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Jordan - Desert Trek to Petra

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Destinations: Amman, Wadi Rum Village
Type of adventure: icon-16.png Trekking + walking
Guide language: English
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Trekking through the deserts of Jordan to reach legendary Petra, we will follow the trails that the nomadic Bedouin people and their livestock have travelled for generations. During our journey to Petra we trek over dry wadis, open sandy dunes and rocky desert but will also encounter hot springs, Roman remains, crusader castles, Neolithic houses and green valleys fed by streams. The scenery is mesmerising; the canyons and gorges coming alive with the changing light and glowing in various shades of red and orange. At night camp we camp in Bedouin tents and have dinner by candlelight, whilst the desert sky offers us an unrivalled view of the stars. We finally arrive at the Siq and the entrance to the undoubted highlight of the expedition, the incredible city of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabateans, improbably carved from the rose red rock face. After thoroughly exploring the enchanting ruins we head to the Dead Sea for a well-deserved rest, where we can soak our weary feet at our spa resort and enjoy the unique buoyancy of the waters. This is one of our more approachable treks. While remaining challenging, pack animals will carry our gear, and the trails do not cover any major ascents although scrambling over scree, and trekking in and out of gorges in high temperatures will keep you fit.

Departure & Return Duration Price (incl. flight) Price (excl. flight)
22 September 201601 October 2016 10 days £1,750 £TBC
21 September 201730 September 2017 10 days £1,750 £TBC
       
       
       


INCLUDED:
- International Flights
- 360 Guide
- All accommodation - hotels and tents based on two people sharing
- All transfers and and assistance at airport
- All meals on the treks and city-based
- Vehicle support
- Donkeys for 4th and 5th day to carry our luggage (camping and food)
- Mineral water during trekking days
- Permissions
- Entrance fees to all sites
- Camping equipment
- First Aid
- Bedouin guides
- A horse ride in Petra
- Bedouin headwear
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
NOT INCLUDED:
- Personal equipment
- Staff and guide gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Insurance
- Items of a personal nature [laundry, phone calls etc.]
- Visas
- unscheduled hotels or restaurant meals
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(Jordan - Desert Trek to Petra )

UK - Amman
Depart UK and arrive Jordan. Overnight in Amman.
Amman - Mansura
After breakfast we drive in air-conditioned comfort down the King's Way to Mount Nebo. This 1,000m mountain is a very important Christian site, for it was here, on a ridge overlooking the Dead Sea, that Moses first caught sight of the Holy Land, having led his people from Sinai. It is said that he also died and was buried here. Mount Nebo offers fantastic views of the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea, with the West Bank city of Jericho usually visible from the summit and Jerusalem apparent on very clear days. We take lunch near the imposing Crusader castle of Kerak. This is the largest and best-preserved of the Crusader Castles in the region. It was built in 1132 by Baldwin of Jerusalem and sits on top of a steep outcrop, an almost impregnable position. We continue driving south enjoying the fantastic views over magnificent Wadi Araba before briefly stretching our legs at Shoubak Castle. We arrive at Mansura and walk to our campsite.


Mansura - Wadi Feinan
Today we trek along the Shara mountains. The barren landscape suddenly changes as we enter Wadi Daphna with its hot springs and palm trees. After lunch we hike down the valley passing palms, reeds and oleander bushes that blossom in the spring. The Wadi Feinan gorge has an interesting archaeological landscape and during our walk we will see the remains of a late roman citadel, copper mines, elaborate water systems and settlements with Neolithic houses, in places preserved to two storeys before we reach our campsite for the night.
Wadi Feinan - El Forn
Our trek follows the outskirts of the Shara Mountains and through the Wadi Araba, which is like a small steppe with scattered Acacia trees. After lunch the trail enters a small canyon and follows Wadi Barwas uphill through a green valley until we reach camp at El Forn.
El Forn - Gabural Al Waheidat
We hike into Wadi Feith with its year round running stream, and then turn down into Wadi Sahawa. The trail then heads up to our lunch spot at Tabqa Agla. After lunch we take a Bedouin trail with beautiful views over Wadi Araba to Gabural Al Waheidat.
Gabural Al Waheidat - El Maisra
We hike to El Farsh where the verdant cultivated fields hint at approaching civilisation. After lunch we climb down through a wild valley and past sandstone cliffs to little Petra, giving us our first taste of amazing Nabataean culture. We also take some time to visit the Neolithic village of al-Baidah before we reach our camp at El Maisra.
Petra
We have a whole day to enjoy Petra including a half-day guided tour of the rose-red city ‘half as old as time’ which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Petra was carved into the Sharah mountains by the industrious Nabataeans, who grew rich through their control of the frankincense trade routes through Arabia. Petra fell into obscurity about a thousand years ago, while its existence, and location, were kept a closely guarded secret by the local Bedouin, until 1812 when the Swiss explorer John Louis Burckhardt tricked his way into the site.Our guided tour of this unique and unforgettable site starts with a walk through the Siq, the narrow and winding fissure between towering cliffs, which we exit through a tiny cleft to be confronted by the awe-inspiring splendour of the Treasury monument, Petra’s most elaborate ruin, hewn into the sandstone rock. Local legend has it that this tomb once stored the gifts of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. We progress to explore the royal tombs, a roman theatre and the colonnaded street to name but a few of the astounding attractions on view. We will also walk up the 800 steps to view the vast and impressive Monastery (Ed Deir), which enjoys fabulous views over the whole area and a mountain atmosphere. After lunch, which we will take on site, the afternoon is free to explore one of the most impressive and exciting sites of ancient history anywhere in the world. One option is to walk up to the High Place (Attuf Ridge), once the venue for sacrificial offerings, which gives wonderful views over the Petra Basin and out towards Jebel Harun and Wadi Sabra. We celebrate the successful conclusion of our trek with a meal and then a comfortable room at a hotel in Petra.


Petra - Dead Sea
Transfer to Dead Sea, check in at Dead Sea Spa Resort, free day, dinner and overnight at Dead Sea Spa resort.
Dead Sea
Full day to enjoy Dead Sea Spa Resort.
Amman - UK
Return to UK

1 * 4 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Daysack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Small Bag
1 * Waterproof Rucksack Cover
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
1 * Base Layers
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Mid Layer
1 * Shorts
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * Trainers
1 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Water Purification
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Penknife
1 * Sewing Kit
1 * Snacks
1 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance

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