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Make your own way
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|Travel partner||Wild Frontiers|
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Wild walk in Oman
During the trek we will camp wild under star-studded skies with only our Bedouin donkey-handlers and Omani guides as company. To complete our journey, from the Hajar mountains we’ll then spend a night in the sand dunes of the stunning Wahiba Sands before returning to the mountains to explore the old capital, Nizwa, with its beautiful fort and visiting the “Grand Canyon” of Oman, Jebel Shams. As Oman grows in popularity this new off-beat adventure offers a much sought after alternative way to see the country as we travel from the coast, through the mountains and desert as well as taking in some of Arabia’s cultural highlights; a fantastic introduction to this fascinating country.
- Explore Oman’s picturesque capital
- three day trek through the Hajar Mountains
- Camping wild in the Wahiba Sands
- Swim in the Arabian Gulf
- The 17th century forts of Nizwa and Jabrin
- Full services of a Wild Frontiers tour leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with mineral water as required
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
- Visas (if applicable)
- Local airport taxes
- Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
- Beverages and any costs of a personal nature.
- International Flights
- Airport transfers (unless booking suggested flights through WF office)
The tour starts this morning at Oman’s International airport. En route to our hotel, we will stop off at the magnificent mosque of Sultan Qaboos, one of the largest in the Arab world, whose grand marble halls are capable of holding some 20,000 people. Later after we have had a chance to freshen up, we’ll begin our guided tour of the city. One of Arabia’s most picturesque cities, Muscat lies within the protective embrace of a ring of horse-shoe mountains that run down into the glittering waters of Muscat Bay. We will visit the city’s National Museum, before driving along the engaging seafront to the Al Alam Palace and the 16th century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. En route back to the hotel we will have a chance to visit Muscat’s renowned Muttrah souk, one of the best in the region. Hotel (L,D)
This morning we’ll take a scenic drive down the coast to Tiwi Beach. On the way we’ll stop off for a swim in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulfi. On arrival at Tiwi we meet our local guides and donkeys and begin our trek from Al Aqur. At the bottom of a wadi (a dry river-bed), the landscape here is lush with water flowing all year round allowing bananas, figs and mangoes to be grown here. Following an ancient donkey trail the route climbs up into the mountains to our first camp. Dinner and overnight under star studded night. Approx six kms, three hrs trekking Wild Camp (B, L, D)
Today is a full day of trekking in the rugged Hajar Mountains, taking us through spectacular rocky terrain. Passing lush scenery and with only our donkey handlers and Omani guides as company, we finally reach an altitude of 2100m before setting up camp for a second night. Approx 12kms, six hrs trekking Wild Camp (B, L, D)
Another stunning day in the mountains as we continue trek towards Miqil Village before reaching Wadi Bani Kalid. This evening we set up camp close to the natural pool where we can relax and explore this beautiful spot. Approx 10kms, five hrs trekking Wild Camp (B, L, D)
After breakfast we spend some more time enjoying the beauty of Wadi Bani Khalid before driving by four wheel drive vehicle to the Oman’s most spectacular desert area - the Wahiba Sands; over 10,000 square kilometres of shifting sands and towering dunes that are home to isolated settlements of semi-nomadic Bedouin. We drive into the seemingly endless sea of the Wahiba, through an ever changing landscape of colours and contours as we make our way on to our remote desert camp where we sleep under star studded skies. Wild Camp (B, L, D)
After breakfast we drive down to the oasis city of Nizwa. Our journey will take us via the market town of Sinaw, where we will stop to stretch our legs before arriving at the once capital of the powerful Omani Imamate, Nizwa. This afternoon we will visit Nizwa’s imposing 17th century fort and bustling souk. Hotel (B,L,D)
This morning we head towards the nearby heights of Jebel Shams (the Mountain of the Sun) also known as Oman’s very own ‘Grand Canyon’ and at over 3,000 metres, one of the highest points on the eastern Arabian Peninsula and a great place to go for a short walk. We will also visit the impressive fort at Jabrin today, possibly the finest of Oman’s 17th century fortresses, whose exquisite painted wooden ceilings provide eloquent testimony to the skills of the fort’s original builders We also have a brief stop at the UNESCO World Heritage setting of Bahla Fort before returning to Muscat where we go out for our final dinner. Hotel (B,L,D)
The tour finishes after breakfast. (B)
Arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts. Explore the country after your tour on a bespoke Wild Extension or just allow a few days to relax afterwards. Maybe choose all of the above and get cheaper flights mid-week? A sample of what you could do… Beach extension: If you have more time, why not spend a few extra days relaxing in either one of the excellent resort hotels in Muscat or alternatively fly down south to Salalah, which is home to some beautiful beaches too.
Transport on this tour is predominantly in four wheel drives with a minibus for your tour of Muscat and the transfer to Tiwi
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