Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams is the highest summit in Oman, located in the Al Hajar Mountains. The North Summit, which is the true highest point, is occupied by a military base, but the South Summit is recorded to be approximately 20m lower at about 2990m. This has a trig point -like structure on top with a map orientating you to the surroundings, for instance, where Mecca, Jebel Misht and Jebel Kawr (second highest mountain in Oman) are.

The approach can be made from the entrance of Wadi Ghul following a marked trekking path W6 to Al Khateem and then further along on trekking path W4 to the summit. This trek is pretty hard especially when the sun comes out, so an early start is recommended. You can camp near Al Khateem at a nearby campsite or you can drive to Al Khateem and start there. There is another route which is W6a to an abandoned Bedouin village in the side of the Grand Canyon.

Elevation (feet): 9,872
Elevation (meters): 3,009
Continent: Asia
Country: Oman
Range/Region: Southeast Arabia
Latitude: 23.2125
Longitude: 57.2783
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Dec
Nearest major airport: Muscat, Seeb International
Convenient Center: Muscat

Thanks to John Walsh for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There is one trip report for Jebel Shams.

  • Log #21110 - by an anonymous user on Dec 07, 20073.00 stars
    A 6-7 hours trek on natural rocky path from 2000m to 3000m ASL. Driving distance appr. 220km from Muscat. Base: Camping or "Jabal Shams Motel and campsite" Take enough water/food - no supplies...