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Wild walk in Oman
This trek through the Eastern Hajar Mountains of Oman in two words can be described as: truly spectacular. You won’t believe what this small but striking country has to offer the intrepid and adventure-seeking traveller.
One of Arabia’s true gems, Oman is a land of deep wadis, rugged coastlines, and vast deserts. Here, in this land of contrasts, tradition and progress go hand in hand. You’ll travel from the Arabian Gulf and its white sandy beaches through lush wadis, stunning canyons, charming old villages, and natural pools as you move through the deserts of the interior.
You will camp under the star studded skies of Arabia, far off the beaten trail, with only your Omani guides and the Bedouin donkey handlers for company. Spend a night on the sand dunes of the always stunning Wahiba Sands before returning to the mountain communities in order to explore the old capital of Nizwa.
As the adventure ends you’ll have the opportunity to explore beautiful and historic forts and feast your eyes of Jebel Shams, the Grand Canyon on Oman.
This is a country that continues to grow in popularity and this is a journey that takes you off the beaten path for a much sought after alternative to the typical tourist holidays. See the country as the locals see it as you travel from the coast, through deserts and mountains, and take in many of Arabia’s cultural highlights along the way.
This adventure is a fantastic introduction to an amazing country and its people.
Highlights of this adventure include:
- Exploring Muscat, Oman’s picturesque capital city
- Four days of trekking through the Hajar Mountain range
- Swimming in the Arabian Gulf
- Camping out in the wild on the dunes of the Wahiba Sands
- Exploring the 17th century Portugeuse forts – Jabrin and Nizwa
- Discovering the village of Misfath al Abreen – Oman’s best kept secret – and walking around this desert oasis soaking up a unique way of life
- Visiting Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Taking in the views of Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun) – Oman’s Grand Canyon which is over 3,000 meters
This eight day journey through Arabia is a fresh and exotic way to spend your next adventure holiday.
From the city to the desert and from the coastline to mountain heights – you will experience it all in Oman.
Enquire today and don’t miss out.
Wild walk Oman starts in Muscat
The tour starts this morning at Oman’s International airport. En route to our hotel, we will stop off at the magnificent mosque of Sultan Qaboos, one of the largest in the Arab world, whose grand marble halls are capable of holding some 20,000 people. Later we will have a chance to freshen up, then we’ll begin our guided tour of the city. One of Arabia’s most picturesque cities, Muscat lies within the protective embrace of a ring of horse-shoe Mountains that run down into the glittering waters of Muscat Bay. We will visit the city’s National Museum, before driving along the engaging sea-front to the Al Alam Palace and the 16th century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. En route back to the hotel we will have a chance to visit Muscat’s renowned Muttrah souk, one of the best in the region.
Muscat – Tiwi Beach – Trek
This morning we’ll take a scenic drive down the coast to Tiwi Beach. On the way we’ll stop off for a quick swim in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. On arrival at Tiwi we meet our local guides and donkeys and begin our wild walk Oman trek from Al Aqur. At the bottom of a wadi (a dry river-bed), the landscape here is lush with water flowing all year round allowing bananas, figs and mangoes to be grown here. Following an ancient donkey trail the route climbs up into the mountains to our first camp. Dinner and overnight under star studded night.
Hajar Mountains Trek
Today is a full day of trekking on this wild walk Oman journey in the rugged Hajar Mountains, taking us through spectacular rocky terrain. Passing lush scenery and with only our donkey handlers and Omani guides as company, we finally reach an altitude of 2100m before setting up camp for a second night.
Hajar Mountains Trek
Another stunning day in the mountains as we continue this trek towards Miqil Village on our way to Wadi Bani Kalid. We won’t quite reach Wadi Bani Kalid today but we will set up camp close to the natural pool where we can relax and explore this beautiful spot.
Wadi Bani Kalid – Wahiba Sands
After breakfast we will walk on to Wadi Bani Khalid, before driving by 4WD vehicles to the Oman’s most spectacular desert area – the Wahiba Sands; over 10,000 square kilometers of shifting sands and towering dunes that are home to isolated settlements of semi-nomadic Bedouin. We drive into the seemingly endless sea of the Wahiba, through an ever changing landscape of colors and contours as we make our way on to our remote desert camp where we sleep under star studded skies.
Wahiba Sands – Nizwa
After breakfast we drive down to the oasis city of Nizwa. Our journey will take us via the market town of Sinaw, where we will stop to stretch our legs before heading onto the village of Misfath Al Abreen. The village is one of Oman’s best kept secrets. There will be chance to walk around the oasis, taking in the beautiful scenery, and walking through the falaj (irrigation) system, seeing how the village farms and manages its agricultural land. In the afternoon we will head on to Nizwa, the once capital of the powerful Omani Imamate.
Nizwa – Jebel Shams – Muscat
On our last full day on this wild walk Oman trek, this afternoon we will visit Nizwa’s imposing 17th century fort and bustling souk. Afterwards we will visit the impressive fort at Jabrin, possibly the finest of Oman’s 17th century fortresses, whose exquisite painted wooden ceilings provide eloquent testimony to the skills of the fort’s original builders. We will also have a brief stop at the UNESCO World Heritage setting of Bahla Fort before heading to the nearby heights of Jebel Shams (the Mountain of the Sun) also known as Oman’s very own ‘Grand Canyon’ and at over 3,000 meters, one of the highest points on the eastern Arabian Peninsula and a great place to go for a short walk. In the late afternoon we will return to Muscat where we will go out for our final dinner.
Tour ends in Muscat after breakfast.
Additional Trip Notes:
Start point: Muscat
Finish point: Muscat
On this wild walk Oman tour we will predominantly use 4WDs but a minibus will be used for your tour of Muscat and the transfer to Tiwi on Day 2.
Hotel: 3 (nts)
Camp: 4 (nts)
Wherever possible we aim to use accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night.
For this wild walk Oman tour accommodation will be in hotels and tents. The tents will be dome tents.
Breakfast – All
Lunch – All
Dinner – All
Dates & Rates
- 23rd October 2016 £1,740 (land only price)
- 12th February 2017 £1,895 (land only price)
- Full services of the Trip Operator’s Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary, with mineral water as required
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
What’s not included?
- Visas (if applicable)
- Local airport taxes
- Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
- Beverages & any costs of a personal nature
- International Flights
- Airport transfers (unless booking suggested flights through the Trip Operator’s office)
“This operator is a multi-award winning adventure travel company specialising in small group tours and tailor made holidays to some of the most extraordinary destinations across the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe.
We love their unique, original itineraries – whether they are for small group travel or individually created for tailor made clients – allowing you to take journeys that venture beneath the surface of the region. This operator concentrates on the locations they know and love. They don’t source itineraries from other agents, nor do they run the same tour over and over (thus creating a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region).
Instead, they rarely run any group tour more than a couple of times a year and they are on routes they have discovered for themselves, to give a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.”
Wild Walk Oman
- Trip Code: AWA207
- Dates: Oct 2016 / Feb 2017
- Price: From £1,740
- Depart: Muscat
- Arrive: Muscat
- Length: 8 Days
- Adventure: Trek from the white sandy beaches of the Arabian Gulf through stunning canyons, lush wadis, natural pools and deserts of the interior.