Geographical Situation

Wadi Mistal is the first of the 4 main valleys of the Western Hajar, starting from the east. Then come Wadi Bani Kharus, Wadi Bani Awf, and finaly Wadi Sahtan

The nearer city is Nakhl, known for its fort, huge palm garden, and hot springs, at the foot of the mountains ; we pass there when coming from Muscat.

Wadi Mistal flows towards Wadi al Abyadh, a small foothill valley among rocky hills made of ophiolites. In Wadi Al Abyadh, it meets with Wadi Bani Kharus : so be careful if you visit Wadi al Abyadh on a rainy day ; it’s a small foothill valley but it drains a lot of water (all the northern flank of Jebel Akhdar!)

Map of Wadi Mistal
Yellow lines : Tracks and roads
Green lines : hiking paths (marked and unmarked)

Access by car

Wadi Mistal is accessible only from the foot of the valley, near Nakhl, on the Al Awabi / Ar Rustaq road.

After the narrow entrance, we cross a vast flat area : it’s a cirque ; so we have a big flat surrounded by cliffs…

A tunr, at the entrance of the cirque leads to the small Wadi Bani Harras where there are wome beautiful bu little visited oasis.

In the main valley, the road (tarmac) goes forward in the cirque, and then several turns (tracks) lead to the different villages on the edges of the cirque : Hadash, Al Hijir, Al Qoorah, and Wakan.

The villages of Wadi Mistal

In Wadi Mistal, most villages are more than 1000m high (between 1000 and 1500m), in he gullies or on rocky outcrops.

At 1500m, climate is more mild : palm trees still grow, but trees like apricots or peaches do better then banana mango, papaya which do very well a bit lower.

The villages of Wakan and Hadash are espacialy known for their apricots and peaches. The blossom (end of February) attracts many local tourists.

Trekking and hiking in Wadi Mistal

A (marked) trail links all the villages between Hadash and Wakan. Although it is marked and not very long, it’s not an easy walk at all with a lot of unstable screes.

From Hadash, a path also leads to the valley of Samail, but is also quite difficult.

We can reach Jebel Akhdar hiking from Wakan or Hadash on good marked trails.

From Wakan, we can also reach the neighbouring Wadi Bani Kharus, either the upper valley (which gives access to Jebel Akhdar), or the lower one in Al Alya. A path also leads to the small Wadi Bani Harras.

If you want to go trekking or hiking by yourself, the website Wilderness Trekking Oman is worth a visit ; you’ll find a lot of information.

The tours which we offer in Wadi Mistal

We offer several treks which go pass Wadi Mistal.

From Samail to Wadi Bani Kharus (4 days)

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.
Crossing Jebel akhdar (from Samail to Wadi Bani Awf – 9 days)

9 days

Level 4

Trekking – Crossing Jebel Akhdar

Available in JanFebNovDec

3 x Camping

5 x Accomodation

A beautiful 9-days trek to cross Jebel Akhdar range on an original route from Wadi Bani Awf to the Samail Gap. We hike mainly oon the ridge, but also through the northern valleys (Wadis Sahtan, Bani Awf, Bani Kharus, Mistal).
Crossing the Western Hajar (14 days)

In our Discovery Tours, we go sometimes for a pleasant walk in the beautiful gardens of Wakan from where the view over the cirque are great.

Do you prefer to join a small group?

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

From October to April, we schedule tours in small groups along different itineraries, and always adapted to the season.

You’ll find at the bottom of the page all our next tours passing in Wadi Mistal.

Travel there

500 OMR

8 days

Group of 3 to 8

Level 2

Discover and Adventure in Al Hajar Mountains

from 03/11/2024 to 10/11/2024

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

5 x Camping

2 x Accomodation

A discovery tour largely off the beaten track in which we cross respectively the Western and Eastern Hajar ranges. Great mountain landscapes and secluded oases, but also desert, sea, and wadis!
Wadi Mistal Lowhills Wadi Sahtan Wadi Bani Awf Nizwa Wadi Bani Khalid Eastern Hajar's Plateau Wadi Al Arbeyeen Bandar Khayran

620 OMR

7 days

Group of 3 to 7

Level 4

Oman Hiking Express

from 17/11/2024 to 23/11/2024

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

3 x Camping

3 x Accomodation

A concentrated tour to discover different aspects of Oman, hiking much and driving little : a 4-days mountain trek in Jebel Akhdar, a stop in Nizwa, 2 nights and one day in the desert, a splendid aquatic hike in Wadi Bani Khalid!
Jebel Akhdar Wadi Mistal Nizwa Wahiba Desert Wadi Bani Khalid

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

700 OMR

8 days

Group of 3 to 7

Level 4

Trekking across Jebel Akhdar

from 30/11/2024 to 07/12/2024

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

3 x Camping

4 x Accomodation

A beautiful 8-days trek to cross Jebel Akhdar range on an original route from Wadi Bani Awf to the Samail Gap. We hike mainly oon the ridge, but also through the northern valleys (Wadis Sahtan, Bani Awf, Bani Kharus, Mistal).

650 OMR

7 days

Group of 3 to 7

Level 4

Hiking across Western Hajar

from 28/12/2024 to 03/01/2025

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

3 x Camping

3 x Accomodation

7 of the most beautiful hikes across the Western Hajar mountain range through sheperd hamlets, villages, oasis, rocky slopes, and vallleys. 4 hikes with short drives in between, and last 3 days trekking (no driving between the hikes).

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

700 OMR

8 days

Group of 3 to 7

Level 4

Trekking across Jebel Akhdar

from 15/02/2025 to 22/02/2025

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

3 x Camping

4 x Accomodation

A beautiful 8-days trek to cross Jebel Akhdar range on an original route from Wadi Bani Awf to the Samail Gap. We hike mainly oon the ridge, but also through the northern valleys (Wadis Sahtan, Bani Awf, Bani Kharus, Mistal).

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

620 OMR

7 days

Group of 3 to 7

Level 4

Oman Hiking Express

from 23/02/2025 to 01/03/2025

Open (Needs 3 to confirm)

3 x Camping

3 x Accomodation

A concentrated tour to discover different aspects of Oman, hiking much and driving little : a 4-days mountain trek in Jebel Akhdar, a stop in Nizwa, 2 nights and one day in the desert, a splendid aquatic hike in Wadi Bani Khalid!
Jebel Akhdar Wadi Mistal Nizwa Wahiba Desert Wadi Bani Khalid