What we're about

Welcome to UAE Trekkers

UAE Trekkers has been the most active and exclusively outdoor hiking group in both Abu Dhabi, Dubai since 2011. We also cater for beginner hikers who want to step into trekking for the first time in these mountains. But even experienced hikers will find plenty on offer with our mountaineering expeditions in the summers which offer full and complete preparation and training.

Our philosophy is to get to the mountains to hike, canyon, climb, cave, and explore as much as we can on the weekends and holidays, for a safe and enjoyable and challenging day in the mountains.

Our expectation of trekkers that join us for hikes is that you are able to honestly determine that your fitness is appropriate for the level of difficulty in each hike, and that you come prepared with the appropriate gear. We expect that you will love trekking and want to do more of it, so we will learn and practice hiking skills on every hike. You will learn through participating in treks with us how to hike safely for yourself and in a group in this region.

We are exclusively a mountains based trekking group, though we do offer similar adventures such as climbing, caving, canyoning, and mountaineering.

We are a community oriented and inclusive group. We offer events for families as well as people from all nationalities, cultures, and occupations. However, we are very clear, and strict about the requirements for each hike. Each hike varies in difficulty and is indicated as such in the description.

Payment Process; RSVP vs GOING

RSVP as part of 'uae meetup culture' is not actually a committment to going by you, and therefore we do not make any committment to you by the RSVP. You are not considered confirmed and registered until you are paid. We have a website where you can make your payments by credit card, but there are other option to pay by cash or bank deposit as well. Please enquire for payment options if you need them. When the number of paid partcipants outnumbers the meetup number, you can be moved at any time to NOT GOING list at any point before your payment is made. After you pay you will be added to the whats app group where we will coordinate car pools which is what we do for most day and weekend treks.

After you are added to the whats app group, you will receive the Get Ready email with the coordinates of the meeting point (at the trailhead) and the Google Map to reach there from either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. You are not obliged to meet at these meeting points, they are merely suggestions.

You will also need to complete a waiver which articulates all of the UAE Trekkers policies including the NO REFUNDS policy.

CANCELLATIONS BY UAE TREKKERS

We will post trip dates up to 6 months in advance. Until at least 1 member is 'paid and booked' we consider that there are in fact, no serious RSVP's and will cancel the trek and replace it with something else 2 weeks prior to the trip dates.

For some trips, there is a minimum number of participants. If we need to cancel a trip due to lack of sufficient paid RSVP's you will be moved to the next trek offered or you will be given a credit for a future trip. We offer the same trip many times per year, and you can choose an equivalent level or duration hike as well.

We do not offer refunds under any circumstances. There is always the opportunity for another trip to take.

We don't accept responsibility for day trip late wake ups, sickness, or problems finding the locations.

Safety is our first priority. Though of course you will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the beginning of each hike with the understanding that you are, ultimately, taking responsibility for yourself, you will feel very quickly when hiking with us how we operate.

We ask people to pay to come with us because we are experienced, qualified, and professional. Despite our training and experience, we also apply common sense to every one of our hikes, and attempt to teach these principles in each outing.

Here are our simple but important rules: know the weather, know the terrain, and know your group.

Weather: Weather is always a serious consideration and sometimes does impact our plan. The only events we offer in summer are in Oman at Jabal Shams, which is a comfortable temperature even in summer because its at 2000-3000m, or night hikes with water based activities. (Wadi Bih) We don't offer any hikes during the day from mid May - October. Even during the other 7 months, the weather is unstable and sandstorms, hurricanes, rain, thunderstorms are a very real risk. Events may need to be rescheduled based on the forecast, but even if the forecast is clear, there will still need to be an eye on the sky and the understanding that the plan may need to change. The weather in Oman has heat, but it also has water. Flooding, thunderstorms, and rain are dangerous and very common. These are often not forecasted due to the micro climate of the mountains. There are signs that will indicate the weather is changing and you need to heed these warnings.

1. Know the trail. We never, ever take a group on a trail that we do not know very, very well. The leader (s) will use GPS devices hikes, but will not ever depend on them for the simple reason that everyone should be able to navigate easily, using the topography, with cones/markers, in the unlikely event that they get away from the group. There are only a few hikes that we are NOT on established, marked trails, that are approved as Hiking Trails by the Oman Ministry of Tourism. But, we do go on unmarked trails on occasion, and these are indicated in the Event Descriptions.

2. Get the correct gear. We require everyone to have proper hiking shoes, not trainers or sneakers, and a proper backpack with waist straps. We provide it for you if you don't have it. But, you're not hiking without it.

