Geographical Situation

Wadi Bani Kharus is one of the 4 main valleys of the northern slope of the Western Hajar, the second one starting from the east : Wadi Mistal, wadi Bani Kharus, Wadi Bani Awf, Wadi Sahtan.

It’s a long valley which first flows east / west along Jebel Akhdar before meeting its main tributary, Wadi Al Hijir, and turning to the north to Al Awabi and then to the foothill valley of Wadi Al Abyadh.

Access by car is from Al Awabi on an asphalt road or from Wadi Bani Awf, on a steep but beautiful track (4WD mandatory) which acents to a pass and goes down to Wadi Al Hijir.

Access by car

From Al Awabi fort, a very good tarmac road goeas up the valley to the last village of Al Alya.

All along the valley, we cross small mountain oases, sometimes in the bottom of the valley, sometimes slightly higher on the mountain slopes.

About 8 km from Al Awabi fort, there is a turn (right) to the main tributary of Wadi Bani Kharus : Wadi Al Hijir. In the middle of Wadi al Hijir, a track on the right leads to a pass (great views all along the drive) and down to Wadi Bani Awf.

Villages in Wadi Bani Kharus

At the far end of the valley (or at least of the part that is accessible by car…), the valley starts to be narrower. There, huge palm gardens on terraces stretch on both sides along the wadi. Scattered in the palm gardens, different villages come one after another : Sunnar, Musaynah, Al Alyah.

It’s a pleasant place for walking, sometimes in the gardens, and sometimes in the wadi bed. But you have to be respectful and quiet to respect the inhabitants who prefer that tourists do not walk in some areas (there are signs ; just respect them…)

Hiking in Wadi Bani Kharus

All along Wadi Bani Kharus, as well as at the far end of Wadi Al Hijir, some paths climb up to Jebel Akhdar.

From Al Alyah, we can also reach Jebel Akhdar (several itineraries possible of which a difficult one in the wadi and an easier but longer one on the right with ups and downs), or just walk 1 or 2 hours to reach a secluded palm garden (entering the gardens in forbidden, unless someone from the village invites you to it) or higher in the wadi some beautiful pools.

The valley also counts a few romte oasis higher on the slopes which are accessible only hiking.

If you want to go trekking or hiking by yourself in the Western Hajar, you’ll find a lot of inormation on the website Wilderness Trekking Oman

Our tours in Wadi Bani Kharus

We visit this valley regularly, mostly for a short hike in our Discovery Tours.

For Trekking enthusiast, we have a 4-days route starting in Samail Valley, passing on Jebel Akhdar and through Wadi Mistal, and ending in Wadi Bani Kharus.

Finaly, we have an interesting Hiking Trip through the northern valleys of the Western Hajar, which visit little visited and remot places in Wadi Bani Kharus.

Trekking – From Samail to Wadi Bani Kharus

4 days

Level 4

Trekking – From Samail to Wadi Bani Kharus

Available in JanFebMarsNovDec

1 x Camping

2 x Accomodation

A beautiful 4-days trek to discover the highlands of Jebels Akhdar, but also the northern valleys of Wadi Mistal and Wadi Bani Kharus. Great views, charming guesthouses, and the visit of very diverse villages and oasis.
Hiking in the northern valleys of the Western Hajar Hajar Occidental

6 days

Level 3

Hiking to the Roots of the Western Hajar

Available in JanFebMarsNovDec

1 x Camping

2 x Bivouac

2 x Accomodation

A nice trip to discover the valleys of the northern slope of the Western Hajar and its remote mountain oases. 2 bivouac overnights in exceptional places, 2 nights in pleasant guesthouses, and 1 night camping in the middle of Wadi Sahtan’s cirque.

You would prefer to join a small group?

We offer Treks, Hiking Tours, and Discovery Tours in Oman.

From October to April, we schedule departures on varied itineraries which are always adapted to the season they are offered.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll see our next scheduled tours which go in Wadi Bani Kharus.

Travel there

600 OMR

8 days

Group of 3 to 8

Level 3

Hike and Discover Northern Oman

from 09/11/2024 to 16/11/2024

Open (Needs 1 to confirm)

3 x Camping

4 x Accomodation

A good glimpse to Oman's various landscapes with hikes in the mountain and in the wadis, and 1 day/2 nights in the desert. Also the visit of Nizwa and Sur, and the observation of green turtles!
Wadi Bani Kharus Wadi Bani Awf Misfat Al Abreyeen Nizwa Wahiba Desert Wadi Bani Khalid Ras Al Had Sur Wadi Tiwi Wadi Al Arbeyeen

870 OMR

12 days

Group of 3 to 8

Level 2

Discover and Adventure in Oman

from 17/11/2024 to 28/11/2024

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

8 x Camping

1 x Homestay

2 x Accomodation

An adventurous itinerarythrough remote and little visted places. But at a slow pace and with easy walks and hikes. A lot of nature, and many camping nights in remote wild beautiful places!
Wadi Mistal Lowhills Wadi Bani Kharus Wadi Bani Awf Nizwa Sinaw White Desert Wahiba Desert Wadi Bani Khalid Eastern Hajar's Plateau Jebel Abyadh & Jebel Aswad Wadi Al Arbeyeen Bandar Khayran

1300 OMR

15 days

Group of 3 to 8

Level 2

Great Discover of Oman - Comfort

from 02/02/2025 to 16/02/2025

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

14 x Accomodation

A rather easy tour, sleeping every night in accomodation, to take the time to discover various aspects of Oman : 6 days in the mountain, 5 days on the coast of the Indian Ocean and its nearby deserts, and 4 days in the wadis and the Sea of Oman.
Wadi Mistal Lowhills Wadi Bani Kharus Wadi Bani Awf Wadi Sahtan Al Hamra Misfat Al Abreyeen Jebel Shams Nizwa White Desert Masirah Island Wahiba Desert Wadi Bani Khalid Sur Wadi Tiwi Wadi Al Arbeyeen Bandar Khayran

850 OMR

12 days

Group of 3 to 8

Level 2

Discover and Adventure in the heart of Al Hajar Mountains

from 23/02/2025 to 06/03/2025

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

7 x Camping

4 x Accomodation

An itinerary largely off the beaten track to discover in depth the 2 main mountain ranges of Northern Oman : the Western and Eastern Hajar. In the heart of nature and traditions!
Wadi Mistal Lowhills Wadi Sahtan Wadi Bani Awf Wadi Bani Kharus Al Hamra Misfat Al Abreyeen Jebel Shams Nizwa Wadi Bani Khalid Eastern Hajar's Plateau Wadi Tiwi Wadi Al Arbeyeen Bandar Khayran