Rim Walk, Wadi Nakhur

  • Wadi Ghul, evening - © William Mackesy
  • View from Al Khitaym - © flickr user - ausoman
  • Inside Wadi An Nakhur - © flickr user - Arian Zwrs
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Simon Monk
  • Wadi Ghul, abandoned village - © flickr user - Nanak26
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Prasad Pillai
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Prasad Pillai
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Prasad Pillai
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Prasad Pillai
  • Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Tom Olliver
  • Jebel Shams, from just above Al Khitaym - © William Mackesy

Key information: Rim Walk, Wadi Nakhur

  • In the far west of the Jebel Akhdar is Wadi Nakhur, also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon, a huge and truly spectacular hole with vast cliffs dropping to its deep and, in its lower reaches, lush bottom.
  • Follow old donkey trails linking the canyon’s base to the high rim plateau, taking in a couple of abandoned villages en route. Superb canyon views. 

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Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3-5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,900m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Wadi Ghul, evening - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

In the far west of Jebel Akhdar, the finest and highest region of the Western Hajar Mountains, is Wadi Nakhur, also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon, a huge and truly spectacular hole with vast cliffs dropping to its deep and, in its lower reaches, lush bottom.

The Grand Canyon rim walk  (W6a in the Explorer guide) follows old donkey trails linking Wadi Ghul at the canyon’s base to Al Khitaym on the high rim plateau, taking  in a couple of abandoned villages en route. It has superb canyon views, and wider ones southward toward the desert.

This is a village to village trek, so you could stay overnight (Al Khitaym only) or arrange drop off/pick-up at each terminus.

Despite its stony ground and over 1,000m of climb (or descent if you head north to south) this trek is actually fairly easy going, although Oman's standard heat warnings apply. 3-5 hrs depending on whether you climb or descend.

You can link this with the Grand Canyon Balcony Walk to make a long but marvellous day.

Oman Trekking (Explorer) and Adventure Trekking in Oman (Anne Dale and Gerry Hadwin) have worthwhile sections on some of these walks. Recommended. Find relevant books on Amazon.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Western Hajar Mountains walk page. See also our Jebel Akhdar page.

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Inside Wadi An Nakhur - © flickr user - Arian Zwrs

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Wadi Ghul - © flickr user - Simon Monk  ...
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