Trekking through the Wadi Rum

Petra & Wadi Rum Trek

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Trip code: 
TXR
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Hiking
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

Enjoy a magical desert trek

Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world is found in the south of Jordan at Wadi Rum, a place of dramatic beauty which provides an ideal environment for trekking. Millennia of erosion have formed wonderful mountains (known as jebels) that rise out of the desert sands, creating exciting terrain that we explore from the valley bottom to the jebel tops. Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local Bedouin and we shall be camping as they do, under the stars. Our trip will finish with a day visit to the ancient rock city of Petra, a must for any visitor to Jordan.

Highlights

  • Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum
  • Traditional Bedouin camp
  • Famous rose-red city of Petra

Key information

  • 3 nights hotels, 1 night full-service basic camping and 3 nights semi-participatory wild camping
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Altitude maximum 1750m, average 1200m
  • Not suitable for vertigo suffer (Day 4)
  • Free airport transfer for any flight

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
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Trip Notes

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 3-5 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; desert walking, undulating terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 323.0km/14.0miles
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Amman
to
Amman
  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Our trip begins in Amman. In the following morning, the guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and answer any question. 

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Wadi Rum; meet the Bedouin team and venture into the desert

    After breakfast there is an opportunity to exchange money and purchase snacks for the upcoming desert trek. We then transfer by bus to Wadi Rum (4 - 5hrs). Before embarking on our desert trek, we visit Wadi Rum visitor centre and take in the sight of The 7 Pillars of Wisdom’, a spectacular rock formation with seven fluted turrets. It is a short transfer to the start of our introductory walk where we walk to Um Al Bdoun, a private campsite run by the local Bedouin people. In the evening, we enjoy a dinner prepared in a traditional way known as a zarb. A cooking pot is dug into the sand and left for most of the day to slow cook meats and vegetables. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls

    We continue our trek from our campsite to traverse across Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls. The trek is through open desert and there is a tangible sense of wilderness as we pass sandstone mountains and rocky outcrops. We set up the camp beneath the cool shade of two rocky mountains, Rakaa and Mharrak.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Trek to the arch of Burdah with optional climb

    We begin today by heading to Jebel Burdah. Burdah Bridge is a striking rock formation that arches from one rock mass to another. The route has sections of scrambling and some of them involve the use of ropes, especially the optional ascent to the top of the bridge. There are panoramic views throughout the trek. In the afternoon, we continue our trek through the desert. Our next campsite is atop sand dunes nearby Jebel Umm Fruth in the south east corner of Wadi Rum Desert. 

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh

    Today we head to Umm Fruth Rock Bridge. The rock bridge is situated just a short walk away from our campsite. Umm Fruth requires some easy level scrambling. The ascent is steep and short and the sandstone is firm with good underfoot grip. We continue our trek to the ruins of Lawrence House. In the afternoon, we traverse across remote red sand dunes with spectacular views throughout. There is an opportunity to see historic rock inscriptions before we set up camp tonight in the crook of a desert mountain.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Leave the desert for Petra.

    Our last morning in the desert starts with a walk or optional camel trek through Wadi Umm Al Ishrim. We transfer to Petra at approximately lunchtime. In the afternoon, we have the option to visit Little Petra, a smaller but still impressive version of the main Petra site. 

    Duration of walk: 3-4 h.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    A fascinating day visiting Petra, one of the world's foremost ancient sites; to Amman

    This morning the excitement mounts as we set off to explore the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its astonishing scale and bound to be a highlight for many. Following in the footsteps of Burckhardt down the narrow siq, you finally catch a tantalising glimpse of El Khazneh - the Treasury - revealed in all its splendour as you come out into the open. The work involved in carving this immense façade out of solid rock defies belief.

    You have a full day to explore the site and see its many other splendours. In the centre of the city you will pass the houses and tombs of the more affluent citizens and also a Roman amphitheatre, preserved in remarkable condition. Beyond the city centre is El Deir, the Monastery. Its superb façade is carved into the rock and topped by a huge urn. After our visit we transfer back to Amman.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Amman

    End Amman, following breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst trekking all meals are included. The 3 nights spent in hotels is on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be required to buy 2 lunches on days 2 and 7 and dinners on day 1 (depending on flight arrival time), 6 and 7. Allow about US$90 or 64JOD to cover these meals. We usually eat in restaurants where traditional food is served to allow maximum flexibility of choice, and, for those who wish, to try a 'mezze' style meal. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice, however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good choice for vegetarians, usually costing approximately 15JOD or US$21 pp. Unlimited drinking water is provided free of charge whilst on the trek in Wadi Rum.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. We travel in the shoulder months when temperatures are cooler and conditions ideal for walking. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day - approximately 10-15ºC - but temperatures can approach freezing or below at night in the desert. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging) 

A good level of fitness is required. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. We use hotels in Amman and Petra but whilst trekking in the desert the facilities are basic so please take this into consideration when assessing whether this trip is right for you. Up to 6 hours of the day will be spent trekking and you need to be fit enough to cope with this. We will be walking on sand and scrambling over rocky terrain on days 4 and 5. At times this can be relatively steep with uneven ground and in some instances ropes will be used.

