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  • 10

    Stunning scenery and great walking

    If you want to enjoy wonderful mountain scenery and great coastal walking then this is the holiday for you. Trekking in Oman offers this brilliant combination as well as the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of a fascinating country. If you also enjoy wild(ish) camping then definitely go for it. The places where we camped we're all beautifully situated, the tents were good and the mattresses the most comfortable I have slept on while camping.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Marvelling at the dramatic mountain scenery; lying in the tent watching the full moon or eating the most delicious seafood barbecue on a deserted beach. Just three moments of many.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob's knowledge and experience contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday. He was a great organiser and his cooking skills weren't bad either! Walking in the heat was challenging and Rob made sure that we acclimatised slowly and understood the need to keep up our fluid intake - even if that included gin and tonic!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you go at the beginning or end of the season i.e. September or March/April it will still be warm at night. I took a duvet jacket and a four seasons sleeping bag which was unnecessary in early April. Walking poles aren't that useful as you often need to do some scrambling requiring free hands. Don't forget the wet wipes - water is a scarce commodity when camping.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walking is not difficult- the challenge is walking in the heat particularly if you are at the beginning or end of the season. But you do get used to it! For me the cultural highlights were the visit to Nizwa and its livestock market and in complete comparison the stunningly beautiful mosque in Muscat.

  • 10

    Oman

    Spectacular walks, friendly and relaxed Omanis, interesting cultural aspects, enjoyed local food, varied itinerary

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots - Mosque in Muscat, livestock market in Nizwa, swimming in warm clear sea, picnics with stunning views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob did a brilliant job with complicated transport and food logistics, good knowledgeable guide, friendly, good company and looked after us very well

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We went at the end of Sept/Oct and it was very hot for walking, and we didn't need 3 season down sleeping bags, but it may have been unusual this year. It would be more comfortable I imagine on later dates. No one had any alcohol, though we could have brought duty free with us. We needed very little local currency except as a tip for the support team. They were very good - and English speaking, so we could ask for some Omani opinions on various topics.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I recommend!

  • 10

    Trekking in Oman

    A really great trip, a chance to experience a conflict free country in the Middle East with excellent guides, stunning mountains with rare geological features, wild camping interrupted after four nights by a hotel before resuming it for another two ending with two days coastal walking seeing giant turtles and sandy crabs and all in glorious sunshine as well as 'unseasonal' hail, wind, rain on some nights!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many magic moments: seeing the giant turtles swimming, the longish road journey through the varied mountains, the unusual geological formations of the mountains, wild camping on the beach or in the company of ancient olive trees visited by friendly hungry goats, meeting a group of school children on our last day while they waited for their school bus, swimming in the mountain pool and the sea, an abundance of sublimely cooked food in an Omani restaurant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob is an excellent leader, really knows his stuff whether its botany, geology, ornithology, how to lead a group. He has lived in Oman for many years and is passionate about the country. He is generous about sharing his knowledge as well as his home on our final afternoon when we could shower, chill and prepare for leaving. He was excellent at reminding us about the need to drink abundant quantities of water. He had a great team with him and was very appreciative of them. Abdul Hamid is really forthcoming in response to questions about Oman and his presence as an Omani was both essential and a real gift. Sarah was another team member whom I could really trust, she was happy to engage or be keep a quiet eye and is remarkably fit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Given climate change and the range of altitudes it's best to be prepared for variations in the weather and temperature. As always layers worked well. If you use a walking pole bring it. I usually use two but here one was sufficient to leave hands free. The going is very rough most of the time. Be prepared to drink lots of water. Don't forget to bring swimwear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I learned a lot about Oman and life in that neck of the peninsula. It was spectacular scenery. The trip attracted a really mixed interesting group who were widely traveled. Great opportunities for photography and days of travel when you meet only gazelle droppings and evoke the scent of myrrh as you brush past yet another myrrh tree. Go for it!

  • 8

    Oman Trek early October

    My first trip to Oman was a reward for reaching retirement age! I was not disappointed. Oman has so far managed to balance modernisation without the extremes of Dubai People were lovely and helpful The walking was challenging as you spent much time looking down trying to find a safe path.Also the heat hit 40c which I found difficult to cope with on occasions. The scenery is beautifully rugged with varied plant life and lots of goats!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Grand Canyon; although seeing a wadi in flood was quite something

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic &amp; very willing to share his stories and explain about local culture and flora and fauna. Also supportive to those who were suffering

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the temperatures. Do not go if you are suffering back trouble. I found using one walking pole very helpful for descents

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was quite varied which I enjoyed, especially the beach bar b-q. I thought we would have some local dates. Washing is minimal- I did not get a bowl of warm water in the morning

  • 10

    Oman adventure

    An excellent trip giving an awesome insight into Omani life with breathtaking walks in some amazing and unique mountains. Coastal section very punishing in the hotter months.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The balcony walk is spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Where possible take the opportunity to sleep out under the stars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Well organized and very helpful guides and support, Both British and Omani.

