Oman Bike Holidays
This unique Oman mountain bike tour to the home of Sindbad the Navigator will enchant you. These are bike holidays through the land of Sultan Quaboos, fascinating, exciting and mysterious! The inhabitants conquer the hearts of every visitor in the twinkling of an eye. This is how the desert state of Oman presents itself on the northeastern Arabian Peninsula. An ideal mountain bike destination to escape the European winter, because it is not too hot and not too cold. This Oman mountain bike tour takes you to remote regions where hardly any tourists come. As a result, you will experience the original warmth and hospitality for which the Middle East is so famous.
If you are packing your bike for your trip to Oman, we recommend a Thule RoundTrip Traveler or the EVOC Bike Travel Bag XL. Therefore, you will find both products in our Adventure Shop at favourable conditions. If you are travelling to Kloten Airport, we recommend that you contact SBB. The best way to buy tickets is to use the SBB Online counter on the day of travel.
During these bike holidays you will overcome some meters of altitude and above all many kilometers, please note our page for tour preparations. You will only be on the track in level S1.
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An unforgettable mountain bike tour through Sultan Quaboos’ country
Not too hot and not too cold, this is how the desert state Oman presents itself during November and December on the southeast Arabian peninsula.
A country filled with charming people awaits. People wave at you everywhere. You sense that you are welcome. The day trips, between 25 and 65 kilometers on gravel roads and paths, will lead amongst other areas right across the western Hajjar-mountains. On a stopover in the vibrant desert city Nizwa, you will be enchanted by the biggest fort in the country as well as by the livestock market at which you can buy everything from a camel right through to a goat. We are reminded of a comment made by an old Australian which also applies to Oman: “If you never, never go, you never, never know.”
- 1 experienced English-speaking tour guide
- 2 -3 AWD Driver
- In the desert we will sleep in tents or under the sky
- Meals are freshly prepared or will be taken in the Coffi Shop, restaurant
- 4 sleepovers in hotels with double rooms, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 nights in a double tent, 1 night in a Bedouin house with full board
- All transfers
- Two to three accompanying Jeeps
- Journey to and from Zürich Airport
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses, tips
- Alcoholic beverages
- All insurances
- Day 1 Travel-Day
Departure at Zurich International Airprot (ZRH), Arrival Muscat Seeb International Airport (MCT). Our meeting point is 08h00 at Terminal 2 on ZRH.
- Day 2 Bike 11 km / 100 elevation gain
We start the bike tour into the western Hajjar mountain range. In the morning of the second day we will leave the hotel in an accompanying vehicle. We will drive in a north-west direction along the Gulf of Oman. We will start our biking adventure near Ghab. This warm-up ride brings us to the foothill of the western Hajjar, into our first Wadi (dried up river bed), the Wadi Sahtan, where we will spend the night near an oasis.
- Day 3 Bike 42 km / 900 elevation gain
Riding from Wadi to Wadi on corrugated iron tracks. We will start early in the morning on a dusty corrugated iron track. We will then cross a main road on tar and continue riding from one oasis to the next. After reaching a small pass we arrive at our second night camp. The impressions of an endless desert landscape that becomes increasingly more rugged will be our constant accompaniment over the next few days. Slowly we obtain some insight into the life of the Bedouin living in the oases or small villages. In the evening we will most likely receive visits from the locals.
- Day 4 Bike 56 km / 700 elevation gain
The road ends and the first pass is ascended quickly. We ride on isolated tar roads through a unique countryside. An early stop at a coffee shop provides for some variation. We continue until we reach a pass with almost no traffic. As soon as one reaches the summit, the road ends. A unique view onto a black mountain range appears in front of us. The descent that follows is indescribable.
- Day 5 Bike 35 km / 500 elevation gain
Variety makes a difference. Today starts with a short ride on tar followed by a dusty climb. Then we continue on tar road again, all the way to Al Hamra, into one of the largest oases within the Oman. Once the bikes have been stowed away we continue to our hotel in Nizwa.
