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RUB AL KHALI, THE EMPTY QUARTER

8 DAYS

Arabia Sands, Empty Quarter, Rub Al Khali... So many mysterious names for the great desert of Arabia. Spend 5 days and 6 nights in this mythical endless and wild desert for a true immersion in the sands...

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Difficulty :

Level 2

Environment :

Desert

Activities :

Trekking     Culture    Easy Walking    

Accomodation :

Camping X 6     Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 2

DAY 1 : Visit of Ubar ruins in Shishr

DAY 1 : Visit of Ubar ruins in Shishr

DAY 1 : Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

DAY 1 : Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

DAY 1 : Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

DAY 1 : Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 1 : bivouac in the Empty Quarter

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 2 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 3 : Hike in the desert

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 4 : Hiking in Rub al Khali

DAY 5 : Morning walk in the dunes

DAY 5 : Morning walk in the dunes

DAY 5 : Morning walk in the dunes

DAY 5 : Stop at a water point

DAY 5 : Stop at a water point

DAY 5 : Stop at a water point

DAY 5 : Stop at a water point

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 6 : Hiking in Desert

DAY 7 : Salalah Beach Villas

DAY 7 : Salalah Beach Villas

DAY 7 : Salalah Beach Villas - Sea View Room

DAY 7 : Salalah Beach Villas - Sea View Room

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

DAY 8 : Visit of Job's Tomb

DAY 8 : Visit of Job's Tomb

DAY 8 : Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site

DAY 8 : Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site

DAY 8 : Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site

DAY 8 : Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn

DAY 8 : Visit of Souq Al Husn


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
1700
4450
2
900
2356
3
655
1715
4
655
1715
5
560
1466
6
480
1257
7
440
1152
8
420
1099
9
460
1204
10
430
1126
11
410
1073
12
400
1047


* 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 Salalah - Thumrayt


      Transfer Thumrayt - Shisr (Ubar)


      Visit of Ubar ruins in Shishr

We stop on the way to visit the ruins of what is believed to be Ubar, this mytical city located 'between Hadramaut and the trees of Oman'. This city was partly detroyed when a subterranean cavity coallapsed to form a sinkhole. The main tower and traces of fortifications remain visible. We'll visit them as well as a smal museum about how the site was discovered.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Transfer Shisr (Ubar) - Our Camp in Rub Al khali


      Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

We go have a walk across the high dune of the Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter in arabic), the huge and arid desert of Saudi Arabia that crosses Oman's border. We'll walk up a dune to see sunset in this unbelievable landascpe…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 1 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +150m/-150m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 2


      Hike in the desert

We walk toward the giant dunes of the rub Al Khali. On the way we see white rocks (calcium carbonate) which are remains of former lakes which are now completely dry. We climb several high dunes. Around noon we walk back to our camp and have lunch and rest under the shade. At the end of the afternoon, we climb another huge dunes and enjoy a wonderful sunset on the top. Many dunes are singing in this desert...

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 3


      Hike in the desert

Today, we walk across several dunes to set up our camp in another area. On the way we find some geodes (rocky balls full of white cristals) and various rocks polished by the wind and he sand. Late afternoon, we climb one of the huge dune overlooking our camp to enjoy sunset there.

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 4


      Hiking in Rub al Khali

We walk again through the Rub Al Khali : climbing dunes, having them sing while running down, and still these magnificient views over this imensity of sand.

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +300m/-300m
- Walking time : 3 a 5 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 5


      Morning walk in the dunes

this morning, we climb one of the big dunes and enjoy a last view over this sea of sand...

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

      Transfer Our Camp in Rub Al khali - Water Point


      Stop at a water point

We stop at a place where there is water and enjoy a shower in the middle of the sands

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Meeting with a camel farmer

While at the water point, we try to organize a meeting with a camel farmer. We then follow him and set up our camp next to his camp. As camps for camels are moving according to the food available, this meeting might sometime not be possible.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Transfer Water Point - Our Camp in Rub Al khali


      Short walk in the sands to sea the sunset

We go have a walk across the high dune of the Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter in arabic), the huge and arid desert of Saudi Arabia that crosses Oman's border. We'll walk up a dune to see sunset in this unbelievable landascpe…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 1 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +150m/-150m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 6


      Hiking in Desert

We woalk toward the camp of the camels. If we are lucky, we'll see the milking of the camels. We visit the camp and have some tea and fresh milk. We then walk along the ridge of the dunes back to our camp. Late afternoon, we climb again a dune to enjoy sunset from the top.

- Level 3    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Walking time : 4 a 5 heures

      bivouac in the Empty Quarter

We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali

Individual camping tent



DAY 7


      Morning walk in the dunes

this morning, we climb one of the big dunes and enjoy a last view over this sea of sand...

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

      Transfer Our Camp in Rub Al khali - Thumrayt


      Transfer Thumrayt - Salalah


      Salalah Beach Villas

We spend the night in this nice hotel. The hotel is located in Al Dhariz, facing the sea, and has a swimming pool

Sea View Room
Comfortable room with A/C, fridge, and private bathroom. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel


DAY 8


      salalah Food Souq

Salalah food souq is worth a visit : it is very lively! We find there wondeful fishes, meat, vegetable, fruits, dates, and traditional medicines...

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah

Salalah is a modern city but still having many agricultural fields in the middle of the city. On the streets there are numerous salls selling the fruits produced here : coconuts, banana, papayas, sugar cane, etc...

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Visit of Job's Tomb

We stop on the way to visit Job's tomb, located in the mountains north of Salalah.

- Approximative length : 0 heures 30

      Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site

This archeological site lies in the city of salalah, facing the sea. This city was previously known as Dhofar (which is now the name of the region). The area was inhabited since since 4000 years BC, but the remainings date from the 10th century AD. Its position made it an important port in the region. Next to the site is a museum with a hall about history and another about boats.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Visit of Souq Al Husn

Al Husn Souq is Salalah popular market. It is above all famous for the sale of silver, gold, frankincense, and perfumes.

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Salalah Beach Villas

We spend the night in this nice hotel. The hotel is located in Al Dhariz, facing the sea, and has a swimming pool

Sea View Room
Comfortable room with A/C, fridge, and private bathroom. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel

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