Wadi Bani Khalid: The Muqal Cave Hiking Game

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22 Responses

  1. What a great adventure! Would like to experience a similar thing.
    I had to laugh when I read your story, because it reminded me of myself. When I go hiking with friends (who are not so fond of long-distance or at least harder hikes), I’m always the one saying “almost there” etc. until we get to the point where we’re still ascending, but “now it doesn’t make any sense anymore to turn around”… You need to know how to keep your peers motivated ;-)
    Great read!


  2. As a keen hiker that loves the great outdoors, this type of hike hold great appeal for me. I would love to give this a go, especially as you didn’t give the secret away at the end…as I love a bit of a challenge. The landscape also looks so fascinating. Have to go there one day!

    • Teja says:

      :) Yay! I’m glad to know someone else appreciates that too! Wadi Bani Khalid is very near to Wahiba desert which is also quite popular in Oman for desert camping. I hope you do make it there someday!

  3. Gina says:

    Your pictures with the doodles made this post such an enjoyable read. I really liked how you pointed out where trails are passable and not so passable. It looks like you have to bring a multi-purpose shoe to survive that hike!

  4. I love your writing style and the drawn on pictures! Such a fun post :)

  5. Kristina says:

    Oh god, I would still be wandering around lost. Appreciated your little doodles though hahaha. Gosh!

  6. I laughed out loud on the comment that the hikers might be British because Filipinos do that too! Lol. When you ask for directions, people will always say that it’s nearby and 3 hours later – you still can’t find it. Lol.

    I’d probably stay by the pool if I was with you, I’m too lazy for a hike. Hah! And I do agree, Omani people are absolutely hospitable! Oman is my favorite GCC destination and that’s saying a lot as I’ve lived in Dubai and Doha. :)

    • Teja says:

      Really?? You must do it in Tagalog then. I have a few Filipino friends. I’ve not noticed it before! I will ask them haha

  7. Looks like a great adventure. Great tips for anyone else wanting to do it. Love the handy diagrams :)

  8. Joanna says:

    The hike looks amazing, even if it was so complicated to figure out the right path. I guess that made it more fun. It’s really nice that the Omani people have shared their picnic with you at the end, you were probably starving.

    • Teja says:

      Yes it did make it more fun! Oh Oman people are beautiful people. We were at the car park and were only clearing out some rubbish, and my colleague happened to be standing around sort of waving an empty water bottle idly. Within a couple minutes a random family in the car nearby came over and gave us water because they thought we were out.

  9. Anna says:

    I really like your handdrawn description help in this puzzle steps :DDDD

  10. Shernice says:

    Woah, you are very adventurous. If I were with your group, I will probably be with the person who stayed by the pool hahaha Caves make me nervous. But maybe someday I can conquer that fear. Glad u had an amazing time. :)

    • Teja says:

      Oh it was just a tiny cave! Although I have been in one where we had to crawl across bat guano (ick).

  11. Katie Ackerley says:

    This looks like so much fun! What a beautiful place. Thanks for giving us a chance to work out the ending for ourselves :P
    Katie x

    • Teja says:

      Once a gamer, always a gamer! Maybe I’ll put the answer in the Walkthrough section and password protect it with a math question or something…

  12. neha says:

    It was quiet an adventurous game, almost like a treasure hunt, to find your path and reach the treasured destination. Thanks for putting up all the information so meticulously, it is definitely going to be helpful to others.