Muscat Treks: Al Mahaj Cave at Amerat

Muscat Treks Series in this series I will be writing about some of the treks and unmarked trails in and around Muscat, ones that can be completed in a relatively short time making them ideal as an easy weekend outdoor activity or a post-work trek for anyone living in Muscat. For similar posts of this series check out my posts on Aint TrekFanja Tabletop MountainMuttrah GeoTrekSa’al MountainSidab Coastal Trek, and Ruwi Mountains Trek. Now, let’s talk about Yenkit!

Mahaj Cave (كهف المحج) is a cave located in Amerat (العامرات) city of Muscat. The cave is located a short walk into the wadi from the residential area of Mahaj in Amerat, and is a cool place to explore on a quick weekend trek.

Mahaj Cave is a natural cavity in the hills just off a wadi. Apparently there is another cave a further distance inside the wadi, Lasif Cave (كهف اللاصف), but we did not get a chance to explore that cave yet.

Mahaj Cave Trek Considerations

The trek to reach Maha Cave is relatively short (approximately ~1km from the car park). However, it goes through the wadi so it is not straightforward and may require a bit of scrambling, I would still say it is reasonably straightforward though and can be done with younger ones.

Having said that, please do consider that the starting point of the trek is in a residential area and you will likely pass by houses in the start of the trek, so do consider that when you park your car, and the way you dress.

You may download my routes for Mahaj Cave trek as recorded by my Garmin watch here: .kml file (compatible with Google Earth) / .gpx file (compatible with Garmin Watch). Note that I had to edit some outlier points in the file as the GPS loses connection in the wadi.

How to Reach Al Mahaj Cave

Al Mahaj Cave is located in Al Amerat in Muscat, and can be easily reached anywhere from the city, and in about about 30 mins from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. You don’t need a 4WD here, but please consider the residential neighborhood when you park your car, and avoid blocking anyone’s path or parking close to the houses.

5 replies on “Muscat Treks: Al Mahaj Cave at Amerat”

I’m not sure if its the same cave we went in 1985. After u go through the portal, u have to go straight down about 50 feet holding onto boulders. Then there were several huge ‘halls’ where we stopped to appreciate its vastness and grandeur. Then we kept going down till we reached a lake at the bottom of the cave. One of the guys ( i thought there was 9 of us), jumped in but he couldnt tell how deep the water is. At one point we turned off all our lamps and torches. Pitch dark. All we heard was the drip drip drip of the water from the rock ceiling of the cave. Ah Oman. I was lucky to have seen some of your hidden beauties. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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