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Bawshar-Ghala-Falaj sham Track



It is 42 km track it consists of different types of trails: hilly road, Mountains, flat graded road, down hills and fast wiggly MTB track. The good thing about this track it has multiple exits near Ansab Road so if you get tired in midway you can always exit towards the road and return back. Following are key sceneries can be found in this track:

1- The ancient track:


It is made of ancient stones when farmers used to cross the mountains. Riding through this track you can see beautiful mountain nature in Bawsher and different farms in the area. Once you reach to the top you can see the hot steam bath.

2-Ghala Hills:

It consists of three hills with altitudes ranges from 100 m to 150m. The third hill is one of the challenging hill and requires high technical skills to clime; as it contains lots of unconsolidated sand with rock and same time it is very steep.


Once you cross this hill, a nice downhill path will be seen which requires some good technical skills.

3- The Ancient Village:

This one of the oldest village in Falaj sham contains beautiful farms and old fort which people used to protect themselves during the wars.


Picture below shows beautiful farm nature in this village surrounded by Oman Ophiolites rocks. 


This passage entry to the village always contains fresh air and nice breathing due to trees. During high season of rain ground water reaches to surface and creates small pounds in some of the old Wadies.


4- Hot water springs:

A hot water springs flow from mountains in the frames of this village.It is a collection of natural water springs whose temperature reach up to 45 degrees Celsius.


5- Ansab Dam:

It contains small pound surrounded by trees and grass. If you come early morning you can see some beautiful birds around this area.



Once you reach to top of Dam you can see entire Ansab city and enjoy mountain views.



You can download the track in GPX format by clicking the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pog2t779fmpvv7k/Ghala%20Track.gpx.xml?dl=0

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Saal Track Near Fanja


This track is about 31 km and majority of the section lays on the top of mountain which has altitude of 240 to 298 m. Once you reach cliff of this mountain you can enjoy high mountain view away from city noise. It contains following key attractions:

1- Top Cliff point:

This is the first climb in this track which has altitude of 240m, it requires lot of power and energy to come to this point, but it worth to reach at this point. A total different world can be seen at this point, high fresh air with great sun shade created by mountains:



2- Oman Ophiolite:

Along the track you can see beautiful farms sounded by dark black mountains which is called as ophiolite. It is a large slab of oceanic crustthat is made of volcanic rocks and ultramafic rocks from the Earth's upper mantle that was overthrust onto continental crust as an ophiolite.[1] It is located on the eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula[2] and covers an area of approximately 100,000 km2.[1] Based on uranium-lead dating techniques, the Semail Ophiolite formed in the Late Cretaceous.[3] It is primarily made of silicate rocks with (SiO2) content ranging from 45–77 wt%.[4] The Semail Ophiolite is important because it is rich in copper and chromite ore bodies also provides valuable information about the ocean floor and the upper mantle on land.[1] Geologists have studied the area attempting to find the best model explaining the formation of the Semail Ophiolite.



After this section a very steep and long down hill comes which takes from altitude 300 to 140 m, here you can enjoy your down-hill experience. 

3- Wadi section:

In this section riding your bike will consider to be challenging as it contains lots of rocky bolds and pebbles which are river deposits.


It is surrounded by lot of farms and trees.

4- Henna trees:

along this wadi section on left side you can see lots of Henna trees. Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet)[1][2] is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name "henna" comes from the Arabic حِنَّاء‎(ALA-LC: ḥinnāʾ; pronounced [ħɪnˈnæːʔ]) or, colloquially حنا‎, loosely pronounced as /ħinna/.
Mehndi (Henna) applied on both hands.

The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes (see also mehndi). Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silkwool and leather. The name is used in other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna and neutral henna, neither of which is derived from the henna plant.[3][4]

Historically, henna was found to be used in the Arabian PeninsulaSouth AsiaCarthage and other parts of North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Bridal henna nights remain an important custom in many of these areas, particularly among traditional families.

Below is picture of Henna tree which can see on this wadi sections:


5- Enormous Rocky sections:

in this place you will the natural art of big rocks which contain beautiful rock textures and amazing look.


This rock shows correct direction of your way out from this wadi section, one of the amazing stop to take pictures.


6- Falaj Irrigation system:

Aflaj are ancient water channels from 500 AD located in the regions of Dakhiliya, Sharqiya and Batinah. However, they represent a type of irrigation system as old as 5000 years in the region.

"Aflaj" is the plural of "Falaj", which means "split into parts" in classical Arabic. This irrigation system effectively divided the water among all the inhabitants; it flowed by gravity from the sources to homes and cropland. The complex included watchtowers to protect it, but also mosques and other buildings.[1]

In 2006, five Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites: Falaj Al-Khatmeen, Falaj Al-Malki, Falaj Daris, Falaj Al-Mayassar and Falaj Al-Jeela[2] 

At this Falaj section the path is bit narrow, however you can enjoy walk along this fresh water flow.


7- Nature water cooling system:


This system consists of algae surrounded to mountain, as ground water sweep into these vegetations it creates drop of water which drip off in long distance as it drip the cool air near these trees reduces the temperature of these drip of water which eventually accumulate into shaded reservoir.


The water remains cool through out the year which one of the amazing thing to see and feel it specially in summer where temperature about 46 deg.C and most of the water at normal surface get warm while this reservoir remains cool. 


You can download the track in GPX format by clicking the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/70rfvdcr9j2vbja/Sa%27al%20track.kml?dl=0

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Wadi Mayh Track

Wadi Mayh is located not very far from Muscat. This delightful valley has many interesting things to see, more so for landscape admirers with a keen eye for detail.



 enormous mountain range that appears to have been naturally engraved with many layers created during different geological periods. Now, it looks like a massive display of rock art.


Also you can see wadis and small farms, along this section. The trail is 25 km pretty much flat and easy ride.

 
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Tomb Raider Trial in Oman





If you are looking for single trial and technical challenge then here you go. This trail built by Oman Trialbuilder a society which put lot of effort to establish new trials on Oman. A sandy singletrack above Al Khoud village, traversing hillsides, and riding alongside ancient tombs.

Below video shows one of races done in this trial.



You can download the track in GPX format by clicking the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mvccs83wjcn4nyl/TombRider.gpx?dl=0

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