The newly designed Jordan Trail is a historical 650 km long trail linking ancient trade routes. You’ll be following in the footsteps of Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed all of whom are believed to have walked this path. The trail is divided into eight sections and you’ll be hiking the Dana to Petra section, a particularly spectacular part of the trail that starts in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Jordan and ends in Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After the trekking part of your trip, you’ll also have a chance to explore Wadi Rum by jeep and experience the surreal feeling of floating in the Dead Sea.
Along the way, you’ll learn about Bedouin culture and even stay in a Bedouin camp for two nights.
We offer small group tours (maximum 14 people) on selected dates throughout the year. Your guide will be a local and provide insights into the history and lives of locals. Another highlight is the dinners. Jordanian food is delicious – especially after a day of hiking.
|– Hike 5 days of the Jordan Trail, which National Geographic has rated as one of the Best Trips of 2018|
|– Experience the 4 biosphere climates of Dana|
|– Hike into Little Petra, a much less visited sight than Petra. It will be one of the coolest days you’ve ever finished a day of hiking|
|– Hike into Petra through the “Back Tour” – a unique way to experience this incredible UNESCO site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World|
|– Explore Wadi Rum on an adventurous jeep tour|
|– Experience Bedouin culture by spending two nights in a Bedouin camp|
|– Float in the Dead Sea|
|DURATION||9 days/8 nights|
|HIKING TIME||5 days of hiking (14 to 17 km)|
|AVAILABILITY||Set departures from Sept – April|
|ACCOMMODATION||Camping, Bedouin camps, and hotels|
Day 1: Arrival
- Arrive at Amman Airport, where we will meet you, assist with immigration and then transfer you to your hotel. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is growing into a modern city but retains its character and history.
- Accommodation: Hotel in Amman.
- At 7:00 am we’ll pick you from your hotel in Amman. Then, we’ll drive ~ 2.5 hours from Amman to Wadi Dana where we will begin the hike Once we arrive the hike will start from Dana Village, 1,200m above sea level, and head west into Dana Valley with your trekking guide.
- The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the Wadi Ghuweir. The reserve, Jordan’slargest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks; if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust.
- Accommodation: Overnight wilderness camping in Wadi Ghuweir
- Hiking Distance: 16Km, Ascent 280m, Descent 1420m
- On this day, we will leave Wadi Ghuweir and start our hike heading towards Furon.
- As we pass the entrance to Wadi Ghuweir we’ll ascend up through the mountains with great views behind. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. The track leads up into the mountains through a dramatic valley that offers stunning and wonderful views towards the fascinating Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon.
- Accommodation: Overnight wilderness camping in Furon.
- Hiking Distance: 16.4Km, Ascent 1320m, Descent 390m
- On this day, we will start hiking from Furon past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan.
- Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular.
- We will gradually climb up the hills to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below. Then, we will proceed to our wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.
- Accommodation: Overnight wilderness camping in Ghbour Whedat.
- Hiking Distance: 17.1Km, Ascent 750m, Descent 920m
- Hiking Level: Difficult
- After yesterday’s very remote hike, today while we approach Little Petra, we will see signs of increasing human habitation. Along the way, we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots.
- In this region between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra, we will also pass Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures.
- Today we will visit Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a “suburb” of Petra, and meant to house traders travelling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Touring Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.
- Accommodation: Overnight at a Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.
- Hiking Distance: 14Km, Ascent 610m, Descent 560m
- Hiking Level: Moderate
- After breakfast, it’s time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists.
- Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh.
- Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like.
- Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your hotel accommodation in Petra.
- Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel in Petra
- Hiking Distance: 14Km, Ascent 496m, Descent 519m
- Early morning and after breakfast, you will head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders. You will enter through the “Siq,” a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colours and formations of the rocks. The world heritage site is massive and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and collonaded streets.
- Later on this day we will transfer you to Wadi Rum. Enjoy the wilderness adventure of a 4×4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The jeep tour will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. Return back to your camp, enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins.
- Accommodation: Overnight at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.
- After breakfast, we will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Once we arrive, we can enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great natural experiences.
Collection from your hotel in Amman and transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.
WHY BOOK WITH US
Laurel, the founder of Monkeys and Mountains travelled to Jordan to research this tour in May 2017. Despite being an avid hiker, it was her first time hiking in a desert. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to offer group tours with set departures so that more hikers could experience the thrill of hiking in a desert interlaced with cultural stops.
Hiking into Little Petra was the most incredible hiking experience she’s ever had. She’s beyond thrilled to be able to offer this unique hiking adventure to you.