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Wadi Rum, Jordan. Photo: iStock-1127575150
4.9
| 146 reviews

Adventure Hiking in Jordan

Climb Jordan’s highest mountain, enter Petra via the backdoor and sleep in a Bedouin camp under the stars

Duration

5 nights

Annual Leave

4 days off work

Group Size

Up to 16 people

Season

Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov

Location

Jordan

Meeting Point

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Classic Accommodation

Hotel · Glamping

Customer Reviews

(146)

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Carmen I.
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April 2024
Carmen I.
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April 2024
Carmen I.
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April 2024
Carmen I.
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November 2023
Krisztina
Highly recommended trip and company. Everyt...
November 2023
Krisztina
Highly recommended trip and company. Everyt...
November 2023
Krisztina
Highly recommended trip and company. Everyt...
November 2023
Krisztina
Amazing trip! Our local host, Mahmood, was...
November 2023
Liz
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November 2023
Liz
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November 2023
Liz
Amazing trip! Our local host, Mahmood, was...
November 2023
Liz
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David
Overall a fantastic trip that really shows...
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Nicki
Overall a fantastic trip that really shows...
November 2023
Nicki
Overall a fantastic trip that really shows...
November 2023
Nicki
Overall a fantastic trip that really shows...
November 2023
Nicki
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Kirsty
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Fabulous few days away, there was so much c...
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Pass through the sandstone mountains that guard Petra’s ‘backdoor’ before soaking up the secrets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site itself

Hop in a desert truck through the dunes of Wadi Rum to climb Jordan’s highest peak, with views all the way to Saudi Arabia

Swim, or float, in the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth, famous for its healing properties

Looking for a longer adventure? Check out Hike Jordan and Snorkel the Red Sea to explore technicolour waterworlds as well as lunar sandscapes

Day 1

Welcome to Jordan

City view with mosque, Madaba, Jordan. Photo: iStock-1139064490

The start point for today is your hotel in central Madaba. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to Madaba, where you are free to check in after 14:00.

Day 2

Dana Nature Reserve

Dana Reserve, Jordan. Photo: Commissioned/Tom Barker

Driving

3.5hrs

Hiking

5hrs · 12km · 250m up · 800m down

After breakfast and a chance to meet your fellow adventurers, it's time for your briefing on the days ahead. Head south to Dana Nature Reserve, one of Jordan’s often-overlooked gems. Today you’ll be hiking the Shaq Al Reesh trail (or similar). This circular trail traverses from Al-Barrah, through a breathtaking siq, to Shaq al Reesh. Time permitting, after the hike you’ll continue south towards Shobak Castle for a panoramic tour. Pull out your camera and take a few great shots, as the castle is perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain, looking out over fruit trees below on the way to Petra. Memories captured, you’ll then head to your first Bedouin camp experience of this adventure.

Day 3

The backdoor to Petra

Petra, Jordan. Photo: Commissioned/Tom Barker

Hiking

6 hours · 14km · 500m up · 520m down

After an early breakfast, it's time to start your journey through Petra. You'll cross the desert and pass through Wadi Ghurab amidst the sandstone mountains that guard the approach to Petra. Continue via a Nabataean route that skirts the final mountain on a natural rock terrace. You'll soon reach a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. The monastery suddenly comes into view as you follow the steps down to ancient Petra, where you'll have time to soak it all in and learn about its ancient past.

Day 4

Head to Wadi Rum and climb Jordan’s highest peak

Wadi Rum hiking, Jordan. Photo: Commissioned/Tom Barker

Driving

4.5hrs

Hiking

4hrs · 4km · 400m up · 400m down

Head to the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum, where you'll hop into a desert truck for the hour’s drive to the foot of Um Ad Dami (1800m) – the highest peak in Jordan. Hike up to the summit, from which the panorama is spectacular – to the south, you can see the border to Saudi Arabia and to the north, Jebel Rum. You'll descend 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.

