The Sultanate of Oman with mesmerizing natural beauty is one of the most relaxing and safest vacation destinations in the world! A breathtaking kaleidoscope of Oman heritage, culture, scenic beauty, beaches, mountains, wadis, deserts, and adventure offers a journey like never before and experience like no other country across the globe. Till a few years ago, Oman was known only for Muscat; however, tourism in Oman is much beyond just Muscat. Although Muscat is indeed a great destination, the picturesque location of Oman is entwined with hundreds of other tourist attractions as well where thousands of families create their lifetime vacation memories every year!

Sultanate of Oman’s history goes back to the very dawn of civilization. The coastal area fronting on the Gulf of Oman is believed to have been the land known to the Sumerians as Magan, from which as early as 3,000 B.C. they were importing copper.

The Arab history of the country begins in the 2nd century B.C., with the migration of tribal groups from the region of modern-day Yemen.The Oman is were among the first of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula to embrace Islam, doing so during the lifetime of the Prophet in the 7th century A.D. The centuries that followed were a golden age, with Omani sailors and traders ranging from India to Africa.

Portuguese seized and fortified Muscat harbour, establishing a string of coastal strong points to protect their trade route to India. They were not finally expelled until 1650.

The Oman is then proceeded to build their own empire on the Arabian Peninsula and along the coasts of Persia, India and Africa, becoming the dominant maritime power in the area. In 1741 the founder of the present Al-Said dynasty, Imam Ahmad bin Said, took power, moving the capital from the interior to the former Portuguese stronghold of Muscat.

Oman was known as Muscat and Oman. Winning a contest with France for influence, Britain established a treaty relationship with the sultanate in 1798.

Oman was recognized as fully independent in 1951,but the close relationship continued. Oman is now one of successful emerging market in the Middle East.

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Muscat: The natural resources of the Sultanate are a huge draw for tourists coming from both inside and outside the country..

Its natural beauty is visible in its mountains, oases, plains and its seas. It is also manifested in the love for adventure, exploration and recreation. The Sultanate also enjoys an extended history and huge civilisation that can be seen all over in its fortresses and towers, which are its historic landmarks..

Al Jabal Al Akhdhar, or “The Green Mountain,” in the Wilayat of Nizwa is one of the areas that attract tourists. The mountain is more than 3,000 metres above sea level. It is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range. It is characterised by mild and pleasant weather in the summer and cold conditions in the winter. It is also famous for its variety of agricultural products, such as fruits, flowers, pomegranates, plums, apricots, almonds, walnuts and roses..

Of the beautiful mountains in the summer is Jabal Shams. It is located in the Wilayat of Al Hamra in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah. The mountain is more than 3,500 metres above sea level. Thanks to the height of the mountain, the climate here is different from the other areas in the Sultanate and the Arabian Peninsula, where the temperature reaches 0°C in the winter and between 26 °C and 35°C in the summer, making it attractive for foreign tourists and camping enthusiasts.

Al Kasfa Spring is one of the natural water springs. Its 45 °C hot water runs in several streams for irrigation of farms. Its water is known to be a natural treatment for rheumatism. It is used in the treatment of skin diseases also..

The valleys, or “wadis”, in the Sultanate are another major pull for tourists. The most famous of these valleys is Wadi Bani Khalid, which is about 200 kilometres from the Governorate of Muscat. It is one of the most famous valleys of the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah..

It is a permanent runoff valley. Its splendour lies in the presence of large water ponds that gather in the middle of rocky formations all year round.

Wadi Dhiqah is another beautiful tourist destination in the Sultanate. It is located in the Wilayat of Quriyat.

It is an extension of some valleys in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah. About 120 wadis pour into its main course that extends from the Wilayat of Dama Wa A’Ta’eein to its estuary in the Wilayat of Quriyat. Wadi Dhiqah forms a natural park with many large water basins. The construction of Wadi Dhiqah Dam has made the site famous. The dam can accommodate up to 100 million cubic metres of water..

Salalah is famous for coconuts, bananas and papayas throughout the year. Visitors are keen to take incense and frankincense as a souvenir from the city, whose inhabitants work in the incense and frankincense industry.

