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Adventure Hiking in Jordan

Climb Jordan’s highest mountain, hike through its 'Grand Canyon', cross the desert, enter Petra via the backdoor, sleep in a Bedouin camp under the stars and float in the Dead Sea. Phew. 3.5 days off work.

I'M UP FOR
Adventure Tapas
DURATION
5 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Jordan
SEASON
March, April, September, October
NEAREST AIRPORT

Pack the very best of Jordan into less than a week of non-stop adventure. Marvel at the wonder that is Petra, climb a mountain in the middle of the desert, sleep under millions of stars, admire sunrise atop a sand dune and float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Hike two of the most beautiful sections of the Jordan Trail, ensuring you escape the crowds, while also soaking up local culture with a night in a homestay and a Bedouin Camp.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 5 nights of accommodation (1 homestay, 3 hotels, 1 Bedouin camp)
  • Local, professional, English-speaking guides
  • All breakfasts and two dinners
  • Private 4x4 or minibus transportation between locations
  • Petra guided tour
  • All entrance fees and permits for key sites
  • Private airport transfers for all flights (arrive and depart when you like)

Perfect for

This is an amazing opportunity for an adventure in a beautiful destination that covers a huge amount of activity. This trip doesn’t require a high level of fitness but you do need to be in good physical condition and feel comfortable walking up to 6 hours a day.

Need To Know

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Dinners on Day 1, 3 and 5
  • All lunches
  • Drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Hiking shoes; supportive enough for rough terrain and easy scrambling with good grip
  • Hiking/Sport socks, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking trousers or long shorts
  • Dry fit style t-shirts or tops, shoulders covered
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit, medications, blister prevention/treatment kit
  • Daypack (approx 35L)
  • Camelback or 2 x 1ltr bottles
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Flip flops or sandals to wear after the hike
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, hand sanitizer, small travel towel)
  • Toilet Kit: toilet paper, ziplock bags (at least one for clean TP, one for dirty TP), wet wipes, hand sanitizer (You must pack out all toilet paper of out the wilderness)
  • Your favourite snacks
  • Sun protection, including hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Camera/memory cards/battery
  • Light rain/windproof jacket
  • Underwear/sports bra (quick drying)
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear
  • Thin buff/neck scarf

For breakfasts, expect a buffet range typical of 3 star hotel style breakfasts all over the world.

For dinner in the homestay on night 2 you will experience traditional Arabic food - either Magloobah (rice with vegetables and chicken prepared in a traditional way with local spices) or Mansaf (rice served with lamb and yoghurt). All these dishes come with the classic Hommus, Mtabbal (fried eggplants) and salads.

Dinner at Wadi Rum on night 4 is a real experience. Here they serve the famous Zarb - rice, veggies, lamb and chicken cooked for 4-5 hours under the ground on a coal, and served with salads and side dishes.

Vegetarians, other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking.

Lunches will generally be buffet style and will cost approx $10pp. Dinner’s (where not included) will be at local restaurants and will cost approx $15-$20pp. Your guide will be with you to make suggestions of where to eat and to arrange group meals.

We arrive to Little Petra around 10:30am and start our hike to Petra (usually 5-6 hours). We enter Petra from the “backdoor”, and then have time until sunset to explore it.

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We have designed the trip around reliable British Airways flights that arrive late on Thursday evening and depart early Tuesday morning. You are of course free to book any flights you wish as the start and finish points are at the group hotel so if you would like to arrive earlier or later, or on a different date, this is up to you.

We have included private transfers to and from the airport. Just let your host know your flight details and you will be met at the airport and returned there at the end of the trip.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Most nationalities require a visa for Jordan so check with your embassy before leaving - there is usually the option of obtaining upon arrival. All nationalities also require a passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

Got a question not covered here? Contact the host.

Location

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Jordan is a peaceful kingdom, situated between Israel/Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, it is often described as the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’. With unique cultural and historical heritage and stunningly diverse landscapes, it offers the perfect ingredients for a once in a lifetime adventure.

