Enjoy a magical desert trek through Jordan
Some of the most spectacular desert scenery can be found in Wadi Rum, just south of Jordan. This is a place of dramatic scenery that provides the perfect trekking atmosphere. Spend eight days camping and trekking with a local Bedouin guide as you make your way from Amman to Wadi Rum and back again.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi Rum
- Sleep in a Bedouin style camp under Jordanian skies
- Discover the famous rose-red city of Petra
First up is a visit to the 7 Pillars of Wisdom in Amman. This is an unbelievable rock formation with seven fluted turrets. During the week you’ll also visit Siq el Barrah, a desert canyon with immense rock walls, the arch of Burdah, and the Um Fruth rock bridge. The ultimate highlight is a visit to Petra, the world’s foremost ancient site.
A moderate level of fitness is required for this adventure, but you don’t absolutely need previous trekking experience. Let this be your first.
You and your group will walk up to six hours a day over dirt paths, sand, and some rocky terrain. The trip is fully supported by Jeep vehicle and your guides are experts not only in trekking, but in local geography and history as well.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum
- Traditional Bedouin camp
- Famous rose-red city of Petra
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Our trip begins in Amman. In the following morning, the guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and answer any question. *Comfortable Hotel*.
After breakfast there is an opportunity to exchange money and purchase snacks for the upcoming desert trek. We then transfer by bus to Wadi Rum (4 - 5hrs). Before embarking on our desert trek, we visit Wadi Rum visitor centre and take in the sight of The 7 Pillars of Wisdom’, a spectacular rock formation with seven fluted turrets. It is a short transfer to the start of our introductory walk where we walk to Um Al Bdoun, a private campsite run by the local Bedouin people. In the evening, we enjoy a dinner prepared in a traditional way known as a zarb. A cooking pot is dug into the sand and left for most of the day to slow cook meats and vegetables. *Full-service Camping*.
We continue our trek from our campsite to traverse across Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls. The trek is through open desert and there is a tangible sense of wilderness as we pass sandstone mountains and rocky outcrops. We set up the camp beneath the cool shade of two rocky mountains, Rakaa and Mharrak. *Basic Camping*.
We begin today by heading to Jebel Burdah. Burdah Bridge is a striking rock formation that arches from one rock mass to another. The route has sections of scrambling and some of them involve the use of ropes, especially the optional ascent to the top of the bridge. There are panoramic views throughout the trek. In the afternoon, we continue our trek through the desert. Our next campsite is atop sand dunes nearby Jebel Umm Fruth in the south east corner of Wadi Rum Desert. *Basic Camping*.
Today we head to Umm Fruth Rock Bridge. The rock bridge is situated just a short walk away from our campsite. Umm Fruth requires some easy level scrambling. The ascent is steep and short and the sandstone is firm with good underfoot grip. We continue our trek to the ruins of Lawrence House. In the afternoon, we traverse across remote red sand dunes with spectacular views throughout. There is an opportunity to see historic rock inscriptions before we set up camp tonight in the crook of a desert mountain. *Basic Camping*.
Our last morning in the desert starts with a walk or optional camel trek through Wadi Umm Al Ishrim. We transfer to Petra at approximately lunchtime. In the afternoon, we have the option to visit Little Petra, a smaller but still impressive version of the main Petra site. Duration of walk: 3-4 h. *Comfortable Hotel*.
This morning the excitement mounts as we set off to explore the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its astonishing scale and bound to be a highlight for many. Following in the footsteps of Burckhardt down the narrow siq, you finally catch a tantalising glimpse of El Khazneh - the Treasury - revealed in all its splendour as you come out into the open. The work involved in carving this immense façade out of solid rock defies belief.You have a full day to explore the site and see its many other splendours. In the centre of the city you will pass the houses and tombs of the more affluent citizens and also a Roman amphitheatre, preserved in remarkable condition. Beyond the city centre is El Deir, the Monastery. Its superb façade is carved into the rock and topped by a huge urn. After our visit we transfer back to Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*.
End Amman, following breakfast.
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
- Arrival & departure transfers
Trip Duration8 days
Average Group Sizemin 4, max 14
Whilst trekking all meals are included. The 3 nights spent in hotels is on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be required to buy 2 lunches on days 2 and 7 and dinners on day 1 (depending on flight arrival time), 6 and 7. Allow about US$90 or 64JOD to cover these meals. We usually eat in restaurants where traditional food is served to allow maximum flexibility of choice, and, for those who wish, to try a ‘mezze’ style meal. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice, however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good choice for vegetarians, usually costing approximately 15JOD or US$21 pp. Unlimited drinking water is provided free of charge whilst on the trek in Wadi Rum.
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Dates & Availability
- 16 Mar 2019 – 23 Mar 2019
- 20 Apr 2019 – 27 Apr 2019
- 04 May 2019 – 11 May 2019
- 14 Sep 2019 – 21 Sep 2019
- 21 Sep 2019 – 28 Sep 2019
- 05 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019
- 09 Nov 2019 – 16 Nov 2019
- 15 Feb 2020 – 22 Feb 2020
- 07 Mar 2020 – 14 Mar 2020
- 14 Mar 2020 – 21 Mar 2020
- 21 Mar 2020 – 28 Mar 2020
- 18 Apr 2020 – 25 Apr 2020
- 25 Apr 2020 – 02 May 2020
- 02 May 2020 – 09 May 2020
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