Hiking & trekking
Follow an ancient bedouin trail to Petra, the 7th wonder
ANNUAL leave needed:
7 days off work
The Jordan desert trek was a well led and well planned trip. Opened my eyes to a better trip. Thank you!
UK airport (with flights) Amman airport Jordan (without flights)
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Hotel and Bedouin camping
Visit one of the 7 wonders
Explore an ancient Bedouin trail
Learn what life's like for those who still live in the desert
The Jordan desert trek was a well led and well planned trip. Opened my eyes to a better trip. Thank you!
The trekking was harder and hotter than I expected, but all the better for it. Each day was different and magical in it’s own way with Petra as the grand finale.
This is a challenging but thoroughly unique experience and one anyone could attempt with a base level of fitness. Every aspect of the trip is a first, the scenery is breath taking as is the history. A beautiful country.
I really enjoyed this expedition. The experience I had was excellent value for money. The food and hotels were amazing and Emma was really caring that we were all well cared for. The organization and information provided were spot on.
I trekked Kilimanjaro, the Jordanian desert, and Mt Kenya with these guys. All three of the expeditions were faultless. I highly recommend them. Keep saving for the next adventure!!
want to start by thanking you and your team for organising such a fantastic trip. I can only imagine how hard you have had to work behind the scenes to have everything booked and put in place. So thank you very much. As with any trek there will be the occasional problem or injury/illness, but your team really worked hard to overcome these obstacles and to give us an amazing experience and I have nothing but praise for them. Overall I had a great trip, and will see you again soon.
Our guides will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Amman.
The first day of adventure is a trip down the King’s Way to Mount Nebo, a 1,000m peak revered for its Christian history and stellar views of the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley and even Jerusalem (if you’re lucky!) You will discover the spot where Moses first discovered the Holy Land after leading his people from Sinai and where it’s said he was buried.
Lunch means no end to the history lesson. With the day winding towards the mighty Crusader castle of Kerak, the biggest and most well-preserved of the Crusader Castles in the area, you’ll learn of its life as a fortress during the Holy War against Islam and its spectacular architecture. The afternoon will see us meander southwards toward Shoubak Castle via some magnificent views of the Wadi Araba, before heading onto a camp spot at Mansura. 4.5 hour transfer (don’t worry, all air conditioned!)
Our third day will see us trek through the formidable Shara mountains and Wadi Daphna region. An ever-changing landscape of rugged mountains, hot springs and palm trees are the order of the day, finishing up with an epic canyon trail that will have us scrambling up boulders and jumping into deep blue plunge pools.
The afternoon stretch towards our campsite for the night will take us through the Wadi Feynan gorge, a prehistoric river with a rich history. Alongside spring oleander and palms, we’ll see remnants of a Roman citadel, elaborate irrigation systems, copper mines and Neolithic settlements.
Our trek continues to trace the edges of the Shara Mountains and the rugged Wadi Araba desert.
At a small Bedouin settlement we will secure a goat for dinner (optional), which our local Bedouin team will barbeque over an open fire for us in the evening. The camp spot du jour boasts plenty a hilltop to clamber up for an unforgettable sunset over the desert plains.
Our trail winds through the luscious Wadi Feith canyon before turning down into Wadi Sahawa and leading us up to Tabqa Agla for some well-earned lunch. Once we’re re-fuelled, we’ll head towards Gabural Al Waheidat, with some seriously good views on the way. We’ll camp atop a stunning pass that offers a panorama of the route trekked so far.
Trekking down into a fertile valley and back up to an exposed ridge, our morning will be all about steep climbs and stunning views. With the desert plains a whopping kilometre below us, there’ll be opportunity for some breathtaking photos and a rewarding lunch. The landscape continues to change as we meander through sandstone domes and cliffs towards Little Petra and are introduced to the Nabataean culture. We also take some time to visit the Neolithic village of al-Baidah before reaching camp at El Maisra near Little Petra.
A short transfer to the campsite will be available after our afternoon tea for those with weary legs. With the most spectacular day of the trek coming to an end, we end on a high with our last night of Bedouin style camping under the stars.
