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Hiking in Oman

14 Days

A complete tour with medium-level hikes (not easy, but not too challenging) which will let you discover very different aspects of Oman : steep valleys of the Western Hajar mountains, dunes of the White Desert, and lush green wadis of the Eastern Hajar.

  • Landscape:

    Wadi, desert, mountain, sea

  • Activities:

    Hiking, culture, easy walking, swimming, canyoning

  • Overstay:

    Camping, hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
Wadi Sahtan

Day 1

- Transfer Muttrah - Ar Rustaq (2 h - 190 Km)
- Transfer Ar Rustaq - A hamlet in Wadi Sahtan (1 h - 35 Km)

Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan, under the northern face of Jebel Shams (4 h ). Wadi Sahtan is an impressive valley with Jebel Shams towering over it. Its north face is a 2000m cliff which evokes the feeling of being in the Himalayas. We walk along centuries old paths linking remote villages built over the mountain. We pass 3 villages before arriving at our camp. The path sometimes goes through screes which might be a bit difficult.

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

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

Bivouac in Wadi Sahtan. A wonderful campsite with unbelievable views over the north face of Jebel Shams. Individual camping tent.

Wadi Sahtan

Day 2

Hike across villages in Wadi Sahtan in the heart of the bowl (6 h). We start hiking from our campsite and walk up and down several valleys. Almost each valley harbours a village which has its own charm. Palm gardens, falaj, terraced fields, beehives... We hike in traditional Oman. Some few passages might be a bit difficult..

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 5 h
- Height difference : +700m/-800m

- Transfer a hamlet in Wadi Sahtan - Bimah (1 h - 30 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 a 5-minute drive (or 5-hour hike) from Balad Sit. It's a rustic but beautiful mountain hut with 4 dormitories (4 to 10 persons on bunkbeds), 2 private rooms, and 3 bathrooms with hot shower. Located in a natural and peacful environment. In the garden there are many places to relax after hiking... Dormitory. Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

balad-sit

Day 3

Hike From Bimah to Balad Sit (5 h). We start in Bimah and walk up the wadi until the village of Selmah where only 3 families (3 brothers) are living. We then walk our way up through the palm gardens and go on until we reach a very narrow path. From there we see Balad Sit, another bigger village. We walk down to the village and enjoy a tour in the gardens. We finally find a very narrow gorge which we follow until we get to the car.

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

- Transfer Balad Sit - Bimah (15 min- 5 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 a 5-minute drive (or 5-hour hike) from Balad Sit. It's a rustic but beautiful mountain hut with 4 dormitories (4 to 10 persons on bunkbeds), 2 private rooms, and 3 bathrooms with hot shower. Located in a natural and peacful environment, In the garden you'll find many places to relax after hiking... Dormitory. Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

misfat

Day 4

Canyoning in the Lower Snake Canyon (3 h). 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 swimming short distances! For thoses who don't want to jump we install short abseils

- Level 3

- Transfer Zamah - Sharaf Al Alamain (1 h - 30 Km)
- This drive off-road makes us climb some 1000 meters within less than 10 km. It provides us with stunning views over Wadi Bani Awf.

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

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 built all around the old village on man-made terraces. Situated at an altitude of 800 meters, we find a wide variety of tropical fruits : bananas, papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomegranates, etc... The old village is here still inhabited.

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

Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen. We spend the night in a traditional Omani house: here we find ancient architecture and modern comfort. Located inside the palm garden, it is an enchanting place… The guesthouse is located a few-minute walk away from the parking ; so, please plan a small bag with only the items you need for that night. Also, in order to respect the inhabitants of the village, it is forbidden to bring alcohol into the village and to smoke inside the house ; we thank you in advance for respecting these rules! Standard Room.

jebel-kobra

Day 5

- Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Nizwa (1 h - 60 Km)

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 and 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 souk is particularly worth a visit. However, you also find the fish souk, vegetable souk, meat souk as well as some people selling moutain honey, dates, incense, and a lot of other things you might need.

- Transfer Nizwa - Al Ghaba (2 hours - 200 Km)
- Transfer Al Ghaba - Jebel Kobra (30 min - 25 Km)

Short walk in the rocky chaos of Jebel Kobra (2 h). We stop at the foot of the cliffs made of white limestone. We then walk across many small gorges. It is a very exclusive place with unbelievable landscapes. Rocks in particular shapes.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 1 to 2 hours

- Transfer Jebel Kobra - Jebel Srj (45 min- 55 Km)

Camping down the sandstone range. One of the nicer camping sites: just down Jebel Srj with its sandstone rocks sculpted by the wind and turning into wonderful colours at sunset, with open views over the sabkha, the rocky scraps and the sanddunes... Individual camping tent.

jebel-srj

Day 6

Hike across sanddunes, sabkha, and rocky outcrops (5 h). We start walking in Jebel Srj. After taking time to discover this beautiful sandstone range, we walk across the flat Sabkha and head to the yellow sand dunes. The very varied landscape (sanddunes, rocks, trees) is typical of the Huqf region.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 3 to 4 h

- Transfer end of the walk - Khaluf's Desert, between rocks and sand (2 h - 120 Km)

Bivouac in the desert. We set up our camp at the beginning of the sand dunes. Individual camping tent.

AlJazeera-Mahut

Day 7

Hike across sand dunes and rocky outcrops (6 h). A very beautiful day : we walk across sand dunes and see many rocky outcrops on the way. The sand is sometimes red, and sometimes white. We arrive at our camp around noon and enjoy some rest in the shade. Late in the afternoon, we walk to the top of the sand dunes to see the sunset over this spectacular landscape with trees, rocks and sand.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 4 to 5 h

Bivouac desert. We set up our camp in the sand, in an 'acacia forest'. Around us are some rocky hills and sand dunes. Individual camping tent.

desert-blanc

Day 8

Hike across White Desert (6 h). We have a long hike in a wonderful and unexpected landscape. We start from our campsite where the sand is red. We cross several small plateaus. Between them we find sand ; the more we walk the whiter the sand. Finally we discover the most wonderful (wholy) white sand dunes. It is an breathtaking landscape… We walk across the dunes and arrive at the sea around noon… We set up our camp, have lunch, and enjoy swimming in the Indian Ocean. Late in the afternoon, we start walking again across white sand dunes to enjoy the sunset.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 3 to 5 h

Bivouac in the White Desert, next to the sea. We set up our camp in the first dunes of the White Desert, at about 50 meters from the sea. This place is magical and unusual : on one side we have pure white dunes, whereas on the other side we have the Indian Ocean. Individual camping tent.

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