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.
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport – Amman, Jordan
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.
Amman – Hike from Dana Village to Feynan/Wadi Ghweir Area – 16Km
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
Wadi Ghweir – Hike from Wadi Ghweir to Furon – 16Km
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.
Furon – Hike from Furon to Ghbour Whedat – Hiking Distance: 17Km
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.
Ghbour Whedat – Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra – 14Km
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 traveling 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
Little Petra – Hike from Little Petra to Petra – Hiking Distance: 14Km – Petra
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 round 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
Petra – 2nd Day Exploring Petra – Wadi Rum Jeep Tour – Wadi Rum
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 colors 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 colonnaded 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.
Wadi Rum – Dead Sea Visit & Lunch – Amman
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.
Amman Queen Alia International Airport – Departure
Collection from your hotel in Amman and transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.
All 2018 departures and the departures for March and April 2019 are guaranteed. For the January and February 2019 departures please don’t book your flight until you’ve received confirmation that your tour is confirmed.
Booking in Advance
We recommend that you book as far in advance as possible so that you can get your preferred dates and avoid disappointment. This also helps us confirm trip dates which we like to do as far in advance as possible.
Picked up and assisted at the airport in Amman.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner starting from day 2 to day 8. Breakfast only on day 9, your departure date.
Entrance fees to all of the sites in the trip plan.
Transportation as per itinerary in a private vehicle.
Free collective visa to Jordan (full passport details must be received 14 days before arrival) for non-restricted nationalities.
English-speaking licensed guide on all days except for on arrival and departure (days 1 and 9).
Local hiking guide with a donkey for safety measures on days 2-4.
Lunchbox and water on hiking days.
Mattress and blankets are provided for the nights in the wilderness. (Note: due to hygiene reasons we don’t provide sleeping bags). We highly recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner.
2-nights hotel accommodation in Amman.
3 nights camping in the wilderness.
1 night at a Bedouin camp in Beihdah (Little Petra).
1-night hotel accommodation in Wadi Musa (Petra).
1 night at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.
Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.).
Exit tax from Jordan (10 JD / ~$15 pp at land borders). Airport tax is usually included in the price of your flight but be separate. Taxes subject to change with no notice.
Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions.
We’ll provide you with a packing list upon booking.
A 25% deposit is due at the time of booking. The remainder of your payment is due 45 days in advance.
You’ll fly into Queen Alia Internation Airport located 20 miles (30km) south of Amman, the capital city of Jordan. We’ll pick you up and take you to your hotel.
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If you’re booking a trip for January or February 2019, please hold off on booking your flights until we’ve confirmed your trip. All 2018 and March and April 2019 trips are confirmed.
Jordan Visa requirements
Many nationalities can get a visa for Jordan at the airport or at the Sheikh Hussein crossing. However, the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge
crossing and the Arava Border crossing do not issue visas. Visa requirements for Jordan are shown on the Jordan Tourism Board website and. you’re responsible for ensuring that you meet them.
The entry visa to Jordan is 40JD (~$57 USD) and must be paid in Jordanian Dinar. There are currency exchanges and an ATM at the ports of entry. Once you’ve booked with us, please refer to your itinerary for questions about visas where you’ll find further information.
Night 1: Rum al-Waleed Hotel (or similar) Standard room at 3-star hotel in Amman.
Night 2: Wilderness Camping (or similar) Standard accommodation at camp.
Night 3: Wilderness Camping (or similar) Standard accommodation at camp.
Night 4: Wilderness Camping (or similar) Standard accommodation at camp.
Night 5: Seven Wonders Camp (or similar) Standard accommodation at camp in Little Petra.
Night 6: La Maison Petra Hotel (or similar) Standard room at a 3-star hotel in Petra.
Night 7: Milky Way Cam (or similar) Standard accommodation at camp in Wadi Rum.
Night 8: Rum al-Waleed Hotel (or similar) Standard room at a 3-star hotel in Amman.
