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near Aş Şulḩah, Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)
The hike upwards is along a wonderful wadi, huge boulders in the first KMs to a little wooden shack which was a nice place to camp on the first night (approx. 5 KMs in). The wadi then becomes much steeper and involves climbing around deep plunge pools and dropoffs. I turned back at one technically difficult step and decided instead to hike the steep mountainside to a high point of around 1100 metres. The views from the top are amazing, both inland and of the coast.
From the summit, the hike to the coast is long and tricky to negotiate in places, with numerous steep climbs and scrambles.
The remote beach, accessible only by boat (or by hiking along the coast if you just want to visit the cove and skip the mountain hike), is a great place to camp and spend some time early morning swimming. The hike along the coast back to Qalhat involves numerous rises and falls into wadis coming off the mountains and so is far longer and more difficult than you'd think looking at images on Google Earth.
If you hike the same wadi off the mountain summit to the coast and find a sleeping bag, it's mine!