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The vast Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon, is most famous for its association with British officer T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia. This amazing route takes you from the spectacular scenery of the Wadi Rum, walking south to your final destination, the Red Sea.

The trail follows old shepherd paths, weaving its way west across desert wadis and over striped granite mountains, caused by basalt dyke intrusions. At the last pass, we see the first view of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, beyond which are the mountains of Sinai. The descent from the pass leads down to long sandy wadis reaching all the way to the welcoming and warm waters of the Red Sea.

Day 1 London to Aqaba

Departing London in the evening we arrive into Aqaba and we will be welcomed by our Jordanian team at the airport and transfer to our hotel. Aqaba is fringed with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains that change in colour throughout the day.

Overnight in hotel in Aqaba, lunch and dinner.

Day 2 - Humeima to Jabal Kharazeh - 19km and 6 – 7 hours trekking.

From the Humeima ruins, we head straight for the day’s destination, across spectacular and varied sandstone scenery Jabal Kharazeh, our destination has a huge sandstone arch visible in the middle of the mountain.  We can examine a Nabatean cistern, slightly off our route on the second hill of Jabal Kharazeh.  These cisterns, perfected by the Nabatean people are able to retain water all year round and were originally developed by them as a way to allow the camles to cross the desert.

Overnight wild camping and full board.

Day 3 - Jabal Kharazeh to Shakriya - 16km and 6 – 7 hours trekking.

From the stone arch on Jabal Kharaza, we head due south at a bearing of 180 degrees, heading through a gap visible straight ahead. We pass Jabal Aregreth on our left, heading towards the western edge of Jabal Abu Hole.  After about 7 km, we pass by some dried mud flats (Gaa’), then head southwest for about 3 km and then south again to proceed between the two Jabal Abu Rashrasha mountains, passing a large stone cairn marking a small graveyard on our left. We continue straight south, through more dried mud flats to reach the village of Shakriya, visible ahead, entering the town near the school.

Overnight wild camping and full board.

Day 4 - Shakriya to Rum Village to Wadi Waraqa - 32km and 10 – 11 hours trekking.

Today is our longest and toughest day and most trekkers would take two days to complete this distance.  But not 40tude trekkers – we are a different breed!!! From Shakriya we head south, crossing the railroad tracks and a paved road to join the main road into the Wadi Rum Visitor’s Centre and from here we will be able to see Rum village 7km to the south.  We follow the valley to Rum village where we can enjoy a short rest. From Rum village, we head south where we will pass by the Lawrence Spring and onto Qattar Spring, visible at a green spot at the base of the mountain on our right at 9km. From the spring, we head to the right of sandstone mountains that are straight ahead, and up and over a small sandy area into a tighter valley that offers more shade.

We continue straight to cross a more established 4×4 road and then head up even a sandy valley that narrows past the Al-Qidr mountains. We cross the valley to the south of Jabal Antara, where the sandstone mountains start to fade and the Wadi Waraqa can be seen to the west. This is the southern-most point of our Jordan Trail, and from here we head west towards the Red Sea! The sand also fades around this point for more granite and quartz type terrain.  

Overnight wild camping in a cave and full board. 

Day 5 -  Wadi Waraqa to Final Camp - 26km and 7 – 9 hours trekking

Today we follow Wadi Waraqa west, passing multiple cisterns and watching the sandstone mountains of Rum fade into the dark pink granite quartz rock characteristic of the rest of the trail. Our trail takes us gently downhill to Titen Village, from where we can enjoy easier trekking.

From Titen we head northwest towards a wadi with Acacia trees, climbing up a rocky gully to a pass overlooking the wide Wadi Al-Libnan below. We head down the same rocky pass and continue across the wadi to the West on a fine gravel trail, gently climbing up a gentle wadi to reach our final campsite.

Overnight wild camping and full board.

Day 6 -  Final Camp to Aqaba - 19km and 6 – 7 hours trekking.

Our final leg of our challenge and it’s a good one!

Our path climbs up into granite mountains striated with basalt intrusions, reaching a sandy wadi bed which winds up towards the final pass giving us stunning views of the Red Sea. We need to take a long descent on the scree covered hillside before reaching the wadi bed. We will be rewarded with views of long open sandy wadis stretching all the way to the coast.  Our challenging trek finishes at the Red Sea where we can enjoy a swim and celebrate our achievements.

Overnight Aqaba and full board, celebration dinner.

Day 7 – Aqaba and fly home 

After breakfast we can explore Aqaba 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 Aqaba;  UK international departure tax;  Passenger Service Charges; Accommodation in shared rooms in Aqaba; Accommodation in shared tents on trek; Supporting In-country guides; All transfers by minibus or bus as per itinerary; All meals from dinner 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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