Hike Leopard Canyon

Ras Al Khaimah | 7am - 14.30pm | Friday 14th February 2020

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.

HIKING GRADE: 
Hard. It is a decent workout, but achievable by anyone in good health and fitness.
Hiking boots are necessary and trekking poles recommended.
Read more about the hiking grades here.

ELEVATION GAIN:
250m

DISTANCE:
Approx. 12km

MEETING TIME: 
Meet at Leopard Canyon at 6.45am for a prompt 7.00am start.

CARPOOLING:
Meet at Times Square Mall at 5.15am. Google pin: https://goo.gl/maps/m9Fk4hAi6uaVbThY9

RETURN:
Expect to be back in Dubai by 15.00pm. Driving time from Dubai is 1hr 30mins.

REGISTRATION: 
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
Read more about our charity challenges here.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 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

Safety is our top priority along with having fun.

Our Gulf for Good hiking guides, reps and staff are experienced with our trails and are outdoor first aid certified. Our lead hiking guides are trained international mountain leaders.

On every hike we carry extra water, first aid kits, a satellite phone and walkie talkies. We run risk assessments and have an emergency plan for each route.

We minimise hiking groups to 25 participants depending on the rating of the trail and run a ratio of 1 guide for every 10 hikers.

If you are new to hiking in UAE, for some of our more advanced routes we ask that you participate on a beginner level, moderate trail first. This is in the interest of everyone's safety and enjoyment.

Gulf for Good hiking reps and staff reserve the right to cancel a hike if they deem it unsafe and also to turn away participants if they are a risk to themselves and others.

Read more about our hiking grades here.

9 out of 10 people in the outdoors are uninformed about their impacts.

As much as we love hiking and want to encourage all to enjoy the natural environment, we have a responsibility to minimise our negative impact to the areas we hold dear.

Every step and every choice we make impacts the environment around us. Here's a few tips we want to encourage as we invite you on some of our favourite trails in the world.

BRING A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Ditch single-use plastic and bring a reusable bottle.

CARPOOL
We offer carpooling organisation to all of our hike starting points. Let us know if you're happy to either join other hikers to carpool together or offer up spaces in your car if you prefer to drive.

TAKE ONLY PICTURES, LEAVE ONLY MEMORIES
One of the most well-known wilderness rules is to 'Leave No Trace'. Whatever you bring in, you need to bring out. We also encourage to go a step further, by leaving the environment cleaner than we found it. If you come across trash, please help pick it up. Our G4G Reps/Staff always carry litter bags.

BIODEGRADABLE TISSUE PAPER
If you must go and you can't dig a hole, we encourage the use of biodegradable tissue paper and waste bag to dispose of properly later once off the trail. By choosing these options, you save your fellow hikers and locals from coming across unwanted human waste.

BE CONSIDERATE
We encourage our hikers to maintain courtesy to other visitors and locals on the trails. Many people come to the outdoors to listen to nature. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings take away from the natural appeal of the outdoors.

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