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Cheltenham Girls - Wadi Rum and Petra Adventure

February 20, 2024 - February 24, 2024

Short on time? Experience the highlights of the Wadi Rum, by staying in a fixed desert camp, before trekking 35km through its best scenery. You wild camp in two spectacular settings, before heading to Petra, then returning to the fascinating Port City of Aqaba.  If you are looking for a slightly more challenging trek in the same timeframe, check out our Jordan & Petra Quick Dash.

Location

Jordan

Terrain

Desert

Difficulty

Less Challenging

Accommodation and Meals

Fixed Desert Camp, Desert Wild Camping, Hotel

Duration

5 days

Meeting Point

Aqaba

Annual Leave

4 days

Group Size

Up to 20

Seasons

November to March

Walking Distance

35km

Wow. Just wow.  The Wadi Rum is a spiritual place and the wonderful Bedouin TT team really help you to get under the skin of it.  It is not hard to see why so many films have been made here, as the scenery is spectacular.  Camping at Candle Camp is a very special, once in a lifetime experience.
Wadi Rum, Petra & Aqaba Adventure
Lynsey

Lynsey is requested time and time again by our repeat trekkers.  She is a full time mountain leader based in the North East of England.

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The most amazing, life changing experience in one of the most spectacular places. Wadi Rum and everyone there…..thank you.

Steph D

I felt I had a truly authentic Bedouin experience in the Wadi Rum that will be with me always. I will be forever grateful to the Tribal Tracks team. With all the love and thanks, Kevin x

Kevin E

Nothing prepares you for the vastness, the remoteness, the stark beauty of this region and the unconditional friendliness of the local people.  A life changing experience.

Nancy H

Trip Highlights

Trek 35km through the Wadi Rum, getting off the beaten track and experiencing areas few tourists get to see.

Wild camp in amazing settings, learn about Bedouin customs and culture, and gather round the campfire to look up at vast, Arabian skies.

Visit the ancient Nabatean city of Petra and tick that item off your bucket list!

Finish in Aqaba, an ancient port which has been inhabited since 4000BC, and visit the souks and its date palm lined streets.

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At a Glance

Mysterious rock formations. Sweeping sand dunes. Burnt-red sandstone arches and canyons. Rock art, petroglyphs up to 5000 years old, depicting a time when ostriches and lions roamed.

Still home to several Bedouin tribes, the Wadi Rum, or ‘the Valley of the Moon’ is famous for its association with British officer T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18. In the 1980s, one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum, originally known as Jabal al-Mazmar (The Mountain of the Plague), was named "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" after Lawrence's book penned in the aftermath of the war. It is now famous as the backdrop to many a Hollywood film, including Martian and Dune, and as the latest setting for the Channel 4 Series ‘Who Dares Wins’.

This short, 50km route, specially devised by Tribal Tracks takes you through some of the best scenery of the Wadi Rum, accessing remote areas very much off the usual route, allowing us to wild camp in amazing areas and experience spectacular sunsets which turn into huge night skies, unpolluted by artificial light.

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Itinerary

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Dates & Prices

From To Nights Price Deposit Places Enquiry
Feb 20, 2024 Feb 24, 2024 4 £1295 £400 Places Available

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General Notes

This is what you will need to buy/source yourself.

  • International flights from the UK (but we can arrange these for you at extra cost, which will be ATOL protected);
  • Personal travel insurance which should be valid and cover all activities in the itinerary;
  • UK international departure tax;
  • Immunisation costs;
  • Personal equipment and clothing on the kit list;
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers;
  • Single supplement (for sole occupancy of accommodation where available);
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation and delays;
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Visas (where applicable)

In a nutshell, almost everything!

  • International flights including departure taxes and baggage allowance
  • Tribal Tracks UK qualified mountain leader;
  • All accommodation as specified in the itinerary;
  • Supporting in-country guides;
  • Logistical support crew;
  • All transfers by private minibus or bus as per itinerary, internal flights (if applicable);
  • All meals from arrival until departure, soft drinks, tea, coffee and drinking water;
  • Virtual pre-departure briefing;
  • Dedicated pre-departure support from a named Tribal Tracks director.

