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Jebel Shams Balcony Walk

One of Oman's most picturesque hikes, a must do if you are in the region.

Hiking Moderate

6.8 km
994 m
992 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.9 km
Jebel Shams Balcony Walk Map

One of Oman's most picturesque hikes. You hike into Wadi Ghul, which provides amazing views from the start to the end of the hike. Towards the turnaround point you will encounter a small abandonded village.


The trail is very well marked, and easy to follow. There are some exposed sections, so I would watch out with young children. The hike itself takes about 3-4 hours, but this can change drastically depending on weather conditions. During my hike it started to rain intensely once we reached the turn around point, and the path was temprorarily blocked by an amazing waterfall. After waiting for about 90 minutes we were all good to go again. Make sure you bring enough water and snacks to allow for surprises like this.

The GPX track for this trail slightly exaggerates the elevation gain, my watch totalled it to about 470meters over the 10km hike.

Added bonus: tons of mountain goats



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Water features