Perhaps the weather hasn’t quite got the memo that it is indeed September and the mercury should be on the decline, it is still up around 40 degrees every day. Hopefully soon the temperature will decrease and the summer heat will die out. Insh’Allah.
Back in September 2013 I blogged about a trekking route from Riyam Park up into the hills above Muttrah – you can read the original post with information on the hike by clicking here – and for the past couple of weeks I have returned to this hike again and again for both fitness and to get back into an outdoors way of life.
After posting pictures of my outings on ‘The Duncan Adventures’ Facebook page many people have requested more info. So here we are. I hope that this helps some of you to get out and explore!
This trek is great as it will only take you around 2 hours, it is still in the city so no need to travel too far or have a 4×4, it is completely free and the views of Muscat are great. What more could you want?!
We started from the car park of Riyam Park in Muttrah and headed up into the hills from there following the old diesel pipeline as it snakes up the steep mountain side. A small note, to locate the start of the hike look for a yellow house at the foot of the hillside. Go round the back of this property to see the steep steps heading up to mark the start of the trail, it is not very well signposted at the start.
The initial hike up the steep steps is tough going which requires walkers to have moderate fitness levels. You travel high up very fast but the good news is that the first part to the hike is the worst part. Phew!
Once you reach the higher points you can stop for some ‘selfies’ with the monument incense burner in the background like me and Melissa did.
Recently I purchased a “selfie stick”. Everyone who see’s the stick laughs at how ridiculous it looks but they are soon amazed at how handy it is, especially on these kinds of adventures!
Reaching the grave yard signals that the hike is over and from there on out it will be a nice lesuirely stroll back onto the Muttrah Corniche and back to the car in Riyam Park.
After exiting the grave yard gates you can either continue staright on or take a right up the concrete steps. We like to go up the concrete steps where there is a small grocery store and purchase a lovely cold bottle of water. By this point I have drank everything I carried.
From there the stroll is easy peasy! Continue straight towards the sea, once you reach the main road with the Port on front of you take a right and continue walking along the Corniche until you reach Riyam Park again. So simple!
Total distance – 4.9km/3 miles
Time taken- Around 1.5 – 2 hours
Calories burnt- Hundreds!
What I packed in my rucksack:
– Fully charged phone
– Selfie stick, I love this thing!
– A few rials to buy more water at the end
– A full bottle of cool water
– Banana for a high energy snack
– Factor 30 sun block
– A small towel to wipe sweat from my face whilst walking
– Wet wipes to clean my hands
Things to remember:
– This hike is not suitable for small children due to the loose gravel underfoot
– Wear sensible footwear, sneakers/trainers are best to get a good grip on the rock
– Remember to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated
– Always wear sun protection cream, no matter the time of year the Omani sunshine can be harsh
– Tell someone where you are going incase of emergency
Once we reached Muttrah again I spied this graffiti/art on the wall.
I don’t know what it means or who did it but I love the design and the colors!
Have you tried this hike in Muttrah for yourself?