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Great trek of Oman

14 Days

A challenging hiking tour for experienced hikers. Demanding hikes and easy canyoning one after another with very few days resting in between to go across Eastern and Western Hajar Mountains.

  • Landscape:

    Mountain, wadi, sea, desert

  • Activities:

    Hiking, culture, canyoning & aquatic hiking, swimming

  • Overstay:

    Camping, hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
mutrah-poissons

Day 1

Muttrah fish and vegetables souq Muttrah fish and vegetables souq (1 hour ) It is a very lively and typical place that is worth a visit. We only rarely see such a choice of fishes : many spieces of breams and groupers, tuna, swordfishes, kingfishes, sharks, squids, crabs, shrimps, and even parrot fishes and other multicolor fishes. Next to the fish market is the vegetable market where you'll find fruits,vegetables, dates, honey, thyme, etc...

Boat tour to see dolphins and snorkeling (3 hours ) We start at 10 AM from the marina. It's the best trip to have an insight of the rich marine life of the Sea of Oman : with a motor boat we first go offshore to try to see dolphins : the captain knows well the places these animals like, so we are likely to see them, but it is not guaranted (i's nature!) Then we head to the rocky part of the coast where we stop for snorkeling : corals, multicolor tropical fishes and even sometimes turtles are numerous!

- Level 1

- Transfer Muttrah - Nakhl (1 hour 30 - 120 Km)
- Transfer Nakhl - Wakan (0 hour 50 - 50 Km)

Camping in Wadi Mistal. Individual camping tent

jebel akhdar

JDay 2

- Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit (0 h 15 - 5 Km)

Wadi Mistal. Hike from Wakan in Wadi Mistal to Manakhr on Jebel Akhdhar (6 hours ) We start in Wakan, a wonderfull villae located at 1400m. We start climbing across the terraces planted with apricots, onions, pomogranates, and lime trees. We then follow the falaj and climb steeply toward a small pass. All along the steep climb we have stunning views on Gubrah Bowl. After the pass a gentle walk in a landscape typical of Jebel Akhdhar leads us to the village of Al Manakhr.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 6 h
- Height difference : +800m/-500m

Transfer Al Manakhr - Juniper Plateau (1 hour - 40 Km)

Bivouac on Juniper Plateau Great place for a bivouac! We are 2400m high in the center of the Jebel Akhdhar. On a hilly plateau, we camp surrounded by giant juniper and wild olive trees. Individual camping tent .
bimah

Day 3

- Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Al Khitaym (1 h 12 - 50 Km)

Hike from Jebel Akhdar to Wadi Bani Kharus (7 hours ) A long but nice hike! The descent offers stunning views and the arrival in the last villages of Wadi Bani Kharus is delightfull : flowing water and terraced gardens, which are some of the finest of Oman!

- Level 4
- Walking time : 5 to 6 h
- Height difference : +300m/-1500m

- Transfer Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus) - Al Awabi (1 hour - 30 Km)
- Transfer Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus) - Bimah (2 hours 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 minutes drive (or 5 hours 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

snake canyon

Day 4

Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit (0 hour 15 - 5 Km)

Canyoning in the upper Snake Canyon (5 hours ). 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... not far from the beginning of the canyon it is required to abseil 2 times 20 meters. Then a nice descent alternating jumps, walk, and swim. Obviously, the ones who don't want to jump can always go down abseiling. .

Transfer Zamah - Bimah (0 hour 15 - 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 5 minutes drive (or 5 hours 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. Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. breakfast et dinner at the hotel .

balad sit

Day 5

Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit (0 hour 15 - 5 Km)

Hike Balad Sit - Birkat Al Shraf (7 hours ). It is a wonderful walk. We start from the main valley and walk up a very narrow gorge, at the end of which we discover the wonderful village of Balad Sit (which means the hidden village). We cross the village and start the steep climb up the cliff. The climb is steep, but it is an old path that has been equiped with stepslong time ago. 900 meters above the village, we arrive to a small pass where we have lunch. We then follow the ridge on the southern flank : it is a hilly terrain and we have splendid views on both sides. We finally arrive to Sharaf Al Alamain.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 6 hours
- Height difference : +1300m/-250m

Bivouac in Sharaf Al Alamain. We set up our camp on the ridge. We have stunning views over Wadi Bani Awf. Individual camping tent.

Misfat-Al-Abreyeen

Day 6

- Transfer Rub Al Khali - - Jebel Kobra

Hike Sharaf Al Alamain - Misfat Al Abreyeen (7 h). We start from the pass of Sharaf Al Alamain. We first walk along the ridge on the southern flank, from where we have exceptional views on both sides. We then start the descent full of diversity : we cross small wadis, walk on slabs, see hamlets and finally arrive to a canyon from where we can see Misfat Al Abreyeen. The last descent is steep but the arrival in the village and its palm grove reward us : after the mineral environement of the walk we arrive in a luxuriant vegetation and walk on the falaj (irrigation chanels) in which clear water coming from the mountain flows.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 6 h
- Height difference : +1500m/-11500m

Guesthouse in Misfat Al Abreyeen. We spend the night in a traditionl omani house that recently has been refurbished : here we find ancient architecture and modern comfort. Located inside the palm garden, it is an enchanting place. The guesthouse is located a few minutes walk away from the parking ; so, please plan a small bag with only the stuff you need for that night. Also, 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. Rooms with A/C and a simple and rustic decoration typical of mountain houses. Shared bathroom.. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel

 Bait As Safah

Day 7

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. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, we find a wide variety of tropical fruits : bananas, papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomogranates, etc... The old village here is still inhabited.

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

- Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Al Hamra (12 min - 10 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 village welcome us in this house and show us how they make Omani bread, omani coffee, carpets, and different creams and lotions consisting of mountain plants.

- Transfer Al Hamra - Ghul (0 hour 20 - 15 Km)
- Transfer Ghul - An Nakhr (30 min - 10 Km)

Al Nakhr, at the far end of Arabia's Grand Canyon (1 h). After some 8 km driving down in Arabia'sGrand Canyon, we arrive in An Nakhr. The villagers take care of some palm gardens, but are above all famous for weaving carpets. We'll have a look at how they weave and we'll then have a short walk in the canyon, surrounded by huge cliffs.

- Transfer Al Nakhr - Ghul (30 min - 10 Km)
- Transfer Ghul - Jebel Shams Plateau (30 min - 40 Km)

Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range. Wonderful place for a bivouac! We'll set up our camp at 1800m in a nice and quiet place. Over the surroundings we have nice views over Jebel Misht and its impressive cliffs. Individual camping tent.

jebel-shams

Day 8

Hike to Jebel Shams summit (South flank) (12 h). We start walking at dawn from the plateau of Jebel Shams. We head to the edge of the Grand Canyon from where we have stunning views. We'll probably see vultures enjoying the first ascending winds of the day. We'll follow the Grand Canyon and cross several small plateaus. The higher we climb the bigger the trees. Finally we arrive at a pass from where we have stunning views over Wadi Sahtan, situated some 2000 meters below us. On our left side the other summit of Jebel Shams is occupied by a military radar. We go to the right and follow the ridge until we reach the summit. We come back the same way. It is a beautiful but very long hike (more than 26 km and more than 1000m height difference) that require to be fit and and used to demanding hikes.

- Level 5
- Walking time : 7 to 10 h
- Height difference : +1300m/-1300m

- Transfer Jebel Shams Plateau - Nizwa (1 h 30 - 100 Km)

Al Diyar Hotel. Medium category hotel **. Located at 5 km from Nizwa Souk, it has a swimming pool and clean rooms of international standards. Standard Room.

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