You may have stumbled upon us on meetup.com for a few reasons:
1) We are the biggest outdoor activities group in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai
2) We are the most active
3) We were the FIRST and original Trekking group on meetup and in the UAE
4) We are exclusively a trekking group; though we offer similar adventures such as climbing, caving, mountaineering and mountain biking on occasion. We're not out for general adventures, there are plenty of other groups offering that. We focus on everything 'mountain' related and therefore are able to do these things better.
There are reasons why we have been and continue to be successful, and many of these reasons are 2,000 + very interesting active, sporty and diverse people that are a part of the group.
UAE Trekkers are aspiring mountaineers whose goal is to climb the 7 summits of the world, the tallest mountains on every continent.This year our goal is to climb 3 of them; Elbrus, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua.
Luckily for us, the UAE and Oman is a great training ground with about 8 months of the year being great weather which enables us to get out nearly every weekend to explore our nearby wild playgrounds of wadis and mountains.
When you join you may think that you're just up for the easy stuff, you will be surprised how easy it is to get hooked into the sport of trekking and mountaineering, especially in this part of the world, when so many great opportunities are literally a short plane ride away.
We're not travel agents, and we're not professional mountain guides. But we do have the experience of having done every trip that we offer which has given us the chance to refine it so that its an organized and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Whether you wish to take the opportunity to pursue a goal of climbing mountains or just disconnect from civilisation, you will have the experience of a lifetime with us.
Mountaineering is not a competitive sport. From Jabal Shams to Kilimanjaro, we are a team of people of many ages and from many countries working to achieve the same goal: getting to the top of the mountain together, and have a lot of fun getting there while being safe.
Are you looking for a community of people with the same interests and passions?
We offer free weekly training sessions not just as a ‘perk’ but because training together up Ski Dubai together ensures that every member is prepared for the challenge physically and mentally. It also builds your confidence and ensure that nobody has to train for the mountain entirely on their own.
UAE Trekkers was created in June 2011 by a group of expats living in Abu Dhabi who were hungry for adventure and craved to discover the wilderness of the UAE and also neighbouring Oman. This passion for adventure led to international mountain expeditions and with the help of local tour operators, we started organizing treks to places like Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Ararat, and Everest Base Camp just to name a few.
By joining this group, you agree to take personal responsibility for the risks associated with hiking in these mountains. You also agree to accept the recommendations for proper equipment required before you attend a hike, as well as accepting the recommendations for water consumption and other pertinent issues.
You agree to accept advice of more experienced hikers whose goal is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the group.
A hike is NOT just a walk outside in the mountains. The nature of these mountains here in UAE and Oman is profoundly different to those in other parts of the world. There are NO marked trails - anywhere. There are no maps. The hiking route can even change over weeks due to flooding and rains. Navigation and exploring are mandatory and - in our opinion - a big part of the fun!
Most of the hikes we do, at this point, do not fall into the 'easy' category and do require that you have some fitness. We climb up boulders using our arms and and navigate down often slippery and loose rocks. Steep inclines require some mental fitness as well as physical. This could be the motivation you need to get out and start working out!
We will plan 1 or 2 hikes per month to the mountains of Oman and UAE. We will hike even in the heat of the summer, but will have to drive a little farther to get to the 'cool' air in Oman. You don't need to have car, as half the fun of hiking is getting there, and getting to know new people along the way! We will only lead hikes that we know the routes. If we don't know a route that we really want to do we will do 'exploratory' hikes for a smaller group in order to be able to lead a larger group later. We will let you know the difficulty of the hikes and stamina required in order for you to estimate your fitness level safely. We can coordinate with trekkers from anywhere in Oman or UAE and welcome people from all over.
So welcome to the group and hope to see you on a mountain soon!