Location ✦ Saloot, Sayq Plateau
Region ✦ Jebel Akhdar, Western Hajar
Country ✦ Oman
Difficulty ✦ v1-a2-III
Max recall ✦ None
Duration ✦ 8h to 10h
Interest ✦ ★★
Access to the place
The problem is to leave a car at the bottom of the canyon (if only one car, find a local to take you up from the bottom). From Nizwa, continue on the E15 to branch off towards Birkat Al Mawz and head towards Wadi Al Muaydin, Jebel Akhdar. Just after Birkat, turn left onto a long track and leave car no. 1 at the village (arrival point).
Map & topo
Hiking to the start 1'
Immediately, because we're already in the bed of the Wadi Saada.
Course 8h à 9h
No abseiling to be done, but there are a few tricky chaotic climbs to negotiate, with some not-so-obvious de-escalations. The rest of the hike is aquatic or dry. However, there can be quite a lot of water, so bring a wetsuit depending on conditions.
Part 1 (3h)
Follow the bed of the Wadi Saada torrent, looking for the best option for passing boulders and pools of water. You'll have to go around 2 or 3 waterfalls on the right or left without too much difficulty. The end of the section comes at a large, deep, impassable gully, which you bypass on the left to reach the junction with the wad Bani Habib, which comes from the right.
Part 2 (5 to 6h)
After a short while, you come to a large, flat corridor to follow. After this section, there are large boulders and a few small waterfalls to negotiate. The end is less interesting, with more boulders and chaos. A nice squeeze with grey polished rock, then continue further uphill to the left. Follow an old, broken-down falaj, then the concrete falaj and, after a final pass, exit at the village parking lot, where we left car no.1.
Drive up to the starting point below the village of Saloot, in about 1h30.