Oman Adventure Trekking

Serene walking holiday in the Jewel of Arabia, Oman




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Holiday Overview


  • 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

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 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. 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Muscat. A single transfer from Muscat Airport is provided.
  • Drive to Western Hajar Mountains. Village walk and off road drive to Sharaf al Alamayn Plateau.
  • Hike Oman’s famous ‘Balcony Trail’ followed by 4x4 drive to Quiyut village and camp (2400m).
  • A day of challenging walking and scrambling across Jabal Akhdar to A’Roos camp.
  • Panoramic descent into Wadi Muyadeen. Trek onwards for a vehicle transfer to Nizwa.
  • Morning exploration of the ancient city of Nizwa. Afternoon drive to our mountain camp.
  • Trek out across the Selma Plateau (2157m) in the breathtaking Eastern Hajar to our wild camp.
  • Continue trekking across the Selma Plateau to Wadi Tiwi and our coastal camp.
  • Morning stroll to the emerald swimming pools of Wadi Shab. Drive onto Muscat hotel.
  • Depart from Muscat. A single transfer to Muscat Airport is provided.
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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Muscat. A single transfer from Muscat Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Muscat. A single group transfer will be provided from Muscat Airport to the group hotel in the city. This transfer is normally around breakfast time and a representative of our local agent will accompany the group on the 20 minute journey to the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch at the hotel. After a few hours of rest and the chance to relax by the pool, or to walk to the nearby palm tree-lined beach (there are many coffee shops to visit overlooking the sea), we will be ready to do some exploring. At around 2.30 we will have a trip briefing and then take a tour by coach of Muscat city. There will be a visit to the Sultan’s Palace followed by a walk along the corniche to explore Muttrah Souk, a great place to buy traditional items. We finish the day back at our hotel for an evening meal after which you can enjoy a drink at the bar or retire early.

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  • Drive to Western Hajar Mountains. Village walk and off road drive to Sharaf al Alamayn Plateau.

    After an early breakfast, we have a quick visit to Muscat's Grand Mosque, before setting off in our 4-wheel-drive vehicles for the drive north towards Barka and Nakhal Fort which were built on a large rock to help defend the farms of the plain. We then continue to the Western Hajar Mountains and enter Wadi Bani Awf. Leaving the blacktop road we quickly engage 4-wheel-drive as we journey through this picturesque wadi, lined with date farms pools of water (the number of which depends on the volume of recent rain). This is a steep and fun offroading experience and after one hour we reach a narrow gorge that is the entrance to the pretty village of Bilad Sait. Here we will have lunch and then a short walk through the gorge and around the village where there will be plenty of opportunities for photos. We then continue our off road winding drive up Jabal Shams, the highest point in Oman at 2997 metres. Tonight we set the first of our wild camps within view of Jabal Shams summit

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  • Hike Oman’s famous ‘Balcony Trail’ followed by 4x4 drive to Quiyut village and camp (2400m).

    After breakfast and a short 5 minute drive we enjoy breathtaking views of Oman’s Grand Canyon and Nakhr Village which is more than a kilometre below us. We should be able to spot the route of today’s classic walk along the edge of the canyon. Setting off from Al Kateen Village, we follow the 'balcony trail' along the mountain's edge to an abandoned village, which clings to the rocks and is completely hidden from view, both from above and from below. Just beyond the village, we can see the traditional farm terracing where locals used to produce their food and a short walk further takes us to the small lake that feeds the terracing. We stop and enjoy a few snacks before the walk back along the balcony trail offers more breathtaking views of the canyon. We then set off in our 4WD vehicles down the mountain to Wadi Ghul and Nakhr Village where we will take lunch. This allows us to view the canyon in reverse – from the bottom up, which is equally as dramatic and stunning, as this journey takes us through more than half a billion years of geological time. We then drive to Quiyut, in Jabal Akhdar, and enjoy the second of our wild camps.

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    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • A day of challenging walking and scrambling across Jabal Akhdar to A’Roos camp.

    Today we embark on the first of our 2-day challenging treks. After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we trek straight from camp to begin our 7-8-hour trek across Jabal Akhdar up the Al Hamra Valley and onto the canyon rim. The trek follows an old donkey path, once the main route to the village of Ar’Roos and has terrific views down into Wadi Bani Awf, Wadi Mistal and Wadi Bani Kharus. During the walk there will be some easy but prolonged scrambling as we pick our way through the challenging terrain of Oman finest trekking region. Taking a picturesque lunch on the cliff tops, we have panoramic views across the settlement of Al Hijir and to our objective for the day, Ar’Roos village. With a final wadi scramble to reach Ar’Roos, we may be lucky enough to meet some of the village elders before transferring by vehicle (approx 20 mins) to our beautiful wild camp on the fertile lands of the Sayq plateau, where we hope to spot desert wildlife amongst the rich covering of juniper trees.