- Day 6 Livestock market and souq
Livestock market in Nizwa. Although we have a rest day today, we will get up early so that we can experience the livestock market in Nizwa. Today we will use all our senses to experience the life of the indigenous people here. The hustle and bustle is difficult to describe. One must smell, hear and taste it. Put simply, one must experience it.
- Day 7 Shopping and transfer
Camels. After our visit to a very modern shopping centre our accompanying vehicles will take us to the edge of the Wahiba Sands. Here we will get onto camels. After a while we will arrive at a house made of palm leaves, belonging to a Bedouin family that will take us in for the night.
- Day 8 Bike 28 km / 200 elevation gain
Swimming and biking. Once we have arrived at the granite pools during the course of the morning, we will enjoy swimming in 25 degree spring water. Back on our bike we will explore the foothills of the Wahiba. We follow the next valley and leave civilisation further and further behind us.
- Day 9 Bike 45 km / 600 elevation gain
The plane. A seemingly endless plane, the mountains do not want to come closer. At the outskirts of the mountain range we encounter a descent into the gigantic Wadi Khabbah. At a coffee shop here, we will eat a good arabian sandwich. One more time we will ride up the valley to a suitable place for our overnight stay. One encounters hardly any tourists in this isolated area.
- Day 10 Bike 28 km / 1300 elevation gain
The ramp in three steps. We may be accompanied by a small trickle through the Wadi Kabbah. The start of this day trip can be quite strenuous although it is not steep. The countryside becomes rough and difficult to navigate. The rigors of the three or four ramps onto a plateau are always rewarded with magnificent views. We continue across this endless plateau with its constant up and down. Where does it start, where does it end? We will spend the night in a narrow and rough valley which protects us against the possibility of strong winds.
- Day 11 Bike 58 km / 1200 elevation gain
Corrugated iron tracks, ramps and the sea. With a constant up and down we continue our ascent up to 2050 m above sea level. At times, we can see the Gulf of Oman in its splendid deep blue colour on our left-hand side. Now there is only a descent all the way down to the sea where we will have a refreshing swim. We will spend the night right by the sea on a pebble beach. Dinner on the beach is always something very special.
- Day 12 Ohne Bike.
Sunrise by the sea. To be woken by the crashing waves and to enjoy your last coffee sitting on the floor. Today we will pack our bikes and drive back to Muscat, back to our hotel. In the evening we will go to the Souk for last minute shopping. We will reminisce the last couple of days, while enjoying a superb meal at the best Indian restaurant in Muscat.
- Day 13 Pool and night flight
Relax and flight home. Today we will enjoy the beach and the pool in our fabulous hotel. Once we have checked out of our hotel, we will visit the largest shopping centre situated near the airport. Then we bid farewell to Oman. Muscat Seeb International Airport – Zürich Airport.
- Day 14 Arrival (night flight)
Arrival at Zurich International Airport at 06:30
Extended holidays in the Oman are possible provided these have been pre-arranged well in advance.
All distance and elevation kilometres are approximations. Within the huge Wadis the gravel tracks are newly created after each rainy season. They don’t always follow the exact same path. For this reason, please use the elevation and distance measurements merely as indications.
The first hotel after arrival in Muscat is awarded with *** stars according to European standards. Then 3 nights in a double tent will follow. The tents are designed for 3-4 people but are only occupied by two people. Each guest receives an 8 cm thick foam mat. Near Nizwa we are accommodated for 2 nights in a local hotel. Afterwards we are guests for one night, with a Bedouin family, in their Palm-Hut in the middle of the Wahiba Sands. The next 4 days we spend again in the double tent. Finally, in Muscat we spend the night in a very luxurious hotel from 1001 nights.
- How far in advance should I book my holidays?
We recommend booking at least 8 months in advance for most of our weekly holidays. For our weekends, we recommend at least 6 months in advance. Many of our holidays sell out well in advance so it is clever to put down your booking to guarantee you will get a spot. We offer an early-bird booking discount: if you book your trip well in advance, we will give you a 5% discount. Check out our product pages.
- How do I book my participation on a holiday trip?
