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Explore Oman from Summit to Sea

Hike, kayak, canyon and explore the mountains, desert, coast and unique culture of Oman in one epic adventure.

I'M UP FOR
Adventure Tapas
DURATION
8 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Oman
SEASON
January, March, April, October, November
NEAREST AIRPORT

Experience the highlights and hidden gems of historic Oman on this nine-day adventure, from the bustling souks of Muscat, to kayaking the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea and hiking through the mountains to the highest point in the country. You’ll explore deep canyons, jump off waterfalls into the cool pools below and sleep in a desert camp surrounded by golden sand dunes.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • The ‘Balcony Walk’ to summit Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak
  • Swimming, jumping and exploring canyons, caves and hidden wadis
  • Hiking the Western Hajar mountains and Saiq Plateau
  • Kayaking on the Indian Ocean
  • Discovering the souks and sights of Muscat and Nizwa
  • A night in a desert camp
  • 3 nights at a 3-star hotel in Muscat, 4 nights in local guesthouses
  • Internationally certified, English speaking instructors
  • All meals
  • All transport and airport transfers
  • Top of the range adventure and safety equipment
  • Water and soft drinks

Perfect for

Travellers looking for a taste of everything Oman has to offer – adventure, wild scenery, nature and history.

Need To Know

Yes, it is! According to The World Economic Forum’s most recent Travel and Tourism Report, Oman is the 9th safest country to live in around the world. Both locals, expats and travellers can enjoy the famous hospitality of the local people. The crime rates are extremely low and some of the locals don’t even lock their homes as they leave for work.

For Omanis, wadis are their life-force. Steep cliffs and deep canyons criss-cross the mountains and deserts, with turquoise waters flowing through them, over waterfalls into crystal clear pools inviting you to dive in and cool off. They’re a haven for wildlife and wildflowers, and a trip to one of these wadis for a hike, swim, climb, an off-road drive or a picnic is a highlight of any visit to Oman. On this trip, we’ll visit a few of your hosts favorite wadi’s, including some that few other tourists ever see.

Yes, your host is an Omani company with international safety and quality standards. They are the flagship company when it comes to adventure and safety in Oman. The team is a mix of UK/Irish and Omani instructors, who have been extensively trained in the UK and Dubai and hold professional qualifications enabling them to run adventures in a safe and fun manner. Combined, they have more than 25 years of adventure experience in the GCC. Your safety and experience is their top priority.

You should have a good overall level of fitness, although no previous experience in any of the activities is required. You’ll generally be active for 4-5 hours each day, with plenty of breaks to rest and recharge.

Oman is a melting pot of cultures. You will find a variety of Indian and Middle-Eastern restaurants in Oman. Even the smallest coffee shops adhere to strict food safety standards, so it is safe to eat and enjoy different flavours. A handful of restaurants also offer traditional Omani Food, so make sure to try Mendi, a shared dish of flavoursome rice with lamb or chicken traditionally earn with hands. Also, be prepared to taste limitless flavours of Omani coffee “Kahwa” and local dates. Your guide will make sure you’ll have a chance to experience a wide variety of different dishes.

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 people. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Yes, however, it’s well worth it and this group trip allows you to reduce your costs significantly. The main reason why Oman is an expensive destination is that the country’s currency, Omani Rial, is very strong. Oman is not cheap, but, comparing to Dubai, it offers much greater value for money.

Accommodation and transport are the two big parts of your stay in Oman as the basic good quality hotel starts at OMR 30 per night. It is absolutely worth it, as you have a chance to experience the unique culture and hospitality first-hand. Oman is the land of unspoilt landscapes, cultural heritage and adventure.

The following are not included in the trip price: - Flights - Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guides (optional) - Personal spending (souvenirs, alcoholic drinks)

The weather in Oman is hot, sunny and dry all year round, with daytime temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Summer can be very hot, with temperatures often above 35°C and little rainfall. Nights can be a little cooler, especially in the Jebel Shams mountains temperatures can drop to 10-15 degrees during the night. Even though it may be 30 degrees during the day it might, in January/February nights, be as cold as 0 degrees. Therefore it is advised to bring a windproof jacket and a hoodie to stay warm.

The months between June and August should be avoided as it’s too hot.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Closed-toe shoes with good ankle support, such as lightweight walking boots
  • Cool and light clothing that covers your shoulders and knees
  • Windproof jacket
  • A lightweight jumper/hoodie for evenings
  • Day pack
  • A waterproof camera or GoPro if you’d like to take it canyoning
  • High SPF sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses

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Location

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Once the capital of a trading empire that stretched as far as modern-day Tanzania, The sultanate of Oman combines a strong heritage, with ultra-modern hotels, restaurants and infrastructure, and awe-inspiring natural beauty - from the golden sand dunes of the Empty Quarter, to the clear waters of the Arabian Sea and the spectacular Hajar mountains. Its capital, Muscat, was described by the Romans as ‘the hidden port’ due to the mountains surrounding the bay and is home to museums, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which took more than six years to complete, and historic souks where locals still barter for food and goods.

Start point

Muscat Airport - 08:40
Your guide will meet you on day one at Muscat International Airport (MCT) at 08:40. You’ll need to book a flight that arrives at least 60 minutes before the start of the trip in order to allow enough time to get through immigration and baggage reclaim. Alternatively, fly into Muscat the day before and add on an extra night in this exciting city, just let you host know in advance to arrange the accommodation.

