The iconic image of Jordan is of the great city of Petra set amid the endless dunes of the desert. The reality is far richer. While half the country is indeed covered by desert, the other half sits on the Fertile Crescent that stretches from the Nile Delta and down towards the Persian Gulf. We spend 9 days trekking a desert route, crossed by the nomadic Bedouin people and their livestock for generations. We will be trekking over dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as 'hamada', but also encountering hot springs, roman remains, crusader castles, neolithic houses and green valleys fed by streams, before reaching the incredible city of Petra. The scenery will blow you away: by day the mesmerising shapes of the sandstone walls of the canyons and gorges come alive with the changing light, glowing reds and orange, and at night we camp in Bedouin tents and have dinner by candlelight whilst the incredible clarity of the desert sky provides an unrivalled view of the stars
|Charity||Departure & Return||Duration||Registration Fee|
|21 September 201630 September 2016||9 days||£350 Minimum sponsorship £2,500 Self funded £1,095|
|21 September 201730 September 2017||9 days||£395 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £1,190 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
local qualified guides and 360 guide UK to UK
All accommodation – hotels and tents based on two people sharing
All meals on treks and city-based including the traditional feasting of a sacrificial goat
Donkeys for 4th and 5th day to carry our luggage (camping and food)
Mineral water during trekking days
Entrance fees to all sites
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Staff and guide gratuities
Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc)
Unscheduled hotels or restaurant meals
You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to a hotel in Amman.
Amman – Mansura
After breakfast we drive in air-conditioned comfort down the King's Way to Mount Nebo. This 1,000m (3,300ft) mountain is a very important Christian site, for it was here, on the edge of 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. It became famous at the time of the Crusades as one of the chain of fortresses used in the Holy War against Islam. 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. 4.5 hour transfer.
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. We follow this stunning canyon from beginning to end, jumping into deep blue pools and scrambling up and down boulders. Late afternoon we emerge in a broad valley passing palms, reeds and oleander bushes that blossom in the spring. The Wadi Feinan gorge has an interesting archaeological landscape and was an area rich in prehistoric activity. 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 Feinen – El Forn
Our trek follows the outskirts of the Shara Mountains and through the Wadi Araba, which is like a small rocky desert called a Hamada with scattered Acacia trees. From a small Bedouin settlement we’ll barter for a goat and our local Bedouin crew will expertly prepare and barbeque this over an open fire for us tonight. There are several small hilltops to climb for an unforgettable sunset over the desert plains on which we are camping.
El Forn – Gabural Al Waheidat
We hike into Wadi Feith, a narrow canyon 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. Tonight’s camp is on a spectacular pass from which we can see the whole of our route climbed so far.
Gabural Al Waheidat – El Maisra
We hike down into fertile valley before ascending an exposed ridgetop. The climb is short but steep and the views from the top breathtaking. We are more than a kilometre above the desert plains below. After lunch we climb down through a wild valley and past sandstone domes and 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 near little Petra.
A short transfer to campsite is available after our Bedouin crew have made our afternoon tea. For the purists the trail continues another 2 hours along the gravel road, winding its way through the sandstone domes to camp. For many today has proven the most spectacular day. Tonight is our last night sleeping in the Bedouin tents or under the open sky.
Today we continue our trek to Petra. We enter the little Petra reserve and negotiate narrow paths clinging to the side of deep canyons. 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 have 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.
Transfer to Dead Sea, check in at Dead Sea Spa Resort, free day, dinner and overnight at Dead Sea Spa Resort.
Depart (Lunch time flight) 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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