Paris> Dubai> Khasab
Arrival at Dubai early in the morning of Day 2 or late in the evening on Day 1. Night transfer in minibus to Khasab. We stay for a short overnight at the Family hotel in Khasab. Film Rando Kayak
Khasab> start for a 4 days independent kayak trip
The early afternoon is dedicated to quick trip preparations. Later on, loading of the boats with the equipment for the 4 days independent trip within the fjord of Sham. We are leaving the port in the late afternoon, to navigate for one or two hours alongside the rocky shore. Next aim would be to set up our camping place within a small creek bordered by a white sand beach.
Nos of activity hours: 2 hours of navigation
The island of Shams
In the morning we are passing at the foot of Humsi, an islet sugar loaf, which is keeping the entrance of Sham Bay. It is a little bit further, where the Humpback dolphins gather early in the morning, waiting on the arrival of the traditional Omani’s dhows, to play with their waves. At noon a salad buffet will be served, just before going to swim in the middle of the corals. In the middle of the afternoon, we are rounding the Sham islands, exploring their secret creeks and their sea caves before berthing in our camp.
Nos of activity hours: 3 to 4 hours of navigation
Hiking in Maglab al Bari
With the first morning lights, we are climbing the highs for several minutes of contemplation, when the bay is peaceful and the sun is gently illuminating in red the huge wall of Sham Mountain.
Navigating along the coastline in kayak heading the fjord depth, we will introduce you to the pleasure of troll fishing. Nothing could be easier than caching a fish while in the kayak.
Arrival at Dashun, a bay surrounded by steep walls, we are ascending a pass by a secret trail, to perch ourselves on the ridge which reign over a second bay, that of Habbalayan, washed by the Indian Ocean waters. Sometimes it is possible to observe some sharks in the transparency through the shallow emerald waters.
Lunch will be on the coastline and snorkeling later in the middle of the corals. In the middle of the afternoon, after a short passage in kayak, we will reach the village of Sibi. The couple of fishermen houses are sheltered in the foot of an impressive cliff of 800 m high. We will benefit by the water refreshment. After a short navigation, we will reach the Sibi Island to settle down our camp.
Nos of activity hours: 3 to 5 hours of navigation
Hiking: 1 hour
In the morning traveling around the island we will have the opportunity to contemplate the transparent waters and sea depths. This is the best way to observe the eagle rays “flying” on the surface.
After the fjord crossing we will take a break at 10 o’clock to take a swim and explore the coral massifs of Sham Island. We will run into Madagascar fish, clown, parrot fish etc.; continuing our trip it is not rare to cross again the road of a Humpback dolphins group a few meters away from the shore.
We are pedaling afterwards, for some more two or three hours to reach in the foot of the impressive mount of Sham, which dominate the Musandam peninsula.
We are leaving our kayaks in order to ascend the summit of approximate 890 m above sea level (the climb is optional depending on the group level). We will take a path build by ourselves in the first 2/3 of its length; afterwards the landform become less steep and we keep on going without a track to reach the summit. Here the fresh air climbing the wall gives dizziness to the ascender. In a clear whether, the view is astonishing. We return back to spend the night on the beach.
Ascending elevation: 880 m
Hiking: 4 to 7 hours
Back to Khasab
After a short crossing we stop to have a swim, just before returning to Khasab in the early afternoon.
Relocation and storage of the equipment. Occupation of our settlement of few apartments. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Nos of activity hours: 2 to 4 hours of navigation
Accommodation: Apartment hotel Esra
Khasab > Hiking in Wadi Quadah (canyon)
Going by one wadi, a narrow gorge, we are climbing the canyon jumping from stone to another. After some sporty parts, we are ending on desert plateau which overlook the Strait of Hormuz. We are exploring a traditional village which staid practically intact. Stone walls are capturing the rare rain drops to water the fields and the tanks.
The way back is taking a curved trail, 2 m wide, boarding a cliff. This trial overhangs spectacularly, although very secure, and gives access the breathtaking views. (Thinking on refraining, if subject to a dizziness or vertigo).
We are reaching the Quadah valley and are crossing its palm grove, which greenery preserves the nice feeling of an infinite wellbeing.
Transfer to Khasab by a motorcar.
Ascending elevation: 500 m
Hiking: 4 to 8 hours
Accommodation: Apartment hotel Esra
Khasab >Dubai, visiting Dubai
Tranfer to Dubai in a minibus: arriving in the early afternoon. Visiting the incredible downtown of all challenges. We are starting by perceiving the perfumes in the souks just before the crossing of the “creek” in taxi boat to reach the heritage neighborhood in order to understand the incredible adventure of the modern builders starting from its historical center.
We are then transferred in the future in the feet of the skyscrapers of the years 2000. A trip which will take us from Burdj al Arab Hotel the symbol of Dubai, and the artificial island Palm Jumeira where the incredible hotel Atlantis is crowning.
We continue the visit, depending on the time left, with a short visit of the Ski Dubai, an indoor ski station, just before ending it with the discovery of Dubai Mall and its gigantic aquarium. The end will be reached in front of Burj Khalifa, the highest tower on Earth.
Dinner in a restaurant on the foot of the skyscraper, just before the night transfer to the airport.
Landing at Paris.
The following program is given for reference purposes and could be modified depending on weather conditions and/or marine circumstances.