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GEOLOGY IN THE EASTERN HAJAR

4 DAYS

A great trip to discover all main elements of the geology of Oman. We see layered Gabbros and pillow lava form the ophiolitic complex, autocton rocks, transgressive rocks, Hawasina scales, etc...

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Difficulty :

Level 1

Environment :

Wadi, Sea, Mountain, Desert

Activities :

Swimming     Easy Walking    

Accomodation :

Camping X 2     Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 1

DAY 1 : Short hike in Wadi Dayqah

DAY 1 : Short hike in Wadi Dayqah

DAY 2 : Geological stops across the Eastern Hajar

DAY 2 : Geological stops across the Eastern Hajar

DAY 2 : Swimming in Fins

DAY 2 : Swimming in Fins

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 3 : Observation of serpentine outcrops

DAY 3 : Observation of serpentine outcrops

DAY 3 : Observation of serpentine outcrops

DAY 3 : Observation of serpentine outcrops

DAY 3 : Stop to see hawasina wall

DAY 3 : Stop to see hawasina wall

DAY 3 : Stop to see hawasina wall

DAY 3 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 3 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Turtle Room

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Turtle Room

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 4 : Swimming in Wadi Al Arbeyeen

DAY 4 : Swimming in Wadi Al Arbeyeen

DAY 4 : Swimming in Wadi Al Arbeyeen

DAY 4 : Observation of indigenous and transgressive sediments

DAY 4 : Observation of indigenous and transgressive sediments

DAY 4 : Observation of indigenous and transgressive sediments

DAY 4 : Observation of indigenous and transgressive sediments

EASY WALKING IN OMAN - HIKING & TREKKING IN OMAN - CLIMBING IN OMAN - CANYONING IN OMAN - GEOLOGY OF OMAN - CULTURAL TOUR IN OMAN - BOTANY IN OMAN - SNORKELING IN OMAN - CAMEL TRIP IN OMAN - SEASIDE TREK IN OMAN - MOUNTAIN TREK IN OMAN - BOAT TOUR IN OMAN - SWIMMING IN OMAN - SEA OF OMAN - DESERT OF OMAN - MOUNTAIN OF OMAN - WADIS OF OMAN



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
695
1819
2
370
969
3
270
707
4
215
563
5
280
733
6
240
628
7
215
563
8
195
510
9
235
615
10
215
563
11
200
524
12
190
497


* 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


 


 


EASY WALKING IN OMAN - HIKING & TREKKING IN OMAN - CLIMBING IN OMAN - CANYONING IN OMAN - GEOLOGY OF OMAN - CULTURAL TOUR IN OMAN - BOTANY IN OMAN - SNORKELING IN OMAN - CAMEL TRIP IN OMAN - SEASIDE TREK IN OMAN - MOUNTAIN TREK IN OMAN - BOAT TOUR IN OMAN - SWIMMING IN OMAN - SEA OF OMAN - DESERT OF OMAN - MOUNTAIN OF OMAN - WADIS OF OMAN



DAY 1


      Transfer Muscat - Wadi Dima (Ibra Road)


      Transfer Wadi Dima (Ibra Road) - Ghubrat At Tam


      Stops on Oman's Ophiolites in Wadi Dima

Wadi Dima runs across ophilitic rocks : the rocks from te oceanic crust and the mantel. We first cross the upper layers mainly made of gabbros. We then stop to have a look at special gabbros : the layered gabbros that cristalized in a magmatic chamber near the mantel. We'll then drive across the mantel rocks, mainly harzburgite. We will then have driven across the Moho, although it is not clearly visible in this wadi.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Short hike in Wadi Dayqah

This wadi cuts the whole Oriental Hajar Plateau. It was an ancient way to cross the mountain known as the 'Devil's Gap'. Water is flowing here all year round. We walk up the wadi (we cross the river several times ; don't forget shoes to walk in the water) and we swim where the canyon narrows.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Bivouac at Wadi Dayqah's Entrance

We set up our camp near a huge waterpool, at the entrance of Wadi Dayqah… a wonderful place for camping!

Individual camping tent



DAY 2


      Transfer Ghubrat At Tam - Fins

We drive off-road for a wonderful crossing of the eastern Hajar. We first drive across the low colourful hills and then start climb up the plateau. Once we arive up we have a rest under the shade of a big tree and enjoy a barbecue. Next stop few kilometers after to see amazing tombs built 2000 B.C. We cross the whole plateau and stop near Majilis Al Jins, 2nd bigger cavity in the world. Finaly we start driving down to the sea on a very steep road offering stunning views.


      Geological stops across the Eastern Hajar

This a crossing rich in geological interest. First, at the feet of the plateau, we'll find pillow-lavas and indigenoussediments covered by transgressive limestone.Then, climbing up the plateau we'll have intersting views that will help us understand how the omani mountain range was formed and then covered in its eastern part by more recent limestone that we call 'transgressive'. On the plateau, we'll stop to look for fossils, above all numulites. As we'll go down to the seaside we'll see the numerous terraces pointing out the steps of the second surrection of the mountain range.

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Swimming in Fins

The coast here is rocky : some small plateau overlook the sea. At the foot of these, we find wonderful white sandy beaches.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Bivouac on the beach

We set up our camp in one of the numerous beaches around Fins and Tiwi. We sleep hearing the sound of the waves…

Individual camping tent



DAY 3


      Transfer Fins - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi)


      Observation of serpentine outcrops

On the way we'll see several outcrops of ophiolites and in some places very beautififul serpentine.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +50m/-50m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Ras Al Jinz


      Stop to see hawasina wall

the layers are thin, red and white, and very folded. They are very easily distinguishable. It is a wonderful place to study fold types

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Nighttime turtle watching

The coast is here declared Natural Reserve to protect the numerous green turtles which lay eggs there. The visits are well organized and gathered on only 2 beaches ; the other ones are forbidden in order not to disturb too much the turtles. The high season for turtles is in summer : in that time we can find up to 50 turtles laying eggs at the same time on the same beach. But they come all year long and you are almost sure that you will see some. You'll see turtles digging hole, laying eggs, covering eggs, and going back to the sea. You'll also see baby turtles getting out of the sand and heading to the sea…

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

This resort is pleasant. There is a small beach with deckchairs. The bar and the restaurant are located in an old arabic dhow. You can also play snooker. The small bungaows are in a traditional style : covered with palm stems.

Turtle Room
Simple room with fan only (no A/C) and shared bathroom. Bathrooms are plenty enough and well and regularly cleaned.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 4


      Transfer Ras Al Had - Tiwi


      Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

We start from the sea and start hiking in the wadi. After 45 minutes or 1 hour walk in this beautiful wadi we'll go to the water : we swim from pool to pool to discover a incredible place. But we don't tell you more about this, since it has to be a surprise!

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Tiwi - Dibab


      Transfer Dibab - As Suwaih (Wadi Al Arbeyeen)


      Swimming in Wadi Al Arbeyeen

A the end of the track we discover a wonderful pool and a waterfall. They are located at the foot of the village of As Suwayh and its palm garden. The surroundings are fabulous and swimming there is very pleasant. For those who like jumping in the water, a 5 meters jump is possible there.

- Approximative length : 1 heures 30

      Observation of indigenous and transgressive sediments

This wadi offers us very clear examples of the transgressive limestone that covers already folded indigenous sediments.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Transfer As Suwaih (Wadi Al Arbeyeen) - Dibab


      Transfer Dibab - Muttrah





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