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Ras Al Khaimah-Jebel Jais Mountain Hike

Updated on January 15, 2016

At The Top

1028 m Above Sea Level
1028 m Above Sea Level

GPS Coordinates

  1. Starting Point (383M): N 25 53.981 E 056 08.533
  2. White Flag (539): N 25 54.0137 E 056 10.0165
  3. Turning Point (577m): N 25 53.9901 E 056 10.2195
  4. 1st Small Village (808m): N 25 54.3900 E 056 10.0977
  5. At The Top (1028m): N 25 54.5650 E 056 09.5949
  6. Blue Water Tanks (978m): N 25 54.7828 E 056 09.4548
  7. Nearing The End (442m): N 25 54.2515 E 056 08.7780

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Total Distance

The total distance monitored by GPS was recorded at 9.39 miles with an average pace of 42 minutes per mile.

Establishing Shot

Establishing Shot Zoomed In

Map Overview

Start at green point.  From left to right
Start at green point. From left to right

The Numbers 1-48

Map With GPS

Route Card 1-24

Route Card 25-48

Large Boulders

Intro/ Summary

We started this hike around 1030 and arrived back to the car at sunset, around 1730. Until the first turning point this hike is relatively easy with some scrambling over large boulders.

From the turning point at least 4 hours should be allowed to reach the end without much room for error. It is best to turn around at this point if you think that you may not complete the trek in time for sunset. After the turning point there is a very steep ascent which takes you to a small village followed by the top of the mountain (about two hours).

When we reached the top unfortunately someone in another group was injured and had to be air lifted by helicopter. This dragged on for longer than expected which meant we risked being stuck on the mountain in the dark. Luckily there was a Pakistani guy from the village that was happy to show us a short cut (the route now used in the map) and we made it down in time for sunset.

It's common knowledge that people get stuck on the mountain so you should always have the minimum kit to survive over night incase you don't make it back on time!

Care should be taken when placing hands on the rocks to avoid any snakes or scorpions that could be hiding underneath. We noticed a few Oriental Wasps (the big one with red and yellow stripes) so it's advisable to wear bug spray before you leave the car.

Apart from that the views are amazing!

Mountain Goats

The Unlucky One

Starting Point & Car Park

383 m Above Sea Level
383 m Above Sea Level

Head Towards Ramp

Car Park

Park the car on the left side of the road and walk towards the ramp on the right to begin the hike. You can also drive down the ramp and it's possible that you will see cars parked in the wadi with people having bbq's.

You can also park the car in the wadi but not recommended if you plan to go trekking incase of a flash flood.

The Ramp

View of the road from inside the wadi entrance
View of the road from inside the wadi entrance

Driving To The Starting Point

The starting point is about 140KM away from Dubai. If you don't have satellite navigation you can download an App called Waze and type in the GPS coordinates. The App will guide you all the way to the location.

The First Leg

The First Leg

Set the first compass bearing (see route card) and begin walking. The ground at this point is relatively flat with a gravel road suitable for 2 wheel drive. You will notice to your left a grey electrical box followed by a white telegraph station also on your left.

Electrical Box

Telegraph Station

Route Description

Adjust your compass as required by the route card. You will see that the road becomes more difficult for cars with larger rocks preventing access for 2 wheel drives. Directly in front of you will be a red and white sign and to the right a stone wall that looks like an area for making a bbq. Pass this and head towards the trees and small house in the distance.

White & Red Sign

Stone Wall (bbq area?)

Head Towards This

Route Description

When you reach the small house on the left you will notice that the wadi goes in two directions. You should follow the direction on the left as the one on the right is very steep. Immediately after passing the wadi on the right you will see another stone house

Stone House (Right)

Route Description

From the stone house onwards you will notice the wadi incline with large boulders to scramble and lots of loose rocks/ gravel. Your next goal is to reach the white flag (see GPS coordinates). This is the easiest part of the hike as the incline is gradual. Some of the rocks have been made into stairs which make the rock scrambling easier

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Man Made Steps
Man Made Steps

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Route 8-18 (In Order)

Notice the white flag in the distance
Notice the white flag in the distance

The White Flag-539 m

Keep to the left of this rock
Keep to the left of this rock

Route Description

When you reach the white flag (or large rock if its been removed) follow it to the left and look up to the right. You should see a tree at the top of the rock. Head towards this tree.