The group trips are available on the following dates:
September 29, 2018 to October 07, 2018
October 27, 2018 to November 04, 2018
November 17, 2018 to November 25, 2018
December 22, 2018 to December 30, 2018
January 19, 2019 to January 27, 2019
February 16, 2019 to February 24, 2019
March 23, 2019 to March 31, 2019
April 20, 2019 to April 28, 2019
All 2018 departures and departures for March and April 2019 are guaranteed. For January and February 2019 departures please don’t book your flight until you’ve received confirmation that your tour is confirmed.
If you’d like a custom tour or to do the tour on your own we can also arrange this on request.
What’s the weather like?
Jordan has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan ’ s location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area.
January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C. During the colder months of November – March there is rain and potentially snow in January and February. Pack accordingly!
August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be very hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more. That’s why we recommend avoiding May-August, the hottest months.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We recommend booking as far in advance as possible to ensure that your preferred dates area available and to avoid disappointment.
What fitness level do I need for the day hikes?
You should be in good physical condition and a regular walker or hiker, although no experience is required. The paths aren’t technical. You should be able to hike 14 to 17 km a day. The maximum elevation gain is 750 m on one day. On the other days, it’s around ~ 450 m.
What happens if I find it too difficult?
You can sit down and rest any time you want. We also tend to take a long lunch break to wait out the hottest parts of the day. On the two most difficult days of the trip, you’ll also be accompanied by a donkey, who you can ride if you need a rest.
What will I be eating?
Middle Eastern food is world famous! Make sure to try a variety of dishes. Jordanian food can be found at several restaurants from Mansaf (lamb and rice with yogurt sauce) to Mezze (mix of salads) to manageesh (flatbread with different toppings) to falafel and schwerma sandwiches (meat sandwich in flatbread).
We can accommodate most dietary requests as long as you tell us in advance.
What equipment do I need to bring?
We’ll provide you with a complete packing list prior to your trip.
What’s the time zone in Jordan?
Jordan is 3 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during Daylight Savings Time and GMT+2 for the remainder of the year. Please always check the time difference before arrival to Jordan. We wouldn’t want you to miss any of your adventures!
What’s the currency in Jordan?
The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD) – known as the jaydee, which is made up of 1000 fils. Try to change larger notes as often as possible at larger restaurants and when paying your hotel bill.
Changing money is very easy in Jordan, and most major currencies are accepted in cash and travellers cheques. US dollars are the most accepted, followed by UK pounds and euros.
You’ll find ATMs in cities. Visa is the most widely accepted card followed by MasterCard. Other cards, such as Cirrus, AMEX, and Plus, are also accepted by many ATMs. Although credit cards are widely accepted, cash is still used the most widely.
What’s the tipping culture in Jordan?
Gratuities for guides and drivers are not included in the price of your tour so we offer the following tipping guidelines.
Here’s the recommended tipping schedule for groups:
Guide: $5 per traveller per day
Driver: $3 per traveller per day
Hotels: $2 per traveller per day
Restaurants: $1 per traveller per restaurant.
What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Jordan?
The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Jordan, but always check with your doctor about your specific requirements: diphtheria & tetanus – single booster recommended if you haven’t had one in the last 10 years, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps & rubella, polio, typhoid, yellow fever.
Note: vaccination is required for entry into Jordan for all travellers over one year of age if coming from infected areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of South America.
I started Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel started off as a travel blog in 2010. To my surprise, it has grown to become one of the top adventure travel blogs. After receiving multiple requests from readers asking for help in planning their adventures, I started offering adventure tours in 2016 by becoming a tour operator. I put my 20+ years of travel experience to use in helping you plan your active holidays.
I’m picky about my hikes. I mean really picky – that’s what happens you grow up having the Canadian Rocky Mountains in your backyard. That’s good news for you since I test every hike and trek that I offer. Most don’t make the cut. And those that do are modified so that I can provide the best experience for you.
I believe the more time we spend in the beauty and healing power of nature, the more likely we are to take steps to save this incredible planet of ours. We’ve created mass destruction but it’s not too late. Each of us can make a difference. This is why I look forward to Monday mornings. I really love what I do.
I travelled to Jordan to research this tour in May 2017. Despite being an avid hiker, it was my first time hiking in a desert and I enjoyed it so much that I 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 I’ve ever had. I’m beyond thrilled to be able to offer this unique hiking adventure to you.
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