Muscat: A popular camping spot in Oman, Wadi Al Arbaeen, is also known for its challenging hiking trails and one Omani youth can testify to that having fallen from a height of 27 feet there.
Located in the Al Sharqiyah region and filled with waterfalls and small lakes, those who hike here must be prepared to swim and climb rocks, which can prove challenging.
Sultan Bin Rashid Al Jalandani who while hiking in this trail along with four others including his brother fell from a height of 27 feet.
Jalandani says that on October 16 the group arrived at the valley and started walking from the starting point at 9am passing through ancient villages. Sultan fell from a rocky outcrop and suffered head injuries and a fractured pelvis.
His friends contacted the General Authority for Civil Defense and ambulance and the rescue team arrived at 4:30pm, but an airlift was needed due to the difficult terrain.
Even when the airlift team arrived at 8.30pm the rugged mountains made it impossible to land where Jalandani was lying. By then the people in the nearby villages were alerted and a team of experienced trekkers came equipped with a stretcher, medical supplies and food, and carried Jalandani to a clear place from where the airlift was possible. At 4.30am, fourteen hours after the fall, he was finally taken to hospital.
Jalandani who has has since recovered advises anyone considering a trek to first let at least one family member know of the location they are headed and to carry a medical kit.