Adventure Time

The Muttrah Trek – C38

September 2, 2014
The month of September is upon us and as far as I am concerned the outdoors season has commenced! Cue the whoops and cheers from me! After enduring a long, sweaty summer I am ready to get back outside and get active. There were weeks on end of pounding the mall with the pram just to get out of the house and now I am in desperate need of a change of scenery!Bring on the BBQ’s, Boat trips, Picnics, Hikes and anything that doesn’t include walking round and round a mall.

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.

Me & Melissa – Always time for a picture!
Climbing and gaining height you follow the flags painted on the rocks to show you the way. Some of the flags are a little old and worn so keep a good eye on where to go.
There are great views of the Sultans yacht in the Port
After this you will then start to descend into the Wadi floor. The rock here can be very loose underfoot so shoes with good grip is recommended. I even put my items into my rucksack so I could use both hands to help guide me down. This walk is listed as “easy” on the Ministry of Tourism website, I would disagree and list it as a walk for moderate abilities.
Eventually down on the wadi floor you will follow the flags and take a turn to the right and into the valley. Depending on the time of day you may find some shade in here to rest and have a well deserved break for water and a snack.

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!

Stopping for a ‘selfie’ – Me, Svetlana, Melissa and Menbre
If visiting this trek or any other Wadi/Valley remember to use caution in times it is likely to rain heavily as these areas can flood very quickly. At this time of year (September) there is hardly any water in this wadi making it easier to navigate.
Take plenty of stops to drink water if you need to. The Omani sunshine can be harsh and this combined with your energy output is likely to dehydrate you quickly.
After huffing and puffing your way up and down hills and through the wadi floor the final hurdle is in sight. There will be a T-Junction of sorts where you can only choose left or right – take the left. Look up high to see the flag signaling where to go.
Here you will have a steep scramble up loose rocks and one final haul of your body up a last large obstacle – thankfully this last push only takes literally three minutes – until you can see over the hill into the grave yard below.
Staying hydrated is important in the sunshine!

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.

This is what the grave yard looks like

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!

Visit the Oman Tourism website for more details and other trekking ideas by clicking here and then here for further info.

Have you tried this hike in Muttrah for yourself?

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4 Comments

  • Reply siobhan85 September 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Selfie sticks are amazing!!

  • Reply Haytham September 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    This is really cool .. I’ve trying to find the muttrah trekking.. How can I get there .. I would aprecieate it if you could discribe it for me ..

  • Reply cledion January 29, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Hi Heather,

    It was really adventure and I must say thank you for the tips as I brought with me my 3-year-old daughter. I was a long time follower of yours and was inspired to follow your footsteps. Mabuhay! (Long Live)

    • Reply Heather January 31, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Ahh fantastic, so glad that you tried it out! Especially at this time of year when the weather is so beautiful!

      I really appreciate you taking the time to message 🙂

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