3. Pre-Hike safety briefings and gear checks. Each hike begins with a 15 minute briefing that covers all of the essentials, as well recommending the water intake. Be prepared. Your backpack will be checked to make sure you have the correct amount of water which is normally a minimum of 6 liters, anywhere we go. If you can't handle carrying the water, you can't handle the hike.

3. Group Check Points. We don't stay in a tight groups with everyone touching each other. Everyone hikes at a different pace and its no fun for everyone to be required to stay at paces that are either too fast, OR too slow. We do use a 1/1 buddy system, a group connected by walkie talkies, and a checkpoint system, where we regroup every 30 minutes. You are required to stay with the leader that has the walkie. We etablish check points every 30 minutes where the group waits for everyone to catch up.

4. Communication: We take 2 satellite phones. One for the front and one for the back of the group. Walkies are for communication between the group leaders.

All of our events are fee -based for a simple reason - when you are asked to pay for something, you take it seriously. People are more likely to read the entire event description before deciding if a hike is really right for them, as well as make the effort to come prepared if they have to pay for it.

UAE Trekkers LLC is a fully licensed and legal company in UAE. We are in fact the only outdoor activity group to have policies in place that make each and every event clear, safe, fair, and legal for everyone.

Fitness on all of our events is critical. We will offer beginner hikes, but even for these, you do need to be participating in regular fitness activities. But if you are the type of person that enjoys being outside, chances are indoor fitness classes bore you to tears. We offer training that is tailored to the activities that we do in the mountains. All of our training is listed on the meetup site UAE Trekker Training.

Gear is a big issue for many people that have just moved to UAE. To give people such as new arrivals and new to the outdoors sorts a chance to get out into the wilderness of Oman and UAE without having to spend a fortune on camping gear, UAE Trekkers has a good supply of tents, sleeping bags, camping mats, and cookout kit that we loan on a sign up first come first serve basis.

There are reasons why we have been and continue to be successful, and many of these are the 5,000+ very interesting, active, sporty and diverse people that are a part of the group.

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 civilization, you will have the experience of a lifetime with us.

Liability Waiver:

By joining UAE Trekkers, you have agreed to accept personal responsibility on any event organized by us, as indicated here:

By joining this group, you agree to take personal responsibility for all of the risks associated with hiking in the mountains, which could include various injuries such as those resulting from falls, dehydration, muscle pulls or sprains, broken bones or head injuries.

Through participating in a hike or event organized by UAE Trekkers, you are ultimately accept that you have personal responsibility for the activities you decide to engage in and understand that any injuries, sustained as a result of your participation in such events are solely at your own risk and your own responsibility.

You agree to take every precaution 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 also agree to accept advice of more experienced hikers whose goal is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the group.

You agree once you pay that you are NOT entitled to a refund under any circumstances. You can use your credit up to 1 year from the time it is issued.

So welcome to the group and hope to see you on a mountain soon!

Happy trekking!

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LIWA DESERT TREK (FULL: Next trip March 8-9)

One of our most popular events. Liwa is an amazing, amazing region, and this is an affordable and enjoyable way to experience it. This walk will be for 'hours' goal rather than KM. Drive from Dubai 3 hours. Abu Dhabi 2 hours. Meeting time is 12 PM. FRIDAY: We will walk for 4 hours, goal is 12 KM. Arrive to the residence, have lunch and swim. Our walk will begin around 3:30 PM and we will walk for an hour after sunset using the torches and the stars to guide our way. We will come back swim and have dinner and bonfire. Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks SATURDAY: 5:30 -11 am. (5 1/2 hours, goal of 12 KM) Sunrise and sunset in the desert are magical, something not to be missed! Even those that were unsure of how 'far they could go' ended up walking the entire time both days with the group and completing the entire distance. A support car is always nearby if needed. Everyone will have a 'rest stop' every hour which may seem like a lot, but this is the way we ensure that everyone stays hydrated and healthy. We will walk back into our camp for a full lunch and a jump in the spring-fed pool on site. Each rest stops will also have food, energizing snacks, and additional water available. THE AMAZING RESIDENCE You cannot see the stars like this until you are far away from the city lights. It's simply spectacular. The residence is fully equipped with three full bathrooms, all bedding needs, electrical outlets and an amazing spring-fed pool. At night guest choose a spot to sleep either on top of the dune, on the grass under the stars, or under the traditional arabic style majlis. This is an authentic experience in a small group, remote area. This event is open for all, but classified as a moderate hike due to the distance we walk through the desert. SAFETY: Our trek leaders are trained in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and have mapped the trek prior to our walk. Our teams will be communicating via walkie with the drivers and other leaders, and ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the team. ITINERARY: Meeting time is 12 PM in Liwa. Transport coordination by carpools. COST: 890 DH per person Direct payment: https://secure.telr.com/gateway/ql/UAETrekkersFZLLC_17267.html Website Information/Payment: https://www.uae-trekkers.com/calendar/2018/4/27/liwa-sunrise-desert-trek-10-k-stp9z-67sl8 How the Trip Works: 1. Once you have made a direct payment, you are a confirmed participant. 2. You must sign a waiver to participate. 3. A week before the trip you will receive: • A Get Ready Email • A link to the Waiver Form • An invite to a WhatsApp group (here you can arrange carpools) What’s included: We will help organization of carpooling from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Nobody is left behind. • Overnight in Desert Residence on Friday night. • breakfast safari style at 630 am (Sat) • 1 4x4 cars support for the walk • Trek leaders 1:8 • Resting Lunch camp + lunch • Bonfire on Friday night • SAT phone for emergencies Not included: Buff (50Dh) • Camelback bladder (borrow for 50dh/buy for 150dh) • Sand Gaiters (60dh - to keep the sand out of your shoes Contact: If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at [masked].