Winding our way through the Little Petra reserve and the paths that cling to the side of deep canyons, we continue onwards towards Petra, where a guided tour of the city that now belongs to the New Seven Wonders of the World is on offer. We will learn of Petra’s beginnings, a city carved into the Shara Mountains by the Nabataeans, who had made their way with the frankincense trade through Arabia. Petra fell off the radar around 1,000 years ago, it’s existence guarded secretly by the local Bedouin population until Swiss explorer John Louis Burckhardt redisovered the ruins in 1812.
Our guided tour of this uniquely compelling site begins with a walk through the Siq, a phenomenal dried up canyon that forms the entrance into the city. We will pass the Treasury Monument, a truly spectacular ancient ruin built into the face of the canyon; royal tombs; a Roman theatre. Those that want can also climb the 800 steps up to the Ad Deir monastery viewpoint.
The afternoon will be free to spend exploring this ancient city however you like. One option is to walk up to the ancient sacrificial venue of Attuf Ridge for spectacular vistas over the Petra Basin and out towards Wadi Sabra.
In the evening, we’ll celebrate the end of our trek with supper, before exploring Petra by candlelight, a truly unforgettable experience, before heading back to our hotel. (26km)
Transfer from the hotel in Petra to Wadi Rum. At Wadi Rum, we’ll meet our camels for the day and start our trip towards Lawrence spring and the infamous Khazaali canyon. Giving our trusty steeds a break, we’ll take a delicious picnic with plenty of photo opportunities. In the afternoon we’ll traverse sand dunes, red cliffs and get a chance to see Lawrence’s House. As the sun is setting we’ll take a jeep to our deluxe campsite for the evening where we can watch the sun dip down in the heart of the desert. It will be a day to remember.
Time for a bit of luxury! We’ll check into the Dead Sea Spa Resort for an indulgent afternoon of mud baths, sea swims and massages, followed by a 5-star dinner and stay in a luxury bungalow.
A day to fully relax after 10 days of adventure before heading home. Souvenirs and shopping are available a short walk away or for those still craving their history fix, the site of st John the Baptist is just a taxi ride away over the Jordan River. A large taxi is in the region of 70JD (for 8 persons), a few hours for the trip should be allowed.
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Full qualified, European guide
Our guides are the best in the business. They know the environment you will be trekking through intimately and hold the highest leadership and first aid qualifications to lead groups in remote places. Furthermore they have worked with the local crews for years and established a fantastic working relationship with them. Many speak several languages and they have operated many individual expeditions in the very environment in which you will be trekking to ensure that their enthusiasm never wains.
We handpick our leaders for their extensive expedition experience, their leadership skills, and for their ability to relate to the local people with whom they work.
Additionally they are supported by our fabulous local Bedouin guides whose knowledge of the local area is quite extraordinary.
Our team will meet you at the airport. We will let you know where and when nearer the time of departure.
At the hotel we will be served with an open buffet with several kinds of hot dishes, salads and desserts for dinner. During the trek breakfast will include jams, pitta bread, cheese, teas and coffees, orange juice etc. while our lunch boxes will be classically Jordanian with pitta bread and hummus, mineral water etc. Our dinners will be a nightly open buffet with one kind of hot dish (comprised of meat) a soup, four kinds of salads and dessert with tea and coffee served at safari tables around a fire.
We will be drinking bottled mineral water for the duration of the trip.
We have plenty of bottled mineral water that we serve with breakfast and you can take as much as you wish for the trekking sections. At night we put an ample amount of bottled mineral water near the open buffet so there is plenty of access to fresh water.
We will be staying in traditional Bedouin tents. They are big communal handmade cloth tents. You won’t have individual tents. You will also be able to sleep under the stars. The camps will be set up each day by the support team before you arrive. They are not fixed camps and are set up each day for our specially designed itinerary.
Washing will be predominantly wet wipe washes – there is sometimes an option of a tent shower and there will always be a tent loo at camp.
Yes, you will have a chance to fully immerse yourself in the Bedouin culture. They are a fascinating and friendly people and you will be lucky enough to have a chance to see into their lives first hand.
Accidents can happen and anyone undertaking these adventures has to accept there is a degree of risk due to the very nature of the challenge. All our guides are in communication with each other by satellite phone and radio. Our local crew are all experienced in dealing with any problem that will arise. Our guides are either doctors or qualified to the highest standard of wilderness first aid and can handle any emergency with the highest level of competency. We have a four wheel drive vehicle that supports us by carrying the equipment and we are in constant communication with it should more serious problems arise.
