This seven-day adventure takes place in the Dhofar Mountains and ‘The Empty Quarter’ desert of Southern Oman. It is a chance for you to experience a truly authentic way of life and take in some stunning views in the gentle warmth of the Arabian winter.
For some, it will be a totally new experience
Join an authentic, unique desert experience in Oman in October 2019, February 2020 or October 2020
- October 2019 – This Oman trip arrives in Salalah, Oman on Friday 25th October 2019 and departs Thursday 31st October 2019.
- February 2020 – The first trip in 2020 arrives in Salalah, Oman on Friday 28th February 2020 and departs Friday 6th March 2020.
- October 2020 – dates to be confirmed, but will be around the same time as October 2019.
Early Bird Price – Price on Application if booked by 1st June 2019 for the October 2019 trip
Normal Price – Price on Application
The group size will be a maximum of 10 people only. Please note, if there are not a minimum of 5 people booked on the trip, it maybe rearranged or cancelled.
About the Trip
Away from all the tourist trails, you will experience the contrast of the rugged and beautiful mountains of the Dhofar followed by the vast desert of Rub’ al Khali (better known as The Empty Quarter).
You will experience life walking the mountain trails and wadis with the Bedouin tribesmen and their camels, who will be carrying all your equipment.
You will learn how to cook over the open fire and sleep out under the star-lit Arabian skies at night. It is a truly magical experience lying there at night looking up at a feast of stars. You may even hear a wolf howling in the distance.
“Bringing life down to simplicity, learning to adapt to local conditions and always feeling perfectly secure is the special feature of Peak Dynamics.” A client who came on the last trip
This experience is suitable for anybody aged 13-70, with average fitness and lots of enthusiasm to experience something entirely new.
You will learn how to saddle up camels with your luggage, walk with and lead the camels, swim in wadis (if they have water in them) and in the evenings set up camp and prepare the food. You will also experience living in the desert, as well as being taught to drive 4×4 landcruisers up and over the dunes.
“When you sleep in a house your thoughts are as high as the ceiling, when you sleep outside they are as high as the stars.” Bedouin proverb
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The Dhofar lies over 1,000 kms south-west of the capital Muscat in Southern Oman. It is an area of contrast and rugged beauty and part of the largest sand desert in the world.
This area of Arabia is renowned for its rich culture; from the ancient frankincense trade, to the famous camel trains, to succulent date palms, to lush rolling hills and beautiful green wadis. At one time, Salalah and coastal Dhofar were one of the richest trading areas in the world, where Frankincense was as valuable as gold and the Queen of Sheba established a frankincense port in Sumarham and traded it with King Solomon, sending camel trains across the Empty Quarter as far as Mesopotamia.
You will see sites where the humans lived over 1,000 years ago. You may even be lucky to see an old flint arrow head on the floor or a geode rolling by. It is truly breathtaking scenery enriched with such as interesting ancient history.
Dhofar has a subtropical climate which has supported various different cultures from the Jebali people of the mountains, to the Badawi who live in the desert.
Dhofaris are truly proud people. Many still lead a traditional way of life where tribal and family values are still a vital and respected cornerstone of their existence. You will learn how they live, cook and eat.
“I knew that I had made my last journey in the Empty Quarter and that a phase in my life was ended. Here in the desert I found all that I asked; I knew that I should never find it again.” Wilfred Thesiger
This is an ancient tribal system that encourages loyalty and support within extended family groups, something that is perhaps lacking from some of our lives today.
You will fly into Salalah where you will be able to relax for the day and night in a comfortable hotel; swim in the sea or various hotel swimming pools. You may spot some dolphins or whales from the beach. The next day, you will head out to the Dhofar mountains, where you will walk for the day through the green vegetation, brought on by the summer monsoon. You will either camp the night up in the mountains or else drive north to the Dhofar rocky desert where you will camp. In the morning, you will meet up with your camels and Bedouin tribesmen from the Bait Zabnawt tribe..
You will have a short day’s walking along the dried-up wadis and ancient riverbeds before setting up your overnight camp and preparing the evening meal for everybody.
The next day you will have breakfast and load up the camels before heading off for the day along another route. You will break for lunch and short snooze in the shade before a short walk in the afternoon to your next camp.
The next day, after breakfast, you will say goodbye to the camels (after learning to ride them) and head deep into the Empty Quarter desert in 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers, where you will set up camp, explore among the vast sand dunes and cook dinner. The next day, we will teach you about living in the desert, as well as teach you how to drive up and across the impressively tall dunes, before returning to your camp.
On your final day in Oman, you will head back to Salalah, where you will relax on the beach, shower and visit to the Frankincense souk or Gold souk before catching your flight out of Oman.
Is it safe to travel to Oman?
Yes it is. Oman is the 9th safest country to live in according to The World Economic Forum’s most recent Travel and Tourism Report. Crime rates are extremely low and some of the locals do not even lock their cars or homes.
What level of fitness do I need?
You should be in good health and able to walk. The walking is on flat ground. You will walk for 4 to 5 hours on the days we are on foot with lunch and siesta in the middle of the day.
What is the weather like on the trips?
Oman is hot, sunny and dry when we go on these trips. The daytime temperature will be between 20 – 30oc. Nights can be cooler, especially if there is a wind, and can drop to 10-15oc. The sun sets at 6.30pm and rises at 6.30am. Bring some warm clothes for the evening.
What will the food be like?
In the hotel, it will be a typical mix of international foods. When we are walking with the camels and the Bedouin, we will eat like they do. For breakfast, there will be eggs, bread, jam, coffee and delicious ginger tea. For lunch, it might be a salad, vegetables and dates. In the evening, we might have camel, goat or chicken. If you have any dietary requirements then please let us know. If you want to bring your own alcohol then you can, for a refreshing gin and tonic at the end of the day!
Should I bring a book?
You will not have time to read a book, as it gets dark at 6.30pm. We will give you a recommended reading list after you book.
Should I bring one of my children?
Most definitely. It would be a fantastic experience for them and both of you. They will not find the walking difficult. There is so much for them to see and explore.
Normal price: Price on Application
The VAT can be reclaimed through your business as this trip qualifies for ‘Continuous Professional Development’ (CPD) for team development.
The Group size will be a maximum of 10 people only. We need a minimum of 5 people in total.
What Is Included:
- Airport transfer to hotel on arrival
- Hotel including dinner and breakfast
- Bedding for the camping
- Vehicles for the desert
- Airport transfer to the airport
- All food whilst on the trip
What is not included:
- All flights to and from Salalah
- Single room supplement in the hotel
- Any drinks and other food including dinner on the first night
- Personal equipment
- Travel Insurance