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Serene Walking Holiday in in Oman

Starts: Muscat, Oman
Finishes: Muscat, Oman

Visit: Muscat, Al Hūb, Nizwá, Taywah, Muscat

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This exceptional trekking holiday in Oman, explores the most dramatic sections of the Al Hajar range of mountains which run the length of Oman's northern coastline, rising above the blue waters of the Gulf to a height of 3000 metres. Starting out amongst the Western Hajar Mountains, we follow rugged trails between picturesque mountain villages, each with its groves of date palms and intricately terraced fields. Camping out on the high Sharaf al Alamayn Plateau and on the Sayq Plateau, we visit the high point of Oman at Jabal Shams and enjoy far-reaching views across a landscape of jagged ridge-lines and intervening canyons. A night in a comfortable hotel at the former capital of Nizwa, with time to explore the town's forts and market streets provides a welcome break, before we complete a 2-day trek across the Eastern Hajar Mountains - which ends conveniently at a camp on the beach. With its superb trekking, year-round sunshine and welcoming people, Oman is the Middle East's best kept secret.

Is this holiday for you?

This is not a sustained trekking holiday, but a combination of shorter and relatively easy walks combined with two challenging classic 2-day routes, that are amongst the best treks in Oman. We will be following mountain tracks across sand, scree and bare rock, with sections of stepped pathway leading to ancient and sometimes abandoned villages. Walking for between 4 and 10 hours on 5 of the days, our route will take us into deep wadis and across airy ridges. We will usually be following routes that have been used for generations by the local people - villagers, hunters and shepherds. Some of the pathways are exposed and there is some easy scrambling on day 4 and day 5. The altitudes attained during this holiday are unlikely to cause problems in respect of acclimatisation. Oman is prohibitively hot for much of the year and we choose to visit when it is at its coolest. However, we are still likely to find day-time temperatures of between 25C / 77F and 32C / 90F or even a little higher and sun protection and adequate hydration are important considerations. 4 wheel drive support vehicles carry all our equipment from camp to camp but, as we only have a small local crew, we will be expected to help put up and take down tents at campsites. We have graded the holiday at the bottom end of our demanding scale because there are some long trekking days and also on account of the prevailing temperatures.

Highlights

    • Serene walking holiday in the Jewel of Arabia, Oman
    • Rugged and remote walks across Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar
    • Trek Oman`s superb Balcony Walk of Wadi Nakhr
    • Experience the ancient capital of Nizwa and its colourful souks
    • Coastal camping with Indian Ocean views

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62446
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Muscat, Oman
Finishes: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 10 days
Physical rating: Demanding

Includes

  • An experienced English speaking local guide
  • A single Muscat Airport transfer at the beginning and end of the trip
  • Hotel accommodation when in Muscat and in Nizwa
  • All meals
  • 4-wheel-drive vehicle support throughout the trip
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Oman Visa fee
  • Muscat Airport transfers (other than the single timed group transfers on Day 1 and Day 10)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • 2016 Single Supplement US$210 - Includes 3 group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • 2016 Single Tent US$85
  • 2017/2018 Single Supplement US$330 - Includes 3 group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • 2017/2018 Single Tent US$95

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,385 ($238/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Oman Muscat, Bait Al Zubair Museum, Jabal Shams, Barka, Nakhal Fort, Western Hajar Mountains, Wadi Bani Awf, Bilad Sait, Wadi Ghul, Nakhr Village, Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa, Wadi Tanuf, Selma Plateau, Wadi Shab
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Patrick T  

Excellent leadership and is one of the most culturally sensitive leaders I have been with. His attention to detail was exceptional and his training of the local Omani staff is exemplary.

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Martin P  

I most enjoyed the Balcony trail, Wadi Al Qashah circuit, Nizwa fort, swims in Wadi Tiwi & Wadi Shab, fish barbecue by the sea. I got a cold and a stomach bug, but still had a great time!

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Jenny M  

Leader and support crew very good and agreeable; took a lot of trouble to make it a good trip. Gave some good information about the country and history etc in the evening and Majda (who drove the vehicle in which I travelled was an excellent driver and gave extremely good guiding on the visits to Nizwa and Muscat and a good evening talk. Local agent Sasha gave me excellent help in arranging extension programme that met my requests extremely well and I enjoyed this part of the holiday very much also. The balance between trekking/camping days and the hotel break to visit nizwa was good. Opportunity to eat Omani food and hear about local culture good. Company very agreeable. Beautiful views and suitably challenging trekking.

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Carol B  

We had 3 excellent guides/support staff, 2 who were experienced in the mountains and one (the first female tour guide in Oman) who provided cultural and historical input. The local agent joined us for the last 3 days. They were all excellent 4x4 drivers. Suleiman and the whole support team were great. My husband broke his wrist on Day 2 - entirely his own fault - and Suleiman ensured that he completed the whole trek apart from day 4 as he couldn't do the scramble part. He also gave great support at hospitals both immediately after the accident and also afterwards. We greatly enjoyed Oman and were struck by the pride the local guides took in showing it to us.

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Sarah D  

Having done similar holidays with other companies it was so refreshing to have a competent, sensible, fun, mature etc trip leader who you could have a great time with but who made sure everything worked effectively. His continued good humour made such a difference. If the Oman tour operator is representative of all your tours, we have already discussed with friends that we would use you in preference to other companies (obviously making sure we prepare for the level of the trip next time!)

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Roy L  

A fabulous holiday. Our trip leader and his team were excellent, enthusiastic and hard working. I thought it was very demanding but achievable. Particularly enjoyed the camp atmosphere. The group were easy to be with. A good mixture of walking in mountains, swimming in Wadis and relaxing at the end of the holiday.

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Julie V  

The trip leader and the crew were excellent - I cannot fault them. He was brilliant, even did foot washing at the end of one walk. Very knowledgable and attentive, would highly recommend him. I found Oman and its people to be a delight! The kindness and friendliness of everyone ensured I had a fantastic trip. The cultural aspects and the hiking. A lovely mix of the two. The hiking was great, perfect level and the night in the hostel in the middle was a great chance to clean up. The guides were very good at bringing the culture to life, not just when visiting a city but when eating and talking round the camp fire. On New Years Eve, a big effort was made with the fish BBQ and the special plates to ensure a special evening. The trip exceeded my expectations primarily because of the people. I arrived a few days early and the people I met as I explored were helpful and very kind to me. I have been on a number of trips with you previously and have always had a good experience.

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Tony P  

The guide and the support crew were excellent. He was excellent, as were his support team. A wonderful experience - enjoyed the trip very much. A new, very different country. Nice people, both local and trekkers. Big mountains. Well looked after by guide and support team - no hitches. Sleeping under the stars.

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James F  

New experiences are always a bonus, swimmimg in a river/cave in a wadi was a first. I also liked the transport between walks/camps sited which enabled me to see some of the culture/countryside which would not be available had we been walking all the time.

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