The Governorate of Dhofar is characterised by the presence of many beautiful water springs, with some 360 springs extending over the mountain strip of the governorate, including Razat, Athum, Sahalnout, Jarziz and Hamran springs).

Day 1

You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient Smart Travel & Tourism chauffer who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you the hotel. Overnight at Muscat Hotel

Day 2

Around 0800 hrs you will be met by your tour guide and driver who will escort you to the comforts of our 4 wheel drive to embark on a soft adventurous trip to the great desert of Oman. You will drive through small villages and towns before arriving at Wadi Bani Khalid driving through the mountain offering a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape below. You will pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi alongside a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation & ends at a village. We park our vehicles at this point & continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. If you wish you may enjoy a swim in this glorious grace of

nature. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes for this trip.

Continue drive to the great desert of Oman Known as the “Wahiba Sands”. Soon you will come face to face with the enormous desert and our experienced drivers drive you through the sand dunes to give you a thrill of dune driving.

After having enjoyed the drives over the lovely dunes you could perhaps meet the Bedouin family to know more about their life style in the desert. Thereafter you will bid goodbye to the inhabitants of the desert to drive to reach the campsite

Buffet Dinner and Overnight stay at Wahiba Sands

Day 3

After breakfast leave the camp to Qahid crossing wahiba sands driving bobbing off the dunes. It takes 4 hours to cross the desert.

Reach Qahid and continue drive to Shannah, the way is flanked by one side the azure of Arabian sea and on the other side tapestry of desert dunes.

After lunch, take your ferry to the Island. It takes an hour and half to reach Masirah Island.

Masirah (65 KMs long and between 08 to 17 KM wide), is located 15 KM off the southeast coast of Oman in the Arabian Peninsula with miles of isolated sandy beaches. The island is famous for wind surfing and known for aquatic visitors such as the turtles that come to lay their eggs on its stretch of beaches and a number of migratory birds some of exotic being the egrets, curlews and the greater flamingos.

Note: Ferry will be subject to weather condition, ebb tide/high tide.

Reach Masirah before sunset

Dinner and Overnight at Masirah Island Resort.

Masirah Island Resort is situated on the borders of the breeding grounds of the Turtles, make it a perfect destination for nature lovers. Also for travelers with an edge for edge for adventure with umpteen nautical sports to choose from.

Day 4

After breakfast explore the stretch of the endless beach where you find scores of wrecked ships, skeletons and bones of dolphins, whales, turtles birds, camels and countless other creatures what live and die in the wild place. Afternoon at leisure on the beach

Overnight at the Masirah Island Resort

Day 5

After breakfast leave for the mainland once again by ferry.

From Shannah drive Nizwa via Mahoot and Sinaw. Visit the Sinaw Souq en route. Local lunch and arrive Nizwa Hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6

Morning tour of the Oasis city of Nizwa, the capital of Julanda Dynasty in the 6th and 7th Century AD. Today it remains an important tourist attraction with its historical buildings and imposing fort. Visit the impressive 17th century fort with its enormous round tower built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’aruba to defend the route to the interior. The fort dominates the entire area, with the town having grown up around it. From here proceed to Nizwa souq which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved “Khanjar” and ornately designed silver jewellery. On Friday, a unique goat and cattle auction is held and the atmosphere here is electric.

Continue to Misfah (approximately 45 minutes from Nizwa) a village in the mountains, where the houses cling to the rocks, and although they look precarious have been here for centuries. After a short walk through the village return to your vehicle and continue the journey to Jabel Shams (30 minutes drive) the highest peak in Oman at over 3,000 meters. Jabel Shams, know in ancient times as Jabel Al Qanah, means “Mountain of the Sun” and the area is home to weavers of heavy woollen rugs in distinctive colours. Lunch will be at the Jabel Shams camp. After spending some more time at Jabel Shams, drive back to Muscat .Overnight in Muscat Hotel.

Day 7

The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Visit the Natural History Museum, exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. You will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.

