The Wahiba Sands

Highlights 

  • Sailing along the renowned and stunning coastline of Oman in a traditional dhow
  • Experience first hand life with the local Bedouin
  • Learn about traditional Bedouin cooking and customs
  • Disconnect from the modern world in the middle of the Sand Sea
  • Journey from the coast across the desert in a traditional fashion supported by camels and their Bedouin handlers

Summary


Dates

7 - 17 December 2018

11 - 21 January 2019

Cost

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The journey begins from the coast near Muscat, where we will be escorted along the renowned coastline of Oman, sailing by stunning mountain landscapes and breathtaking beaches and bays onboard a tradition Omani dhow. Following the coastline south we eventually head inland where the sand dunes meet the sea. On the beach we will be met by our Bedouin hosts, ready to accompany us on our journey north through the Wahiba Sands, travelling on foot and accompanied by camels. By night we can gaze up at a sky bright with glowing stars, and by day look upon a horizon of rolling sand dunes, the most picturesque Sand Sea of Arabia. Our trek ends at the luxurious 1000 Nights camp where we are rewarded with a bed, cool shower, pool and refreshing drinks. We then take this opportunity to celebrate our epic adventure together before transferring to Muscat the following day. Here we will have time to experience the great souk and port before finally departing home.

Location

 

Itinerary

 Feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats used here in the Nile and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Day 1.   Depart UK, arrive in Muscat and transfer to our chartered dhow.

Day 2.   Sail along the Omani coast, experience the local wildlife and hidden gems where the mountains overlook the crystal blue sea.

Day 3.   Transfer to the edge of the sand dune sea where we meet our Bedouin guides and their camels. Make camp in the middle of the dunes and sleep under a blanket of stars.

Days 4 - 9. Trek through rolling sand dunes, learn traditional Bedouin cooking and customs, and contemplate the great expanse of the desert.

Day 10. Arrive at 1000 nights camp and treat ourselves to a cool shower, luxury camping and refreshments.

Day 11. Transfer to Muscat, see the great souk, the port of Muscat before transferring to the airport and flying home.


Included

  • Accommodation
  • All in-country transfers
  • All food while on expedition
  • McX guides
  • Bedouin guides and drivers
  • Permits

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks
  • Tips

FAQs

Q: Do I need a visa?

A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Hurghada International Airport. 

Q: What vaccinations do I need?

A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.

Q: Where do I fly to and who with?

A: The nearest airport is Hurghada International Airport, with direct flights from London available with a number of affordable operators. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.

Q: Where do I go from the airport?

A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp.

QWhat's the security situation like in the Eastern Desert? Is it safe?

A: We operate in the Eastern Desert region of Egypt which is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interference. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Egypt click here.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Desert attire should be light, loose-fitting and where possible made from natural fibres. Good desert walking boots are a must. A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 15km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten or 20 days.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days we enjoy delicious traditional Egyptian food cooked by the Bedouin.

Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?

A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We try to cater for everyone's needs so please do advise us with as much notice as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.

Q: Can I extend my trip?

A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.

Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?

A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.

 

Begin your adventure.

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