Tree Behind The White Flag

Resting Point

When you reach the tree you may want to stop for a rest. This is a good location with a flat area to set up a camping stove.

Route 20

Route Description

After passing the tree and resting point you will now be heading towards the turning point. You have two options when you reach this point. Either you can turn around and head back to the car or carry on to complete the full trek. From the turning point onwards the incline becomes steep all the way to the top with a couple of flat areas for resting.

You should allow at least 4 hours from this point and ideally sunset shouldn't fall between this time.


Turning Point-Route 21

577 m
577 m

Route Between 21-24

Route Between 21-24

White Wall (Water Fall?)
White Wall (Water Fall?)

Route Between 21-24

Boulders become more difficult to climb with very steep inclines
Boulders become more difficult to climb with very steep inclines

Route Between 21-24

Follow the natural bends of the wadi floor
Follow the natural bends of the wadi floor

Route Between 21-24

Head towards the trees in the distance to the left
Head towards the trees in the distance to the left

Route Between 21-24

Some big boulders
Some big boulders

Route Between 21-24

Head towards the two trees
Head towards the two trees

Route Between 21-24

Route Between 21-24

Route Between 21-24

Route 24

This is to the left of the small village
This is to the left of the small village

Route Description

You will see that the rocks and gravel become much looser and the incline is much steeper. Care should be taken between 21-24 to avoid rocks hitting the person below you. The picture above and below is a level area that can be used as a resting point. You will see man made walls and old stone houses.

Route 24

Route 24

Route 24

Route 24

Stone House at Route 24

Route Description

Head towards route 25. You will see a small house to the right (see picture below) and you should head towards it.

When you pass the house, you will see different flat levels with man made walls. Climb over these and head towards the final ascent.

The Small Village-808 m

The Village

Route 26-28

Route Description

This is the final ascent to the top with an incline of over 200m. If you look to the right you will notice a steep canyon. Follow this canyon until you reach a large flat area which can also be used as a resting point.

Route 27-Large Flat Area

Route 27-28

Amazing Views!
Amazing Views!

Route 27-28

Final Ascent

At The Top-1028m Above Sea Level

Route Description

When you reach the top you can stop for a rest. You should allow at least 2 hours before sunset for the final descent. Notice the second village and water storage tanks in the distance. This is where you will be heading towards when you start the decline.

At The Top-View of Village

Water Tanks

Route 29-31

From the top, head towards the blue water tanks and small reservoir and pass them to the right. Keep walking towards the village and pass on the right. You will notice a steep drop to your right. This is the point where we met the Pakistani guy (sorry, couldn't spell his name) and he showed us a quicker way down.

Deep Canyon-978m

Deep Canyon

Route 32-34

Walk around the village in a u turn and look in the distance. You should clearly see the main road and the wadi floor. This wadi will lead you all the way back to your car. Extra care should be taken at this point until you reach the wadi floor due to exposed edges, steep drops and lots of loose rocks.


Route 32-34

Narrow Paths
Narrow Paths

Route 32-34

Narrow Paths
Narrow Paths

Route 32-34

RAK Police Helicopter

Route Description 35-37

Eventually you will come across a rain water collector. According to our "guide" this water is used as drinking water but doesn't go through any filtration process. Pass through the green gate (or around it to the right if it is locked). Remember to close the gate after.

Water Collector

Final Route

The remaining route will start to resemble the start of the route and you will notice that the ground becomes flatter and easier to navigate. In the distance you may be able to see the main road. Before the main road there is another small house to the right of the wadi.

Route 37-48

Route 37-48-Our Short Cut Guide

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48

Route 37-48-Last House Before Road

Route 37-48-Last House Before Road

Avoid Disturbing The Houses

Note that these houses are still in use and shouldn't be disturbed

The Main Road

The Main Road

Destination

Keep walking to the right for 300m until you reach the car
Keep walking to the right for 300m until you reach the car

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