Погледана 116 пут(a), скинута са сервера 4 пут(a)
близу Rimá, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)
An off-beaten path moderate difficulty hike that starts at wadi Esfai village, Ras Al Khaima, UAE. If you are looking for an alternative experience to well known UAE hikes-this is a great choice. You will be on your own with the nature (will spot some rare birds, donkeys and scardy goats, as well as blue lizards which we called "peacock lizard" due to its "look at me look"). As a hike it is a combination of a long wadi walk and mountain hiking with breathtaking views of layered mountain range. It is a relatively long loop type of trail which you can adjust yourself, depending on how much energy and time you have. We have followed other hikers' path recorded on wikiloc but when we reached the top of the mountain we soon realized that hike can be improvised because the terrain is more or less the same. You can continue climbing up and down what we called "camel back" mountain top for as far as you are willing to (just keep an eye on the wadi that you just left, because you will have to hike down to it, preferably early before sunset). If you run out of time (as we did, it was 4pm and we were still on top) or get tired, just head down the mountain back into the wadi. Please be aware that it is still a steep climb and you need to be cautious of lots of loose rocks, nevertheless it is possible to climb up and down from many parts of the mountain. No special gear necessary (trekking polls might be useful to reduce the load on your knees especially when going down). What makes this hike challenging is its rocky terrain- you have to mind your steps. It is a constant work out even on the wadi walk (not much of an easy stroll there). Make sure to have a flashlight if the dark catches you as hiking on a rocky hills at night is dangerous , tiring and annoying. We got cough up by the dark at the very last bit of our hike. Honestly those 20min of night scrambling though the millions of rocks drains the last bit of your already empty energy bank. Enjoy!
From this spot we will climb down some man made grey gravel hill and follow the right side of the mountain.
Wadi Sfini (Esfai) village view at the start of the hike. You will climb a little bit up the hill where a first waw moment awaits for you- one side is a village view, another side open up a beautiful valley will a layered mountain range.
Valley view that opens up after the first short climb. Use this tree as a marker point and head down i to the valley. Be aware of scree slope, follow bigger more sturdy rocks.
After a good walk through the wider part of the wadi, you will see an option to take either left or right. Take left to continue further into the wadi.
Brown rock path, starting to climb up the mountain
A bit towards left up the hill.
Finally top of the mountain. Actually one of the tops, after this point, continue to the right and you will find yourself going up and down the mountain edge. You dont have to be always on the very top, choose the way that feel safe and comfortable for you.
Time to go down, we were still at tge top by 4pm and this is the latest you should be heading down. We followed a trail that was recorded by a hiker in 2015, but we decided to cut ut earlier because of the timing.
Back into the wadi. Way back in different part of the wadis network. It will meet the main wadi later on where you continue back as you came.