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May 15th, 2010 – by: tzrtwr
You MUST have 4 wheel drive to make this trip. The guard at the bottom of the mountain records your vehicle type, license plate, number of and nationality of passengers in addition to verifying you're 4X4 equipped. Should your vehicle decide to take a short cut to the bottom (ie, over the side), they want to know which embassies to contact.
We arrived at night which provided a nice moon kissed view of the terrain.
I didn't see a single camper (trailer) during our trip. They have them here but the climb is incredibly steep and I would expect most vehicles to quickly overheat at the attempt. This is truly a getting back to nature trip.
We enjoyed Emarati coffee and tea with a roaring camp fire. There are no designated camping areas. If you see a suitable area, engage the four wheel drive and exit the road to set up camp.
We chose a spot which others also knew of. Our camp sites were hundreds of meters apart and we didn't meet the others.
The nearest town has a bakery, few stores and a hotel should you experience poor weather. The restaurant located just inside town has rice based meals all day long for under $1 to $3. Service was good. Tip half the cost of the meal and they'll be waiting anxiously for your return.
Al Ayn (not to be confused with Al Ain, UAE) is a must if you are anywhere close to the area. Even from Dubai, you could make it there and back in a full day. The locals still talk of Lady Di (Lady Diana of the U.
During your travels in this area, you may see men or children alongside the road. Slow down and see if they are selling something to help sustain them. Older gentlemen were selling local fruit and children in towns were selling "rose water". It appears to be local spring water filtered through indigenous flowers. The sell it in recapped bottles. Buy it to help the children but I honestly didn't drink it.
I've lost the coordinates to the camp site. Approximately 10 KMs north of Al Ayn, Oman.
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