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    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Panoramic descent into Wadi Muyadeen. Trek onwards for a vehicle transfer to Nizwa.

    Another early start, as we break camp from the Sayq Plateau, driving approximately 20 minutes to the start of todays walk. With a well-paced start, we reach the Al Jarir region of the plateau and begin our descent into the fabulous Wadi Muaydeen. With 7 to 8 hours of trekking, it is one of the most spectacular wadi walks in Oman. At times will be on some exposed paths as we head dwon into hidden gardens and between photo worthy rock formations. As we take a steep descent onto the wadi floor, we even encounter local Omani men tending to their gardens. With a rocky ascent, we follow the rim of the wadi to meet our vehicles and take a short drive to the oasis town of Nizwa (approx 45mins) to our hotel, which has stunning views of low, chocolate-coloured hills behind and jagged white hills in front. This is a perfect place to relax at the end of a long day's walk with a welcome shower and soft bed. In the evening we will have a beer and then try some good local food before collapsing in our beds.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Morning exploration of the ancient city of Nizwa. Afternoon drive to our mountain camp.

    Situated alongside two wadis, Nizwa, the former capital city of Oman, is a fertile sea of green with an oasis of date plantations stretching out 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the town. Today, Nizwa is still the largest and most important town in the interior of Oman and is noted for its 17th century fort and atmospheric souks, full of the silversmiths’ art, especially ornately engraved khanjars (curved daggers worn on ceremonial occasions by all Omani men). After lunch in a local restaurant, we make the three and a half hour drive into the Eastern Hajar Mountains and set up our camp in popular Wadi Bani Khalid, famous for its natural beauty.

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  • Trek out across the Selma Plateau (2157m) in the breathtaking Eastern Hajar to our wild camp.

    This morning we start our second classic 2-day trek that takes us on ancient trading routes up and over the Selma Plateau and down to the sea at the Gulf of Oman. This is not a technical trek, but it is a long traverse and we will start our trek at very first light. Starting at around 650 metres, we walk through the lush coolness of this popular and breathtaking wadi, ascending gradually to a high point at 2157 metres. The rugged landscape of the Selma Plateau provides a stark contrast to the greenness of the wadi and offers panoramic views out over the stunning Ash Shariqiyah Mountains. After a trek of 9 to 10 hours on relatively easy terrain, we set up a wild camp on the plateau at 1500 metres and settle down for another night of stargazing.

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    • Time 9 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Continue trekking across the Selma Plateau to Wadi Tiwi and our coastal camp.

    Another early start, as we set off across the rugged plateau landscape for 4 hours. Route finding is vague in places and we have lunch in the shade before we start the steep descent into the lush coolness of Wadi Tiwi with its dramatic rock faces and palms. We finish the route at the small village of Sooee, where there are some excellent swimming pools, a great plaice to wash off the trail dust, before walking the final easy stretch to our rendezvous with the transport. It is then just a 20 minute drive to our camp at a stunning coastal spot.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Morning stroll to the emerald swimming pools of Wadi Shab. Drive onto Muscat hotel.

    There is an option this morning to chill out and stay on the beach, with the chance to swim and snorkel in the sea, or head to nearby Wadi Shab, just 15 minutes away by car. A gentle 1-hour stroll up this beautiful wadi brings us to more fresh water swimming pools. Here we can relax and swim in the pools and explore a hidden cave. We will drive back via the beach to pick up anyone who opted to stay and then set off on the return journey to Muscat, stopping off for picnic lunch en route. We should be back at the group hotel in Muscat by 3.00 pm which will give us time to rest and pack before going out for a celebratory meal at a local restaurant. We will return to the hotel for a final drink in the bar.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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    • Time 1 hr trekking

  • Depart from Muscat. A single transfer to Muscat Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end with breakfast. After breakfast, there will be a single group transfer to Muscat Airport.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local guide
  • Single timed Muscat Airport transfers
  • All Meals
  • 4-wheel-drive vehicle support throughout the trip
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Oman Visa fee
  • Muscat Airport transfers (other than those described)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single group transfer will be arranged from Muscat Airport to the hotel in the city. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flight from the UK and will be at breakfast time on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Muscat to Muscat Airport timed to meet the check in for the flight back to the UK. This transfer will be at breakfast time on Day 10 of the Land Only itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers. Clients should let us know if transfers are not required. Independent Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to Day 1 at an additional cost. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

