- Trekking & Hiking
our UK team
On arrival in Dubai a member of the Kandoo team will meet you at the airport. We transfer by private vehicle to Khasab on the Musandam Peninsula and check in to our hotel. Tonight you can meet your guide and the rest of your group and there will be a briefing before we start our adventure in the morning.
After breakfast we prepare our equipment and set off by boat to Sham Bay. We arrive at a sheltered cove with a beautiful sandy beach and set up our camp. The remainder of the day is spent swimming in the warm waters and relaxing on the beach followed by our first night sleeping out under the stars.
We leave camp this morning and begin an ascent up bare, rocky ridges to reach a high point overlooking the Bay of Habalayan and the Indian Ocean. We descend to the shore at a spot where green turtles are very common and have the opportunity for a swim. On the way back we pass through the pretty village of Maqlab and stop to chat with the local villagers before continuing back to camp. On our return we will do some angling and hopefully supplement our evening meal with some fresh fish!
An early start today as we dismantle our camp before sunrise. A boat picks us up in the early morning and a short transfer take us to the start of todays trek, Jebel Sham. We ascend 900m to the summit of the mountain, taking care to take plenty of breaks while the day is at its hottest. The views from the top are superb, our position dominates the entire peninsula and we can see the arc of Iran’s southern coast in the distance. We descend and set up camp on a beach at the foot of the mountain.
In the morning after breaking camp, we board a speed boat and head north up the peninsula. Our destination is the isolated village of Kumzar. Leaving the boat, we take some time to explore the village and greet the local people. Climbing up out of the village we reach a plateau where goats graze amidst the ruins of an old settlement. We cross the plateau and begin to descend again, eventually reaching the shores of Sham Fjord and continuing to Khasab. We check in at our hotel and enjoy our first shower in 3 days!
We transfer to the village of Quadah from where a wadi (canyon) of several kilometers emerges from the mountains. We begin climbing up the canyon on a sometimes narrow and vertiginous trail. Time and water have sculpted the rock here in to strange shapes and highly polished surfaces. We eventually emerge on a plateau and discover a recently abandoned village where everything possible has been done to try and harvest the rare rainfall water. There is the option of climbing up to a small summit (200m ascent) for spectacular views of the area. On our way back down the canyon we follow a ledge in the cliff face just 2m across, overlooking the void. We return to our hotel in Khasab by vehicle.
Today we depart for the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, passing through the high mountains of Musandam and nearby their highest peak, Jebel El Harim at 2081m above sea level.
We cross the border into the UAE and enter the Kingdom of the dromedary. We will spend some time hiking through the vast sand dunes and enjoying the silence of the landscape before setting up camp in time to watch the sunset. In the evening we enjoy some local entertainment and prepare dinner on the camp fire. This is our final night sleeping out under the Arabian stars.
A Full day dedicated to exploring the incredible city of Dubai. We visit the souks with their enticing jewelry, spices, textiles and old clay houses. Then we appear to fast forward through time as we visit a futuristic city of soaring skyscrapers including the world famous Burj Khalifa.
We enjoy a final meal at a city restaurant in the evening before transferring to the airport for our journey home. If your flight is not until the next day or if you would like some more time to spend in Dubai, we can arrange extra hotel accommodation for you.
details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and
unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the
adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational
conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we
reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your
technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger
to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise
to a refund or compensation.
This adventure is of moderate difficulty.
You will be required to hike on steep, rocky and sometimes loose terrain for
several days. Although we will be careful to avoid the hottest times of day,
the temperatures will be high and staying properly hydrated is essential for
your health and safety. Some trails will be narrow with large drops and care is
needed to avoid slips and trips.
To ask about your suitability for this
trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.
love the local cuisine in Oman! It is not always easy to carry fresh products
when trekking in remote areas but we are proud of the hearty and varied menus
we deliver each evening.
enables us to provide for ourselves during our adventure so expect to eat fresh
fish very regularly (possibly caught by you). You can also expect buffet style
lunches, hot evening meals and local products including houmous, pita beds and
you have special dietary requirements please call and let us know as soon as
possible before departure. We will do everything possible to accommodate your
Whilst trekking through the Musandam
wilderness you will be wild camping in secluded locations. You will be provided
with a mattress and a 3 man dome tent to share with one other person. All
eating utensils such as plates, cups and cutlery are provided.
Our hotel in Khasab is an apartment hotel
with comfortable twin or double rooms and shared bathroom facilities. There is also a swimming pool and free WiFi is
available in public areas.
Whilst trekking through the Musandam
Peninsula you will be carrying a small daypack with your water, spare clothing
and any personal items. Your main luggage will be stored in the boats that we
use to transfer around the peninsula. There is also the option of leaving some
of your belonging in Khasab while we explore Sham Bay. Your main luggage should
be packed in a flexible duffel bag (preferably waterproof) and not a rigid
The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial
(OMR). In Dubai the currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). For the
latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com
On the Musandam Peninsula the United Arab
Emirates Dirham is commonly used. We recommend using Dirham rather than Rial.
ATMs are widely available or you can exchange money at Dubai Airport.
Tipping is always appreciated - it is not
obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. We
recommend an amount between $35 and $45
per participant based on the service you feel you have received.
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