Explore the wild frontiers of Oman

Hike through Oman’s very own Grand Canyon, navigate the dunes of Wahiba Sands in a thrilling desert challenge and wild swim in turquoise pools

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7 day trip from £1899 - £1999

December, 2019

Sun 22 Dec - Sat 28 Dec

Total £1999

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March, 2020

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Sun 1 Mar - Sat 7 Mar

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About your trip

Oman’s rich rewards come only to those who dare to travel differently.

Coined ‘the Gulf’s undiscovered gem’ by Condé Nast Traveller; Oman’s unique wonders fall just under the mainstream radar, and you can really feel its beating Nomadic soul. On this trip, we’ll ask you to channel your inner explorer as you navigate your own way to a Bedouin camp in Wahiba Sands desert, where you’ll bed down beneath a blanket of stars. You’ll dune-bash in a convoy of 4x4s, wild swim your way through the green pools of Oman’s spectacular wadis, and you’ll witness the vast heights of Oman’s very own Grand Canyon on a thrilling hike.

Travel to Oman and you’ll return with stories no one you know can compare to. Really, isn’t that what adventure is all about?

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Atol protected
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive to echoes of Muscat's call to prayer

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    Welcome to Muscat. This enchanting port capital, with it’s low-rise buildings, colourful markets and traditional dhow boats, perfectly encapsulates a country that, in a region of boastful wealth, sits quietly confident in its identity and heritage. Check in to your hotel by the glistening Arabian Sea before meeting your group at sunset for a refreshing drink. Get to know your fellow travellers as you watch Muscat turn pink on the evening horizon, the moving sounds of the call to prayer echoing from nearby mosques. Later, you’ll go to a traditional Omani restaurant and enjoy Middle Eastern favourites such as Arabic bread and platefuls of wine-coloured dates.

  • Day 02 A grand mosque and a drive into the wilderness

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    Today is a day of contrasts, taking you from man-made splendour to breath-taking natural landscapes. You’ll start at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a masterpiece in modern architecture with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and hand-carved mosaic tiling. Afterwards, jump into 4x4s and start your off-road adventure through the remote Hajar Mountains, passing rose fields and tiny sandstone hamlets as you delve further into a stunning wilderness. Stop for lunch at Balad Sayt, a picturesque Arabian village hidden in the shadow of the pistes, and then continue over the spine of Hajar and onwards to Jebel Shams. Oman’s highest peak looms at 3,000 metres, and your alpine retreat sits nearby on a craggy rock by Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s very own Grand Canyon.

  • Day 03 Embrace vertigo on the edge of Oman's Grand Canyon

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    Load up on breakfast this morning before you tackle the world-famous balcony walk around the rim of Wadi Nakhr. This four-hour loop leads from Khateem village to the abandoned hamlet of As Sab and back via a pathway that bands around the spectacular edge of the ravine. With sheer rock faces above and below, these are scenes that will take your breath away. After an authentic lunch at a local guest house and a brief insight into village life, you’ll jeep for an hour to Al Hamra and explore nearby Misfat al Abriyyi, a medieval-style village, before returning to your retreat at the foot of Jebel Shams.

  • Day 04 Navigate the shimmering dunes to your desert camp

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    After breakfast, you’ll drive to the regional capital of Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in the Sultanate, where you’ll stop off to explore a 17th-century fort that was once a crossroads for Omani traders. Then, you’ll jeep two hours south to the vast Wahiba Sands desert. With its billowing drifts and golden light, Wahiba Sands is the magical land of nomadic explorers. At a certain point on the drive, your group will disembark the jeeps and be left to navigate your own way across the infinite horizon. Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia as you clamber over rippling dunes, looking out for your Bedouin camp that sits an hour’s walk away. You’ll arrive feeling triumphant and just in time to see the burnished landscape shimmering red at sunset.

