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Via Ferrata

 
 
From the Italian, literally meaning ‘Iron Way’ via ferrata are mountain routes with fixed wire cables, metal rungs, and ladders. These allow adventurous walkers and climbers to ascend steep rock faces in relative safety while reducing the amount of climbing equipment required.
Via ferrata were originally developed in the Italian Alps during the first word war to assist troop movement in difficult mountain terrain. Nowadays climbing via ferrata routes as combination of trekking and climbing activities has become a popular adventure sport.
Via ferrata users should always be equipped with a helmet, appropriate shoes, climbing harness, and a special tether used for attaching the climber onto the cable to protect against falling. Additional equipment such as a backup rope should also be carried. Gloves are also useful; and in Oman, water, sunscreen and a first aid kit should also be considered as essential items.
If used correctly via ferrata climbing can be an exhilarating experience. As with any adventure activity the sport has an element of risk of personal injury. Via ferrata users climb under their own judgment and at their own risk. Those trying the sport for the first time should always start under the supervision of a professionally trained guide. Check with local adventure tour operators for availability. For experienced and equipped via ferrata climbers it is best to go with someone who knows the way and to check on the status of the route before setting off.
Wadi An Nakhur (Grand Canyon)
The Wadi An Nakhur (Grand Canyon) public Via Ferrata (VF1 & VF2) is located near Jabal Shams. Starting along trekking path W6 at the village of Al Khitaym, a high level balcony walk to the abandoned village of Sab Bani Khamis takes around on hour and has stunning views of the Grand Canyon. After Sab, an uphill walk leads to the start of the climb. The lower part is a medium to difficult 80m vertical ascent. Following a short walking traverse, the easier upper climb leads out of the canyon via a wadi. The climb itself takes around 1 hour.

Alila Jabal Akhdar.
Located near the Saiq Plateau, the Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort (+968 2534 4200) offers a privately operated guided Via Ferrata experience overlooking Wadi Al Kawr. Fees apply.
 

Featured Destinations for via ferrata
 
Grand Canyon
Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain)
Jebel Shams (“La Montagna del Sole”)
Al Jabal Al Akhdar(Green Mountain)

Featured Destinations for via ferrata

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