Caving in Oman
does not mean you have to squeeze through tight holes on hands
and knees for long stretched. Oman is fortunate to have huge
passages like highways and even the least experienced cavers
can enjoy this underground playground. Once you go through the
ceiling of one of the chambers its only then that the sheer
size and beauty of the place unfolds to you. Great shafts of
light stream down to illuminate the wondrous sight.
Not all the cave
systems in Oman require experience, provided your in good health,
lots of stamina with a sense of humour, then discover a new
Hoti Cave, east of Al Hamra is easily accessible for beginners
& novice speleologists, the cave contains an underwater
lake, where a rare species of pale blind fish [Garra Barreimiae]
have been found.
Kitam Cave, near Ibri contains rare and very beautiful gypsum
flowers and hairs, these are delicate fibrous crystals formed
by rainwater which a draft of air can move them.
which has caught the imagination of adventurers in Oman is thrilling,
risky and highly exhilarating. It takes one to the dark reccesses
of earth created by natural phenomena eons ago. Oman has its
share of caves, both explored and hidden. Caves which offer
myraid oppurtunities to the adventurous.
Caves in Oman
are given a set of grades, which apply to the normal route
to reach the deepest point of the cave. The first grade represents
easy to traverse caves while moderate caves are denoted as
second grade. Caves which has atleast some slight hazard
are graded as three. Grade four represents caves which pose
some hazard or have large underground pitches. The highest
grade (five) are taken by those which have difficult sections
or large &
wet underground pitches.
Some of the interesting
caves in Oman are the Jebel Akhdar massif, Kahf Hoti (the longest
known cave in Oman that stretches upto five kilometers), several
caves in Jebel Bani Jabir, the most impressive being the three
deep shafts which enter the chambers of Majlis Al Jinn - one
of the largest underground chambers ever discovered.
Oman offers some
of the most hair-raising cave exploration in the world and should
only be attempted by experienced and fit cavers, preferably
accompanied by someone who has traversed the caves before.
One of the most
famous caves is the 'Majlis Al-Jinn'; the second largest underground
chamber in the world. This is an extremely difficult cave to
negotiate, and it is important that the expedition is not undertaken
lightly and without professional guidance.
A popular cave
for the less intrepid is Hoti Cave which comprises an underground
cavern and subterranean lake system.
Many caves in
Oman are, essentially, underground wadis. So, one should not
attempt any caving with chances of near rain, or if it has recently
rained in the area.
Expedition - Min 4 x persons (Full Day) - POA