Self-guided Solo Winter Day-Hike to Jebel Shams (2,997masl)

sightseeing Muscat and Oman's highest peak - Jebel Shams
March 17 to 18, 2017

Crossborder Bus Ride from Dubai, UAE (Hatta Border) to Muscat, Oman (Al Wajajah Border)


Jebel Sham is Sulatanate of Oman's highest peak located in Hajar Mountain range
Ascent: 5 – 6 hours with light pack               Descent: 4.5 – 5.5 hours
Highest point: 2,997masl                              Difference: 1,000m                 Distance: 9km
Degree of difficulty: long mountain trek... rocky, partly steep but relatively easy going.

Self-guided solo winter day-hike to the highest peak of Oman via crossborder bus trip and hitchiking... 12-hr challenge on a rocky terrain with chilling wind on 9km distance and around 1,100m altitude gain #oman #jebelshams #grandcanyon #winterhike #hitchhike #pinoymountaineer #taongbundok

No registration fee and no guide required. Trail is well-signed of yellow, white, red paint together with pile of stone. But still I got lost for how many times at night trek descent due to exhaustion. This is the best Middle East trek I gonna cherished. #winterhike #oman #pinoymountaineer

One of the moments I had on hitchhikes on my journey to trekking the Oman's highest peak. I had 3 hitchhike made, all of them intended to local drivers. #oman #hitchhike #goodsamaritan

Self-guided Winter Solo Hike to Jebel Shams (2,997masl) (Wadi Nakhar Grand Canyon)

2 Days Solo Backpacking in Winter Oman via Crossborder Bus Trip

sightseeing Muscat and Oman's highest peak - Jebel Shams
March 17 to 18, 2017

“Those who have achieved their dreams didn’t do it sitting in a comfort zone. They challenged the status quo.” - Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry

My 51st solo backpacking trip, 30th in Asian continent (11th in the Western Asia and 4th in GCC Countries), 59 countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip is the first country I visited on the new beginning of my expat life and to accomplish the highest summit hike of Oman. 

Interesting Facts about Oman: 
1. Crime In Oman Is “Extremely Rare”
2. Omanis Breed The Finest Arab Horses
3. Oman Has Only One Public University
4. Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the planet.

timezone - +0400H UTC;   capital - Muscat;   language - Arabic

currency - Rial (OMR) 1 OMR = 2.6 USD = 10 AED
visa - GCC Expat Professionals are visa on arrival


2 Days Solo Backpacking in Winter Oman via Crossborder Bus Trip (Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque)

Abu Dhabi's Awesome Fun Runs in 1st Quarter of 2017

Adventure fun-run in Abu Dhabi Emirate of United Arab Emirates
January to February 2017

I joined the 32 Floor level of Climb to Abu Dhabi 2017 Vertical Run, open sprint 7km with 19 obstacles of X-Dubai Spartan Race and untimed night run of Electric Run in Yas Gateway Park.

Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Run 2017 held last January 27, 2017 with categories climb up 82 floors / 1,617 competing in a 32-floor / 720-step challenge. Registration fee was 175 AED that includes Event Bib and finishers medallion, Shoe/timing tag (to be handed in at the finish line), Official race t-shirt by Reebok and Healthy Breakfast pack inclusive of a fresh coffee or juice.

Spartan Race is the World’s Best Obstacle Race. Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Spartan Race Abu Dhabi held last February 24, 2017. Registration fee was 315 AED that includes Finisher Medal, Finisher T-shirt, free professional photos and Bananas at the finish line.

The world's brightest and most exciting 5km night run. Electric Run 2017 held last February 24, 2017. Registration fee was 215 AED that includes Electric Run shirt.
 
Abu Dhabi's Awesome Fun Runs in 1st Quarter of 2017 (Spartan Race)

Road Trip and Short Trek to UAE's Highest Elevation, Jebel Jais

18-February-2017 Saturday in Ral Al Khaimah Emirate, United Arab Emirates

My 50th solo backpacking trip, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departureThis was just a short day trip just to see the glimpse of Ras Al Khaimah and without a concrete itinerary, just go where my gut feeling wanted that day. Since my initial plan was to scout for possible trekking routes in Hajar Mountains on cheapest way, I decided to negotiate a cab and go straight up to Jebel Jais highest elevation.

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. Ras al-Khaimah has the most fertile soil in the country, due to a larger share in rainfall and underground water streams from Omani mountains. Jabal Jais, is a mountain on the border between Oman and United Arab Emirates, with an elevation of 1,911 masl. The highest point of this mount is located on the Omani side, but a secondary hill (in the same mountain) west of this peak is considered the highest point of the United Arab Emirates, at 1,892 masl.

JEBEL JAIS BUDGET SOLO DAY TRIP ITINERARY:

0630H ETD Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal 30 AED
0900H ETA Sharjah Al Jubail Bus Terminal
0930H ETD Sharjah Al Jubail Bus Terminal 25 AED
1030H ETA Ras Al Khaimah Bus Terminal
1100H ETD Ras Al Khaimah Bus Terminal 5 AED
1115H ETA Ras Al Khaimah Nakheel
walk to Manar Mall; lunch 30 AED
1230H ETD Nakheel; negotiated round trip taxi to Jebel Jais 140 AED
taxi all the way up to highest elevation; summit not accessible yet due to road construction
1500H ETD Jebel Jais
1550H ETA Ras al Khaimah Bus Terminal
1600H ETD Ras Al Khaimah Bus Terminal 25 AED
1730H ETA Sharjah Al Jubail Bus Terminal
1800H ETD Al Jubail Bus Terminal 30AED
2030H ETA Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal
TOTAL EXPENSES: 255 AED
 
Road Trip and Short Trek to UAE's Highest Elevation, Jebel Jais

Short Visit to Sharjah

10-February-2017 Friday in Sharjah Emirate, United Arab Emirates

This was just a short day trip just to see the glimpse of Sharjah and without a concrete itinerary, just go where my gut feeling wanted that day. Visited first the Central Souq, Flag Island, Corniche, Al Noor Mosque then the Al Noor Island. Photography and video taking is allowed inside.

Sharjah (capital of the Sharjah Emirate) is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.

SHARJAH CITY BUDGET SOLO DAY TRIP ITINERARY:

1020H ETD Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal 30AED
1230H ETA Al Jubail Bus Terminal; Lunch 20AED
Flag Island, corniche, Central Souq
Al Noor Island Entrance 50AED; KFC snacks 18 AED
1730H ETD Al Jubail Bus Terminal 30AED
2000H ETA Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal


TOTAL EXPENSES: 148 AED

Short Visit to Sharjah (Corniche)
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