Summary

Travel Style:
Destinations: Middle East
  • 8 Days From
    R 18500
  • Trip code: TXR
  • Activity: Walking & Trekking, Desert Treks, Point-to-Point
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 14
Moderate / Challenging

Enjoy a magical desert trek through Jordan

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.

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
  • Free airport transfer for any flight
Activities
  • 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
  • Free airport transfer for any flight
Highlights
  • Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum
  • Traditional Bedouin camp
  • Famous rose-red city of Petra
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
    Food

    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.

Highlights

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

Dates & Pricing

 
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14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
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R 18800
 
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21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
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R 18600
 
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05 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019
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R 18800
 
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02 Nov 2019
09 Nov 2019
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R 18800
 
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09 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
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R 18800
 
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15 Feb 2020
22 Feb 2020
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R 19500
 
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14 Mar 2020
21 Mar 2020
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R 19500
 
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21 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
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R 19500
 
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18 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
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R 19500
 
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25 Apr 2020
02 May 2020
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R 19500
 
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02 May 2020
09 May 2020
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R 19500
 
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12 Sep 2020
19 Sep 2020
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R 19300
 
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19 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
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R 19500
 
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03 Oct 2020
10 Oct 2020
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R 19500
 
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31 Oct 2020
07 Nov 2020
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R 19500
 
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07 Nov 2020
14 Nov 2020
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14 Nov 2020
21 Nov 2020
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28 Nov 2020
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R 19500

Reviews

title is good and reflects the event

I very much enjoyed this trip, the desert, scrambling, company and guide. As nexpected the tent accommodation was basic but fine. The food was adequate but nthe ingredients a bit repetitive but I suppose that this is what one should nexpect in the desert.nThe main problem I had was the fact that the desert is a very popular day nouting for tourists in open trucks, of which there were many. The high number nof trucks etc mitigated against the feeling of being in the ndesert/wilderness. We had to jump off the track many times and at one point nhad a couple of open vans careering down a steep slope towards us. A bit ndisconcerting.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The fact of being in a desert, which I had not experienced before, and the nscramble up the hill which I very much enjoyed.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Abdulla was an exceptionally good guide. Knowledgeable, honest especially nwhen he did not know something, humorous, and very diplomatic when required. nAttentive and fun.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I enjoyed being in a very nice group who all got on well.

Check small print

+wadi rum trekking awesomen-felt obliged to tipn-dietary medical needs not conveyed to chefn- sleeping bag provided was broken & not suitable seasonn- Mena & Petra palace less than suitable abodesn+ Guide Abdullah was awesomen- chef & Tool did well despite resources in dessert

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Final camp realising last time needed to assemble own tent

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Good but aware / keen to keep us together even in last 48 hours

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Take:nGaitorsnEar plugsnEye masknHead torchnDead Sea neoprene bootiesnCompeed & variationsnBuy Arab scarf in event of sand stormsnTake Jordanian dinards u00a3150 circa. Expect to spend u00a3100.nDessert freezing at night.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • See above

In a trail of the Middle East

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • First sight of The Treasury, amazing.nWe set off at 6 am to beat the crowds, and was not disappointed, as we were none of the first groups there and managed to get some photos without anyone nin the background

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our leader Abdallah, was passionate, knowledgeable with a wicked sense of nhumour 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

Amazing!

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Those wonderful morning and afternoon snacks and hot lunch and evening meals nconjured up as if by magic by Youssef. His kitchen was discreetly hidden nbehind the trucks and he and his helper brought it all out ready assembled on ntheir fold up table. Wonderful!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Abdullah was so charming and an amazing leader. So knowledgeable, his ndescriptions of the culture and history of the Bedouins and Nabataeans was ninspirational.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • I found I'd taken all the wrong clothes for this time of year. Although it nwarmed up in the day, I didn't have enough warm layers for the evenings and nat night camping. Take a really good sleeping bag. Mine was a 3/4 season one nbut I was not nearly warm enough.

Trip of a life time!

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

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Wadi Rum desert is an incredible landscape. Nothing like I have ever seen. n From waking up and seeing the view from your tent to sitting around a ncampfire with your new found friends looking at the most insane starry sky. I nnever thought it was possible to see the Milky way so clearly, in wadi rum it nis.nnPetra. The whole day was amazing. Its so much more than The Treasury. We nwalked 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 nthe history of the area. He was so organised, so organised that every looked nso easy. There was no issues.nnI would also like to mention the brothers who looked after us from the moment nwe stayed at their Bedouin camp to wild camping for the next few days. Great nhospitality 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.nnI would also use an exodus sleeping bag and take a sleeping bag liner with me ninstead. I found that it was warm enough not to use a sleeping bag. We went nin early October.nnWet wipes are a must as long as long as you don't litter and a head torch is ndeffo handy when you have a call of nature at 4am in the morning.nnOoo and a battery pack for your camera when you are out in the desert, forget nyour phone theres no signal, enjoy the break!nnBlisters: Take blister plasters with you. I had a couple put plasters on nstraight 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.nnOn a fitness front: I am not a walker. I went on a few long 3 hour walks nbefore I went and found the trip not too challenging. The challenges are the nsoft sanded areas and heat. Take a hat and you will be fine. Don't be put off nyou can do it!