We advise you to check with your GP surgery or a travel clinic on latest advice about vaccinations and to ensure you are up-to-date.
We will be woken up early each morning at around 6:30 am and given a basic but hearty breakfast. After breakfast we will pack up with the help of the Bedouin and our guides and begin the first trek of the day for about 3 hours. A long and early lunch will be taken to avoid trekking during the hottest part of the day. We set off to walk again for another 3 hours or so and then we establish camp late afternoon for dinner and a well-deserved rest. Temperature on average will be around 22C by day and 5C at night.
We will be booking flights on your behalf. We provide confirmation of flight times and departure terminal approximately eight weeks before your departure date. Please be aware that flight schedules are subject to change. Please ensure that you have checked flight details before setting out for your flight.
You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.
Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. We will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.
Your passport should be valid for 6 months after the date the trek starts. If it runs out before you may be refused entry. It is also advisable to have a couple of photocopies of your passport in case of loss.
Although visas are compulsory for individual tourist entry into Jordan for all foreign nationals; as you are travelling as part of a recognised tourist group, this requirement is waived.
Personal fitness is important for this trek, and we have included a training programme which should see you at peak fitness! If you are struggling from day one then you will not enjoy the rest of the trip. Physical preparation does not have to be Herculean: concentrate on cardio-vascular exercise during the week by taking short runs when time allows and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long walks (a decent six hours or 12 miles) carrying a rucksack of around 5kg in a reasonably hilly environment.
This kind of regime will not only prepare your body for carrying minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on the trek itself. In addition it will help you break in your boots and get used to your equipment.
The amount of money you will need depends on how many items you wish to buy or how much you plan to drink when we are staying in hotels. As a basic rule of thumb £200 (approximately JOD180) should be more than adequate for any post expedition spending.
Jordanian Dinars can be purchased in the UK before travel which may make it easier on arrival as you don’t need to change money.
ATMs can sometimes be unreliable in Jordan. You may want to take more money than you think you will need, and change back any excess money on return.
Our local crew work extremely hard to assure that your expedition runs well. While tipping is not compulsory, it is and always has been very much part of the culture. Regardless of that, once someone sees the hard work the crew provides and realises the small amount of money they get paid in relation to your own wealth, tipping will seem the least you can do to say thank you. As a guide we suggest each trekker tips around $100 USD (JOD75). The total group tip will then be shared out amongst the whole local team. Tipping the leader is entirely at your own discretion.
Jordan uses the Jordanian Dinar (as a loose guide 1.00 GBP = 1.2 JOD). However, you should keep an eye on the changing exchange rates. ATMs are widespread in more urban areas but don’t always offer the most favourable rates. When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as larger bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. The best places to exchange money are normally foreign exchange bureaus, which are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be accepted.
There should be mobile reception at most of our camp sites but this cannot always be guaranteed in the desert.
No need to bring travel adapters as Jordan operates on the same system as the UK.
We’re in the desert, there is dust and sand all around us, even in the air, and the last thing you want is for your camera to pack up half way through the trek so you need to take care of it. For things that will stay in your kit bag most of the time like (hopefully) your mobile phone, hermetically sealing food bags or stuff sacs will be fine for the duration of the trek and are cheap to buy. For kit that will come out more often like a camera, consider small rolltop waterproof bags from OverBoard (English) Ortlieb (German). If you go the whole hog and think about buying a Peli Case or similar, remember these are quite expensive, as well as quite heavy and cumbersome depending upon the size, although very good.
Prevention is better than cure in many cases: take a soft, small cleaning brush or air blaster to dust off your camera at the end of each day, or should you accidently drop it in the sand. Remember to take great care when wiping or dusting the lens – blow surface dust off first before polishing it otherwise you’ll end up scratching the lens. If you’re using an SLR, try to avoid changing lenses out in the open, wait until you get out of airborne dust and sand, and keep the lens cap on whenever you’re not using it.
While we will do everything we can to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. As with travel in any foreign country, you need to look after yourself and your possessions and be aware of your surroundings, and this is no different.
There is phone reception in each of the camps. Whist signal is intermittent during the trek, we are never far from signal and our leader also carries a satellite phone in the event of an emergency. By the time you’re closer to Petra, the signal is much more reliable!
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