Climb Mt Kenya Chagoria Trekking Peak 4895m

Mt Kenya

$1,900.00

Mt Kenya is the 2nd highest peak in Africa. This mountain is really spectacular. There are some steep scree sections, but its not as long as Kili, acclimatizing is easier, and generally its not as difficult as Kilimanjaro. It is a great mountain if you are just starting out in trekking, but experienced mountaineers will also rave about this mountain. However, as indicated it is a mountain and fitness is essential for a successful climb. UAE Trekkers offers training on the weekends with your team, in addition to gear checks and a detailed pre departure briefing. Visas are usually granted upon departure. The Yellow fever vaccine is not required. We also offer support with gear and flight arrangements in order to make sure that you feel well prepared for the trek, and your climbing team is all prepared. Get a group so you will know who you are climbing with Cost: 7500 without flights Early bird discount: 6000 before October 1. This trek includes 7 days, 6 nights depending on arrival timings, and 1 night post- trek. The flights are not included but will be organized upon request. Full Itinerary: Mount Kenya Chagoria Traverse Route Trek (http://animoto.com/play/oGpzUceFNs1R0kT0RS0Lcw) The Chagoria Route is a path that is little used for ascent. We go up to Point Lenana, the hikers summit, via this nature trail then descend on the gradual Sirimon Route. Accommodation on the trek is camping throughout, in roomy mountain tents. Sept 11: Day 1: Arrive to Nairobi Sept 12 Day 2: Chagoria Bandas (Private Huts) Sept 13: Day 3: Lake Ellis Sept 14: Day 4: Mintos Hut Sept 15: Day 5: Summit Pt Lenana/Shiptons Camp Sept 16: Descend to Moses Hut/Nairobi Sept 17: Early morning arrive to Dubai This includes 2 nights hotel, and 5 nights camping on the mountain. Total; 7 Days, 6 nights. Costs: 7500 DH Trek + hotel transfers. Great early bird discounts are in effect until November 1. Enquire now for details This is not a budget shoppers trek. We are not cutting corners to offer you the bargain basement price. But if you want to sleep with rats in your hut with 30 other peeople on a mattress that has not been cleaned in god knows how long, drink unflitered water, go for it, you can go cheapies to this mountain, but always remember you get what you pay for. We've been twice to this mountain and know what is normally included, and really, what should be included. We have ensured that these things are included in our package. 1 night hotel the night after the trek as per the Kenya airlines flight schedule Qualified and professsionally trained guides: 1:3 ratio Transport from airport to hotel and transport from hotel to Mt Kenya and return in a comfortable tourist bus or jeep. Menu of fresh (not canned) foods and extras on the mountain 4 Season Tents. You will need a warm sleeping bag at least -20. But the tents will be 4 season all weather warm tents. These are not standard on most expeditions because clients sleep in the huts. 1st night in Private Bandas - Also, not on the standard tour, but the first night on the mountain is wet and cold. Tea and hot water on arrival and in the mornings. We got used to these little perks on Kilimanjaro and we have added them to our services. Private Dining Tent - When we get to the huts, we can hang out and have our snacks in there, but our food will be prepared in our own kitchen tent Smaller groups will enjoy the comraderie of meals in the huts. If we do decide to use the huts, we will ensure higher hygeine standards than the normal expected standards, which are pretty risky. Purified and filtered water- All of the drinking water is boiled and purified with a MSR filter. Also, not standard on most expeditions. Non standard menu inclusions - including coffee long life milk, juices, and avacado and other inclusions upon request. If you want to chat with people on the trek, you can join the whats app group for 48 hours to discuss flights and find a tent buddy. [masked]

