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  • Location: Oman
  • Duration: 9 days/8 nights. Optional 3 night extension
  • Departing from: Muscat
  • Tour finishes: Muscat
  • Departures 2024: Early December, 2024. Contact us for further details.
  • Price 2024: To be determined.

In November of 2019, I spent two weeks in fabulous Oman doing the initial research to create this tour. I plan to return to Oman in March of 2024 to put the final touches to the tour and to offer a December 2024 departure. For the time being, I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Oman Hiking Tour itinerary Request full itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Muscat. Overnight Muscat.

Day 2

4X4 drive to Nizwa via Snake Canyon. Hike Wadi Tanuf. Overnight Nizwa.

Day 3

Hike An Nakhur Gorge and visit ancient Al Hamra. Overnight Jabal Shams.

Day 4

Jabal Shams Balcony Hike along edge of Oman's Grand Canyon. Overnight Jabal Shams.

Day 5

Jabal Al Akhbar. Al Hilaylat to Masirat Al Jawamid Hike. Ovenight Aliwi Resort.

Day 6

Jabal Al Akhbar. As Sarab village loop. Overnight Aliwi Resort

Day 7

Spectacular 4X4 transfer to coast. Overnight near Fins beach.

Day 8

Wadi Tiwi Hike. Overnight Fins beach.

Day 9

Transfer to Muscat for flight out. Optional three nigth extension to Musandam fjords.

Activity Level 3 out of 5 = Moderate:
In general: This is a Moderate tour for fit hikers, and a little challenging but do-able for not-so-fit hikers.
Terrain: Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents, often over rocky terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents. 
Actual hiking time: between 2-5 hours per day, mostly in the morning but also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 8 and 12 kms/5 and 7 miles. Max distance is 14 kms/8 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of mostly compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and on occasion rocky and uneven trails. 
Footing: Good, but on occasion you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: We often "cheat" on this tour by using our 4X4s to get to the trail head and therefore access the most spectacular places.
Hiking Poles: Recommended but not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful.  
Compared to the Cinque Terre: About the same.
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit first time “hikers” who enjoy hiking and who have good balance and who are coordinated. 
Moderate Tours: Tuscany Chianti, Dordogne Hike, Sicily Hike, Lake Como Hike, and Corsica.
As a point of reference, what is a 1 out of 5 Activity rating? A 1 out of 5 rated tour is a tour without any hiking. Walks would be in towns, cities, and villages, and the countryside walks would be on paved, or gravel/dirt roads, and occasionally on some packed earth trails. Elevation gain and loss would be negligible.
As a point of reference, what is a 5 out of 5 Activity rating? A 5 out of 5 rated tour is a tour that would be physically challenging and technically difficult even for very fit and experienced hikers. The hikes would have steep ascents and descents on narrow, exposed trails with challenging footing, such as on scree fields, or through rock falls and boulders. Distances would be up to 25 km/16 miles per day and feature ascents of over 1,000 m/3,200 feet in a day. A 5 out of 5 tour would also mean that you would be carrying a heavier-than-normal pack. None of our tours are rated 5 out 5. Our most challenging tours are 4.5 out of 5, and they are the Dolomites Alta Via (because of some exposed trail that requires some technical expertise) and our Republic of Georgia tour which has some long hikes with over 1,000 meters of elevation gain.

Muscat is well connected by direct flights from several European hubs including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, and Milan as well with Middle and Far Eas hubs such as Dubai, Doha, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore.

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