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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.

Location

Oman

Fly To

Muscat International Airport

Perfect for

The ultimate trip for those looking for a taste of everything Oman has to offer – adventure, wild scenery, nature and history. No previous skills or experience are required, but you'll want to bring your sense of adventure and have reasonable fitness to enjoy fully.

Difficulty

Moderate

Experience the highlights and hidden gems of historic Oman on this eight-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.

What's Included

  • Trek the 'Balcony Walk' and Via Ferrata on Jebel Shams, Oman's highest peak
  • Swimming, jumping and exploring canyons and hidden wadis
  • Beach time and turtle nesting in Ras al Hadd
  • Kayaking on the Indian Ocean
  • Discovering the souks and sights of Muscat and Nizwa
  • Exploring coastal fishing villages
  • 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 transport and shared airport transfers
  • Top of the range adventure and safety equipment
  • Water and soft drinks

Itinerary

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.

Spend the day exploring Muscat with your local guide. Starting at the Grand Mosque, wind your way through the narrow alleyways of an ancient souk, bartering for souvenirs as you go, and check out the Royal Opera House. Stop for lunch in old part of the city, and enjoy Oman’s street food at one of the small cafes, overlooking the cornice and the Sultan’s Ship.

Walk along the corniche, a 3km promenade around the city’s port area where you can watch traditional dhow boats unloading the day’s catch, then follow a hidden path up and into the mountains that protect the bay.

Hike up a rarely used path that once connected the two parts of the city before the roads were built, and take in the views of Muscat and the surrounding coastline.

Back down in the city, freshen up at the hotel before a well-deserved meal in a traditional Omani restaurant and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2: Explore Snake Canyon and 4x4 Over a Mountain Pass

Today, the real adventure begins with an early breakfast and a 2-hour drive to Wadi Bani Auf, one of the most picturesque canyons in the Western Hajar.

The narrow and winding Snake Canyon, with its rocky walls rising 100 metres above you, is the perfect introduction to canyoning.

Expect short abseils, slides and scrambles as you make your way through the canyon, traversing caves, swimming through pools and jumping in for a hit of adrenalin.

Emerge into the sunlight at the oasis village of Bilad Sayt, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a local family and a short walk around the village, learning about the unique irrigation system, ‘falaj’ and their 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 3: Hike Jebel Shams via Balcony Walk and Via Ferrata

After an early breakfast, head to Misfat Al Abreen, an iconic village that offers panoramic view of the town of Al Hamra, located right across the mountain from Wadi Bani Auf. A quick stop there and we head up the highest mountain in Oman, Jebel Shams.

Overlooking Oman's Grand Canyon, hike the famous ‘Balcony Walk’ along the edge of the 2000-metre deep canyon, to the recently 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. It is an amazing adventure suitable for those with no previous climbing experience, but a head for heights is recommended.

Stop for lunch at the top, and then head on to tonight’s destination, Nizwa, the oasis town home to a famous fort and its nearby souk.

Day 4: 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 Arab cuisine.

Day 5: Explore Sur, Beaches and Turtle Reserves

Wake up to a tranquil morning, far away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city life. This is truly one of the moments to savour. After an early breakfast, exit the desert in your 4x4, stopping for a Kahwa, traditional Omani coffee, with the Bedouins on our way to the biggest fishing town in Oman, Sur.

Explore the traditional Dhow yard, where the ancient traditions of boat building are used to construct exquisite vessels, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, take a 1 hour dive to Ras Al Hadd, home to Oman’s turtle reserve. Enjoy afternoon by the beach and visit the reserve late evening to witness the turtles nestling.

Day 6: Coastal Life and Canyoning in Wadi Tiwi

After early breakfast, start the drive to Tiwi, visiting the local fish market on the way. The market is an iconic impression of the coastal lifestyle, with local fishermen selling their early morning catch.

After the market, head to village of Tiwi to start the next canyoning adventure in Wadi Tiwi. This Wadi is highly regarded by local adventurers, a beautiful canyon boasting crystal clear blue pools, hot springs, waterfalls and the greenery of the local farms on the side of the canyon.

Be ready for lots of swimming, abseiling off the waterfall and scrambling on this 3-4 hour journey, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

On the way to Muscat, stop at Bimmah Sinkhole, famous for its mysterious origin and unique turquoise colour. Take a swim there, and head back to the capital for a relaxing night at the hotel and free time to explore the city at your pace.

Day 7: Kayak the famous ‘Fjords’ of Oman at Bandar Kahiran.

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 sandy 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 8: 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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

In Muscat (days 1, 6 and 7) and Nizwa (day 3) 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 4 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, 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.

Location

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 awe-inspiring untouched 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.

Meeting Point

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 and private transfers.

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 at 12:00 and the second at 17:00, which meet most international flights.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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