Each day your main luggage will be transported in jeeps; all you will need to carry is your day pack.
Desert temperatures can be more extreme and it has been known to get down to freezing during the night. Please be prepared for this.

Whilst trekking the facilities are very basic (no toilets and showers) so please take this into consideration in assessing whether this trip is right for you.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Accommodation

Hotels, Full-Service Camping & Wild Camping

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 1 night in a standard hotel in Petra,  1 night at a permanent camp and 3 nights wild camping.

Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort.  Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and general plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

 Four nights will be spent in the desert, of which 3 nights will be in wild camps without toilets or wash facilities. One night will be in our private permanent camp, where traditional tents are equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at the permanent camp in Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.



 

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2019
    Tony Rose

    In a trail of the Middle East

    A fantastic experience, trekking through Wadi Rum, camping with the Bedouins, walking in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. The jewel in the crown of this trip was A full day in Petra ,The red rose city. The people of Jordan were warm and friendly adding to an all round enjoyable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First sight of The Treasury, amazing. We set off at 6 am to beat the crowds, and was not disappointed, as we were one of the first groups there and managed to get some photos without anyone in the background

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Abdallah, was passionate, knowledgeable with a wicked sense of humour and a cheeky grin.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hip flask, it is a job to get a drink outside of Amman

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I thoroughly recommend this trip
  • Reviewed March 2019
    MARY-ANN PRESTON

    Amazing!

    I have just returned from this wonderful week. It was such a different experience to anything I have every done - slogging daily through loose deep sand (so glad I spent those weeks beforehand training hard!), wild camping in completely remote desert locations, sitting round a camp fire drinking hot thyme infused black tea, eating delicious feasts produced as if by magic by Youssef, and much much more. Our delightful guide Abdullah gave us such detailed and enlightening information about Jordan and in particular about the Bedouin people and culture who lived in this area and the ancient Nabataeans who created the spectacular site that is Petra and ruled there for hundreds of years. Thank you Exodus for this amazing experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Those wonderful morning and afternoon snacks and hot lunch and evening meals conjured up as if by magic by Youssef. His kitchen was discreetly hidden behind the trucks and he and his helper brought it all out ready assembled on their fold up table. Wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah was so charming and an amazing leader. So knowledgeable, his descriptions of the culture and history of the Bedouins and Nabataeans was inspirational.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found I'd taken all the wrong clothes for this time of year. Although it warmed up in the day, I didn't have enough warm layers for the evenings and at night camping. Take a really good sleeping bag. Mine was a 3/4 season one but I was not nearly warm enough.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Vicky Harper

    Trip of a life time!

    I had wanted to visit Jordan and Petra for a long time and I finally got around to booking, choosing exodus. We are an active couple and wanted a trip that would challenge us but we could also see the sites. This trip had everything we wanted and it did not disappoint.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wadi Rum desert is an incredible landscape. Nothing like I have ever seen. From waking up and seeing the view from your tent to sitting around a campfire with your new found friends looking at the most insane starry sky. I never thought it was possible to see the Milky way so clearly, in wadi rum it is. Petra. The whole day was amazing. Its so much more than The Treasury. We walked for 10 miles that day and loved every minute!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa our group leader was great, he loved telling us stories and explaining the history of the area. He was so organised, so organised that every looked so easy. There was no issues. I would also like to mention the brothers who looked after us from the moment we stayed at their Bedouin camp to wild camping for the next few days. Great hospitality and company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If I were to do this trip again. Id pack half of what I took. I would also use an exodus sleeping bag and take a sleeping bag liner with me instead. I found that it was warm enough not to use a sleeping bag. We went in early October. Wet wipes are a must as long as long as you don't litter and a head torch is deffo handy when you have a call of nature at 4am in the morning. Ooo and a battery pack for your camera when you are out in the desert, forget your phone theres no signal, enjoy the break! Blisters: Take blister plasters with you. I had a couple put plasters on straight away and no issues or discomfort. Catch them straight away!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel in Amman was not good and have reported this to Exodus. On a fitness front: I am not a walker. I went on a few long 3 hour walks before I went and found the trip not too challenging. The challenges are the soft sanded areas and heat. Take a hat and you will be fine. Don't be put off you can do it!
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Saeah Briggs

    Amazing country

    Jordan was like no other country on earth, the trekking on sand was challenging but the routes seemed to be planned to take break points just at the point I felt I couldn’t do anymore!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I’d dressed more conservatively than I needed to - girls are ok in respectable length shorts and short sleeved tops in the desert and at Petra.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Ailsa Watson

    AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

    I knew before I even left for this trip that it was going to be something special, but I didn't realise just how special that would be. The scenery is breathtaking throughout the desert and in Petra it's easy to see why it is a World Heritage Site! we spent 4 nights, 5 days wild camping in the desert with the beduoin and it really was a beautiful experience in so many ways. Sleeping under the stars or in our tents, we were looked after in every aspect and they really could not do enough for us and always with a smile on their faces. Our Guide Issa was knowledgeable, friendly and approachable I learnt an awful lot from him as we walked and chatted along with way. Jordan is a strikingly beautiful country with so much history it really is worth a visit, I can guarantee you will 100% not regret it. Take me back!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful desert scenes that we woke up to every day. The sunsets over the sandstone rocks every evening. Money is of no consequence in the desert.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa was a fabulous tour guide there was nothing he did not know and he handled every situation (some unexpected) we came across with ease, confidence and a friendly nature.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Brian Kite

    Fantastic Wadi Rum and Petra

    Fantastic walk through the Jordanian desert made famous by the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. We had expected sand but not the beautiful sandstone hills / mountains which changed colour during the day and showing incredible orange hues at sunset.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it! The initial walk over a huge dune to the Bedouin camp and walking back for the sunset. The Bedouin cooking and especially the zarb were highlights. All of the walks were enjoyable especially the climb - and descent from - Burdah Bridge. The walks were well paced with frequent water stops. (On this trip plentiful water refills were available.) Issa took us into Petra via an interesting walk past a Neolithic village site and the mountain which was one of King Solomon's Mines. This meant our first view of Petra was the Monastery. By the time we were ready (after lunch) to explore the rest of Petra the bulk of tourists were just arriving and struggling UP the 400 steps. We had the luxury of descending.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa had a clear love and enthusiasm for his country which he shared at all times. He arranged appropriate stops on the drive to Wadi Rum. He looked after us well in the desert ensuring people always had water and opportunities for water stops. He chose camp sites with opportunities for spectacular sunsets and star gazing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We had taken sterling and US dollar notes to exchange to Jordanian Dinars. The bank we stopped at would not accept our £20 and £10 notes. They said they could only accept £50 notes. Fortunately, we were able to use the ATM.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The tents were obviously new and the Bedouin staff took good care of them. It was a special treat to find, on the last day of the trek, they had put the tents up for us. Do take the opportunity to have the Turkish bath in Petra. It was a final bonding experience!
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Eric Brierley

    The best that Jordan can offer

    From day 1 I loved the feel Of Jordan, Jordan is a place of friendly people. The desert hike and Petra will not disappoint you. I added 3 extra days, 1 before the hike to see Amman, and 2 after to visit Jerash and the dead sea, and there are plenty of other places to see.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    being in a group of like minded people, and we all got on working as a team to help each other. The wild camping under the mass of stars, just never see so many stars. And Petra no words to describe just see for your self.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The Group leader was great, made sure we were supplied with plenty of water and good places to stop in the desert for a rest from the baking sun. And a good laugh too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have plenty of sun screen high factor is best, a good sun hat. And yes don't pack too much like I did( what do you need in the desert ? Not a lot )

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Knowing how to put up a tent is a handy thing to know. I didn't but I do now :)
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Mark Gilbert

    Petra and wadi rum trek

    A great trek thru the wadi rum desert,highlights of seeing Petra are amazing.Tour guide and helpers very friendly,would def recommend trip. Exodus needs to buy new tents,you have to put these up yourself but many were broken which upset some Trekkers,guide said he has relayed this back but doesn't seem to get heard! Water is suppose to be supplied but we had to buy six bottles each,that's 78 bottles so not eco friendly exodus? Especially when some of the rubbish is being burnt on campfire!!!! All in all tho this trip is a big tick off of list and worth a go.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking thru and getting first glimpse of the treasury in Petra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Was very friendly,socialised with the group and loved to tell camp fire stories at night!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots of walking thru sand which can be tiring so be prepared. Also it says that as an option take wet wipes,no no no,you MUST take wet wipes or for three days you will not be washing! Toilet is behind a rock you find and cover in sand after😏 but that's wild camping for you. Plenty of snacks as well.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Nicholas Kemp

    Magical Jordan

    Go to Jordan- many people expressed concerns when I mentioned my up coming trip, I can confirm my experience was full of warm friendly welcoming people and at no time did it feel unsafe. The Wai Rum was stunning and gave me a sense on peace that I have not found else where. The trek was well planned and at time's informative with our guide providing useful information and a tale or too. My companions were diverse from all backgrounds and experiences, and wonderful company as we explored the desert. Walking on sand at times was challenging and the firm patches were welcomed when they returned. The distances quoted on the itenery were short on some days that might catch a few people out if 20-23k is no your idea of fun. I really enjoyed the scramble to the rock bridge but I don't think the trip note's captured the heights involved which will catch out the average walker.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Wadi Rum and the wild camping is an experience of a lifetime Petra was everything I had hoped for

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was informative and helpful and had tales to tell round the fire at night

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Brilliant experience and I recommend a hike through the desert, walking on sand is challenging as is the scrambling for beginners
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Andy Nash

    A desert adventure

    A great trek in stunning desert scenery, followed by the amazing ruins of Petra.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to pick a single moment but the relaxed tranquility of desert evenings around the campfire, with the stars shining brightly above, was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Zuhair was excellent: knowledgeable, thoughtful and entertaining.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring warm layers to sleep in as the desert is cold at night.

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