We offer tours with hikes of several hours, of different levels, sometimes for several following days, in the mountain, in the desert, or in wadis.
For the ones who are less fit but still like to walk and discover the country not only by car, we also offer tours with not too difficult walk of a few hours only.
Oman is an arid country yet with water being present everywhere , with the sea and the wadis (canyons in which water flows year-long).
We often include swimming stops while hiiking or walking in the wadis
In more demanding tours, we also include easy canyoning and aquatic hikes (a mix of hiking, bouldering, and swimming in a canyon, with no abseiling).
On the seaside, we sometimes have opportunity to snorkel : it’s a great activity which gives opportunity to any swimmer to see underwater life.
We focus mainly on popular culture and living traditions.
Some of us also have knowledge about history, religion, philosophy, geology, flora, fauna, etc…
We are happy to share this knowledge, but it is not our main focus.
We try to choose hotels of medium category with a good value for money, when possible wiith charm and view, and above all well located.
This type of accomodation has developped a lot in Oman these last years. They are often very nice, with a lot of charm, and in great locations, but with slightly less comfort than hotels. We try to choose guesthouses with particularly friendly staff.
It’s a type of accomodation which is noot very wide spread on Oman for cultural and economical reasons. On some trekking tours in the mountains, it happens that we rent houses in some villages which are not inhabited on a daily basis : it gives us a little more comfort compared to camping (toilets), offers us deeper relation with people from villages, and allow the owners to maintain or renovate their traditional houses.
It’s wild camping. We find beautiful and wild places with access for the cars. We provide you individual tents (for 1 or 2 persons) and thick mattresses (~7cm) to sleep. In the evening, we drink tea and eat dinner on big mats and mattresses (you take them to your tent when you go to sleep). We have all the cooking equipment to prepare you nice dinners with fresh products. There is no toilets : you have to go in the nature…
In the desert, we set up a big tent to protect ourselves from sun and wind.
In the mountain, at high elevation, in winter, we set up a big tent to eat and spend the evening in a warm place.
On some tours with multi-days hikes, it can happen that we sleep in the wild under the stars, without the assistance of vehicules. If it is the case, it is clearly written in the program. We spend the night under the stars and you have to carry your sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Conditions are more basic than camping, but we still cook you good meals.
Tour with short walks but no real hikes
Quite easy tours with easy hikes (no more than 4 hours walking and 300m height difference). These tours might include swimming but no aquatic hike nor canyoning.
There is always the option, for the participants who wish it, not to do the walk ; when possible, an alternative program can be offered to them ; otherwise, they will wait in a beautiful spot.
Tours which can include full-day hikes (up to 800m elevation gain) and not too difficult aquatic hikes.
We have cars with us during the whole tour ; if some persons do not want to do some hikes or some canyons, they can always go by car to the arrival point and enjoy free time in beautiful places, or even often be offered an alternative easier program.
Tours which can include full-day hikes (up to 800 elevation gain) and not too difficult aquatic hikes.
Tours which can include demanding hikes (up to 1200m elevation gain), aquatic hikes and canyoning.
Demanding tours which may feature very long hikes (more than 1200m elevation gain), canyoning, via-ferratas, or adventure trails.
Our job is, humanly, one of the most interesting and enriching. But it requests a big personal investment.
Low prices and low income forces us to sell more tours, which leads to decreasing quality and quick exhaustion. It also reduces the free time we have to explore new places and to learn more. In a competitive environement, it leads to an overuse of the places we visit and to an ‘industrialization’ of our job.
High prices give us a better income, which gives us more time to learn and explore, and preserves the artisanal aspect of our job. It also leads to a lower use of the places we visit. But it selects our clients on their income, which does not suit us.
Fix costs (guide, driver, vehicules, fuel) are an important part of the costs of a tour, and if they are shared on a low number of travellers, they make prices high.
Gathering different travellers is the more efficient way to reduce the prices, while preserving a good quality and a good level of income for the diferent actors.
That’s why we have decided to offer our services mainly through small-group tours at fixed schedule : we can gather different travellers, offer affordable prices, and receive a fair income.
We try to give all the necessary information, so that our clients can have a precise idea of our services and itineraries.
We publish our offer to the attention of our guests, not of our competitors. Therefore, you’ll notice that we do not mention all exact place names in our programs.
Obviously, during the trip, we can give you the place names and show you the itinerary on a map.
But we ask you to keep your travel memories that could allow one to spot the places (like pictures with localization information or gps tracks) private.
On our side, we’ll never share any personal information about our clients to a third party.