Amazing country

Jordan was like no other country on earth, the trekking on sand was nchallenging but the routes seemed to be planned to take break points just at nthe point I felt I couldnu2019t do anymore!

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • ?

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Iu2019d dressed more conservatively than I needed to - girls are ok in nrespectable length shorts and short sleeved tops in the desert and at Petra.

AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The beautiful desert scenes that we woke up to every day. The sunsets over nthe sandstone rocks every evening.nMoney 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 nhandled every situation (some unexpected) we came across with ease, nconfidence and a friendly nature.

Fantastic Wadi Rum and Petra

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • 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 nback for the sunset. The Bedouin cooking and especially the zarb were nhighlights.nAll of the walks were enjoyable especially the climb - and descent from - nBurdah Bridge. The walks were well paced with frequent water stops. (On nthis trip plentiful water refills were available.)nIssa took us into Petra via an interesting walk past a Neolithic village site nand the mountain which was one of King Solomon's Mines. This meant our first nview of Petra was the Monastery. By the time we were ready (after lunch) to nexplore the rest of Petra the bulk of tourists were just arriving and nstruggling 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 ntimes. He arranged appropriate stops on the drive to Wadi Rum.nHe looked after us well in the desert ensuring people always had water and nopportunities for water stops. He chose camp sites with opportunities for nspectacular 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. nThe bank we stopped at would not accept our u00a320 and u00a310 notes. They said nthey could only accept u00a350 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. nIt was a special treat to find, on the last day of the trek, they had put the ntents up for us.nnDo take the opportunity to have the Turkish bath in Petra. It was a final nbonding experience!

The best that Jordan can offer

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • 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 nto help each other.nThe wild camping under the mass of stars, just never see so many stars. And nPetra 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 nand good places to stop in the desert for a rest from the baking sun. And a ngood 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. nAnd yes don't pack too much like I did( what do you need in the desert ? Not na lot )

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Knowing how to put up a tent is a handy thing to know.nI didn't but I do now :)

Petra and wadi rum trek

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

Rating 4
Q&A
  • 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 nstories 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 nthat as an option take wet wipes,no no no,you MUST take wet wipes or for nthree days you will not be washing! Toilet is behind a rock you find and ncover in sand afterud83dude0f but that's wild camping for you. Plenty of snacks as nwell.

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.

 

Essential Info

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.

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

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Amman.

Start Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

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

After breakfast we transfer by bus to Wadi Rum. Today we enjoy a short acclimatisation walk (2 hours) from Disseh village to the Umm el Twaggy camp, where we enjoy a dinner prepared by our Bedouin hosts and staff. Walking approx. 5km. *Full-service Camping*

Meals Included : breakfast,dinner
Distance covered : 5 km
Activity Hours : 1

Day 3

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

We continue the trek from Umm el Twaggy to traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls (5 hours). We camp in the area between two mountains Rakaa and Mharrak. Walking approx. 15km. *Basic Camping*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner
Distance covered : 23 km
Activity Hours : 6

Day 4

Trek towards Jebel Burdah; afternoon visit the arch of Burdah with optional climb.

We begin the third day’s trek by heading to Jebel Burdah (2 hours). In the afternoon, we take a guided walk to view the arch of Burdah. Those who are comfortable with scrambling may wish to continue on and climb to the top of the rock bridge. From here there are spectacular views across this dramatic landscape. Our camp for the night will be next to Burdah. Walking approx. 10km. *Basic Camping*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner
Distance covered : 10 km
Activity Hours : 6

Day 5

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

Today we head southwest to the Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh and visit the inscriptions of Siq el Khazali, before continuing to ‘Lawrence House’ where we camp nearby. (5 hours). Walking approx. 15km. *Basic Camping*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner
Distance covered : 15 km
Activity Hours : 5

Day 6

Leave the desert for Petra.

We leave ‘Lawrence House’ and then walk north through Wadi Um Ishrin. We continue with a Bedouin 4×4 vehicle to Disseh village before our transfer to Petra in the late afternoon. (5 hours). Walking approx. 5km. *Comfortable Hotel*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch
Distance covered : 5 km

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 finallycatch 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
Distance covered : 4 km

Day 8

End Amman.

End Amman. **

Meals Included : breakfast

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