gorge which leave your head spinning. The fall is about 1000m and it is one of the most stunning views of the “Grand Canyon” of Oman. Enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant.
We return to Muscat in the afternoon

Season: This tour operates all year round

Trip Specifications: Tours start daily at 8:00 am and finish around 5:00pm • Maximum group size of 20 • Minimum group size of 4 • Minimum age 6 years old

Pickup: Pick up at your hotel in Muscat city area. If you are staying beyond these areas please get in touch to set up the meeting point or to organize an extra transfer.

Drop-off: We will drop you off at where we picked you up. If you need extra transfers please contact us for more details.

Included: All Taxes • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle • Lunch • English Speaking Guide • Three Bottles of Water

Not Included: Gratuities • Extra transfers

What to Bring: Sunscreen • Steady shoes • Pullover/ jacket
This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground • Maximum number of Passengers in a vehicle should be 4, due to the safety regulations
What to Wear: Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times. Guests are advised to bring appropriate clothing as it could be chilly on higher altitudes, especially during the winter months