Finish point

Muscat Airport - Anytime
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped off Muscat International Airport (MCT). Your host will arrange two transfers that day that you can choose between: The first transfer departs around 12:00 and the second at 17:00, which meet most international flights.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and Explore Ancient Muscat

Fly in early to Muscat International Airport where your guide will be waiting, or if you’d prefer, arrive the day before and spend an extra night in this exciting city.

Starting at the Grand Mosque, wind your way through the narrow alleyways of an ancient souk, bartering for souvenirs as you go. Stop for lunch at a waterfront café before walking along the corniche, a 3km promenade around the city’s port area where you can watch traditional dhow boats unloading the day’s catch.

Hike up a rarely used path that once connected the two parts of the city before the roads were built, and explore mountains that surround and protect the city’s bay.

Relax and take in the views of Muscat and the surrounding coastline, then drive to your hotel for a well-deserved meal and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2: Wakan Village and Hike to the Saiq Plateau

After breakfast, drive for around two hours into the Western Hajar Mountain Range and the village of Wakan, famous for its lush fruit gardens, vine plantations and epic mountain views.

Leave the road behind as you hike through Jabal Akhder, or ‘the Green Mountain’, named after the high altitude rainfall that allows plants to grow and agriculture to flourish.

Arrive at the 2000-metre high Saiq Plateau, Oman’s most fertile region, where you can spot pomegranates growing, as well as the area’s famed roses.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and take in your surroundings. Then, after plenty of time to rest and recharge, walk back down the trail and through the small village of Hadash, before meeting your driver for the short journey to your home for tonight, a local guesthouse.

Day 3: Explore Snake Canyon and 4x4 Over a Mountain Pass

Set off early and walk the short distance to the narrow and winding Snake Canyon, also called Wadi Bimah, with its rocky walls rising 100 metres above you.

Abseil down some of the larger obstacles, with your guide on hand to help, then enter a cool, dark cave and make your way through the slow flowing water, before jumping into the cool pool below for a hit of adrenalin.

Hike to the oasis village of Bilad Sayt, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a local family and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Jump back into the 4x4 for an awe-inspiring off-road drive up and over the 2000 metre high mountain pass to tonight’s guesthouse, where a hot meal will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Explore the ancient Al Hooti Cave

Wake up with the sunrise and leave the daylight behind as you abseil down into the darkness of Al Hooti cave.

Follow the beam of your headtorch along an underground river, clambering over boulders the size of cars and checking out the columns of calcite that tower above you.

Reach an underground lake, home to the rare and protected blind cave fish, and follow a passageway as it winds up through a series of large chambers towards the exit and daylight.

Take a break for lunch and to enjoy the sunshine, before driving towards Oman’s highest mountain, Jebel Shams and your guesthouse for tonight.

Day 5: Climb Jebel Shams and head to Nizwa

After a filling breakfast, hike the famous ‘Balcony Walk’ along the edge of the 2000-metre deep canyon, to the abandoned village of Sap Bani Khamis

Scramble up the scree to the start of the Via Ferrata, once a stairway used by local villagers and now a steel cable that runs up the 200 metre cliffs – a head for heights is recommended.

Stop for lunch at the top (3028m above sea level, the third highest point in the Arabian Peninsula) and then head on to tonight’s destination, Nizwa, the oasis town home to a famous fort and its nearby souk.

Day 6: Nizwa’s Markets, Forts and a Desert Camp

Start the day with a visit to the local market, filled with fruits and vegetables and local people going about their daily life. Walk on to the oldest part of the souk, dedicated to craftsmanship and famous for silver and the creation of the traditional Omani dagger known as a Khanjars.

Explore Nizwa Fort and its cylindrical tower and learn about Oman’s long history and proud culture.

After an early lunch, drive for around three and a half hours to tonight’s accommodation – a desert camp where you’ll spend the night amongst the dunes and enjoy a traditional, home-cooked meal around a roaring bonfire.

Day 7: Discover a Remote Wadi for Swimming and Waterfall Jumping

Wake up to the peace of the desert, then, after breakfast with your Bedouin hosts, set off in the 4x4 to the turquoise waters of Wadi Hawir.

Explore the canyon on foot, swim in the clear waters and enjoy being some of the only tourists in this remote and beautiful place. Then, if you’re feeling brave, jump off the waterfall into the cool pool below - from a metre, to as high as you dare, before returning to Muscat for the night.

Day 8: Kayak the Indian Ocean

Wake up to your final day exploring Oman’s spectacular scenery and drive the short distance to the Arabian Sea, where your kayaking adventure will begin on a secluded white sand beach.

Paddle across the turquoise waters of the bay to a deserted island, looking out for fish and birds as you go and then explore the ‘fjords’ of Oman, rocky inlets used by local fisherman and backed by mangrove-filled lagoons.

Return to Muscat for a final dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 9: Depart Oman

After breakfast in the hotel you’ll be transferred to the airport where your Omani adventure will end, in good time for your flight.

Accommodation

In Muscat (days 1, 7 and 8) and Nizwa (day 5) you’ll stay at centrally located 3-star hotels. Clean, comfortable and generally newly built, these will provide you with the ideal base after a day’s exploring.
On day 6 you’ll stay at the eco-friendly Sama al Wasil desert camp, set amongst the towering sand dunes. Chalets are twins or doubles and your hosts will cook meals such as barbecued fish or chicken fresh from the local markets, while you relax around the campfire.
For the rest of the trip you’ll stay in a range of characterful and comfortable local guesthouses. Accommodation will be in twins or doubles with air conditioning and wi-fi. Some also have dramatic views of the Omani scenery, while others have their own gardens in which the chef grows produce to use in their traditional meals.

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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