At around 6.30 a.m. breakfast will be under way and we will make your way to the centre of the desert camp to pick up that all important first cup of tea or coffee. There will be plenty of time to pack our trek bags and take down our tents, which will be loaded onto one of the support vehicles until we reach the next camping place. After breakfast, we will pick up our packed lunches and set off on the day's walk in the relative cool of the morning. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking across open, rocky terrain and through cool canyons. We will find a suitably shady spot to stop for our picnic lunch after around 4 hours of walking. The afternoon's walk is usually 2 hours or so. On arrival at camp, we can relax and take a cooling drink, with tea or coffee also available. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. and is served in the open air. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights in Muscat at a comfortable 3 star hotel with swimming pool and all facilities. We will also have a night in similar standard of hotel in Nizwa. Whilst on trek there are 6 nights wild camping. The camping is participatory, so you will be expected to help put up your tent and help out with camp chores. A mess tent is used during cold and inclement weather but not during warm clear days. Mattresses are provided to sit on during meal times in a Bedouin style.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single supplements are available for an additional cost, please refer to the dates and prices page. Additional pre&post trip hotel nights are also available on request.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts on trek typically consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, yoghurt, eggs, fruit, tea and coffee. For lunch there will be a variety of salads, spicy humus, breads and other dishes from which we can select. Dinner will usually be barbeque or pan-fried meat and vegetables with plenty of bread, yoghurt, and humus followed by fresh fruit and tea or coffee. Mineral water and soft drinks are provided. Vegetarians can be catered for. Alcohol will only be available at the hotels in Muscat and in Nizwa, although upon arrival at Muscat there is a Duty Free shop and you are allowed to take 2-litres of alcohol into the country.

All meals are included

Approximately £150 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including reasonable tips of around £35 for local staff. Money is easily changed at the airport and there are ATM machines in Muscat and Nizwa. The unit of currency is the Oman Rial (OMR). Note that the visa fee of 20 OMR (£32 or equivalent in dollars, euros etc.) is payable on arrival at Muscat Airport. This can be paid in dollars or pounds. Credit cards can be used virtually everywhere.

An experienced, professional, English-speaking local guide will lead the trip. There will also be one or more 4-wheel-drive support vehicles and drivers throughout the trip.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £35 (or equivalent in euros/dollars) for tipping your crew.

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage limit is that which is imposed by the airline. However, Oman is a hot country and you will not require any heavy clothing, nor are you required to bring a camping mattress. We recommend that the weight of your packed trek bag does not exceed 15 kgs / 33 lbs as this will make transiting airports a much more pleasant experience for you.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and most other EU countries, Switzerland, and Scandinavian countries may obtain a 10-day or 30-day visa by presenting their passports on arrival at the airport in Muscat (Note: The validity period of your passport should not be less than six months).  Nationals of other countries should contact the embassy of Oman in their own country for further information on visa requirements.

You should have with you a copy of your itinerary as you may be asked for proof of the reason for your visit. The fee for a 10-day visa is 5 Omani Rials (OMR) (approximately £8/US$12) and for a 30 day visa is 20 OMR (approximately £32/$52). The fee can be paid in GB pounds or US dollars.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Approach shoes or lightweight hiking boots
  • which are suitable for scrambling.
  • Trainers / sneakers for sightseeing and camp use
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Shorts

    At least 1 long sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • *Warm jacket (eg.. Fleece)
  • Lightweight windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (for chilly evenings in the desert)
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Daypack of approx. 30 litres / 1800 cubic inches capacity
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x3)
  • Or, 3 litre / quart Camelbak hydration system
  • *3 season sleeping bag(Camping mattresses are provided)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Travel clothes
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Wet-wipes (Note: water for washing can be scarce)
  • Small towel

Sleeping bag liner

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, memory cards, batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (too lock your KE trek bag)


  • *For the December trip when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag and a warmer jacket such as a down-filled jacket
  • As Oman is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full length trousers/skirts are recommended.
  • The camping on this trip is mostly wild camping with few facilities. Water for bathing will not always be available and we suggest you bring a supply of wet-wipes.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also capable for walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day for five days continuously. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The best period for trekking in the Al Hajar Mountains is in the winter season from October through to mid April. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees centigrade! At the time of any of our departures, the maximum daytime temperature is likely to be around 30°C / 88°F, falling as low as 5°C / 41°F at night at our highest camps. At Christmas, the weather is usually settled, clear and sunny, although the days are shorter and the nights can be particularly cool, possibly as low as 0°C / 32°F. Visit the World Meteorological Organisation’s website at to see climate statistics for Oman.

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