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Jebel and Wadis of Oman

8 Days

One of our favourite! A wonderful challenging hiking trip, widely off the beaten track, wich takes us through remote montain oases and the refreshing water of the wadis. For experienced and fit hikers only...

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  • Activities:

    Hiking, canyoning

  • Overstay:

    Camping, hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Hiking:

    Info level

Day 1

- Transfer Muttrah - Al Awabi (2 h - 200 Km)
- Transfer Al Awabi - Bimah (1 h - 35 Km)
- We drive to Wadi Bani Awf. First we cross villages and green palm gardens, then we drive to Wadi Zamah, also known as the Snake Canyon : it is a very narrow and deep canyon. An unforgettable drive…

Canyoning in the Lower Snake Canyon (3 h) The Snake Canyon is a very narrow canyon located in Wadi Bani Awf. In some parts of the canyon, you can touch both sides at the same time… We'll start from the secondary entrance. No abseiling is required You'll just have fun by jumping (max 4 meters), sliding, walking in the water and swimming! For thoses who don't want to jump we install short abseils.

- Level 2

Mountain hut Bimah. A very nice and pleasant place to stay, located in the heart of Wadi Bani Awf, only a few steps from Snake Canyon and a 5-minute drive (or 5-hour hike) from Balad Sit. It's a rustic but beautiful place with 4 dormitories (4 to 10 persons on bunkbeds), 2 private rooms, and 3 bathrooms with hot shower. Located in a natural and peacful environment. In the garden you find many places to relax. Dormitory. Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel..


Day 2

- RM Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit (15 mm - 5 Km)

Hike Balad Sit - Birkat Al Sharaf (7 h). It is a wonderful walk. We start from the main valley and walk up a very narrow gorge, at the end of which we discover the wonderful village of Balad Sit (which means the hidden village). We cross the village and start the steep climb up the cliff on an old path that has been equipped with steps a long time ago. 900 meters above the village, we arrive to a small pass where we have lunch. We then follow the ridge on the southern flank : it is a hilly terrain and we have splendid views on both sides. We finally arrive at Sharaf Al Alamain.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 4 to 6 h
- Height difference : +1300m/-250m

- Transfer Sharaf Al Alamain - Qiyut (1 h - 40 Km)

Camping near Qiyut. We camp in the mountains at an altitude of about 2200 meters. This is a nice quiet place with great views over the valley of Nizwa and Tanuf. Individual camping tent.


Day 3

Hike from Qiyut to Arrus (7 h). We start from Qiyut at about 2400 meters. We follow the ridge having stunning views over Wadi Al Hijir and Wadi Bani Awf. We then cross several flat areas planted with giant juniper trees and wild olive trees. We finally walk up to a small pass from which we see Arrus, our arrival point.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 5 to 7 h
- Height difference : +700m/-900m

Transfer Arrus - Juniper Plateau (30 mm - 20 Km)

Bivouac on Juniper plateau. Great place for a bivouac! We are 2400m in the center of Jebel Akhdar. On a hilly plateau we camp surrounded by giant juniper and wild olive trees. Individual camping tent


Day 4

- Transfer Juniper plateau - Al Manakhr (45 min - 35 Km)

Hike down Wadi Al Halfayn (6 h). A very nice hike in a wild and little visited valley of Jebel Akhdar. We walk down the plateau to the Samail Gap. Views are stunning during the main descent and the last part in the wadi with wild palm trees, waterpools and the old falaj (water chanel) is delightful.

- Level 3
- Walking time : 4 to 6 h
- Height difference : +100m/-1300m

- Transfer Al Afiah - our camp between rocky hills and sand dunes (2 h 30 - 250 Km)

Camp in the sand at the foot of the hills. Individual camping tent.

