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MOUNTAINS AND DESERT

8 DAYS

A moderate trek in 2 parts : first the steep mountains of the Western Hajar and then the white sanddunes of Khaluf's desert. The aquatic hike in Wadi Bani Khalid on the way back completes the overview of Oman's landscapes!

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Difficulty :

Level 3

Environment :

Mountain, Desert, Wadi, Sea

Activities :

Trekking     Canyoning & Aquatic hiking     Easy Walking     Culture   

Accomodation :

Camping X 4     Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 4

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

DAY 1 : Bivouac in Wadi Sahtan

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen - Standard Room

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen - Standard Room

DAY 3 : Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen - Standard Room

DAY 4 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 4 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 4 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 4 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 4 : Sunset between White desert and rocky hills

DAY 4 : Sunset between White desert and rocky hills

DAY 4 : Sunset between White desert and rocky hills

DAY 4 : Bivouac in the desert

DAY 4 : Bivouac in the desert

DAY 4 : Bivouac in the desert

DAY 5 : Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

DAY 5 : Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

DAY 5 : Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

DAY 5 : Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

DAY 5 : Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

DAY 5 : Bivouac Desert

DAY 5 : Bivouac Desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Hike across White desert

DAY 6 : Bivouac in the White desert, next to the sea

DAY 6 : Bivouac in the White desert, next to the sea

DAY 6 : Bivouac in the White desert, next to the sea

DAY 7 : Stop in Khaluf

DAY 7 : Transfert

DAY 7 : Transfert

DAY 7 : Transfert

DAY 7 : Transfert

DAY 7 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 7 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 7 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 7 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 7 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 8 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 8 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 8 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 8 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 8 : Mutrah Hotel - Standard room


Prices always change according to the number of travellers in the group.

As the agency is closed, these prices are only informative. They were the prices of the agency for the season 2015-2016.


 
Number of people
Price per person in OMR
Price per person in USD
Other currencies*
1
1720
4503
2
915
2395
3
690
1806
4
675
1767
5
580
1518
6
500
1309
7
470
1230
8
450
1178
9
470
1230
10
450
1178
11
440
1152
12
430
1126


* The conversions to Euro are just informative. All conversions on the internet are made using a mid-market rate which is always more intersting than the one used by currency exchange services and banks.

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DETAILED PROGRAM
With walking times, ascent and descent, driving times, and difficulty level
 


 

TECHNICAL SHEET
What you have to bring, the prices, what is included and what is not, and advices
 


 

MAPS
Some maps with the itinerary of the tour
 


 

COUNTRY GUIDE
Some general, cultural, and practical information about Oman


 


 


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DAY 1


      Transfer Muttrah - Ar Rustaq


      Transfer Ar Rustaq - A hamlet in Wadi Sahtan


      Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams

Wadi Sahtan is an impressive valley with Jebel Shams towering over it. Its noth face is a 2000m cliff which gives hymalayan feelings. We walk along centuries old paths linking remote villages built over the mountain. We pass 3 villages before arriving to our camp. The path sometimes goes through screes which might be a bit difficult.

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 4 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +200m/-400m
- Walking time : 3 a 4 heures

      Bivouac in Wadi Sahtan

A wonderful campsite with unbelievable views over the north face of Jebel Shams

Individual camping tent



DAY 2


      Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, in the heart of the bowl

We start hiking from our campsite and walk up and down several valleys. Almost each valley hosts a village which has its own charm. Palm gardens, aflaj, terraced fields, beehives... We hike in traditional Oman. Some few passages might be a bit difficult.

- Level 4    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +700m/-800m
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      Transfer A hamlet in Wadi Sahtan - Bimah


      Mountain hut Bimah

A very nice and pleasant place to stay, located in the heart of Wadi Bani Awf, only a few steps from the Snake Canyon and 5 minutes drive (or 5 hours hike) from Balad Sit. It's a rustic but beautiful mountain hut with 4 dormitory (4 to 10 persons on bunkbeds), 2 private rooms, and 3 bathrooms with hot shower. Located in a natural and peacfull environment, you'll find in the garden many paces to chill and relax after hiking...

Dormitory
Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 3


      Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit

We start in Bimah and walk up the wadi until the village of Selmah where only 3 families (3 brothers) are living. We then walk our way up through the palm gardens and go on util a very narrow path. From there we see Balad Sit, another bigger village. We walk down to the village and enjoy a tour in the gardens. We finaly find a very narrow gorge which we follow until we find the car.

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 5 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +600m/-500m
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      Transfer Balad Sit - Misfat Al Abreyeen

We Cross the mountain through Sharaf Al Alamain Pass. That's th only pass whch allows to cross the Westrn Hajar by car. There is tarmac road on the southern slop, but on the northern side, a steep track goes down to Wadi Bani Awf offering stunning views...


      Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen

We spend the night in a traditionl omani house that was rehabilitated recently : we find here the ancient architecture and modern comfort. Located inside the palm garden, it is an enchanting place… The guesthouse is located a few minutes walk away from the parking ; so, please plan a small bag with only the stuff you need for that night. Also, to respect the inhabitants of the village, it is forbidden to bring alcool in the village and to smoke inside the house ; we thank you in advance for respecting these rules!

Standard Room
rooms with A/C and a simple and rustic decoration typical of mountain houses. Shared bathroom.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 4


      Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

Misfat Al Abreyen is one of the most beautiful mountain village of Oman. It is located on the southern side of the mountain, on the slope of a canyon. The gardens were build all around the old village on man-made terraces. Laying at an altitude of 800 meters, we find their a wide variety of tropical fruits : bananas, papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomogranates, etc... The old village is here still inhabitated.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 2 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +100m/-100m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Khaluf's Desert, between rocks and sand


      Sunset between White desert and rocky hills

We walk up a small plateau next to our camp. On the one side we perceive the white desert which we will cross the day after. On the other side, the sun sets on rocky hills.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 2 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Bivouac in the desert

We set up our camp at the start of the sand dunes.

Individual camping tent



DAY 5


      Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops

A very beautifull day : we walk across sand dunes and meet on the way many rocky outcrops. The sand is sometimes red, and sometimes white. We arrive at our camp around noon and enjoy some rest under the shade. Late afternoon, we walk to the top of the sand dunes to see sunset over this spectacular landscape with trees, rocks, and sand...

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      Bivouac Desert

We set up our camp in the sand, in an 'acacia forest'. Around us are some rocky hills and Sanddunes

Individual camping tent



DAY 6


      Hike across White desert

We have a long hike in a wonderful and unexpected landscape. We start from our campsite where the sand is red. We cross several small plateau. Between them we find sand ; the more we walk the whiter is getting the sand. Finaly we discover wonderful wholy white sand dunes. Irreal landscape… We walk across the dunes and arrive to the sea around noon… We set up our camp, have lunch, and enjoy swimming in the indian ocean. Late afternoon, we start walking again across white sand dunes to enjoy sunset.

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Walking time : 3 a 5 heures

      Bivouac in the White desert, next to the sea

We set up our camp in the first dunes of the white desert, just 50 meters from the sea. This place is magical and unusual : on one side we have pure white dunes, whereas on the other side we have the Indian Ocean…

Individual camping tent



DAY 7


      Transfer White Desert on the sea - Khaluf

We go to the fishermen's vilage of Khaluf. On low tide we drive all the way on the beach and we see hundreds of seabirds


      Stop in Khaluf

Khaluf is a very picturesc fishing beduin village : feelings to be t the far end of the world where old 4WD cover with algaes and shells tow small boats coming back from fishing.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Transfer Khaluf - Qihayd (village at the foot of the dunes and on seashore)


      Transfer Qihayd (village at the foot of the dunes and on seashore) - Our Camp in Wahiba sands

A spectacular crossing of the Wahiba desert by 4WD. The track is usually well marked, but sometimes sand blown by the wind covers it. We start at the sea and cross the desert towards the North. The more we drive, the higher are the longitudinal dunes.


      Sunset in the dunes

We start a walk across the dunes in late afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the more beautiful. The setting sun always gives changing colour to the sand and the shades. This a great unforgetable time.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Safari Desert Camp

A very nice camp which lays the middle of the sand dunes, in a quiet and wild area. There is no electricity, which makes this camp more authentic. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks are complimentary. There are also some nice lounges where you can relax and smoke sheesha.

Arabic Tent with private bathroom
Arabic tent nicely equiped as an hotel room : bed, carpets, tabe, chairs. Private bathroom.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 8


      Transfer Our Camp in Wahiba sands - Bidiyah


      Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid

An easy quatic hike in one of the most beautiful wadis of oman. We start from the village of Bidah. We walk across its luxuriant palm garden to reach he entrance of the garden. We then walk between large boulders to arrive to 2 wonderful pools with waterfalls. In one of these we can jump from 10 meters. We keep on walking in the water and the swim several long pools (until 300 meters). The valley then widens and we discover Seeq's garden which we cross to arrive in the village.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 5 heures
- Walking time : 3 a 5 heures

      Transfer Seeq (Wadi Bani Khalid) - Muttrah


      Mutrah Hotel

Mutrah Hotel is the first hotel built in Oman. It is only 20 minutes walking from the Souk and Corniche. This hotel offers comfortable rooms each with its own decoraction and character. The hotel has Wifi, Laundry service, minibar in the room, 4 bars, and a restaurant.

Standard room
Comfortable and well decorated room. In room facilities : minibar, 24 hours room service, Satellite TV, iron, hair dryer, coffe and tea making facilities.. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel

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