This 5-day adventure takes you on a spectacular route on part of the Jordan trail to visit the famous ancient city of Petra.
At 7:00 am right after breakfast, the group will be picked up from the hotel in Amman. The drive to the starting point of the trek takes about 2.5 hours. This is a good time to get to know your fellow hikers (or to take a nap!). Our trekking journey starts through the diverse landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve includes four distinct ecozones with an astonishing diversity of plants, birds, and other animals. We’ll follow a trail along the mountains overlooking Dana Valley, and then descend into al Khashasha Valley A wilderness campsite awaits us on the outskirts of the valley. Hiking Distance 15 Km (5-7hrs)
Well rested, we will leave the campsite in the early morning, and head towards Furon. Today‘s hike is challenging but extremely rewarding. We will start ascending through the mountains for approximately an hour before getting a glimpse of the beautiful Sharah Mountains and the wide Wadi Araba Desert. That outstanding view will accompany you all the way to your campsite in Al Furon. Enjoy a cup of tea and the great view from the campsite while passing the time until your well-earned dinner. Hiking Distance 16 Km (5-7 hrs)
Today’s hike leads past Ras Al-Feid and towards Ghbour Whedat, through some of the country’s wildest corners. Contouring the Sharah Mountains, we follow a trail of inter-connecting Bedouin shepherd paths. The bare peeks of black, rugged mountains overlooking the trail and the precipitous drops of the canyons below make this part of the trek spectacular. Gradually ascending into the hills, you will uncover more stunning views of the desert. Then, as you proceed towards the wilderness campsite, the landscape slowly becomes softer, with mushroom-like rock formations lining the way. Hiking Distance: 17.1Km
After yesterday’s very remote hike, today we will see signs of human habitation while approaching Little Petra. Passing Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots you get a sense of the lifestyle of Jordan's rural population. You will see Nabataean ruins including ancient olive presses and aqueducts. Finally, we will climb up through a canyon with soft sandstone walls, and then down a narrow, steep flight of stairs into Little Petra. The site, also known as Siq al-Barid (Engl. the Cold Canyon), is believed by archaeologists to be a ‘suburb’ of Petra and was probably meant to house traders travelling along the Silk Road. After some time to explore, we’ll head on to our home for the night – hot showers are waiting! Hiking Distance: 14km
On our last trekking day, we will enter Petra ‘via the Back Door’, avoiding most other tourists. Amidst high sandstone mountains, a track leads down Wadi Ghurab. The path follows a Nabataean route out of the valley, and skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. It narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, ‘the Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. Here we rest for a bit and take in the view, there is a Bedouin café for refreshments. Then, more Nabataean steps will lead us down to the main site.
We’ll make our way through a colonnaded street, past rock-cut tombs, temples, and a Roman-style theatre. Finally, we arrive at Petra’s most famous building – the Treasury. We’ll leave the site through the 'Siq' (a narrow, high-walled canyon). Hiking Distance: 13.8Km
The trip ends at Petra. You can arrange with us transportation back to Amman or customized extensions.
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This is a 5-day trek with each day covering 14 -17km (8.5-10.5 miles) or more. You need to be reasonably fit and able to hike for five days in a row with 5-7 hours of hiking each day. The better your fitness, the more you will be able to enjoy this hike.
Most of this hike is on good, firm ground, so hiking sticks are not required. The vast majority of people do not use hiking sticks for this hike. However, if you like hiking with Hiking sticks/poles, or want them just in case, feel free to bring them.
The ideal shoe for this hike is lightweight hiking shoes. If you only have big-clunky hiking boots and running/athletic shoes, you could take both and see what you prefer on the hike.
See the section above for trip inclusions and exclusions.
The following meals are included; - Day 1: Lunch, Dinner - Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch Vegetarian and vegan options are available, please let us know in advance by sending us a message on your Skyhook trip dashboard.
Starting Location: A hotel in Amman (Exact location to be sent to you upon reservation) Ending Location: Petra Visitor’s Center. Note: Transport back to Amman is not included in this trip price, you can message us after booking to arrange this (payment in-country)
Day 1: Time 5-7 hrs Hiking Distance: 15 Km Ascent: 260m Descent: 690 m Day 2: Time 5-7 hrs Hiking Distance 16 Km Ascent: 563 m Descent: 170 m Day 3: Hiking Distance: 17.1Km Ascent: 750m Descent: 920m Day 4: Hiking Distance: 14Km Ascent: 610m Descent: 560m Day 5: Hiking Distance: 13.8Km Ascent: 496m Descent: 519m
Wilderness Camps (Night 1-3): Our amazing local Bedouin support team sets up the campsite during the day, so everything is prepared when you arrive. Upon arrival, enjoy some time to sit down, relax and have some tea. Then when dinner is ready, our Bedouin support team will bring out the locally-made meal. In the tents, we provide foam mattresses, sheets, and blankets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own. All single travellers will be provided with their own tent for free. A shower tent and a bathroom tent are also provided. Our wilderness camps provide a nice escape from everyday life, great views, good service, and some wonderful dinners. Some people may refer to it as “glamping.” Bedouin Camp (Night 4) These are fixed-site, touristic Bedouin Camps, staffed by locals. Bathrooms are normally off-suite, with women’s and men’s public ablution blocks. The tents do not have A/C or heaters, but the desert normally has cooler temperatures at night. Rooming is on a twin-share basis, travellers booking together will share a room. Solo travellers will be paired with members of the same sex (single supplements are sometimes available at an extra cost).
During Wilderness Camping, there is no access to electricity for charging devices. After leaving Amman on Day 1, your first charging opportunity will be at the Bedouin Camp in Little Petra (night 4). You can charge your devices there until around 10 pm when the camp turns the generator off for the night. We recommend bringing power banks if you want to recharge your phone along the way.
We purposely run these trips during the best times of year to trek in Jordan. Even though the weather is usually warm, it can get chilly at night throughout the year. You will want to have long pants, and a light jacket or sweatshirt. November, December, and February can be especially cold. If you trek during these months we recommend bringing warmer clothes like a bigger jacket, hats, gloves, and a light rain jacket.
All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Experience Adventures Ltd, based in Sweifieh.
By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!