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Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ajay » Tue May 28, 2013 1:52 pm

Visit Oman – 2/2013 – during long weekend of June 06, 2013.

Now that the summer has set in and not much can be done in the sand dunes, why not explore the Wadis and Mountains of Oman. This trip aims at that.

BTW, You may be wondering, as to why this trip is being called 2/2013. Well, though I wasn't in the convoy, you all did the Star-Fish Dunes as "Visit Oman - 1/2013". Hence this trip is being called 2/2013 ;) .

So having sorted out the nomenclature of the trip, what we intend to do is as under:

Aim: To explore the Wadi and Mountains on the east coast of Oman

Level of Difficulty: Easy, but the car should be in good shape and the “low-range” should be in perfect working order

Agenda:

Thursday, June 06, 2013 :

- 7am: Departure from Dubai,
- 12.30pm: Arrive in Muscat and depart for Wadi Shab,
- 2pm: Arrive at the road head to Wadi Shab (150 kms from Muscat), http://www.amazingplacesonearth.com/wadi-shab-oman/
- Trek to wadi Shab pools; swim at the natural lake and cave - Trek to the big pool is about 3kms and back.,
- 6pm: move to camp site at white-sand/pebble beach (or depending on the day-light at our disposal, we can drive up the Salamah Plateau and camp at a higher elevation).

Friday, June 07, 2013 :

- 8am: Drive up the Salamah Plateau - it involves steep climb up the plateau on a graded track, somewhat similar but much longer and steeper than the good-old Ziggy Bay climb,
- Visit the opening to the Majlis Al Jinn (2nd largest cave chamber in the world with an area of 4 million cubic meters inside it),
- Drive thru the mountain villages and pass by the pre-historic Bee-Hive Tombs on our way to the Wadi Tayeen,
- 12pm: drive thru the Wadi Tayeen; this wadi has water all thru the year,
- 4pm: Arrive at Ibra and proceed to Dubai or Muscat as applicable.

Notes:
- Drive to Muscat is about 420 kms. Do keep atleast 45minutes - 1 hr for visa formalities at Hatta Border.
- Its’ advisable for the participants to go the Omani consulate in Dubai and procure an advance visa. The Consulate grants visa on the same day. This takes away the uncertainty and discretion of the border staff.
- Though the summer has already set-in, the temperature sometimes on the Salamah plateau may be bit lower than the usual pleasant range. Therefore, it will be wise for you to pack one fleece jacket/blanket.
- Do not forget to pack your swim wear.
- Trek to Wadi Shab pools involves walking thru the rocks and boulders. Therefore you need to wear full or 3/4th length trousers and proper trekking/hiking shoes to protect your knees and ankles. Slippers and flip-flops are risky in such treks. I use my regular SWAT boots and they work well in that terrain.

We will have more details of the trip as we inch forward to the D Day. So, put in your name if you are game for this adventure.
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ajay » Tue May 28, 2013 1:55 pm

1. Ahmed Pervez
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Wed May 29, 2013 4:45 pm

Thanks Ajay Bhai,
This should be Fun, I am in!!!!
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Thu May 30, 2013 10:45 am

6th of June has been officially declared as a holiday for all Private & public sector employees in UAE...and there is not much else that we can do here in Dubai except for a couple of afternoon drives...so this is a good opportunity to get out and widen one's horizons...and see a bit of different scenery...as well as experience some unique experiences.
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by razik » Thu May 30, 2013 11:46 am

1. Ahmad Pervez
2. Ajay Sikri
3. Arun D Souza
4. Firoz
5. Razik
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:thanks: Ajay Saheb for this opportunity :)

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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Saj » Thu May 30, 2013 11:47 am

Hi Ahmed Saab

Is this trip only for guys or we can bring family along? Since there is trekking involved to reach the cliff dive site, I was wondering if any of the registered members will be coming along with family?

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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ajay » Thu May 30, 2013 1:19 pm

Saj wrote:Hi Ahmed Saab

Is this trip only for guys or we can bring family along? Since there is trekking involved to reach the cliff dive site, I was wondering if any of the registered members will be coming along with family?

Regards

Sajid
Dear Sajid and other friends

Families are welcome. In fact, the Wadi Shab is a fantastic family location to trek to and swim.

Important clarifications:

- It is not necessary for every one to trek, those who do not want to trek, can sit and relax next to he big water body at the beginning of the trek, very close to the car parking.

- Even those who decide to trek, don't need to do the whole length of the wadi. there are plenty of rest points/benches on the trekking route. in case, anyone doesn't feel like walking further, can sit on one of the benches on the side and have samosa :) and coke till the contingent returns back.

- In view of above, we "don't trek to the camping spot", rather "shall drive together to the camp spot". The start and end points for trek are the same and there's a nice relaxing spot next to the parking for those who don't feel like stretching their legs.

- In case, very few people are game for trekking, we may decide to cut short the trek and return back early to the start point. However, by doing this, we will definitely be missing the big lake at the end of the Wadi, but will still get a change to swim and dive at the smaller corners.

Hope the above helps you to decide in bringing in the families to the Trip

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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:31 am

Based on yesterday's discussion during the drive, and upon some member's concern as they were not able to register for this drive, since it was posted as an intermediate drive.
The drive category has now been moved to Newbie trips, so that this trip is open to all interested members.
This, however, does not change the difficulty level of the drive and since the drive involves certain rather steep gradients with precipitous drops close by, we have to make sure of the Off Road worthiness of our vehicle and be specially vigilant that the low transfer gear case is in perfect functional order.
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:37 am

So...the tally is shaping up as follows...

1. Ajay Sikri
2. Ahmad Pervez
3. Arun D Souza
4. Firoz TV
5. Razik
6. Saif Khan
7. Manda Reddy
8. Leonard Fernandes
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Re: Visit Oman – 2/2013

Post by leo.austrian » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:58 pm

Ahmad Pervez wrote:So...the tally is shaping up as follows...

1. Ajay Sikri
2. Ahmad Pervez
3. Arun D Souza
4. Firoz TV
5. Razik
6. Saif Khan
7. Manda Reddy
8. Leonard Fernandes
Hi All,
Any more info available for obtaining the visa from the consulate. Like the location or their timings etc.
What is the expected return into DXB ?
Cheers,
Leo

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