Trek, Kayak, Snorkel your way to Kumzar

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The northernmost tip of the Mussandam peninsula can only be reached by boat for 3 hours on the high seas. No other dhow will take you this far, this comfortably. We have a ginormous dhow that is and very stable and will fit all of our KAYAKS on the top for us to explore the dolphin populated seas in the fjords on Friday while we motor on up to the tip. Kayaking is a fun way to balance the activities of snorkeling and hiking. We will start in Mussandam bay and kayak our way along the coast to reach Kumzar. Then we will explore the island and meet the locals, whom we know pretty well now after our 5 trips here each year. We will snorkel on Friday and spend most of the day reaching our destination of Kumzar by early afternoon. We will do a short 2 hour hike here through the spectacular canyon, a rocky but not steep bouldering hike that is great for all ages (8 + ) and those with good fitness. Early, early sunrise on Saturday, we will do the viewpoint hike which is a steep and rocky incline ascent for 1.5 hours, a total hiking time of 3 hours. You always have the option to either kayak or hike. We will kayak with the speedboat around us, and snorkel and swim only with buddies. Our trek leaders are also certified and experienced lifeguards as well as wilderness first aid trained and certified. Itinerary: We have learned that the best attitude is to be flexible and understand that the weather and other conditions will dictate what happens when. You will arrive late on Thursday night but we will have rooms in a guest house available as you arrive. You will need to wake up and just get across the street to the port where the boat will meet you at 7 am in the morning. Our activities will include Kayaking, Snorkeling, hiking, relaxing on the boat, a beach bbq, but we do not put timings on our weekend. Our goal is to reach back to port by 200 pm in order to beat the rush at the border and be back in either city by early evening. This is a weather sensitive destination. There are no refunds! We have options and alternatives to most weather conditions and therefore cancelling due to weather is really an unusual circumstance, but it is still a possibility. We reserve the trip of the week after this as an alternative date, and then the next planned trip is March 28-30th. What’s included: 1400 DH 1 night in the Guest House/Hotel in Khasab plus breakfast (cannot guarantee what room situation is, could be single, double, triple, it depends on the numbers) Additional charge to guarantee your own room. • All food and drinks (l/d/b/l) + snacks and water on the boat • 50 Person Dhow cruise to Kumzar • Snorkel gear also available for various stops along the way. • Single, double and triple Kayaks available for everyone (but not all at the same time ) This trip is quite suitable and enjoyable for families and kids You must have trekking or hiking shoes if you choose to do either of the hikes, with no exceptions. If you don't have proper hiking shoes, you can just kayak you won't miss out. BOOK NOW HERE: https://secure.telr.com/gateway/ql/UAETrekkersFZLLC_23535.htmll How the Trip Works: 1. Once you have made a direct payment, you are a confirmed participant. 2. You must sign a waiver to participate. 3. A week before the trip you will receive: • A Get Ready Email • A link to the Waiver Form • An invite to a WhatsApp group (here you can arrange carpools) You can change the payment rate to accommodate your amount. We offer discounts for families and groups of 3 joining and driving together.

Sunset Ghost Village Wadi Shahah

Jebel Jais Mountain

More Information and Payment: https://www.uae-trekkers.com/calendar/2019/3/8/adv-beginner-ghost-village-wadi-shahah This wind swept plateau is a window into the past. The trek begins in the cooler afternoon hours. We will start down a well worn but rocky trail, just long enough to warm up until we start the uphill ascent for around 30 minutes. Its a great workout if you’re in shape, but a breathless exhausting climb if you’re not. We will wander round the ‘modern’ village to admire the view before descending into an eerie abandoned village in Wadi Shahah. Trekking time will not be more than 2 1/2 hours total. The terrain is rocky, with a few opportunities to scramble. Sturdy trekking shoes are a must! The trailhead is in the mountains of Jabal Jais, reachable with any saloon car with no off road patches. 3:00pm is our meeting time and we will all drive to the trailhead, starting at 3:30pm. The location is in RAK, about 3 hours from Abu Dhabi and 1.5 from Dubai. You will be finished by 5:30 pm. COST 250 DH What’s included: 2 Wilderness First Aid Certified Trek Leaders who know the trail well Not included: Transportation, water or food Hiker’s Responsibility: Proper hiking boots with ankle support 2L of water and backpack to carry it in Snacks Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses Comfortable clothes

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