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8 Days

A complete discovery of the highlights of Northern Oman : Wadi Bani Awf, Jebel Shams, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, Sur, the Turtle Reserve at Ras Al Had, the Wadis, and the Sea Of Oman.

  • Landscape:

    Mountain, wadi, sea, desert

  • Activities:

    Easy walking, swimming, trekking, culture, boat Tour

  • Overstay:

    Camping, hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
bani kharus

Day 1

- Transfer Muttrah - Al Awabi (2 h - 200 Km)
- Transfer Al Awabi - Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus) (1 h - 30 Km)

Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar (4 h). We Start from Al Alya at the end of Wadi Bani Kharus. We walk in the wadi and on the luxuriant terraces of the palm garden. The path then heads along the valley, goes up to a small pass and down to Ad Dar. Ad Dar is a palm garden only accessible by foot : the inhabitants of A Alya come there every day to take care of the cultures and of the falaj (traditional irrigation system). It is a lovely place and the palm garden is so luxuriant that we get the impression to be in a tropical country! We creturn using the same way.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 2 to 4 h
- Height differrence : +300m/-300m

- Transfer Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus) - Bimah (2 h 15 - 65 Km)

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-minute drive (or 5-hour 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. breakfast et dinner at the hotel.

balad sit

JDay 2

- Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit ( 15 mm - 5 Km)

Walk in Balad Sit (2 h). We start from the main valley and head to a narrow gorge. This part of the walk is just wonderfull! At the end of the gorge, we discover the village of Balad Sit ('the hidden village'). Built in a small hill and surrounded by cliffs, this village is one of the most beautiful of Oman. We walk through the village and the gardens and creturn through an other branch of the small gorge.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +50m/-50m

- Transfer Balad Sit Sharaf Al Alamain (1 h 15 Km).
- Transfer Sharaf Al Alamain - Misfat Al Abreyeen (1 h - 40 Km)

Sharaf Al Alamain. This drive off-road let us climb some 1000 meters within less than 10 km. It provides us with stunning views over Wadi Bani Awf.

Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen (2 h). Misfat Al Abreyen is one of the most beautiful mountain villages 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 terraces. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, we find a wide variety of tropical fruits : papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomogranates, etc... The old village is here still inhabitated.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +100m/-100m

- Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Jebel Shams Plateau (1 hour 20 - 50 Km)

Jebel Shams Range. Wonderful place for bivouac! We'll set up our camp at 1800m in a nice surrounding where we a great view over Jebel Misht and its impressive cliffs. Individual camping tent.

jebel shams

Day 3

- Transfer Jebel Shams Plateau - Al Khitaym (20 min - 10 Km)

Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis (4 h). We start the walk at Al Khitaym. The path is very easy and offers all Grand Canyon. On the way we can see the highest point of the country built in the cliff : Sab Bani Khamis. The village was abandonned. Some 5 to 10 families were living there, taking care of their garde goats. We come back the same way. It is a very easy wonderful walk!

- Level 2
- Walking time : 2 to 3 h
- Height difference : +250m/-250m

- Transfer Jebel Shams Plateau - Al Hamra (1 h - 50 Km)

Visit of Bait As Safah (1 h 30). Bait As Safah is a traditional omani house located in the old city of Al Hamra. The women of the vllage welcome us in this house and show us how they make omani bread, Omani coffee, carpets, and different creams and lotions gained from mountain plants.

- Transfer Al Hamra - Nizwa (45 min - 60 Km)

Nizwa. Hôtel Al Diyar. Medium category hotel **. Located at 5 km from Nizwa Souk, it has a swimming international standards. Standard Room. Each room is equipped with bath or shower toilet fridge and TV. Breakfast at the hotel.

nizwa

Day 4

Visit of the fort of Nizwa (1 h). The fort of Nizwa was renoved recently. It has a defensive part (the so called citadelle) and a housing part (which was designed by the Imam and scholars). From the top of the citadelle we have stunning views over Nizwa and its palm-lined, the largest of the country. The under-floor of the fort was occupied by prison cells. These have been done up as a museum about local culture. The museum is small but very well done. It is worth a visit!

Souk of Nizwa (1 h 30). Nizwa is a major city of Oman located at the foot of the mountains in the interior of the country. In the past it was the capital of Oman and it remains the cultural center for mountain people. The souk was renovated some 15 years ago. Friday is the market day, called 'Souk Al Jumaa', and brings visitors from the nearby mountains as well as Beduins from the desert side. The livestock souq is particularly worth a visit. But you also find the fish souk, vegetable souq, meat souq, as well as some people selling moutain honey dates incense and other things you might need.