  • Day 05 Fly full-throttle across the sand in a 4x4

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    Watch the wide skies turn lavender and crimson this morning with an optional sunrise walk, before preparing yourself for dune-bashing. Once onboard your 4×4, you’ll fly down the dunes at full throttle, pitching and turning with the movement of the sand. Afterwards, you’ll head over to Wadi Bani Khalid, a cooling oasis. Take a short hike through pinkish cliffs dotted with palm trees before arriving at a clear green wadi. Shake off the desert dust with a dip in secluded lagoons and leap from natural cliff platforms. An ideal way to settle the dune-bashing-induced adrenaline pumping through your veins.

  • Day 06 WILD SWIM IN TURQUOISE WATERS AND HIDDEN CAVES

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    Today you’ll hit Oman’s best-loved beauty spot: Wadi Shab. Take a boat over to the park followed by an hour’s trek through date plantations and palm groves. At the summit lies a hidden grotto that you can only access by swimming through a narrow ravine. If you’re not comfortable with the tight entrance, there are plenty of other pools to bask in nearby. Afterwards, you’ll drive over to the coastal town of Tiwi for lunch, with an option to explore the gleaming waterfalls and pools of Wadi Tiwi. Then, it’s time to make our way back to Muscat.

  • Day 07 Arabian adventure, complete

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    Today signals the end of your Arabian adventure, so after breakfast, it’s time to make your own way back to the airport. If you’re looking to extend your escape, take a look at our other adventures here and find your perfect pairing.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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Nomadic Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands

Off-grid living in a Nomadic desert camp

Exchange electricity and wifi for an authentic Bedouin retreat, sleeping in huts made from palm trees, showering alfresco and dining by candlelight.

Why we stay here

Experience traditional Bedouin life and explore the vast, beautiful dunes with a team of local, knowledgeable guides. You can choose to stay in a hut or sleep in a tent, enjoying an unforgettable stargazing experience thanks to minimal light pollution.

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The View, Al Hamra

Stunning luxury eco-hotel surrounded by vast wilderness

Nestled in the heart of a rugged valley, stay at this breathtaking hotel to experience a landscape of epic beauty.

Why we stay here

Its spacious rooms are inspired by traditional Omani design, blending timeless elegance with modern comfort, all surrounded by an incredible mountainscape.

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Crowne Plaza Muscat, Oman

Contemporary beach hotel by the rim of the Gulf of Oman

Overlooking the sea, with a swimming pool and rows of neat sun loungers in-between, this is a prime spot for relaxing after exploring the gems of Muscat.

Why we stay here

From unwinding in an outdoor swimming pool to feasting on fine Persian cuisine, this large but friendly hotel stands head and shoulders above Muscat’s competition thanks to its recent refurbishment.

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Jebel Shams Resort, Jebel Shams

Beautifully located hotel on the edge of Oman’s Grand Canyon

Cosy up in this collection of simple chalets perched on Oman’s highest peak, Jebel Shams.

Why we stay here

The rooms are basic but the remote setting is unbeatable. This is the perfect base for exploring the peerless Wadi Ghul just a few minutes’ walk away. Relax with a swim in the mountain-side pool and then sit back and watch the sun dip below the peaks.

Important Notes

  • Fly into and out of Muscat International Airport (MCT)

  • Please aim to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, in time for our rooftop sundowners. You can depart anytime on Day 7

  • You’ll need a visa to visit Oman: check your country requirements and apply for a tourist visa before you travel

  • Your passport needs to be valid for six months from the point of entry into Oman

  • The hotels we stay at in Oman are often quite basic and not up to Flash Pack’s usual high standards. If you have been on another Flash Pack adventure before, you may be surprised at the level of accommodation on this trip. However, rooms will always be clean and comfortable, and they are among the best available in the areas we visit. Also, they often boast spectacular locations (e.g. the summit of Jebel Shams, overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon)

  • The Balcony walk at Jebel Shams is one of Oman’s greatest walks. Although moderate in difficulty, the height and the vastness of the cliff edges makes this an exciting challenge

  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting

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