In the vast mountain ragion of Haghier there are limitless possibilities for trekking. Within the alluring arena, the Scant (the highest peak) and Firmihin regions occupy the center of the island, with some points of interest for the trekkers. Spectacular views apart, the Haghier foothills are just ideal for trekking/hiking, offering energetic outdoor people a different and exciting option for their holiday.
The Scant, Tinnera, Firmihin and Dersmotin regions are the most popular destinations for trekkers, though wadi Ayhaft, Dixam and Momi plateau and some places in the west and south-west also have some very interesting trekking routes as well.
Roads should be carefully chosen as some treks may be more difficult, or many involve higher-altitude trekking, and it is generally advisable to be accompanied by a local guide. Ensure that the pace of the trek is not too rapid, since this could result in exhaustion, and would in any case not be enjoyable.
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You can also incorporate a camel trek into other activities, combining them as you like to make your visit on Socotra very, very special.
Skand is the highest peak in the island which reaches to 1525 m above sea level; it also has many endemic plants and trees. You can reach Skand by the same road that goes through Dixam. You can take a walk to the edge of vertical cliffs to see many ruins of ancient constructions. If you go a shade down you will find a few local houses where friendly and cheery people live.
- Firmihn forest
Rokeb Firmhin is a place with the highest number of dragon blood trees. It is said that there are more than 900 thousand dracaenas. You can either enjoy a view from Khebhan over deep gorges or wander in wadi Dirhor and then climb up to Firmhin passing by deserted traditional Socotri houses made in caves.
- Dixam pleateau
The most beautiful viewpoint, among the dragon blood trees. Dixam plateau located in the inland of Socotra is full of dragon blood trees, frankincense and valuable herbs. The landscape is framed with the breathtaking mountain range of Hagier in the background. The air is very fresh up here and you might even have some cold shivers in the evening.
Dixam Plateau is located in the central part of Socotra. You can go there by a good asphalt road which can lead you to get to Noged (the south coast of the Island). When you leave the main road, you will drive by a small village where you can buy Dragon’s blood. It is the name used for a red resin obtained from Dragon Trees. It is a good immunostimulant and wound-healthing remedy. After passing by the village you have an option to turn to the left to reach the verge of Socotra’s most beautiful canyon (Wadi Dirhur). The late afternoon would be the best time to come here, the soft evening light makes surrounding views look fantastic. Visitors often use this place for camping. But it may be cold and windy at night. There is a near camping spot which would be more comfortable. If you would like you could walk down to the brink of the canyon and discover some caves that are still inhabited by mountain shepherds.
Wadi Ayhaft is characterized by a river with big smooth boulders creating numerous puddles, ponds and dams. The water is crystal clear and cold; ideal for refreshing after a tiring trek. Ayaft canyon is the greenest place of Socotra. Its unique moisture-retaining microclimate is created by numerous springs and streams. The canyon is protected from summer monsoons by Skand Mountains. That is why its vegetation remains lush the year round. It looks like a fairy world filled with wondrous birds, fantastic trees and real mountain Socotrans. Ayaft Canyon National park is one of the most attractive and important place of interest. Ayaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds. There are many big trees around the canyon. The landscape of the canyon is really beautiful as well as you’ll find large fresh water pools and there is a possibility to swim in this pools. It is the right place where frankincense trees grow. With a thin smooth body and long branches with small narrow leaves the tree is not much to look at. It is rather difficult to find it – you need someone to show it to you. But this is the tree that made Socotra famous in the ancient world. Frankincense, also called olibanum (Arabic language: لبان, lubban), is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia by slashing the bark and allowing the exuded resins to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. With special skill it is quite possible to harvest a handful of frankincense for an hour. If you lived 2100 years ago, you would get hold of a vast wealth as Socotra’s frankincense was valued above gold and other incenses.
From Ayaft gorge you can undertake a number of interesting trekking trips, for example, back to Hadibo. This trek route takes a day. It is not difficult but uphill hiking skill will be good for you. When walking along Ayaft look under your feet. It is the right place where you meet chameleons at various times. They won’t do you any harm. The whole trip takes at least 3 hours. It is good to combine it with swimming and toasting on the close deserted beach. After that you can wash sea-salt from your body in a fresh water pool of Ayaft.
Wadi Dirhor is an impressive drop off at Firmhin. There is a big natural water pool at the bottom with a mossy slide and vultures circle high up in the air.
Hoq cave is almost easily accessible. It takes about 1 hour and a half to climb to its entrance from the village. Better to take a local guide. The route is not difficult, but tiresome. Visitors usually follow it in the full blaze of the sun. So, remember to take a couple of water bottles. The cave is rather easy to enter. It stretches for about 3-4 km along the cliff. It is relative cool inside. The ground of the cave is water-free, there are only terraced plots filled with water at the end of it. The pathway inside the cave is marked by a reflective tape, so It is not possible to lose your way inside but remember to take a personal flashlight. It usually takes forty minutes to reach the end of the cave.
Homhil has a unique charm of a landscape from a prehistoric movie. Dramatic slopes with dragon blood trees will amaze you together with pools filled with water after the monsoon. You can walk around Homhil on many paths and buy dragon blood beads on a string or dragon blood fragments in woven boxes from local children. Homhil Plateau is located over Mumi highlands northeast of Socotra island. It attracts visitors primarily by a combination of various kinds of trees growing at one place. About 156 kinds of plant species are present in the reserve, a huge number of plant species present in the reserve is 156, 86 are of endemic kinds. 20 kinds of birds are registered, 4 of them are endemic on the island. This area is rich with animals including reptiles, insects and others. The protected area is covered with trees of Dragon’s Blood Trees, bottle trees, Frankincense trees and Maryah trees, as well as with beautiful landscape to the side of the sea. In addition you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama view over the ocean. There is no a camping site here. You can drink a cup of tea and drive back to Hadibo.
Mumi Plateau is far away from standard tourist routes, but you can find very beautiful and unusual places here.
Klison is a deserted village with only one last inhabitant. Not far away, you will enjoy walking in valleys and refreshing yourself in various natural swimming pools