The road to Jebel Shams is not for the faint of heart
Jebel Shams ('Mountain of the Sun') is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.970m (9,744ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Al Batinah South and Ad Dakhiliyah governorates in northeastern Oman.
Located right in the heart of the Western Hajar Mountain, the road to the summit, the highest mountain of the country and across the Arabian Gulf, starts as tarmac but also has rough sections. 4x4 vehicles only. At the summit there’s a military base so the access is restricted.
The drive is steep. Starting from Dar as Sawda', the road is 10.3 km (6.40 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.014 meters. The average gradient is 9.84%. The road offers great views following the spectacularly deep Wadi Ghul.
Road suggested by: Andrew Wheeler
Pic: سامي اليزيدي