Oman Walks and Wadis
- Easy-paced mountain and coast exploration
- High trails and hidden villages
- Coastal walking and beach barbeques
- Jebel Shams - The Grand Canyon of Oman
- Superb winter sun adventure
The desert state of Oman is a real up-and-coming adventure travel destination and a great place for a walking holiday. On our first day's tour of Muscat we see the impressive Grand Mosque and bustling Muttrah Souk and also take a short walk overlooking the city. We then head up into the Al Hajar, a rugged range whose deeply incised wadis hide beautiful villages such as Bilad Sait with their palm trees and fields of roses. Camping out each night, we have 4 days to explore the highlights of the area, including the Jebel Shams ‘balcony walk' which follows a donkey path around the rim of Oman's Grand Canyon. Then, after a visit to the oasis town of Nizwa and its commanding fort, we return to the beach and set up camp ahead of an amazing 2-day coastal hike back to Muscat on the ‘fisherman's trail'. With its combination of steady walking and plenty of sun, sand and sea, this holiday provides a brilliant introduction to Oman.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a walking holiday graded within our GREEN level. We will be following mountain tracks across sand, scree and bare rock, with sections of stepped pathway leading to ancient and sometimes abandoned villages. Our routes will take us into deep wadis and across high plateaus. On 5 of the days the walks will be between 3 to 5 hours in duration, and on the final day, the Fisherman's Walk will be 7 to 8 hours walking. We will usually be following routes that have been used for generations by the local people - villagers, hunters and shepherds. The maximum amount of ascent will be 250m at any time, although on the Fisherman's Walk there are several steep ascents/descents of 100m as we cross the wadis that run into the sea. 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 25°C / 77°F and 32°C / 90°F 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.