  • 10

    Excellent fun with stunning and varied scenery ever day

    I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip and I was completely bowled over with the beauty and culture of Oman. If you enjoy breathtaking scenery and different trekking every day as well as climbing over boulders and being at one with nature, then this is the trip for you!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding out more about the Islamic faith and how much peace and kindness it represents as well as the beauty of the country.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was one of the best leaders I have had on a trip. He made us feel safe and secure at all times and prepared us well for the long trek towards the end of the trip. In my opinion, he struck the ideal balance between being 'in charge' and having a laugh with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In March/April, the days were hot and it was essential to wear a hat and drink lots of water (ideally with rehydration salts). It would be easy to get sun stroke and dehydrated if not careful and with very basic camping, this would be miserable. Also, walking poles were not so useful on this trip as there was a lot of climbing over boulders with some scrambling - brilliant fun!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trekking holidays I have been on. Every day was different - the balcony walk was like looking at the Grand Canyon and the last couple of days saw stunning coastal views.

  • 10

    Trekking in Oman October 2015

    A fantastic 10 day trip with 6 nights wild camping, 4 nights in the Western Hajar mountains and then finishing off with 2 nights on the Eastern Hajar coast - stunning.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping outside on the beach with only my sleeping bag and mattress. Going to sleep under a full moon and stars, waking up to watch the sun rise whilst listening to the waves crashing against the beach - a memory I will never forget. Swimming in the sea and the lake. Walking on trails with no tourists and sleeping wild camping.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was excellent and 110% committed to ensuring our group had an excellent holiday. Together with Joe and the two Abdul's they worked as a team to ensure we had a fantastic trip. Rob's hospitality in letting us use the guesthouse at the end of the trip to shower and relax with a beer. Food was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it! Take mosquito repellent, I got badly bitten. Don't take walking poles as will just get in the way. Be prepared for tough terrain and think carefully about when you want to go. October was fine for the weather but I could not have done the treks in September with the heat. Listen to Rob when he tells you to drink, drink and drink more water!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sleep outside on the beach - a must. Goat market excellent. Drink the fresh lemon juice delicious.

  • 10

    Trekking in Oman October 2015

    A fantastic 10 day trip with six nights wild camping. The walking in the Western Hajar was just wonderful and then to have the two days at the coast just made the trip complete. So glad I did this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping outside on the beach with only your sleeping bag and mattress under a full moon with stars in the sky while listening to the waves crashing on the beach. Waking up on the beach to watch the sun rise. A memory I will never forget. The trekking was stunning with no tourists on the trails after the Grand Canyon day. Swimming in the lake on the Grand Canyon walk and swimming in the sea. Loved it all!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was excellent. He is 110% committed and together with Joe and the two Abdul's they worked as a team to ensure our holiday was a success. Couldn't have asked for a better team. Rob's hospitality with letting the group have the use of the guesthouse to shower and relax with a beer at the end of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take insect repellent and a mosquito net, I got really badly bitten. Don't take poles as lots of scrambling involved. I wish we had been told by Exodus that Rob donates children's books to the village at the end (Quirayat) as all our group would have taken suitable childrens books but weren't aware.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was excellent whilst camping and in the restaurants we ate in. Camping excellent. The whole set up of the trip and organisation was excellent. Be prepared for long drives (up to 3 hours) on some days. If you're thinking about this trip do it but really look into the weather as our group survived in 33+ degrees but don't think I could not have done this trip late September with the heat.

  • 10

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    Oman has been on my bucket list for some years and this trip did not disappoint. A great opportunity to see a bit of traditional Arabia, meet the Omani people, and have some awe inspiring scenery thrown in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really loved the whole trip, including the little dramas along the way. But for me it was about standing on top of the Jebel Akhdar, a place that I had read about as a schoolboy, and taking in the awe inspiring views and history of the place. It was also great to see Gazelle on the final leg ot the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A top man - who needs a sharper saw..

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be reasonable fit to enjoy the full benefit of this trip - don't kid yourself that a couple of walks around your local shopping mall will cut it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If, like me, you still have a weakness for a 'Boys Own' adventure, want a chance to sample a little of the Omani culture, have an interest in the history on Northern Oman and a love of trekking through some majestic scenery, then this is the trip for you.

