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ALaqaba lima IMG 3028 jpgWith cooler temperatures on the horizon, UAE residents can once more look forward to getting outdoors and exploring the mountains, oceans and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula.  Whether you are a beginner outdoors person or a veteran explorer, there are a variety of options for experiencing the unique environment we live in and gaining a new appreciation for the history and culture all around us.  Each month we will highlight a trip offered by Absolute Adventure which explores picturesque areas.


This month: The Aqaba-Lima Trek.

 

Our most popular trip, this full day experience starts in the small fishing town of Dibba, Oman (roughly 2 hours from Dubai). After meeting at the Absolute Adventure Centre, participants will have a full safety briefing from a qualified mountain guide and collect their backpacks, water and packed lunches before heading to the harbour to board a speedboat. From Dibba, we have an approximately 45 minute journey north along the coastline to the starting point of the trek, Aqaba.  Along the way are dramatic coastal cliffs, scenic bays, beaches and the opportunity to spot a variety of sea and birdlife. 

 

Aqaba itself is a small fishing village which can only be accessed by boat and only recently had mains power installed. Before starting the walk to Lima, we’ll explore the village and visit the family home of our local Omani sponsor to talk about the way of life and how it has changed over the past decades.  

 

The trek itself begins here and, we’ll begin on a route which locals have used for hundreds of years to access the mountain village above and the neighbouring town of Lima. First, the route follows narrow ledges a few metres above the sea allowing us to spot a variety of fish, rays and maybe even sea turtles. After a few hundred meters, the trail turns uphill onto a path which is sometimes very clear and, other times seems to disappear altogether.  From here, the eagle eyed among us may be able to spot the village at the apex of the ridge which is our goal.  The village is built using the fallen stones from the mountain in order to be better camouflaged and, you will be amazed at how well it works! The path climbs, steeply at times, from sea level to about 250m over rocks and talus but eventually finding the western corner of an extensive abandoned village.  

 

ALAqaba Lima jpgThe abandoned village was used by the locals as a defensive position atop the mountain. Being hard to see and even harder to access meant relative safety from invaders.  As we make our way through the village there will be a variety of artefacts and significant buildings to discuss like the old mosque, grinding wheel, various pottery and even the town jail.  From here, the views back down to Aqaba reveal the path taken in it’s entirety and, the beauty of the rugged coastline from a new perspective.  Soon, we pass the crest of the ridge and can see our destination: Lima.  Lima, like Aqaba, is accessible only by boat but yet, has grown into the 3rd largest town in the Musandam after Khasab and Dibba.  


Following a short rest on the ridge our path continues towards Lima, down now but not as steeply as the uphill before.  After about 45 minutes of descent we’ll reach the outer farms of Lima; our destination is a date farm where we’ll stop for lunch in the shade of the palms. In the farm are also bathrooms and a small pool where we can cool down before  an easy 15 minute walk to Lima port. 

 

On the journey back towards Dibba the boat will visit Lima Rock,  a popular SCUBA site, that also is home to nesting Osprey.  If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to spot one or 2 of these perched high on the cliffs. The last stop is Sanat Cave, a large coastal cave formed from millennia of wave induced erosion. If the conditions are right, you can swim into the large main chamber to explore, look for rays resting at the bottom or, swim through a few underwater tunnels.

 

From the cave back to Dibba is about another 20 minute ride and, we normally arrive just in time for the fish market. This is really fun just to observe but, can also be dinner if you plan to spend the night camping on the beach or at the Adventure Centre.

 

This is a moderate trek (3/5 on our grading system) and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.  Children age 12 and up are welcome on this trek.  

 

Meeting time is 0830 at the Dibba border crossing. All participants must bring their original passport and provide electronic copies of both their passport and UAE visa to Absolute Adventure at least 3 business days prior to the trip.  

 

ALplantation pool IMG 3039 jpgFor more information, visit our website: www.adventure.ae and get in touch with Mike@adventure.ae

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