You can book your spot on a biking week by clicking ’Book Now’ on any product page. An advantage for our well-known customers, they can book by calling us at +41 44 950 59 77. A deposit secures your place, with the balance due 2 months prior to the trip. This deposit is fully refundable for the first 14 days after you did your weekend- or week-holiday booking, so you can hold your spot risk-free for a week and use that time to sort out vacation time, flights, etc…
Day events: the bill must be settled immediately.
For further details please read our Terms and conditions.
What technique scale do we use?
The single-track scale is divided in the three levels of difficulty light , medium and heavy
This difficulty classes are geared to the skill level of an average Bikers with a technically current mountain bike.
For the concrete classification and accurate differentiation of the routes (and difficulty classes) are six relatively well demarcated from each other levels of (S-grade) S0 to S5 used.
Thus, the lower end of the scale with for an average biker is ”loosely mobile” and the upper ”with unfahrbar” = “absolutely not rideable” equated.
The difficulty class light comprises the degrees S0 and S1, means is defined by S2 and heavy includes all beyond this S grade.
The classification of the single track is exclusively based on possible objective flat or sloping path (Wegcharakteristika) under ideal conditions as sufficient natural light and dry surfaces. The classification is therefore independent and cannot be influenced or subjectively classified by variable factors such as followed.
- the degree of danger (crash risk),
- the weather (rain, wind, fog and snow)
- the lighting conditions or
- the driving speed.
In the orientation according to S-grades will thus be appreciated that the running characteristics may shift claim significantly upwards, for example due to poor weather conditions or quicker pace.
- How technical is the trip?
The difficulty of trails varies from trip to trip, and you can find the rating on every product page shown as Activity Level from S0 to S5, more information on the Skill Scale required by viewing the skills and fitness scale page. Please read this page carefully!
- How fit do I need to be?
Our trips vary in difficulty please check out our Itinerary tab, for every day we give your an approximately distance in km and elevation uphill in m.
There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it’s not about getting as many kilometre as possible on the odometer but about enjoying the spectacular riding and scenery in the company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then. We have got several offerings where we have 2 to 5 guides on an event so we will split the group to a maximum of 8 participants. Whatever your level, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment out of your trip by getting in shape before the trip – we’ll offer training suggestions in our post-booking communications to help you on your way.
Please read our Skill and Fitness Guide for more information.
- What, if I am a solo traveller?
We got lot of solo traveller. You will meet many great people from around the world. Solo travellers are paired in double rooms with another solo traveller of the same gender, or may opt for a single room / tent upgrade.
- Shall I bring my own bike or should I rent on?
You have to bring your own bike, there is no possibility to rent bikes in Oman!
We offer lot of add-ons to help you get the most out of your tour! Mountain bikes can be rented at certain destinations, to single room upgrades, and pre and post-tour hotel nights. There are many options to help you have the best experience possible.
To book your add-ons, select them at your cart, when you make your initial booking.
- Extend your trip
Many of our Customers like to arrive early or stay longer before/after their Ride with us. We make it easy for you to extend your trip by taking care of your hotel bookings for you, and in many cases, we also offer full trip extension packages. Just contact us by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Traveling with my bike?
If you’ve never traveled with your bike, don’t worry – it’s much easier than you think! If you don’t have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, if you want a higher level of protection, and/or are planning on traveling with your bike more than just once, we recommend investing in a quality bike bag or case. Our guides and past clients have recommended the following products:
EVOC bike bag | DAKINE bike bag | THULE bike case
For tips on packing your bike, watch this Thule video we linked for you!
- Bike damage disclaimer
While participating in a Swiss Bike Tours trip, the rider assumes all risk and expense related to loss or damage to the mountain bike, whether rented from a third party or owned by the rider. This assumption of risk includes loss or damage due to transportation, theft, vandalism, accident, misuse, higher forces, or other events leading to the loss or damage of the mountain bike.
- Assembling your bike when you arrive
If you have never assembled your bike, do not worry! Our guides will be on hand to assist.
- The ideal bike for a trip to Oman
For trips to the Sultanate of Oman, we recommend a cross country trail bike with 120mm or more of travel. A dropper post is highly recommended.
- The ideal tire
We suggests a Continental Race King ProTection Tires or a Continental Mountain King ProTection Tires.. Maxxis High Roller’s are also great tires for terrain in Oman. We ask that all Customers be respectful of the group, and show up with the appropriate bike to minimize bike related delays before or during riding.