This is what you will need to pay for/ buy/source yourself.

  • Personal travel insurance which should be valid and cover all activities in the itinerary;
  • Immunisation costs;
  • Personal equipment and clothing on the kit list;
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers;
  • Single supplement (for sole occupancy of accommodation where available);
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation and delays;
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Visas (where applicable)

It is important that you read the itinerary carefully, and take account of the rating we have given it.  

Although our challenges are not technical, they do require a good degree of physical fitness. The conditions will require stamina and strength, which you should recognise and train for. This will be a much better experience if you are fit and prepared. You should feel comfortable walking 6-8 hours per day.

In setting the maximum size of our groups, we take a number of factors into account.

Altitude, degree of difficulty, the terrain, the climate and time of year, all determine the maximum group size.  Sometimes it will be 20, sometimes it will be 8-14, but safety is always our priority.

The minimum number to participate is 2. You will be accompanied by a Tribal Tracks UK Leader, Mountain Leader qualified, as well as supported by our local, in-country guides.

It is a requirement of Tribal Tracks booking terms and conditions that each supporter must hold their own travel insurance which covers the trip and the activities they are doing.

We advise you to put insurance in place as soon as possible. Your insurance must be valid and in date, covering the entire period that you are travelling for, including the return journey home.  It should cover medical and personal accident risks, and should include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services, where appropriate. We are happy to help you if you have any queries about this or have any difficulties. 

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and has a trust account with the Protected Trust Service, member number 5566.

This means that all client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe. For more information, please visit this link. Any flights booked for you by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected under our own ATOL certificate.

Tribal Tracks considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have thorough safety systems in place.

In the event of an injury, we have an evacuation plan in place for all elements of the trek route. We do ask that you look after yourself during the trek in the following way, as this will help avoid unnecessary problems:

  1. Trekking is a major challenge so make sure that you are well hydrated throughout.  You will be provided with plenty of water so please ensure that you fill up your water bottles with at least 2 litres at breakfast and again after lunch.
  2. Don't let a hot spot become a blister! The moment you feel any rubbing, stop and apply some zinc tape.  This will ensure that the tape gets rubbed, not your foot.  If you don't do this, you will get a blister.  While blister plasters are good, it is better not to have a blister in the first place.  Please also tell the Tribal Tracks leader as they are very good with feet and can help you!
  3. Hygiene. It is very important to wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.  If you can't wash your hands, apply lots of anti-bacterial gel.  The 'gold standard' is hand washing, followed by gel.
  4. Communication.  If you are not feeling well, or have any sort of issue, please tell the Tribal Tracks leader.  They are there to help and are very discreet.

We know that the unexpected can happen.

While you are away, things can happen at home and people may need to get in contact with you.  This can be tricky when you are in remote areas.  So, shortly before departure, we provide you with an Emergency Procedure document to distribute to your nearest and dearest.  This sets out how to contact Tribal Tracks and the steps Tribal Tracks will then take to get in contact with you.

It is really important that you are well prepared for your physical challenge and that you are confident that you will be able to fully participate.

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in the trek, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to step out of the trek. Although this is a very rare occurrence, by booking this trip you agree to section 11 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances, we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

At Tribal Tracks, Responsible Travel is enormously important to us, and our commitment to responsible travel is evidenced in every itinerary that we prepare.

Core to our business is the belief that holidays can and should be enjoyable to the traveller but should be conducted in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner which brings benefit to local communities. This is implemented through a variety of measures which can be found in our Responsible Travel policy - http://www.tribaltracks.co.uk/responsible-travel-policy. We encourage you to read this and to play your own part in travelling responsibly.

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Optional Extras

It is possible to extend your stay, either to relax in Aqaba, or to visit Amman and the many other amazing sites in Jordan such as the Dead Sea or Mount Nebo.  Please just let us know and we can tailor the trip to your requirements.


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