  • 10

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    If you are after somewhere to walk that is a bit off the beaten track this is the trip to book. Just go with the flow and enjoy the whole package there is more to this trip than just the trekking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the middle of nowhere and hearing a man singing with the most melodic voice. He was letting his friends know he was on his way, they were working on their fields several hundred feet below where we where. It is this sort of incident that just made the trip, there is no way you will come across things like this on a beach only holiday.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob did his best to keep the whole trip on road while everything seemed to be conspiring against him, he even tracked down custard to go with the bananas out the back of beyond. I really enjoyed his astronomy talk while we stood on top of a mountain and he was very knowledgable about Muscat and Oman and explained its history in connection to the UK.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The matresses are substantual and not the little flimsy rubber things that usually are supplied so you do not need to bring a thermarest from the GB. You need to do a lot of climbing up things laughingly called stairs, well be prepared for stairs with a a 2 foot rise. Come with an open mind and enjoy the whole experience rather than keep refering to the trip notes. This is the middle east it runs in its own pace.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You will get everything on this trip. Very cold nights while at 2000 meters but these will be balanced by nights under the stars in the warmth of beach. The Oman's are wonderful hosts and as long as you are not expecting UK percision timing you will have a wonderful time. Be ready for the unexpected and enjoy the trip. Sadly not a camel in sight but plenty of goats and donkeys to make up for it. One of my best memories is watching yet ever more Omanies turning up to chip in thier views on how to get the truck out the wadi. Pure theatre including the mime by one of the Kiwi's which produced a maddock from a local which got the car moving. Thanks to everyone involved, who needs Eastenders when you are taking part in a soap opera of your very own. 

  • 10

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    This was an awesome trip. The scenery is beautiful. There is a good variety of hiking in the mountains and along the coastline.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long coastal hike!  We set off from our campsite on the beach for a long hike along the coast. There was interesting wildlife. The scenery is awesome. Then we arrived on a secluded beach where our gear had been delivered by boat. There was time for swim before a wonderful fish barbeque and star gazing.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob is great. He is well organized and easy going. I think we were well looked after. Certainly, I was well fed. He was able to accommodate our group's variety of fitness levels.     

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect a variety of temperatures. It was quite chilly at night in the mountains. It can be quite warm at sea level.   Enjoy the remoteness.                                                                                                                                                               

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My suggestion for future trips is to spend less time at the Nizwa Fort and souk. It is worth seeing. However, I would rather have more time at the beach than shopping.  Also, it would have been nice if the dinner in Nizwa was traditional Omani style - sitting on the floor, sharing platters of food. 

  • 10

    trekking in Oman

    A great introduction to the country in two parts - the Hajjar mountains and the wild coast - with enough challenge in the harsh conditions and no frills camping, but also plenty of time to relax, socialise and enjoy this fascinating country in transition between conservative Islam/pre-industrial and 21st century urbanisation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping under the stars on the wild coast and enjoying hours of walking under blue skies without seeing other people except the occasional shepherd. Difficult to think of a better short mid-winter sunshine break!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob as a long time resident of Oman had a real enthusiasm for the place and genuine pleasure to welcome people and share his experience and insight. He was also a very efficient trek/tour leader determined to ensure everyone had an enjoyable and memorable trip, whether their abilities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    This was the first time this trip was run - so there were a few growing pains with the organization as well as what the detailed itinerary notes were as compared to what actually happened.  However - NONE of that overshadowed the superb hiking, views, good guides, and fun time!  The hiking was harder than I had originally expected, but we only hiked about 4 hrs (except one day where we did 8 hrs) a day so it was very manageable.  There was plenty of time to rest at the campsites!  The camping food was fresh but simple and the camping gear used was basic.  It was a real camping and hiking experience, not a luxury one.  This trip was a true hiking adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to Bilad Sayt took a little work – but it’s worth it as it’s one of the unique places to see in Oman . It was literally off the beaten path as we had to get there by 4×4 and then by foot.  We hiked by jagged canyon walls jutting up from the pools of water and shading me from the sun. I wondered if it could get any more beautiful than this – and my answer to that question came as I rounded the corner out of the canyon and stepped out into the sunlight. This is when I saw my first glimpse of Bilad Sayt – a fairy tale like village typical of the old Omani communal settlements of the past. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was really knowledgable about Oman and was very well trained in adventure hiking and travel.  He was personable and did a good job of keeping us all together when hiking even though we were all different speeds - not easy!  There were two days where he had to leave the group and leave his other two leaders in charge. They were lovely and did a good job - but I did think that it was slightly odd that the group leader left for 2 of the 9 days.  Overall - the 3 of them were really great, fun to be with, safe, and knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not a luxury camping trip - this is roughing it.  The food is very simple, the tents are average, and you are without showers for 5 days.  However - if you love wide open spaces, unique landscapes, camping, and hiking - then you'll love it.  I would recommend proper hiking boots - even though I did all the hiking in trainers - but I would have preferred boots as some of the terraine was really rugged.  Be prepared for a decent amount of driving. Oman is a big country so we did hike a lot - but we also spent a lot of time in a car driving to the destinations.  The guides will provide you a lot of knowledge about the Omani history and culture but be aware that you don't really come in much contact with the culture or people because you are spending most of your time hiking remotely.  Bring a great camera - the views are spectacular!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One piece of advice - if at all possible - change the itinerary to view the Nizwa souq on a Friday during the cattle and goat market.  We missed this by a day and was really the highlight of the market from what I had read.  The souq was really fun regardless - but seeing the live auction would have made it even better!

