Courtesy of Alila Hotels and Resorts

Thrill-seeking hikers will cross a suspended wire bridge and attempt a vertical climb in the Al Hajar mountains.

March 21, 2017

A new hiking path has opened in Oman’s Al Hajar mountain range—a stunning area that was named one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2017. Guests of the Alila Jabal Akhdar (which we named one of the best new hotel openings of the year when it opened three years ago) can now scale what the hotel calls the highest protected climbing path in the Middle East.

 Courtesy of Alila Hotels and Resorts

The newly opened via ferrata, which translates to "iron path" in Italian, consists of a route of iron steps embedded into the mountainside, then a wire bridge suspended 65 feet above a valley (you’ll need to clip into cables for this section). The excursion starts from $90 per person for a two-hour trek.

 Courtesy of Alila Hotels and Resorts

The idea of a via ferrata was originally created in World War I as a way to move Italian troops quickly across strategic points throughout the mountains. Alila Jabal Akhdar has built their own via ferrata to give guests access to some of the most scenic views available in the Arabian Peninsula.

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This experience is the latest adrenaline-inducing expedition to be added to the resort’s long list of outdoor offerings, which includes tailored excursions hiking through the snaking wadis of the Al Hajar mountains, as well day trips biking to nearby Omani villages to explore 17th-century forts.

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