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Trip highlights


  A challenging hike with incredible scenery

  Geological wonders as you walk along a balcony trail with cliff edge

  Lunch stop at a dry waterfall (sometimes has water depending on the time of year)

  One of the best hiking trails in UAE

Unlike the Stairway to Heaven hike on the left side of this hike, the right side is safer and offers the same incredible views.

The right side includes a developed path with stairs managed by the RAK government and is what we will be hiking. The trail goes up 670m to a dry waterfall. Mobile reception is limited throughout.

Not suitable for beginners, nor people with a fear of heights. There is a 20-30m balcony walk with a large drop on one side (the walkway is 2m wide and flat).

While safe, this trek is not suitable for you if you are afraid of heights. Due to the risk of flash floods, if it rains, we will be doing an alternate trek.

Activity level

Hike Difficulty - Grade 3 Intermediate

 Meeting time:
Wadi Ghalilah at 6.45am for a prompt 7:00am start (no 4x4 required)

 Expect to be back:

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What is included

  Our commitment to global standards of keeping you safe during this activity

  Our dedication to preserving the environment by adhering to Leave No Trace principles

  An experienced guide with international mountain leader training

  Experienced outdoor first aid responders & first aid kits

  Extensive risk assessments for the activity in line with best practice principles

  Insurance coverage for your involvement in this outdoor activity

  Satellite phone & walkie talkies

  Outdoor education specific to your activity location

  A community sharing the inclusive love for the outdoors and wellbeing

  A chance to live wild, learn whole and explore freely

What to bring

Lunch, snacks
3L of water, rehydration tablets
Sun protection
Suitable wicking hiking clothes
Decent hiking shoes
An inclusive spirit, positive attitude and lots of smiles

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