Day 5

- Transfer our camp between rocky hills and sand dunes - Bidah (30 min - 30 Km)

Aquatic hiking in Wadi Bani Khalid (5 h). An easy aquatic hike in one of the most beautiful wadis of Oman. We start from the village of Bidah. We walk across its luxuriant palm garden to reach the entrance of the garden. We then walk between large boulders to arrive at 2 wonderful pools with waterfalls. Into one of these we can jump from 10 meters. We keep on walking in the water and swimming in several long pools. The valley then widens and we discover Seeq's garden which we cross to arrive in the village..

- Level 1
- Walking time: 3 to 5 h

- Transfer Seeq (Wadi Bani Khalid) - Sur (1 h - 100 Km)

Sur Plaza Hotel. Comfortable 3 stars hotel with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a laundry service. Standard Room. Room with TV, internet access, private bathroom (bathtub and shower separated), minibar, and hair-dryer. Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 6

- Transfer Sur - Tiwi (45 min - 60 Km)

Hike from Wadi Tiwi to Al Ghomb (7 h). We start in a beautiful village far inside Wadi Tiwi. Even the access road is worth a drive... We walk up to the plateau stunned by the cliffs above us. The views over the valley are superb. We reach the dry plateau and keep on walking to reach the upper Wadi Shab in the village of Al Ghomb, a wonderful green oasis in the middle of this stony plateau.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 5 to 6 h
- Height difference : +800m/-400m

Camping on the plateau. We set up our camp on the plateau, and spend a fresh night under the stars... Individual camping tent.


Day 7

Hike from Al Ghomb to Wadi Shab (7 h). Today we hike to the sea through Wadi Shab. There is 2 ways and we take the one of the donkeys, since the other one is breathtakingly steep and exposed. We walk down to Wadi Shab with great views over the valley and its impressive cliffs and palm gardens, as well as over the sea. When we reach the bottom of the wadi, we stop for a swim : the swim is very rewarding after the hike, and another surprise is waiting for us here... but we can reach it only by swimming... From here we only have half an hour more to reach the sea.

- Level 4
- Walking time : 5 to 6 h
- Height difference : +200m/-1000m

- Transfer Tiwi - As Sifah (3 h - 180 Km)

Wadi Shab Resort. The Wadi Shab resort was build on the hill overlooking the blue sea near Tiwi. It is a comfortable 3-star hotel with swimming pool facing the sea.The hotel’s main restaurant overlooks the sea and serves Omani breakfast and dinner as well as international specialties. Standard Room. This air-conditioned room offers a small seating area with a flat-screen TV. Facilities include an electric kettle and a fridge. The bathroom is fitted with a shower, toiletries and hairdyer.. Breakfast et dinner at the hotel.


Day 8

- Transfer Tiwi Dibab (30 min 60 Km)
- Transfer Dibab - As Suwaih (Wadi Al Arbeyeen) (45 min - 30 Km)

Aquatic hiking in Wadi A Hail (7 h). We start in the village of Al Suwaih. Aready at the end of the track is a wonderful pool and a small waterfall. A 5 meters jump is possible from the cliff. We then start the walk. Quickly we find flowing water and walk across large boulders. The canyon then narrows and we have to swim across several pools (it is possible to jump there also). The valley widens a little and narrows again. We swim again and arrive at the end of the canyon : a high waterfall, large pool, and huge boulders…We come back the same way.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 4 to 6 h

- Transfer As Suwaih (Wadi Al Arbeyeen) - Dibab (45 min - 30 Km)
- Transfer Dibab - Muttrah (1 h 30 - 130 Km)

Muttrah Hotel. Muttrah Hotel is the first hotel built in Oman. It is only 20 minutes walking from the souk and corniche. This hotel offers comfortable rooms each with its own decoration and character. The hotel has wifi, laundry service, minibar in the room, 4 bars, and a restaurant. Standard room. Comfortable and well decorated room. In-room facilities : minibar, 24-hour room service, satellite TV, iron, hair-dryer, coffee and tea making facilities.. Breakfast at the hotel.