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Trekking in the Dhofar Mountains

6 Days

Known in Antiquity as Arabia Felix, Happy Arabia, or Green Arabia, in reference to the mountains covered with wood and pastures where cows and camels graze together, the coast of Dhofar offers an original environement for a trek in Arabia...

  • Landscape:

    Sea, mountain

  • Activities:

    Hiking, culture, swimming

  • Overstay:

    Camping, hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
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Day 1

- Transfer Salalah - Mughsayl (45 min- 60 Km)

Hike West of Salalah (4 h). We walk down to a wild creek. We then walk up the valley where we find huge frankincense trees (Boswelia sacra). We start heading to a pass. The higher we get the bigger (get) the trees. Near the pass we find some dragon trees. Finally we discover a wonderful bay with numerous white sandy beaches.

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

Swimming on a white sandy beach (2 h). We enjoy a swim in the Indian Ocean on one of the numerous beaches of the bay.

Bivouac on the beach. We camp on a splendid sandy white beach. Individual camping tent.

salalah

Day 2

Coastal hike to the place named the head of the camel (5 h). A wonderful hike along the sea. We first cross a nice sandy beach where we stop for a swim. Then we walk along the sea on a good path and cross several valleys : some of them have frankincense trees (growing in them), others have small springs. The views are superb(s)(, )and if you watch the sea you might see dolphins or turtles.

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

- Transfer Fizayah - View Point (1 h - 40 Km)

View Point (15 mm). We stop at a view point : we are at about 1000m and down the cliffs is the sea. During moonson time the clouds hit the cliffs which turn into a lush green.

- Transfer View Point - Above Al Hautah Bowl (20 min - 20 Km)

Bivouac in the high grazing lands. We camp at about 1000m altitude in the middle of the grazinglands and with views over the sea. Individual camping tent.

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Day 3

Hike down the corrie of Al Hautah (6 h). We start from 1000m altitude. The trees are big and the birds plenty. We go down step by steb through the woods with some nice views over the sea. When we arrive, the landscape is idyllic : giant desert roses, tamrinds palmtrees and many birds.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 5 h
- Height difference : +0m/-900m

Camping in the wadi near the sea. We set our camp in the wadi under the tamarinds just a few meters from the sea. Individual camping tent.

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Day 4

- Transfer Al Hautah - Dhalkut (1 h - 80 Km)

Hike to a wild estuary (6 h). We start from a hamlet of sheperds and walk across grazing lands. The path offers nice views over the sea. We then walk down to the estuary through the forest. The place is incredibly wild and beautiful : here are staying together cows and camels, the sea and the fresh water, palm trees, and a rich wildlife... There is also a cave which has ancient stone paintings. We walk back through the wadi and the woods to the car. On the way it is frequent to see hyrax

- Level 3
- Walking time : 4 to 5 hours
- Height difference : +400m/-400m

- Transfer Dhalkut - Salalah (2 h - 170 Km)

Salalah Beach Villas. We spend the night in this nice hotel. The hotel is located in Al Dhariz, facing the sea with a swimming pool. Sea View Room. Comfortable room with A/C, fridge, and private bathroom. Breakfast at the hotel.

kori

Day 5

- Transfer Salalah - Khor Ruri (30 min - 45 Km)

Visit of Khor Rori and Sumhuram ruins (1 h 30). Khor Ruri Wadi Darbat's estuary. Seabirds are numerous there. Above the estuary are the ruins of Sumhuram, which was an importanat port in antiquity. It was located at the far east of the kingdom of Hadramaut, zone of production of frankincense, resin taken from a tree that was once more valued than gold.

- Transfer Khor Ruri - Wadi Darbat (15 min - 20 Km)

Hike around Wadi Darbat (6 h). We discover this famous wadi, which is one of the most visited by local tourists during the moonson, off the beaten track. We walk up the wadi and skirt a rocky projection where a waterfall flows during the rainy season. We walk back on the other side of the walley through the woods.

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

- Transfer Wadi Darbat - Salalah (30 min - 50 Km)

Salalah Beach Villas. We spend the night in this nice hotel. The hotel is located in Al Dhariz, facing the sea with a swimming pool. Sea View Room. Comfortable room with A/C, fridge, and private bathroom. Breakfast at the hotel.

salalah

Day 6

salalah Food Souq (1 h ). Salalah food souk is worth a visit : it is very lively! Here we find wondeful fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, dates and traditional medicine...

Discover the fruits stalls of Salalah (1 h). Salalah is a modern city but still having many agricultural fields in the middle of the city. On the streets there are numerous stalls selling (the) fruits cultivated here : coconuts, banana, papayas, sugar cane, etc...

Visit of Job's Tomb (0 hour 30). We stop on the way to visit Job's tomb, located in the mountains north of Salalah.

Visit of Al Baleed Archeological Site (1 h). This archeological site is located in the city of Salalah, facing the sea. This city was previously known as Dhofar (which is now the name of the region). The area was inhabited since 4000 BC, but the remainings date from the 10th century AD. Its position turned it into an important port in the region. Next to the site is a museum with a hall about history and another about boats.

Salalah Beach Villas. We spend the night in this nice hotel. The hotel is located in Al Dhariz, facing the sea with a swimming pool. Sea View Room. Comfortable room with A/C, fridge, and private bathroom. Breakfast at the hotel.