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TREKKING IN THE WESTERN HAJAR

7 DAYS
Departure on 26/02/2023

A beautiful 7-days trek on the northern side of the Western Hajar and along the ridge. For adventurous travelers who are ready to experience traditional omani mountain life

Guidéd in :

Level :

Level 4

Environment :

Mountain, Wadi

Activities :

Hiking     Canyoning & Aquatic hiking     Easy Walking    

Accomodation :

Camping X 3     Hotel, appartment, guesthouse, ect... X 3

550 495 OMR

per person

GROUP
of 3 to 7

JOUR 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 1 : Camping the valley

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Hike across mountain villages

DAY 2 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 2 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 2 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Hike toward the ridge

DAY 3 : Bivouac near a spring

DAY 3 : Bivouac near a spring

DAY 3 : Bivouac near a spring

DAY 3 : Bivouac near a spring

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Hike towards the main ridge

DAY 4 : Bivouac high in the mountain

DAY 4 : Bivouac high in the mountain

DAY 4 : Bivouac high in the mountain

DAY 4 : Bivouac high in the mountain

DAY 4 : Bivouac high in the mountain

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

DAY 5 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 5 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 5 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 5 : Overnight in a private house

DAY 6 : Descent in the small valley

DAY 6 : Descent in the small valley

DAY 6 : Descent in the small valley

DAY 6 : Descent in the small valley

DAY 6 : Lunch in an old hamlet renovated into a guesthouse

DAY 6 : Lunch in an old hamlet renovated into a guesthouse

DAY 6 : Lunch in an old hamlet renovated into a guesthouse

DAY 6 : Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

DAY 6 : Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

DAY 6 : Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

DAY 6 : Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

DAY 6 : Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 6 : Mountain guesthouse - Dormitory

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

DAY 7 : Hike through mountains and villages

www.omantrekkingguides.com, website of AL MAALAM TOURS , company registered under Commercial Register Number (1087801), and with
(local tour operator licence)
AL MAALAM TOURS - PO BOX 917 - Post Code 611 - NIZWA - SULTANATE OF OMAN




MAIN INFORMATION

Price per person

550 OMR (1439 USD)

Group Size

from 3 to 7 persons

Status

AVAILABLE (Guaranted when 3 registered)

Tour guided in

English

Start

26/02/2023 at 09:00

Meet at Mutrah Hotel (we'll send you location)

Finish

04/03/2023 at 18:00

We can drop you to any hotel in Muscat

DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

DETAILED PROGRAM
With walking and driving times, and difficulty level
 


 

TECHNICAL SHEET
What you have to bring, prices, details of our services, and advices
 


 

COUNTRY SHEET
General, cultural, and practical information about the country
 


 

ABOUT THE GUIDE

ANTOINE
42 years old
14 years of experience
Speaks Arabi, Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol

CHILDHOOD

He was born and grew up in a peaceful village in the countryside in Normandy.

He had an easy, beautiful and worryless childhood with his brother.

His family moved to the suburb of Paris and he got to adapt to the city.

He got the chance, thanks to his parents, to travel in North Africa, America, and Europe.

YOUTH

He studied in Paris first humanities and then switched to business management, still keeping on reading about history, philosophy, sociology, and working on holidays in a warehouse.

He finished his studies in Germany and started to work as export assistant in smal family-run businesses first in Paris, and then in Millau.

He discovered mountains and hiking while travelling in South America.

Going then always more often hiking in the Cevennes and in the Pyrenees, he decideded to change job and train to become mountain leader.

A combination of cicumstances had him start this new job in Oman.

ADULTHOOD

After working a few years for another agency in the field of adventure tourism, he opened Al Maalam Tours with his friend Ibrahim.

He managed the quickly growing company and kept on guiding tours.

At the same time he integrated in Oman, assimilating language and culture.

He also traveled in Yemen, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Palestine, Jordan, La Reunion Island, and Comor Islands.

In 2017, he decided to close the company to take some rest, step back, and resettle in France, in the countryside of Correze, nearer to his parents.

He also used this time to learn gardening and read further about history, philosophy, and religions.

After digesting all this, he decided in 2021 to marry and make family.

He also reopened Al Maalam Tours with his friend Ibrahim to come back in the Sultanate of Oman and start his professional activity again but differently : slowlier, but better and longlasting.

FUTURE

The following of the story happens now, and will we written in a few years…


Tour guided by ANTOINE

www.omantrekkingguides.com, website of AL MAALAM TOURS , company registered under Commercial Register Number (1087801), and with
(local tour operator licence)
AL MAALAM TOURS - PO BOX 917 - Post Code 611 - NIZWA - SULTANATE OF OMAN




BOOKING PROCESS

1 - Use the form on the right to give us a few information about you and eventualy ask us some questions.
If you are already decided to book, please check "Booking" ; Otherwise, check "Information"

2 a - If you have asked us more information, we'll reply to you as soon as possible, and you can then tell us later through a simple email when you are ready to book.

2 b - If you asked to book, we'll send you an invoice with our bank details if you want to pay by bank transfer (bank charges should be paid by you) and a link for the payment by credit card.

We ask for the payment of 30% deposit to consider your booking confirmed.

3 - When we receive the deposit, we send you the invoice mentioning the amount paid and the remaining amount to be paid.

4 - One month before departure, we'll ask you to pay the remaining amount : by bank transfer or credit card at latest 1 week before departure, or cash (OMR or USD only) during the tour directly to the guide.

CANCELLATION POLICY

You can cancel anytime.

More than 45 days before departure, we refund the full amount paid by you (except bank charges).

Between 45 and 20 days before departure, we keep 10% of the price of the tour and we refund the rest (except bankl charges).

