Meet at the Wadi Sharm Hotel, Oman by 10am; only 2 hours from Dubai, 2.5 hours from Abu Dhabi plus the time it takes to cross the boarder. We will hike Jabal Qatar, a beautiful hike with varied terrain. This will not be an easy hike if you are not fit and do not participate in fitness activities at least 3 times per week. The ascent is around 3 hours, and the descent is another 2 hours, though the way down is tricky. If you attempt to push through, you will have the option to turn around earlier and make this a 4 hour hike, leaving off the more difficult sections.
This is a moderate hike, with lots of scrambling. If you are fit and relish the 'scrambling' type of climb, you will LOVE this hike. The fitter you are, the easier it is. There is a good portion of scree towards the summit which is good for those training for bigger mountains.
Overnight: We will stay in a very cute hotel called Wadi Shams Resort. No need to fuss with camping gear, sleeping bags or the worrying lack of a toilet.
We will hike the Banana Plantations through a nearby Wadi Sharm. This hike will be less difficult than the previous day and take around 3 hours, we will finish and head back to town. We will have our packed lunch in the Wadi.
Saturday: Easy family friendly hike, with swimming! Wadi hike, 3 hours, easy enough for the whole family. Lots of swimming, gorgeous scenery. We will wrap up by noon on Saturday.
Cost: 750 DH
• 1 night in hotel
• Single room for an extra charge
• All meals packed lunch on Friday
• Please buy 5 liters of water (4 bottles of 1.5 liters of water) at the ADNOC.
• Hat, sunscreen, hiking pants or shorts.
• You must have hiking shoes as indicated.
• If you don't have a backpack with a waist strap, you can request one from UAE Trekkers
• Visa fees
Omani Tourist Visa can be obtained online or issued upon arrival at the airport. Please check https://evisa.rop.gov.om/# for the latest prices and regulations. Visa’s are not included in the tour price.
Clients are responsible for ensuring that their passport is up-to-date. Countries can and will deny travelers entry if a passport has less than six months before it expires. This is the clients responsibility.
We highly recommend buying travel insurance to cover any unexpected events. We’ve been using World Nomad (https://www.worldnomads.com/) for years, although you are welcome to use a different company. This trip is non-refundable 30 days prior to arrival.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. Where is the hike exactly? UAE or Oman, and do I need to get a visa to Oman?
Yes, everyone will need to exit the UAE and enter Oman, and return. Check this map and you will understand the 'enclave concept. This is why we must 'exit' UAE in one place, but not 'enter' for another 50km. We will need to get exit stamps and pay 35dh to UAE in Buraimi, and pay another 50dh to get a visa into Oman. Then we will promptly turn around without actually going into Oman 'proper'.
2. Where is the hotel? Wadi Sharm Hotel
30 minutes drive from the border. But, google maps are very unreliable and does not really even work in Oman.