Oman Coast Trip
The vastness, the salt, the sun – Can you feel it already?
This Oman Coastal Bike Tour is a dream between sea and desert! On one side the Indian Ocean with its innumerable bays and fishing villages accompanies you. On the other side the landscape changes from scree to sand and then to the mountain desert in partly sharp transitions.
What an experience we offer you here! Landscape, seclusion and a trace of Laurence of Arabia!
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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This coastal bike tour is a dream come true between sea and desert! On one side the Indian Sea is accompanying you with its numerous bays and fishing villages and on the other side the scenery is changing from scree to sand to mountainous areas.
What an experience we’re able to offer you! Landscape, isolation and a spark of Laurence of Arabia!
We’re heading to Muscat in Oman with an airliner. You will already be expected and with a four hour transfer you will get to the starting point at the Indian Sea in Oman. During the afternoon we will assemble our bikes and go straight to our tents afterwards.
The person who rides a bike from Al Ashkharah to Salalah will know the Oman in a very special way. On this unique bike tour, culture and landscape will be combined. On your left the Indian Sea and on your right the Wahiba Sands a wonderful sandy desert.
Next thing you know you’re already biking on a steep coast which slopes towards the sea. Here and there are some fishing villages or small settlements with sheep farming to see. The more South and closer to Salalah we get the more excavation sites we’ll see. The highlight of our tour is the old frankincense harbour Sumhuram which is one of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
Our bike tour will end in Salalah, the frankincense city with a spectacular hotel right at the sea.
The distance between starting and ending point is over 900 km long. Our support vehicle will drive us for some parts of this tour. During the day we will ride about 35 to 70 kilometres each day depending on the topography. It’s self-explanatory that we only have the most beautiful parts already planned for you.
The elevation gain is only a matter on one specific day where we are going up to 750 m over sea. This is going to be a wonderful viewpoint. Apart from that we only have wavy terrain. We will sleep in generous double tents with 8cm thick foam mattresses. The last night of this tour we’ll stay in a luxury hotel. The food is either freshly served or will be bought from local coffee shops or restaurants.
- 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
- 1 sleepovers in hotels with double rooms, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, 6 nights in a double tent,
- All transfers
- Two to three accompanying Jeeps
- Journey to and from ZRH
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses, tips
- Alcoholic beverages
- All insurances
Journey from Zurich airport to Muscat Seeb International Airport. We will fly with an airliner from Kloten to Muscat with a night flight .
We will be awaited by our drivers in Muscat. After the 4 to 5 hours transfer to the Indian Sea we will set out our tents close to Al Ashkarah and assemble our bikes. Of course, you’ll have the option to go for a swim in the Indian Sea.
Bike 48 km / 200 elevation gain
Starting our bike tour along the Indian Sea. We will see some small fishing villages. Riding mostly on tar at the beginning we will be able to have our first encounter with Oman’s gravel paths at the end of the tour. After 40km we will get to the end of the Wahiba Sands desert and after a garage amid nowhere we will look for a sheltered place to sleep.
Bike 56 km / 100 elevation gain
The Wahiba Sands was made from washed away reefs in the Indian Sea – you’ll notice! Most of the time the road will be covered in sand which sometimes makes it hard to see where to go. But no worries, we won’t have time to think too much about it. The fabulous scenery is going to distract us anyways and if we’d like we can take a swim in the sea.
Bike 35 km / 500 elevation gain
Let’s have a view at Masirah Island. On gravel paths we will surpass the half island Filim and get close to Bar Al Hikmaner. This fascinating part of the coast is definitely worth a few photos!
Fish market in Al Khaluf. Even though we have a day off we get up quite early to get to experience the fish market of Al Khaluf. Today we immerse in the life of the local people! There’s no way to properly describe the busy streets of Al Khaluf. You have to smell, hear and see it. After that our tour continues on our 4WD until we’re close to Shuwayr.
Bike 68 km / 300 elevation gain
Hinterland. The first hills on the horizon and we will bike on them. The plane is enormous and there are no more gravel paths which means we have to look for our road on our own. As soon as we reach a tar road we will get on our 4WD and get driven pretty down South before we get on our bikes again and ride through a wonderful harbour.
Bike 58 km / 600 elevation gain
The mountains of Whadis and the sea. It’s the last biking day and it’s going to be a special bike experience. Riding on gravel paths through Whadis, on your right a spectacular mountainous range and on your left the Indian Sea. What a spectacle! This night we’ll stay in a first-class hotel.
Optional Bike 20 km / 100 elevation gain
Old City of Samahran. For centuries, Salala and its surroundings were considered as the frankincense centre. Samahram or Sumurahm was the most important trading port for incense and today is a world cultural heritage of UNESCO. We’re going to have a closer look at that harbour. The rest of the day we’ll relax in the hotel.
We’ll leave for Zurich this night.
Arrival (night flight)
Arrival in Zurich around 6.30am.
If you’d like to stay in Oman for a bit longer please contact us as soon as possible.
All tour details can vary depending on the circumstances.
A beautiful mix of camping and luxury hotel
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.
Can you offer special dietary requests?
On this trip we can offer normal and vegetarian food.
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 Switzerland. 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 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 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.
Although rain is extremely seldom in the Sultanate of Oman, we still recommend you bring quality rain gear or shell.
This event will take place in any weather!
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 Breakfast Lunch and dinners ar included in the trip price.
Partly available, or roaming.
Please visit your local travel clinic for the most up to date information.
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 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).
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed contacts for your family.
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.
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
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.
Zürich Airport has the Code ZRH
Muscat International Airport has the Code MCT
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.
We will help you at the Check In at Zürich Airport ZRH
The ending point will be Zürich Airport ZRH