Day 5

Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea

Dead Sea, Jordan. Photo: iStock-154400019

Driving

5hrs

If you're an early bird, your Bedouin hosts will be able to point you towards a nearby sand dune for sunrise – a great opportunity to catch the unique, deep reds of the desert landscape one last time. After breakfast, you’ll drive north to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where you'll stop for a swim and a float before heading to the cosmopolitan city of Amman for your final night.

Day 6

Transfer to Airport

Wadi Rum sunset, Jordan. Photo: Host/Experience Jordan

After breakfast and final goodbyes with your team, you'll be returned to the airport in time for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Local, professional, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a hotel and 2 nights in a Bedouin camp

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 traditional Arabic dinners

Transfers

Both airport transfers and travel between locations

Equipment

In the desert you'll stay in fully equipped fixed Bedouin tents

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Adventure hiking in Jordan

For breakfast, expect a buffet typical of 3-star hotel breakfasts all over the world. Lunches will generally be either a packed lunch or buffet style. Where there isn't included, this will cost approx $10pp. Dinner (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 when to arrange group meals.

For dinner in the Bedouin camp on Day 2, you'll 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). These dishes come with the classic accompaniments of hoummus, mtabbal (fried aubergine) and salad. Dinner at Wadi Rum on Day 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 coals, served with salads and side dishes.

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

What is the accommodation like?

Little Petra

You will spend one night in a Bedouin camp located just 5km from Petra. Each tent is equipped with beds, mattresses, blankets and pillows, with showers and toilets available nearby. You'll be treated to traditional Bedouin cuisine, and the camp is the perfect place for a spot of star-gazing and to watch the sun rise the next morning.

Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp, Jordan. Photo: Commissioned/Tom Barker
Wadi Rum

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. 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.

Madaba, Petra & Amman

During your overnight stays in Madaba, Petra and Amman you will be tucked up in cosy local hotels. The exact hotel you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on group size and availability, but all are chosen for their excellent reputation, location and welcoming service.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Catch any flight to arrive on Day 1

Ends

Queen Alia International Airport Amman

Depart any time on Day 6

Transfers

Arrival transfers from Amman airport to the hotel in Madaba are included for any time you choose to arrive on Day 1 or Day 2 of the tour (some flights arrive after midnight so fall in the early hours of Day 2). Departure transfers from the final hotel to Amman airport are included for any time you choose to depart on Day 6. If you need a transfer on other days then your host can arrange a private transfer for you, at additional cost. See the Optional Extras section for prices.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Amman from airports in the UK and Europe. Choose any flight to arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 6 - or extend your stay if you wish. Some flights arrive shortly after midnight - if you arrive in Amman in the early hours of Day 2 then your room will be ready and waiting for you, but if your flight arrives in the early hours of Day 1, you will need to book an extra night's accommodation before the tour as rooms are not usually available for check-in until the mid-afternoon. Your host can arrange an additional night of accommodation, subject to availability. See the Optional Extras section for prices.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Main bag (duffel bag or small suitcase)
  • Day pack (15-25 litres) to carry the essentials while hiking
  • Light rain or windproof jacket
  • Dry fit t-shirts or tops (shoulders covered)
  • Hiking trousers or long shorts
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Hiking boots (worn in)
  • Hiking socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Pyjamas/something to sleep in
  • Swimwear
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Water bladder or 2 water bottles
  • Sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses and suncreen)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Toiletries (inc. travel towel and hand sanitiser)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, wet wipes and ziplock baggies to carry out)
  • Snacks
  • Sleeping bag liner for the Bedouin camps (optional)
  • Headtorch (optional) for the night in the desert
  • Ear plugs (optional)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Nicola W.(April 2024)
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Incredible week, couldn’t recommend highly enough. Perfect mix of great people, amazing locations to see and good pace of trip. Ahlam our guide was brilliant and read the group perfectly -lots of laughs with great insight into the story of each place we saw.

If you have any hesitation, just do it, you won’t regret it!

Sarah K.(April 2024)