Overnight at Muscat Hotel

Day 8

Departure transfers to Airport to connect the flight back home.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Return Airport Transfer from Muscat International Airport to hotel (Both Way)
  • 03 Nts Accommodation in Hotel Muscat Holidays or similar, Muscat
  • 02 Nts Accommodation in Masirah Island Resort or similar
  • 01 Nt Accommodation in Hotel Al Diyar or similar, Nizwa
  • 01 Nt Accommodation in Arabian Oryx camp or similar, Wahiba sands
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Dinner on Day 02 & Day 03 at the hotel
  • All the sightseeing as per mentioned itinerary
  • All Tours & Sightseeing with 4X4 wheel Drive
  • Complimentary water during the Tour
  • Ferry Tickets , Museum & fort Tickets
  • Applicable Taxes & Service charges
  • English Speaking Driver cum Guide

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Any air fare
  • VISA charges.
  • All meals other than mentioned.
  • All expenses of personal in nature.
  • Anything which is not specifically mentioned in inclusions part.
  • All tours are guided & on private basis.
  • Booking can be made on first cum first services basis.
  • If any supplement will be applicable by hotel for special occasion then the same will be informed and applied. Especially for Christmas and New Year period.
  • If quoted hotel for the tour will not be confirmed alternative hotel will be used and either supplement or reduction will apply.
  • Maximum 04 PAX can be accommodated in a 4 WD
  • 4 WD & Minivan will be considered wherever there is more the 04 PAX
  • Special arrangements can be done for large group with 4 WD also.
MuscatMuscat Holidays, City Seasons, Al Falaj Hotel, Hotel Ramada
NizwaAl Diyar Hotel, Nizwa Hotel Apartments, Jabreen hotel
Wahiba Sands (Desert Camp)Arabian Oryx Camp, Desert Palm camp, 1000 nights camp
Masirah islandMasirah island Resort, Masirah Hotel

Please note that this tour is on request basis and can be started any day of the week. In case we are not able to secure the accommodation as per the above program we would give you the option of operating the tour in reverse

    • All Museum / forts visits are subject to change without notice. Museums are normally closed on, Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays. Similarly visits to forts may be changed without notice since certain forts are often closed temporarily for renovations on a regular basis.
  • The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat can be visited between 0800 – 1100 hrs on working days from Saturdays to Thursdays and it remains closed on Friday and public holidays
  • LUGGAGE: For your convenience. Please bring only light luggage, maximum I medium suitcase+1 small hand carry bag.
  • DRESS CODE: Please be aware that you will be visiting aa predominantly Muslim country and it is always wise to dress with more modest clothing in public places in respect of their culture. No sleeveless shirts or shorts or other similar clothing (except on the beach or hotel pool where beachwear is allowed) Good and comfortable shoes are essential for sightseeing. You may be required to remove your foot were before entering mosques or other religious sites. For visit at grand mosque, men and women should wear attire covering their arms and legs. Women should cover their heads with scarf.
  • WATER: Drinking water bottle is widely available and is advised in all areas outside of Muscat. Outside of Muscat, milk may be unpasteurized. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS will find an enormous choice of subjects here. It is advisable to take photographs of locals only with their permission. Women in particular do not like being photographed. It is forbidden to take pictures of military facilities, border and airports. Observe ‘NO PHOTOGRAPHY’ signs particularly in Mosques.
  • TIPPING is always at the discretion of the client and is nit obligatory. Tips for porter age at hotel check-in/check-out services have not been included in cost of your tour. Gratuities for your guide have not been included in your cost. Tipping of your transfer staff, drivers have not been included in your tour cost. Tipping for restaurant services, porterage within hotels, room service, and any optional sightseeing is NOT included

Tipping guidelines for services of your Private guide/Driver is approximately Eur 2/Eur 8 per traveler per day. Gratuities to your transfer staff are approximately EUR 4/2 per traveler per day. Tips in restaurant are usually 10% per meal

  • CREDIT CARDS : All major credit such as visa and master Card are widely accepted
  • HOURS OF BUSINESS: Normal Business hours are 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Saturday-Wednesday; banking hours are generally 8AM to noon, though some banks reopen from 4 to 6 PM. Banks and businesses close at 11:30 AM on Thursday and remain close Friday. Business hours are reduced during the Ramadan fast.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

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