The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
Dhow sunset cruise in Muscat - 26 Rials per person (approx US$70)
As Oman is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities - women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full length trouserskirts that cover the knee are necessary for men and women respectively. Bare shoulders and legs can also cause offence in the traditional villages, therefore you should be ready to cover these up when visiting or passing through on a trek. When visiting the Grand Mosque ladies should have long sleeves, long trousers and a headscarf. Men should wear long trousers but can wear short sleeved tops/t-shirts. It is acceptable to wear sandals for ladies and men.
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The sun can be especially strong and we advise to cover up. The weather conditions in the mountains can be changeable, and it can become cold, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Quick wicking materials are always recommended for hiking. For winter departures the temperature at night can drop below zero so we recommend a down or insulated jacket at this time of year. The chance of rain is minimal.
-Lightweight breathable waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof overtrousers) - a good outer shell even if it doesn't rain
-Long sleeved tops (a collar is useful for guarding against the sun)
-Thick sweater/fleece jacket: A thick sweater or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be cold.
-Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them)
-Thermal underwear: Comfortable around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas
-Buff to protect neck from sun and face from sand/dust
-Gloves, scarf and warm hat
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of luggage and a daypack.
For convenience at camping locations a soft holdall style trek bag is recommended, ideally lockable, but you can also bring a hard shell case. Luggage is likely to become dusty whilst travelling on the 4WD so you may consider bringing a dust cover.
Your daypack should be at least 30 litres capacity. During the course of a trekking day, you will not have access to your trek kit bag, which is being transferred on the 4WD. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daypack should be large enough to carry your day things including: waterproofs, fleece, long trousers (if walking in shorts), sun hat, suncream, water bottle (at least 1 litre bottle), camera, tissues, hand gel and your packed lunch.
Remember to bring: torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream (at least factor 30), lip salve and sun block, wet wipes, antibacterial handwash, good quality sunglasses and sunhat.
Camping equipment is provided locally including a tent, sleeping mat, bed sheet, sleeping bag and pillow. However if you prefer you can bring your own sleeping bag (we suggest a 3 season bag but in winter months a 4 season bag is necessary as temperatures can drop below zero). You may also consider bringing an additional sleeping mat for comfort and a sleeping bag liner. Please note during the camping nights there are no showers or toilets so you may wish to bring wetwipes.
Personal Equipment On Trek
Trekking poles: Trekking poles are recommended if you are used to walking with them, good for taking the weight off the knees on descents and using the upper body on ascents.
Water Bottle: Water along the trail and tap water throughout must never be considered as drinkable. The camp staff provide water each day with which to fill your bottle or camelback. Any 2-litre plastic bottles taken should be given back to crew for recycling later. The climate is hot and dry during the treks. Your bottle should hold at least two litres, ideally three for longer days. Metal water bottles can also double up as hot water bottles when hot water is available.
Torch/flashlight/Batteries: A small torch is essential for finding things in your tent, visiting the 'toilet' in the night etc. Often a head torch is the most practical option as it allows you to have both hands free. Remember to bring spare batteries.
Toiletries: Only bring essential toiletries such as toothbrush/paste, soap, toilet roll, face cloth and a trek/quick dry towel.
Personal First Aid Kit: On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use.
Cloth bag: Useful for avoiding single use plastic bags when shopping
Personal First Aid Kit: On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have a blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use.
The following equipment list is provided by Explore for the trek:
2-person tents (those clients that have paid for a single room option will get their own tent)
Equipment Hire and Trek Training Days - Trek Hire UK hire out a wide range of kit including quality sleeping bags, down jackets, therm-a-rest sleeping mats and walking poles http://www.trekhireuk.com. They also run regular trek training and preparation days from their base in the Surrey Hills, ideal for getting an indication of your overall fitness level and also covering advice on kit and altitude.
Please note that flying drones or remote controlled flying devices without a valid licence is against the law. Further information can be found at www.paca.gov.om
Please note it is illegal to import and/or use E-cigarettes in Oman. Please do not travel with your vape or e-cigarette as this may lead to being fined and/or detained.
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend at least £20 per person as a guideline.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for drivers, camp staff and included activities and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly, you should allow £25 per person for group tipping.