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Trekking in the UAE and Oman

Trekking in the UAE and Oman can be a challenge compared to other places.  With no detailed maps available, most trails unmarked and a harsh environment, it's easy and understandable to be a little intimidated.  Luckily, our highly qualified guides are here to make sure the whole experience is safe and enjoyable.  


Absolute Adventure offers a variety of treks in the Hajar Mountains of Oman and UAE.  We cover a range of difficulty levels so whether you are just starting out or a seasoned veteran, we have an appropriate trip.  Each trip is graded on a scale of 1-5 to help you decide which is right for you.  Many years of experience have given us an intimate knowledge of the regions most picturesque areas to visit. Besides providing our highly qualified staff, we include all equipment, drinking water and packed lunch. 

Trekking in the UAE

While the majority of available treks are available in the northern emirates or Musandam, most options we offer can easily done as a day trip from Dubai.  Our meeting points for all of the trips are about 90-120 minutes drive from Dubai, whether in Dibba, RAK or Kalba/Fujairah.  If that's too much driving for one day, no problem! Consider extending your trip into an overnight with our camping options.  You can find the details for camping under the accommodation heading or, click here.


Have a look at the trips below or, use the trip finder to filter by difficulty.  If you need help deciding what's right for you just give us a call!

All Along The Watchtowers

From AED 430.50 Wadi Helo or ‘Sweet Wadi’ has been nominated for inclusion in the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. With a history going back thousands of years wadi Helo is one of the oldest continuously habited areas in the region. The wadi has been the site of many archeological digs over the past few decades, guests can still see where researchers have marked out their grids for exploration. We believe this trek to be one of the most scenic in UAE.   Our trek starts near the entrance to the wadi. We begin with an uphill trek to view the first of the small watchtowers that guarded the verdant wadi below. Our path continues down into the wadi bed where we find numerous terraced fields with their stone retaining walls. Further on we reach the most impressive ruins at the centre of the ancient village. A pre-Islamic tomb, watchtower, graveyards, mosque, wells and many small houses can be found on either side of the natural water course. The most impressive of all is the house of Eissa Al Thabbahi, built around 1900, it contains many rooms and a staircase that led up to a tower. Remnants of intricate plasterwork can still be seen on the walls of this important site.   We continue our trek up to our next watchtower to the west of the wadi. Once at the top you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and farms and down to the old village below. A second small watchtower can be reached by following a ridgeline before the descent back to the wadi below.
FromAED 430.50

Athabat Ridgeline View Trek

From AED 500 A great route for the more experienced trekker. The hike starts road side and winds immediately up a quaint narrow path and rocky trail to a goat farm above. You are then beckoned further up a ridge-line, with the occasional exposed scrambling sections requiring your hands and feet, eventually sighting an abandoned date palm plantation far below. Continuing further you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the south western plateau of Jebel Jais where you start making your way slowly down towards the abandoned palm plantation and back to civilisation. A challenging but rewarding trek. LOCATION The meeting point for our Athabat Ridgeline View Trek is Bear Grylls Explorers Camp where there are toilet facilities. We are located half way up Jebel Jais, and can be found on Google Maps and Waze by searching ‘Bear Grylls Explorers Camp’. A 4x4 is not needed to access our camp. When you arrive, just drive down the track slowly and park in the camp car park. The trek itself will start just a short 5 minute drive down the mountain. You will be required to follow us to the trail head in your own vehicle, where there is off-road parking. LEVEL Intermediate – Trek starts with 200 meters of immediate elevation gain requiring a good level of fitness. A solid head for heights, confident balance and stable footing is required as the route is mainly off trail, and has multiple sections that are exposed, and require the use of hands and feet. Where a trail exists, it is narrow and unstable under foot. This route is for fit and experienced trekkers only.    
FromAED 500

Samar Trail Trek

From AED 315 The Samar trail is a perfect introduction to trekking and the outdoors on Jebel Jais. Not straying far from the beaten track this short 6km route offers spectacular views of Jebel Jais you cannot get from simply driving up the mountain. The trailhead starts just a 2min drive from Bear Grylls Explorers Camp where your immediately presented with abandoned wheat fields from times gone by, along with scenic views of the mountain. As you pass through many deserted villages, the trail will lead you gently to a small peak where you can see far down towards the mountain base. A lived-in farm awaits you on the way down where you will probably hear the resident donkey announce your arrival. LOCATION The meeting point for the Samar Trail is Bear Grylls Explorers camp where there are toilet facilities. We are located half way up Jebel Jais, and can be found on Google Maps and Waze by searching ‘Bear Grylls Explorers Camp’. A 4x4 is not needed to access our camp. When you arrive, just drive down the track slowly and park towards the back where you will see a number of shipping containers. The trek itself will start just a short 2min drive up the mountain. You will be required follow us to the trail head in your own vehicle, where there is allocated off-road parking. LEVEL Easy - Trail based hike on established paths. Uphill and downhill sections are short and ground underfoot is stable. Elevated views, but a head for heights is not required. Basic level of fitness needed in line with trek duration.  
FromAED 315

The Hidden Oasis Loop

From AED 525 A challenge for those who have already completed our linear Hidden Oasis route, this extended loop takes you far away from the road, and far into the wadi where you have to be completely self-reliant. Once you have passed the Hidden Oasis, the gradient of the hike gets steeper and steeper before summiting a small peak in the middle of Jebel Jais mountain range. This gradient is no easy task, and will put your stamina and will-power to the test. After the peak (where you have amazing views) you pass a small remote farm, and if you’re lucky, you may be invited in to share some tea. This then leads you to a steep downhill section, traversing the top of a scree slope. Steady footing and patience are key here. Passing a small pond and a tropical paradise on the way downhill, you find the land becoming steadily flatter as you reach the main wadi bed. A challenging but rewarding hike, with nature at the Hidden Oasis, and then spectacular views in remote locations. You choose to put yourself and your skills to the test, don't expect an easy ride! Difficulty Levels Easy - Some challenging terrain, all walkable. Trail based. Uphill and downhill sections are either short or have steps. general fitness needed. Intermediate - Challenging terrain. Use of hands needed for some short sections, minor scrambling. Up and downhill with some steep gradients. Mostly trail based. Moderate fitness needed. Hard - Very challenging terrain. Mostly steep up or downhill. Scrambling experience required for some sections. Need to be regularly physically active.    
FromAED 525

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