This expedition takes us 4-wheel-driving through the wild side of Oman— trekking deep into the Empty Quarter on the Saudi border, to the lush Dhofar in the southwest, to hike, camp, and off-road across this unique corner of Arabia. We know Oman is not typical of Outliers programs; however, this expedition dives deep into some of the most remote, sparsely populated places in Arabia-- scilence and vast emptiness.
- Get off-road and camp deep in the Empty Quarter for a three-day off-roading trek where few humans have gone before.
- Explore the green mountains of the Dhofar on the lookout for rare wildlife.
- Experience the vast silence and emptiness of Arabia's more remote locations with an incredible group of people.
- Wander the vast beaches and untamed coastline of central Oman.
- Meet local Bedouins and learn about the people of Oman by staying with them.
Day 1. Monday, November 25, 2019. Arrive in Muscat
The group will meet in Muscat, Oman’s capital city, for dinner and orientation at Basim’s house.
Day 2. Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Muscat / Fins Beach
We begin our off-roading adventure today, piling into our 4wd SUVs for a drive down the Omani coast to Fins Beach. First, we go for a hike and swim around Wadi Al-Arbiyeen, a blue water pool and waterfall in the mountains. Then we check out the turquoise blue Bimmah Sink Hole before going for a hike and swim at Wadi Shab, where the blue waters of the pools contrast strongly against the rocky canyon. In the late afternoon we reach Fins Beach. There we set up our camp on the white sand beach and have a day of adventure, bonding and swimming in the Arabian Sea.
Overnight: Camping at Fins Beach.
Day 3. Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Fins Beach / Wahiba Sand Dunes
We continue the adventure south, stopping at the costal fishing village of Sur to walk around and meet locals before visiting Bedouin families in the desert around Wahiba. From there, we drive deep into the dunes to find a camping spot, where we’ll set up our camp for the night and enjoy the sunset all together from on top of a dune.
Overnight: Camping at Wahiba Sand Dunes.
Day 4. Thursday, November 28, 2019. Wahiba Sand Dunes / Sugar Dunes
We begin the day by crossing over the Wahiba Sand Dunes in our 4wd vehicles, towards the remote costal fishing village of Al Khaluf. There, we find the Sugar Dunes, a collection of endless bright white sand dunes that meet the sea. We set up our camp on the beach to swim and explore this miraculous place.
Overnight: Camping at Sugar Dunes.
Day 5. Friday, November 29, 2019. Sugar Dunes / Al-Shuwaymiyah Canyon
We continue the drive south, getting closer and closer to the Dhofar. Today, we visit Al-Jazer, a bizarre area with bright pink lakes, and Shalim, where the flat, rocky desert starts to rise into the green mountains of the Dhofar. We’ll reach Al-Shuwaymiyah Canyon in the afternoon, where we can see frankincense trees and lots of camels. We set up our camp for the night in Al-Shuwaymiyah.
Overnight: Camping at Al-Shuwaymiyah Canyon.
Days 6-7. Saturday-Sunday, Nov 30- Dec 1, 2019. Al-Shuwaymiyah / Salalah / Dhofar
Over the next two days, we’ll explore Oman’s Dhofar region. We visit ancient mud castles in Sadah, Mirbat and Taqah, incredible white sand beaches with bright turquoise waters at Al Mughsail and Al Fazayah, as well as explore Sha’t Village in the Khareef— Oman’s lush, almost tropical, green mountains.
Overnight: Hotel in Salalah.
Days 8-11. Monday-Thursday, December 2-5, 2019. The Empty Quarter
The real expedition begins now; you’ve been trained for this moment. From the lush Dhofar, we travel north, off-road, into the deep desert known as Rub' al Khali or the “Empty Quarter”. This remote region is uninhabitable. It exists in the expansive borderlands between Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the UAE, and the only visitors are the occasional camel caravans passing through between settlements. We live out in this land of vast emptiness, rolling sands, and silence. On the last night, we’ll return to the coast to spend a night camping on the beach.
Days 12. Friday, December 6, 2019. Depart from Salalah
Departures from Salalah Airport; no scheduled activities.
Most nights are spent camping on beaches and in the desert. While in Muscat and Salalah, we stay at local hotels, sharing two people to a room. Home-cooked breakfasts and dinners are prepared by our local team, and we eat at local restaurants when in towns.
Basim and our drivers accompany us throughout the trip. Everyone must carry their own daypacks; we have vehicle support for luggage. This is a cultural and topographical expedition-- opportunities for meaningful connection with others are plentiful.
Prepare for wild camping, swimming, light hiking, beach stays, wandering wadis, ancient towns, and meeting locals. Expect bonding and vulnerability sessions within the group. This program focuses a lot on self-growth through exploration.
All camping and hotels (shared).
3 meals per day (exc arrival and departure days).
Private and secure transportation during the trip.
4wd SUVs and drivers.
Professional expedition leader and guiding team.
All entrance fees.
Round trip international airfare to Muscat and from Salalah.
Omani e-visa fee.
Travel and medical insurance.
Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Tips for local guides.