While the days are still hot, the evenings are perfect and you can’t beat hiking under a full moon in the middle of the dunes!
What’s it like?
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We will meet on Friday afternoon to begin our Desert Retreat and Trekking weekend!
FRIDAY: 5pm-10pm (5 hour trek, 12 KM)
You will arrive to the residence at 3:00pm, settle in, prepare for our hike and/or swim until 5pm. We will begin our trek at 5 PM, an hour before sunset. By 6pm we’ll find a spot on a high dune for a glorious sunset and snack. At this point we will put on our head torches and continue trekking for another 2 hours. Dinner is back at the residence and will conclude with a bonfire and marshmallows, in true camping fashion.
Sunrise is every bit as magical as sunset so we’ll arise early and hit the trail by 5:00 am to make it up to the high point by sunrise. Here we’ll have a small snack and tea/coffee before heading back to camp for a hearty breakfast. After breakfast you are welcomed to enjoy the pool before departing back home.
Trail Type: Loop Trail
Distance: 15-16 km
Time: 7 1/2 hours
Suitable For: All Levels of trekking experience as we have car support that can be used if you push past your lmit
Distance from Dubai: 3 hours
Distance from Abu Dhabi: 2 hours
Overnight Accommodations (full bathrooms/swimming pool)
2 First Aid Certified Guides
Hiking shoes or hiking boots
Backpack and 2L hydration bladder
Hiking poles/sand gaiters
2 liters of water
Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Towel & toiletries
Price: 790 AED including VAT
THE AMAZING RESIDENCE
The residence is fully equipped with five full bathrooms, all bedding needs, electrical outlets and an amazing spring-fed pool. At night guest choose a spot to sleep either on top of the dune, on the grass under the stars, under the traditional arabic style majlis, and/or in air conditioned bedrooms (when available. This is an authentic experience in a small group, remote area. This event is open for all, but classified as a moderate hike due to the distance we walk through the desert.
Our trek leaders are trained in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and have mapped the trek prior to our walk. Our teams will be communicating via walkie with the drivers and other leaders, and ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the team. We have a car to support you throughout the desert which will also carry all of our provisions, including all of the water and snacks.