- Transfer Nizwa - Bidiyah (2 h 30 - 200 Km) / Transfer Bidiyah - Our Camp in Wahiba sands (30 mm - 20 Km)

Sunset in the dunes (1 h). We start a walk across the dunes later in the afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the most beautiful. The setting sun turns the sand into different colours ans shades. This a great unforgettable time.

wadi bani khalid

Day 5

- Transfer our camp in Wahiba Sands - Bidiyah (30 min - 30 Km)
- Transfer Bidiyah - Bidah (1 h - 50 Km)

Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid (3 h). The lower part of this valley forms a narrow and wild canyon. We start from the lovely village of Bidah and cross its palm garden to access the entrance of the canyon. We hike in the canyon between big boulders (the way is not very easy but doesn't last long) until we arrive at a splendid pool with waterfall. We take a rest here and enjoy swimming in this secluded place. For those who like jumping, a very nice 10 meters jump is possible there.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 1 to 2 hours

- Transfer Bidah - Ras Al Had (2 h 30 - 190 Km)

Nighttime turtle watching (2 h). The coast here is 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 holes, 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.

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. Hamoor Room. Superior room with TV, fridge, and private bathroom. Moreover you have a sitting area with chairs in front of the room to relax outside.. breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

sur

Day 6

- Transfer Ras Al Had - Sur (1 h - 50 Km)

Visit of the city of Sur (2 h). Sur is a big but quiet city. It is built on the seashore and extends along a wonderful logoon. In teh past it wa renovated for the naval construction. This traditional industry is declining but there is still one factory which produces wondeful traditional arabic dhows. We stop for a visit. We then walk up to a watch tower from which we have the best view over the city.

- Transfer Sur - Tiwi (45 min - 60 Km)

Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab (3 h). We start from the sea and start hiking into the wadi. After 45 minutes to 1 hour walk in this beautiful wadi we'll go into the water : we swim from pool to pool to discover this incredible place. But we don't tell you more about this since it has to be a surprise!

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h

- Transfer Tiwi - Fins (20 min - 20 Km)

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.

wadi tiwi

Day 7

- Transfer Fins - Tiwi (12 min - 25 Km)
- Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) (45 min - 25 Km)

Full Day in Wadi Tiwi (6 h). We start from a village called Saymah. We walk on an old donkey path a little up the wadi. The views are splendid. The palm trees are so dense in this wadi that they look like a green river. As we arrive in another village, we go down and walk at the bottom of the wadi, on the falaj canal, along the river or between the boulders, We finally arrive to a nice pool surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. We enjoy a swim there and take a rest. We have a barbecue for lunch, and enjoy relaxing and swimming in this lovely place.We come back the same way and stop en route to have a last bath.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 2 to 4 h
- Height difference : +100m/-100m

- Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi (45 min - 15 Km)
- Transfer Tiwi - Muttrah (1 h 45 - 160 Km)

Muttrah Hotel. Muttrah Hotel is the first hotel built in Oman. It is only in 20 minutes walking distance 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 coffee and tea making facilities breakfast at the hotel.

mutrah marche aux poissons

Day 8

Muttrah fish and vegetables souk (1 h). It's a colorful place that really deserves a visit. There is a diversity of fish: dorados and groupers of all kinds, swordfish, barracudas, sharks, crabs, shrimps, squid, tuna profusion, kinfish, and even parrotfish and other multicolored. Next to the fish souk, there is the vegetable souk where fruits, vegetables, dates, honey, thyme, etc. can be found.

- Transfer Muttrah - Al Khiran (45 min - 50 Km)

Snorkelling and boat tour in Khiran (4 h). The bay of bandar Khiran is located only 30 km east from Muscat. There, the mountains fall down to the sea and form a lot of small tiny coves. We take a fisherman's boat in the village of Al Khiran and have a tour in the bay to see mangrove, seabirds, and the many sandy coves. Finally we stop on a wonderful beach, have lunch with grilled fish, and enjoy a rest on the beach and snorkelling. Among other fishes you will probably see here : surgeon fish, tigerfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, and even sometime, if we are lucky, you'll be able to swim with turtles. ATTENTION : When the sea is rough, this cove is not reachable by boat ; we go to another one which is also nice and suitable for snorkelling, but the seabed is not so rich.

- Transfer Al Khiran - Muttrah (45 min - 50 Km)

Visite of Muttrah souk (2 h). The main building of the souk is beautifully decorated : painted wooden roof and stained glass windows. Some smaller streets start on all sides and are full of small shops. You have a round in this labirynthe in search of what you want to bring back home. The souq is organized by product type : there is a place for gold, for silver, for gifts, for carpets, for clothes, etc...

Overnight Muttrah Hotel 20 minutes walk from the souk and the corniche. It offers comfortable rooms.