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Sand Dunes of the Empty Quarter

4 Days

A great way to experience one of the bigger and dryer desert in the world! Huge sand dunes as far as the eye can see...

  • Landscape:

    Desert

  • Activities:

    Easy walking, hiking, geology

  • Overstay:

    Camping

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
Désert de sel oman

Day 1

- Transfer Nizwa - Fahud (2 h - 150 Km)
- Transfer Fahud - Umm As Samim (1 hr 30 - 150 Km)

Stop in the Salt Desert of 'Umm As Sammim' (30 mm). In arabic, 'Umm As Sammim' means 'the mother of poison'. It is a very dry and plane stretch of salt. It is very unhospitable for life and there is no vegetation. We stop in this here to have a look at the salt crust.

- Transfer Umm As Samim - Rub Al Khali (1 h - 80 Km)

Short walk in the sands to see the sunset (1 h). We have a walk across the high dunes 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 the sunset in this unbelievable landscape.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +150m/-150m

Bivouac in the Empty Quarter. We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali. Individual camping tent.

rub al khali

JDay 2

Hiking in Rub al Khali (6 h). In the morning, we start walking from our camp. We climb several high dunes which surround us : the ascent is sometimes exhausting, but the descent is quick and fun and sometimeswe have the opportunity to hear the dunes sing. Around noon, we walk back to our our camp and have lunch and rest in a shady place. Late afternoon, we climb another huge dune to get to its summit and enjoy a wonderful sunset on the top.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 4 to 5 h
- Height difference : +150m/-150m

Bivouac in the Empty Quarter. We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali. Individual camping tent.

rub al khali

Day 3

Hiking in Rub al Khali (6 h). In the morning, we start walking from our camp. We climb several high dunes which surround us : the ascent is sometimes exhausting, but the descent is quick and fun and sometimeswe have the opportunity to hear the dunes sing. Around noon, we walk back to our our camp and have lunch and rest in a shady place. Late afternoon, we climb another huge dune to get to its summit and enjoy a wonderful sunset on the top.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 4 to 5 h
- Height difference : +150m/-150m

Bivouac in the Empty Quarter. We set our camp at the foot of the huge dunes of the Rub Al Khali. Individual camping tent.

rub al khali

Day 4

Morning walk in the dunes (2 ). This morning we climb one of the big dunes and enjoy a last view over this sea of sand...

- Level 2
- Walking time : 1 to 2 hours

- Transfer Rub Al Khali - Al Ghaba (3 hours - 270 Km)
- Transfer Al Ghaba - Nizwa (2 hours - 220 Km)