- Armour and Helmet
We recommend leg soft protection like G-Form and a CC-Helmet. A Helmet is mandatory on all Swiss Bike Tours Events! Full-body protection and full-face helmets are not necessary.
- Wether and clothing
The weather in the Hajar Mountains can be quite cool, especially in the evenings, with lows dipping below 10 degrees Celsius, so we recommend you pack accordingly. Daytime highs are usually quite ok in the autumn, ranging from mid 20 to low 30 degrees.
Occasionally, temperatures drop below 0 degree Celsius (°C)
Although rain is extremely seldom in the Sultanate of Oman, we still recommend you bring quality rain gear or shell.
- General packing list
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed packing list.
Tools and spare parts for your bike to bring
We recommend bringing the following tools with you. Rest assured your guides will have a full tool kit, but it’s a good idea to have the following items with you in case of trailside breakdowns:
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- 2 spare tube
- small tire pump (not a floor pump)
- 1 Rear derailleur hanger
- Front and rear brake pads (1 set of each is sufficient)
- Any rare parts that might be hard to find locally (Shimano and SRAM are generally available in all our locations, but Magura levers, for instance, might not be available everywhere)
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included with one exception. On days 13 and 14 only breakfast is included.
Partly available, or roaming.
Please visit your local travel clinic for the most up to date information.
- Currency in Oman
Withdraw money from an ATM in the Sultanate of Oman (which are widely available) – you can withdraw local money (OMR) and will usually be charged the best rate by your bank at home.
- Terms and conditions
For more on our Terms and condition, Terms of payment and Cancellation terms, please visit the following page
- Travel insurance
Travel medical insurance and trip cancellation is mandatory for all of our trips. If you have your own travel medical insurance it needs to:
a) cover evacuation (e.g. air evacuation) and hospital costs while in other countries
b) cover mountain biking trips (some policies include mountain biking in their list of ‘extreme’ sports that are not covered).
c) Trip cancellation up to 100% of your trip cost
We strongly recommend also getting insurance that covers the following:
• Equipment protection for delay, loss, theft and damage (if traveling with your bike/expensive equipment)
• Trip interruption up to 100% of trip cost
• Medical expenses up to CHF 50’000
• Emergency medical transportation up to CHF1’000’000
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict. If you decide not to purchase cancellation/interruption insurance, and then get hurt or sick before or during your Ride, please don’t ask us for a refund.
For travelers from around the world, we recommend World Nomads.
For U.S. travelers, we recommend Global Rescue (Individual Medical Plan with Signature Travel Insurance Plan)
Another option for U.S. travelers, we recommend Travelex (we suggest the Travel Select Plan with the Adventure Plus Pak).
- Emergency Contact
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed contacts for your family.
- Emergency situation
Our guides are all 1st aid trained and certified and know how to respond to emergency situations very well. They always cary very well-stocked 1st aid kits in their day packs.
Rest assured that your safety is our #1 concern, and steps are taken to mitigate risk and prevent incidents from happening. If you were to be injured on the trail, our guides will act as first responders and will look after you with proper and professional care. If emergency help or an evacuation is needed, our guides will have the contact information of the nearest hospital/emergency care facility, along with the required communication equipment (cell phones and/or satellite phones) and help will be on its way.
- Visa regulation
Did you checked the Visa obligation for the Sultanate of Oman? All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. Do you require a visa? Information for Entry to Sultanate of Oman (e.g. Visa obligation) Please go to the Oman online Visa Page
- Airport Code
Zürich Airport has the Code ZRH
Muscat International Airport has the Code MCT
- Safety and security
Sultanate of Oman is a safe countrie, however certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewellery and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, traveller’s checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity usually varies between 2% – 3% of your Tour price per guide / dirver, depending on your level of satisfaction. e.g. CHF4000.- trip = OMR 30.- to OMR 50.- per guide / driver.
- Starting Point
We will help you at the Check In at Zürich Airport ZRH
- Ending Point
The ending point will be Zürich Airport ZRH