Wadi Ghul (Oman’s Grand Canyon) Tours

From 3,000 meters at the top of Oman’s tallest mountain, Jebel Shams, to the flat area just below the summit, you can see 1 kilometer straight down into Wadi Ghul, Oman’s Grand Canyon. From this area, called “the balcony,” the drop is so far and the canyon so vast it is hard to get a sense of scale. Rock formations and layers in the ancient rock give the canyon an almost other-worldly feel. It is the deepest canyon in the Middle East, and the second deepest in the world after Arizona’s Grand Canyon. 

On the far side of the valley lies the Ghul village, a collection of traditional mud-brick homes built into the mountainside. With small plots of agriculture and date plantations, the green stands out against the orange mountains and lands. There is also an abandoned old Ghul village, where the trailhead for the trekking path begins.

Practical Info

Ghul is less than 30 kilometers from Al Hoota Cave and about 15 kilometers from Al Hamra. The trip is best made via car, and a 4x4 is required to go up the mountain. Be prepared to hike to get to the lookout area.
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Address: Nizwa, Oman
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Private Tour: The Grand Canyon of Oman and Jebel Shams Day Trip

Driving up Oman’s Jebel Shams mountain to see the country’s Grand Canyon isn’t recommended to anyone but seasoned off-roaders. This private full-day trip takes you there and back, with no driving worries. Marvel at the vast canyon from Jebel Shams’ summit, and visit Nizwa, villages, and ancient ruins with a guide to navigate and provide background you’d otherwise miss. Lunch and return hotel transport are included for ease.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$517.00 USD
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Private Tour to Misfat Al Abreyeen and Jebel Shams

Delving into Oman’s ‘wadi’ gorges, hill villages, and towns isn’t advisable for inexperienced off-roaders as it can involve difficult-to-navigate mountain trails. This private trip from Muscat lets you explore in comfort, without driving hassles or risking getting lost. Discover Nizwa and Misfat Al Breen village, and visit Jebel Shams, the Grand Canyon, and more; all with a guide for insight into the scenery, and Oman’s traditional culture and history.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$507.00 USD
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Private Tour: Jabal Shams Grand Canyon Adventure from Muscat

An independent trip to Jabal Shams—the mountain overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon—isn’t recommended for anyone but experienced mountain drivers. This private 4x4 tour from Muscat lets you see this deep canyon without any driving worries. With a driver-guide, focus on the passing scenery, marvel at the vast canyon—officially Wadi Ghul—from the summit, and visit Nizwa Fort and other scenic spots. Plus, entry fees and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$420.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4

Combine visits to Jebel Shams and Nizwa during this 10-hour tour from Muscat. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, get spectacular views of Oman's Grand Canyon and dig in to a traditional lunch in the mountain village of Misfah. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Muscat accommodations are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Oman's Grand Canyon: Jebel Shams

Unless you’re an expert mountain driver and hire your own 4x4, exploring Oman’s Jebel Sham mountain and its neighboring Grand Canyon isn’t advisable independently. This private tour makes it easy, with a driver-guide to navigate the off-road trails up and around the steep-walled canyon. Plus, it allows side trips to Nizwa and mountain villages, and includes time at Muscat’s Grand Mosque, so you get the most from your day out.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$218.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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