This is a relatively moderate-medium level route, suitable for those looking to test themselves before attempting one of our harder, longer trails.
Leopard Canyon is the place where the last Arabian leopard is said to have been killed in the UAE. There are locals that believe that the leopards are still present in the area, but are very elusive creatures.The hike terrain starts off on an easy graded road, until we get to Ghail Village and some ancient abandoned village. The next section continues into the wadi and is a generous grade, but soon enough the grade increases, and the hike will require some boulder hopping and scrambling.
After several turns, we arrive at an amazing cliff overhang that has some wonderful and live hanging gardens where there is running water seeping through rocks, and gives you an insight into how locals lived here for centuries. An early start will ensure we get plenty of shade, but the walk back will be in the sun, and will require sun protection. We will break at the hanging gardens before heading back along the same path.
This route will have 250m of elevation gain, and will be a good test for those wanting to test themselves on a shorter hike before committing to a bigger one. The duration will be 2-2.5hrs each way.
Hard. It is a decent workout, but achievable by anyone in good health and fitness.
Hiking boots are necessary and trekking poles recommended.
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Meet at Leopard Canyon at 6.45am for a prompt 7.00am start.
Meet at Times Square Mall at 5.15am. Google pin: https://goo.gl/maps/m9Fk4hAi6uaVbThY9
Expect to be back in Dubai by 15.00pm. Driving time from Dubai is 1hr 30mins.
Once registered online through our website you will receive an email with hike details - please note online payment is required to secure your place. Places are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
FREE for registered challengers
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- The satisfaction of supporting a local charity helping children around the world
- Carpool organisation
- An experienced guide with Mountain Leader training
- Experienced outdoor first aid certified G4G staff
- An inclusive, welcoming community spirit
- A guaranteed day of fun & fitness!
WHAT TO BRING:
- Trekking shoes with ankle support (trainers are not suitable and will be turned away)
- Trekking pole/(s) recommended
- Wicking fabric clothing
- Minimum of 3L of water & rehydration tablets
- Lunch, snacks (nuts, fruits, energy bars)
- Sun protection