Oman cycling & trekking holiday
Description of Oman cycling & trekking holiday
This 5 night adventure takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Oman allowing you to enjoy the views on foot and by bike. There are so many different options with this destination the only limit is your imagination! So why not give us a call and allow us to tailor make this trip to your requirements.
Choose from a variety of accommodation options from the budget friendly hotels in Nizwa to the luxury 5* mountain top properties with views over the Green Mountain, Al Jebal al Akhdar,
Explore Bahla on your bike, with its surrounding old town wall, green plantations, a lively souk and its mighty fort, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Cycle through wadi landscapes to ancient castles.
Relax under a blanket of stars in the Wahiba Sands Desert, with its vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy the dune bashing experience before a refreshing dip in Wadi Bani Khalid desert oasis.
This adventurous tour has everything to excite and impress any intrepid traveler. You can choose many activities from mountain biking, hiking, and even try some via ferrata if you have a head for heights. As each holiday is tailor made to you we are always looking for new and exciting opportunities in Oman to include so just ask us for some inspiration.
|Day 1:||At 08:00am drive through the date palms to the sparkling springs and Fort at Nakhl. Turn towards Wadi Bani Auf, this stretch of graded road is very adventurous & for the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. Visit the charming mountain village of Bilad Sayt where one is awestruck by the beauty of the landscape. This 70 km stretch of road continues unto the village of Al Hamra famous for its date plantations. Check into your hotel for the evening.|
|Day 2:||After breakfast around 08:30am drive up to Al Khatim (Altitude 1900 M - Jebel Shams – Highest peak). We will walk with the guide though the abandoned village and come back to Al Khatim. (3 Hours Walk) where we will have Picnic lunch. The village was home to about 15 families. It was well protected against enemies and had a good supply of water. Their houses, which remain, where built primarily of stone|
|Day 3:||Enjoy breakfast and depart around 09:00am. Today you cycle on smooth roads and some off-road tracks in the flat scenic Omani wadi landscape to the small town of Bahla which impresses with its surrounding old town wall, green plantations, a lively souk and its mighty fort, an UNESCO World Heritage. In a traditional pottery workshop you will see this handicraft for which Bahla had been a center and famous for many centuries. During a visit of Bahla fort history comes back to life then. Lunch in a local restaurant on the main road will invigorate for the short afternoon cycle through the wadi bed to another magnificent piece of Omani heritage: Jabrin Castle.|
|Day 4:||After breakfast head out around 08:00am. Drive (30 Minutes drive) to an optional visit the impressive Al Hoota Caves with its impressive concretions and underground lake, and then continue to Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Al Hoota can only visited by walking and it would take approximate 45 Minutes. Drive onwards to the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. We visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz and walk (30 Minutes) through its oasis and date plantations before continuing to Jebel Akhdar.|
|Day 5:||Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and depart at 08:00am. Pickup from hotel and proceed for a Hiking Tour in the morning. On this nature hike on high elevations you enjoy great views and natural vegetation as you walk on small old trails through an old abandoned village. Here you can see how the people lived for centuries a completely remote life. A bit further down the trail you reach a natural green paradise as water flows in a little stream providing life to many insects, birds and plants. The trail continues further uphill you will reach the summit area for the lunch break with a 360 degrees view over all the highest mountains in Oman. The descent without trail but good to walk and leads you through another green wadi back to the car again and proceed to Wahiba Sands and to your Bedouin tented camp for the evening.|
|Day 6:||Wake up in stunning surroundings and maybe watch the sunrise before breakfast. At 08:00am pickup from your camp and proceed to visit Bedouins in the wilderness. Enjoy the dune bashing experience before we head towards Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. After having enjoyed your time at the wadi, we proceed to Fins beach via Sur. Enjoy a short walk at the Fins beach, we proceed to Wadi Shaab. A gentle 01 hour stroll up this beautiful wadi brings us to the swimming pools. Here we can relax and swim in the pools and onto the hidden cave. Once refreshed, walk back to the cars and make the journey back to Muscat.|
PlanetAt the Wahiba desert camp there is no electricity at the camp with no light pollution or sound pollution as the camp uses natural resources to blend in with the environment. All waste from the campsites is taken away and recycled. There is no evidence left of any travellers staying in the desert.
In Jebel Shams staying at The View. Oman's first-of-its-kind Eco Luxe retreat, complete with 30 Pod styled accommodation. From Recycling water to sustainably sourced materials to build the and maintain the buildings on the site. All built with the minimal impact on the environment and natural surroundings of the property.
The supplier that owns this property works with a number of charity organisations through out Oman, through the Oman Charitable Organisation, from providing support for families to purchasing electrical goods for those in need.
Any of our tours can be combined with visiting Ras Al Junayz. The Ras Al Junayz beach, one of the largest nesting areas for green turtles in the Indian Ocean. An average of 30,000 turtles nest at this beach. The Ras Al-Junayz Turtle and Nature Reserve was established in 1996 to better protect Oman’s Sea turtles and their natural environment. Clients are encouraged to donate to the research centre.
The total protected area is 120km with a 45km of coastline, extending for 1km into the sea. The Ras Al – Junayz Scientific and Visitors Centre offers a unique Ecotourism experience – an unparalleled encounter with sea turtles. It also houses a research library and research facilities for marine biology and archaeology promoting social responsibility and sound environmental practices.
You can also choose to visit the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary – established in 1994 to help protect oryx and to conserve desert habitat and threatened species. It covers approximately 27,500 sq. km of central Oman and lies equidistant from Muscat and Salalah.
PeopleYour guide for the tour is a local Omani National and will be with you for the duration of your time out on your 4WD adventure, able to share with you their local knowledge of their history, culture, customs and lifestyle. Often the guides have strong links with the local Bedouin people, with whom they interact on a regular basis or have associations with the local tribes.
The aim of this being to offer you a genuine contact and experience of the destination to feel the essence of the culture and history, so you come back with enjoyable memories and appreciation that you and your kids will treasure. It also benefits the local people to get a better cross cultural understanding between the local culture and visitor so that tourism can impact in a positive way.
This tour will give you and your family an exciting encounter with the lives of the mountain village people, the Bedouin tribes of the desert and the fishing people of Sur and experience of traditional Omani activities.
WAHIBA: This trip visits several local communities in the Wahiba Sands Desert allowing clients to purchase handicrafts made by the locals. Any money from the sale of the handicrafts helps the local Bedouins to support their families. Local Bedouin guides are hired to explain their way of life to clients on parts of this tour. This enables them to earn a regular living from the visiting tourists.
The Wahiba desert camp, Desert Camp, is locally owned and employs local people to help run the camp, provide local food and traditional entertainment supporting the local community.