Between 20 and 10 days before departure, we keep 30% of the price of the tour, which means the amount of the deposit paid. If you have already paid the remaining amount, we refund you that part (we keep only 30%).

Less than 10 days before departure, we keep the total amount paid.

If your insurance does not cover cancellation fees and that you have a good reason to cancel (you meet diifficltiies, not just that you changed your mind), we'll do ourt best to reduce as much as possible the amount kept: we work to earn our living, not to make money with the problems of others...


BOOKING / INFORMATION

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www.omantrekkingguides.com, website of AL MAALAM TOURS , company registered under Commercial Register Number (1087801), and with
(local tour operator licence)
AL MAALAM TOURS - PO BOX 917 - Post Code 611 - NIZWA - SULTANATE OF OMAN



DAY 1

26/02/2023

- Lunch - Dinner


      Transfer to a mountain village (225 km - 3h)


      Hike across mountain villages

The main valley forms a hughe amphitheater overlooked by the noth face of Jebel Shams which offers huge cliffs of sometimes more than 2000m. We walk along centuries old paths (some of them are in a bad state and some spots can be a bit difficult) linking remote villages. We pass 3 villages before arriving to our camp.

- Level 3    
- Duration : 4 hours
- Height difference : +200m/-400m
- Walking time : 3 to 4 hours


      Camping the valley

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

Individual camping tent



DAY 2

27/02/2023

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


      Hike across mountain villages

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 and the scenery is spectacular. Some few passages might be a bit difficult.

- Level 4    
- Duration : 6 hours
- Height difference : +700m/-400m
- Walking time : 4 to 5 hours


      Overnight in a private house

We sleep in a mountain village which is now inhabited by only one family. We rent a house located little aside where we have several rooms to sleep and a bathroom. If the house is not available, we camp on the terraces near the village.

Dormitory room



DAY 3

28/02/2023

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


      Hike toward the ridge

A superb hike today : we start to hike up the cliffs of the rock amphitheater, mainly on a good path (but some parts can be a bit more difficult, and on a few places the path does not exist anymore…). We hike up a gully which hosts a suprisingly high number of trees for Oman, which attracts brids. Views are splendid. Finaly, we reach our bivouac spot near a spring using a good flat path on a rocky ledge.

- Level 4    
- Duration : 5 hours
- Height difference : +800m/-100m
- Walking time : 4 to 5 hours


      Bivouac near a spring

We spend the night in a charming place, near a spring and with great views, located at an height of 1800m

under the stars



DAY 4

01/03/2023

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


      Hike towards the main ridge

We continue the path on the rocky ledge overlooking the rock amphitheater. We finaly reach the ridge and discover the south side of the mountain which offers a completely different mophology.

- Level 4    
- Duration : 4 hours
- Height difference : +450m/-50m
- Walking time : 2 to 3 hours


      Bivouac high in the mountain

We camp at a pass located at an height of 2200m. Food and water supply are brought by a donkey.

under the stars



DAY 5

02/03/2023

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


      Hike alng the main ridge and down to another valley

From our bivouac, we start hiking following the main ridge up and down. On clear days, we have great views from Jebel Shams to Jebel Akhdar on the southern side and from Wadi Sahtan to Wadi Mistal on the northern side. We then start the hike down. Views are really great! The way is not always easy, sometimes on a good path, and sometimes with no path. We finaly reach the village lying at an height of 1200m, of which we cross part of the gardens.

- Level 4    
- Duration : 6 hours
- Height difference : +300m/-1200m
- Walking time : 4 to 5 hours


      Overnight in a private house

We sleep in the house of our friend in a mountain village which is now not inhabited full time. We have 3 rooms where we can sleep and a newly built bathroom. We can also sleep outside under the stars…

Dormitory Room



DAY 6

03/03/2023

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


      Descent in the small valley

We cross the village and follow a good mountain path which takes us at the bottom of the valley. We then hike around boulders in the river bed. There are a lot of trees and sometimes, after big rains, a stream flows during several months.

- Level 2    
- Duration : 2 hours
- Height difference : +50m/-350m
- Walking time : 1 to 2 hours


      Lunch in an old hamlet renovated into a guesthouse

- Level 1    
- Duration : 1 hours

      Canyoning in the lower Snake Canyon

The Snake Canyon is a very narrow canyon located in Wadi Bani Awf. In some parts of the canyon, you can touch both sides at the same time… We'll start from the secondary entrance. No abseiling is required. You'll just have fun by jumping (max 4 meters), sliding, walking in the water and short swimming! For thoses who don't want to jump, we install short abseils.

- Level 2    
- Duration : 3 hours

      Mountain guesthouse

It's an old settlement which was nicely renovated and turned into a guesthouse. The farming activity was kept (fields and cattle). And the staff is particularly nice!

Dormitory
Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Breakfast & dinner taken at the hotel


DAY 7

04/03/2023

Breakfast - Lunch -


      Hike through mountains and villages

We walk in the river bed with many trees and birds (sometimes also a stream) and then find a good path which climbs in the mountain and takes us to a first small village. We then walk our way up through the palm gardens and reach a very narrow path. From there we see 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 reach the main road of the valley.

- Level 3    
- Duration : 5 hours
- Height difference : +600m/-500m
- Walking time : 4 to 5 hours


      Transfer to Muttrah (245 km - 3h)






End of our services



www.omantrekkingguides.com, website of AL MAALAM TOURS , company registered under Commercial Register Number (1087801), and with
(local tour operator licence)
AL MAALAM TOURS - PO BOX 917 - Post Code 611 - NIZWA - SULTANATE OF OMAN