Jebel Shams

Elevation (feet): 9,872
Elevation (meters): 3,009
Continent: Asia
Country: Oman
Range/Region: Southeast Arabia
Latitude: 23.2125
Longitude: 57.2783
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Dec
Nearest major airport: Muscat, Seeb International
Convenient Center: Muscat

Thanks to John Walsh for adding this peak.

Jebel Shams is the highest summit in Oman, located in the Al Hajar Mountains. The North Summit, which is the true highest point, is occupied by a military base, but the South Summit is recorded to be approximately 20m lower at about 2990m. This has a trig point -like structure on top with a map orientating you to the surroundings, for instance, where Mecca, Jebel Misht and Jebel Kawr (second highest mountain in Oman) are.

The approach can be made from the entrance of Wadi Ghul following a marked trekking path W6 to Al Khateem and then further along on trekking path W4 to the summit. This trek is pretty hard especially when the sun comes out, so an early start is recommended. You can camp near Al Khateem at a nearby campsite or you can drive to Al Khateem and start there. There is another route which is W6a to an abandoned Bedouin village in the side of the Grand Canyon.

Thanks to John Walsh for this description.