Start point

Madaba Central Hotel

The start point will be your hotel in Madaba. Your host will confirm the exact hotel before departure.

Finish point

Amman Central Hotel

The finish point will be your hotel in Amman. Your host will confirm the exact hotel before departure.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrival

The start point for today is your hotel in central Madaba. You are free to check in after 2pm.

Friday: Hike down Jordan’s Grand Canyon

After greeting our guide with a ‘sabah alkhyr’ (good morning), we’ll start the day with a short transfer heading south. We start hiking the southern rim of Wadi Mujib overlooking both the Hidan and Mujib Gorges in this dramatic sandstone nature reserve.

We follow another ridge to the depths of the massive Mujib Gorge, entering its seemingly inaccessible lower reaches by following a path built into the cliff.

There may be some river crossings, so expect to get your shoes wet, or be OK taking them off! We’ll drive to Mukavir Village homestay run by the village cooperative and enjoy dinner with a local family.

700m ascent, 15km distance, 5 - 6 hours of walking

Saturday: Hike via the ‘Back door’ to Petra

An early breakfast today before heading to Little Petra to start our hike. We follow good tracks as we cross the desert, pass through Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains that guard the approach to Petra.

Continue trekking following a Nabataean route out of the valley that skirts the final mountain on a natural rock terrace. We pass through a narrow section before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. The Monastery suddenly comes into view as we follow the steps down into ancient Petra. We’ll have time to soak in this amazing site and to learn about the fascinating past.

600m ascent, 14km distance, 5 - 6 hours of walking

Sunday: Hike Jordan’s Highest Peak and Head To Wadi Rum

Today we head to the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum, described by T.E. Lawrence as ‘vast, echoing and god-like’. We’ll hop into a desert truck for an hour’s drive to catch our first glimpse of the spectacular mountain.

Um Ad Dami, at more than 1,800 metres, is the highest peak in Jordan offering us a whole new perspective of the desert from its summit. To the South, you can see the border to Saudi Arabia, to the North Jebel Rum.

Back down on earth, we head to a remote Bedouin camp to relax and marvel at the stars in the clear desert night. Dinner here is a real experience - you’ll be served Zarb, a delicious traditional dish cooked for 4-5 hours on hot coals under the ground.

600m ascent, 3km distance, 4 hours of walking

Monday: Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea. Overnight Amman

We have an optional sunrise hike up a nearby sand dune today, a great opportunity to catch the unique deep reds of the desert landscape.

After breakfast, we’ll drive all the way north to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. We stop for a swim and a float and then head to the cosmopolitan city of Amman for dinner and our final night.

Tuesday: Transfer to Airport

The trip ends at the central Amman hotel.

Accommodation

You will spend one night in simple ‘homestay’ style accommodation run by the village cooperative. The homestay is basic but clean and the food is great. Facilities are limited but there is a hot shower and shared bathrooms. There are 4 sleeping rooms which will be shared appropriately by the group. We will have dinner with our hosts, a local family, allowing us a fascinating glimpse into life in a Jordanian household.

We will also spend 3 nights in 3-star hotels; The Madaba 1880, The Oscar Hotel in Petra and the Rum Al-Waleed Hotel in Amman (or of similar standard). Each hotel night will be on a twin-share basis.

The Bedouin desert camp consists of several communal areas for dining, having a fire and sitting outside. The tents are large canvas square style tents with a raised bed, mattress and furniture in each. These are also twin share. If you would like to take your mattress outside to a nearby dune to sleep under the stars, let your guide know as this can be arranged.

Single room upgrade

A single room upgrade of $89 per person is available to grab your own room for the hotel nights, and a single tent in the Bedouin camp. Single rooms not available for the homestay on night 2. Please let your host know if you would like to arrange this, they are subject to availability.

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Extras Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Amman - Twin Share · · · Per Night
Additional Night in Amman - Single · · · Per Night