One of the most awe-inspiring sections of a cross Jordan trail, this route was recently named by National Geographic as one of the fifteen best treks in the world.
The trail drops from the heights of the mountain plateaus to the Araba Valley and climbs back again, crossing several climate zones, diverse ecosystems hidden in canyons, and dramatic labyrinths of hills and valleys displaying the full spectrum of the region’s geology. The scenery spans from majestic and epic mountaintops to peaceful, bucolic countryside, and new landscapes present themselves every few kilometres: the one thing this region does not offer is monotony.
If the natural attractions aren’t enough, the route ends with the Nabatean masterpiece, Petra. The city in the rocks holds days’ worth of exploration by itself, and we dare you not to think about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! Few other long-distance trails can boast stages as consistently spectacular as this or end in a place as worthy of a visit as Petra.
Day 1 London to Petra
Departing London in the evening, we arrive into Jordan where we will be welcomed by our Jordanian team at the airport. We transfer to our hotel in Petra (but will not visit the site), simply to whet our appetites for the ultimate conclusion of the trek!
Overnight in hotel in Petra, lunch and dinner.
Day 2 – Dana to Wadi Malaga - 24km and 7 – 8 hours trekking.
After breakfast we transfer to the start of our trek, the village of Dana. A good track winds down into the long valley of Wadi Dana amidst splendid sandstone scenery. Following the trail down the valley eventually leads us to an area of ancient Roman copper mines. We continue down as the valley opens out, reaching our camp for the night.
Overnight camping and full board.
Day 3 - Wadi Malaga to Ras Al-Feid - 14km and 5 – 6 hours trekking.
From the Wadi Malaga campsite, head south to cross Wadi Malaga and onto the eastern side of smaller hills Jabal al-Hamra, Jabal Mahzan and Jabal Barwas. With Wadi Araba to the West and the rising mountains to the East, we ascend the slope to cross Wadi Barwas, Wadi abu Hamdtha and Wadi al-Jilf to reach a point near the shallow wadi to meet an old graded donkey and camel trail, starting to climb more steeply up the hillside.
We climb up on this beautiful trail on switchbacks through the jagged rocky mountain outcroppings, and take a break to see the expansive view of Wadi Araba’s wash. Our path follows the old bedouin route with bridges reinforced with Juniper branches(!) and with well graded switchbacks. The path widens and we then reach the saddle called Ras Naqb Shdeid, offering breathtaking views in both directions. We arrive at the Wadi Feid pool above a large dry waterfall, great for cooling down and freshening up.
Following Wadi Feid upstream through thick vegetation, we pass the remains of an old Nabatean water channel: be prepared in case you need to wade through a shallow section of the water near the canals! The geology shifts to a dark purple sandstone just before a split in the wadi, at which point an impressive Juniper tree sits above the junction with roots wrapping around the rock to the wadi floor. This marks our camp for the night.
Overnight camping and full board.
Day 4 - Ras Al-Feid to Little Petra - 23km and 6 – 8 hours trekking
We leave Ras Al Feid along a terrain of rocky sandstone. There are spectacular and varied views of the barren desert landscape with surprise encounters of desert vegetation and animal life. Approaching Little Petra there are signs of increasing human habitation of Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots. We enter a small sandstone canyon and wind our way through to the site of Beihdah. Overnight wild camping cave and full board.
Day 5 Little Petra to Petra - 13km and 4 hours trekking
Petra via ‘The Back Door’!
Good tracks wind their way down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains which guard the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley, skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace. Following a narrow path, we then reach a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient wonder of Petra, through which the route goes, and we will have time to explore. We then exit the site past ‘The Treasury’ and through the famous ‘Petra Siq’ to the shops, cafés and hotels of Wadi Musa, ready for a celebration meal and the luxury of a hotel.
Overnight hotel and full board.
Day 6 – Petra and fly home
After breakfast we transfer to Aqaba where we can explore and enjoy some final shopping before we head to the airport for our flight home.
Breakfast and lunch
The Trip Includes:
Tribal Tracks Leader; International economy class flights between London and Petra; UK international departure tax; Passenger Service Charges; Accommodation in shared rooms in Petra; Accommodation in shared tents on trek; Supporting In-country guides; All transfers by minibus or bus as per itinerary; All meals from lunch on day of arrival to lunch on day of departure; Vegetarian or other meal plan can be provided, please specify at time of booking.
The Trip Excludes:
Personal Travel Insurance, Immunisation costs; Personal equipment and clothing; Boots suitable for trek, Sleeping bag; Visa fees; Any locally paid international airport departure taxes; Items of a personal nature; Tipping for local guides and driver; single supplement.
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