  • 8

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    A fabulous place to find oneself as tourism was only allowed around 20 years ago.  I felt privileged to be there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking up to sunrise over the Gulf of Oman, viewed without interruption, from my tent. Especially rewarding as we trekked 8.5 hours the previous day in temps of 38 degs to get there! Soaring Egyptian Vultures over the Canyon.....you need to like birds, they were spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yeh! Rob was a great guy. He didn't want to know about any whingeing, a kind of "get on with it Northerner kind of guy". His main focus was that we should all enjoy our visit to Oman to the maximum and that's great in my book. He was, however, pressganged into lots of coffee stops, he didn't mind - he was outnumbered! His two Omani right-hand men were gorgeous. But being in their sole care for 2 days, a better command of English would have been welcome. However, their committment was unquestionable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was twice the age of half the group, if that makes sense! So what I thought was hard, was probably a breeze. The heat does need to be taken into consideration though as we trekked in temperatures of 38-40 degs. For any age, a good level of fitness is required, but that's indicated in the rating. But, Rob......trainers not really suitable! Despite the heat, I was glad of my proper walking boots as the terrain is very, very rough in parts, sometimes without paths. But then again...old feet! High factor suncream essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I just loved it to bits! Oman is stunning and friendly.  There is also  virtually a total lack of crime.  I felt completely safe, even in the middle of the night when having left my tent for obvious reasons, I couldn't find it again and had to be rescued. Women can move freely, unthreatened and unhassled. Don't be put off by Oman's location on the Arabian Peninsular. Despite its very traditional outlook Oman is very moderate with the only pressure to conform being the desire not to offend. Apart that is from the Grand Mosque where cover-up was essential. I would love to go back. It's a very large country and we only saw one very small part. Salalah sounds good. I believe it's on the cards!

  • 10

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    A fantastic introduction to Oman's wilderness. Be prepared to be blown away by deep canyons, layers of intricately coloured rock, stunning coast line and abandoned villages

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the walks were varied but one of my favourites was the descent from Jarira to Bani Habib, walking through the most spectacular wadi that stretched for miles... The nights spent by the camp fire where we were learnt about Oman's rich culture and traditions, whilst doing a spot of star gazing into an impossibly clear sky

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob has lived in Oman for 16 years and his enthusiasm for the mountains is immense and infectious. He loved sharing his knowledge with the group and was as exited as we were on each new walk Rob's  two assistants were great too. Zahar and Halfan are from Omani villages and were able to give us an idea of what Omani life is like. They also made sure we had fantastic, healthy meals every night and freshly made salads every lunch time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You won't see any trekkers on any of the routes or at most of the campsites. The trails have been handpicked for this Exodus trip, so if getting away from it all is your thing, then I highly recommend it. It can be a tad warm when walking so you should be able to walk in the heat ..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fantastic, well rounded trip . Half way through we had a day of exploring Nizwa and a well earned hotel bed and cold beer . It was perfectly timed ..

  • 10

    TREKKING IN OMAN

    This was a really excellent trip which I thoroughly enjoyed. The scenery, guides, Omani people and Omani food all made this trip very worthwhile. Thr group I was with were also brilliant and a real source of inspiration! The only thing that would have improved this trip for me personally would have been to have had more walking on the first two days but the rest of the trip made up for this.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping outisde under the stars, the balcony walk taking in the views of Oman's grand canyon and the beauty of the mountainous scenery each day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Rob has many years of experience working and living in Oman and has a real understanding of the people, landscape and geology. His knowledge of the areas, landscape and history was good and he was always happy to answer any question we had. He was also flexible based on the groups needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a really worthwhile trip but the grading is based on the basic nature of the sleeping arrangements as well as the walking and the heat. If you do not like being able to shower for a few days or sleeping outside, this is not for you. However, the scenery, people and experience make all of this very worthwhile. Potential travellers should also be aware that the heat on the final two days (and humidity) can be quite overpowering at times (depending on when you do the trip and the weather at the time). The hikes along the coast are do-able and the guide will ensure that there are plenty of rest stops along the way but please do take this into account.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall, a wonderful trip that I would recommend. The trip leader and his Omani guides really helped ensure we all had a great trip. My only further suggestions would be: - to add in additional hikes where possible on days one and two; - to set out per day how many hours walking there will be in the trip notes so those looking for a full 8/9 days of trekking are clear that some days may not include that much walking. I would certainly recommend this to other travellers and to my friends! 

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