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Trek Petra

9 days from £1850pp plus international flights.

You'll walk through wadis, cross mountain passes and camp under the stars, but nothing can quite beat the thrill of that first site of Petra from the clifftop above, a worthy reward for your efforts.

This trek operates in spring and autumn, avoiding the wet weather of winter and the heat of summer. It is a tailor made itinerary so can begin on the day of your choice. With your local guide you will follow an ancient Bedouin migration route through the mountains leading to Petra. Thnis is remote, rural Jordan, a world away from the bright lights of the Jordan's cities and resorts and rarely visited by tourists. Your efforts are rewarded by views of spectacular wadis, deep gorges, green valleys, distant mountains and, of course, Petra. 

The trek includes 3 nights camping, as there are no hotels in these remote areas. Your tent will be ready when you arrive and the camp staff will cook you delicious meals and look after your needs. There is also one night in a permanent Bedouin camp, where you can enjoy a hot shower. 

Time spent trekking each day will vary from 5 to 9 hours, walking at your own pace with frequent stops including a long stop for lunch. You'll carry a day pack and enough water for the day. Any remaining luggage and all camping equipment is transported by the support vehicle. Should you feel the need to rest your legs you can travel in this vehicle to the next camp site. 

You'll need good walking boots with ankle support. In places you'll be walking along clear tracks and dirt trails, but sometimes the path will cross fairly rough and rocky terrain and some parts of the trail are steep with drops to the side. The route from Little Petra to Petra includes some narrow ledges, but these can be avoided if necessary. At all times you have the services of your local English-speaking Bedouin guide, who knows this route well.

If you want an adventure and a bit of a challenge in a dramatic and remote area of Jordan, and that feeling of arriving somewhere incredible under your own steam, the Trek Petra trip could be exactly your cup of tea!
Arrive in Amman to prepare for your trek


You will be met when you arrive at Amman airport and driven the 30 minutes to the Imperial Palace Hotel where you can relax after your journey. Having checked in you can enjoy a snack on the sun terrace and a refreshing swim the pool or relax with a spa treatment.  
The first day is a gentle walk through Dana Nature Reserve


The trek begins! You will be driven to Wadi Dana and will be walking through Dana Nature Reserve with its desert and mountain scenery. The vegetation here supports a broad range of plant, reptile, bird and mammal species, so keep your eyes open as you walk. As the trek follows an old and still-used Bedouin migration route you may meet local herdsmen along the way. The terrain is downhill today and you stop for lunch and to see points of interest. This evening you stay at Feynan Lodge, operated by Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a delicious meal. Full board
Loading up the support vehicle


Today you will pass near villages and gradually descend through Wadi Araba, past black volcanic mountains on one side and sand dunes on the other reaching a dry canyon at Wadi Baras. You are entering more remote areas now, away from day trekkers and are unlikely to encounter other people. Today's route passes Byzantine and Nabatean ruins, which you'll have to explore with the assistance of your local Bedouin guide. The camp will be set up when you arrive in the late afternoon. Enjoy the tranquil setting and some fine home-cooked food. Full board   
You'll see amazing views on the trek


The day starts with a steep climb from the valley floor into the mountains. The trail then crosses some fairly rough terrain and a small pass to emerge in a beautiful valley filled with juniper bushes. Crossing a second pass you are rewarded with wonderful views of mountains and wadis and can see your trail for tomorrow winding into the distance. The valley below is green and fertile. Your camp this evening is set up beside a river at Ras El Fied. Full board   
Walking through lush valleys enroute to Petra


A second day in the mountains as you pass the ruins of an ancient village and admire views back across Wadi Araba, which you passed two days ago. The undulating route takes you through small wadis and across mountain passes. You'll have this unspoilt scenery all to yourself, unless you're lucky enough to encounter ibex or oryx, which flourish in this rocky terrain. Tonight's camp is at Ishkart Msaid near the beautiful mountain spring at Hudus. Full board
Canyons in remote Jordan


The terrain starts to change as you travel through a flatter landscape of sandstone sculptures and cultivated fields of wheat and barley. When you reach the rim of the final canyon you'll see a superb panorama over the mountains of Petra. The final part of the trek today follows narrow paths and tracks which lead to the Bedouin desert camp at Baida. Here you can indulge in the luxury of a hot shower. If time permits, you can visit the nearby remains of a Neolithic village dating back to 7000 BC. Full board
The trek ends at Petra


This morning you trek across a windswept plateau to Little Petra. The valley walls are lined with tombs and the remains of caves previously inhabited by the Nabateans. Tiny staircases climb up the cliffs towards former dwellings. Leaving Little Petra you follow a trail along some spectacular ledges, finally arriving at the cliffs above Petra. You enter the site at the Monastery, one of the least visited areas, and pass the church, the main tombs and the Nabatean temple finally arriving at the iconic Treasury. You have time to stroll around the complex before being taken to the Movenpick Hotel in nearby Wadi Mousa. Full board   
A full day to explore the site of Petra


After breakfast you can return to Petra (entrance fees included). The scale, beauty and complexity of the site certainly merit a second visit and evoke the life of this long abandoned city. Spend as long as you like here. On returning to the Movenpick you can take advantage of the facilities and enjoy a dip in the pool or a well-earned massage in the spa. Dinner is included and the hotel has a range of dining options to choose from. If you are in Petra on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday you can consider going to see 'Petra by Night'. Breakfast, dinner      
Your trek adventure ends


After an early breakfast you'll be driven back to Amman airport in time for your onward flight. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1850 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Arrival and departure transfers; 8 nights accommodation; meals as specified; entrance fees to Petra and Wadi Dana; services of an English-speaking trek guide, 4WD support vehicle and staff for 6 days; all camping equipment.

Excludes: International flights and taxes; meals not specified; drinks; tips; visas (currently about £20 per person available on arrival).

Getting there: This trip starts and ends in Amman. International return flights from the UK will cost around £550 per person. We are happy to arrange flights for you. 

Departure dates: This trek operates is spring and autumn. It is a tailor made itinerary so can begin on the date of your choice.

places you will see

places you will see

Dana Nature Reserve
Dana Nature Reserve
Centred around the spectacular Wadi Dana, the Dana Nature Reserve is a great place for hiking, birdwatching and learning about the revitalisation of the local community. Wadi Dana is a spectacular ravine which starts at the top of The Great Rift Valley escarpment and stretches right down to the desert on the valley floor of Wadi Araba. 
One of the most famous archeological site in the Middle East, it is impossible to visit Jordan without spending at least a day at Petra. Immortalised as the "rose red city half as old as time", the wonderful history, archeology and scenery of Petra is outstanding. 

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: There are direct flights from London with Royal Jordanian and British Airways. The flight time from London to Amman is approximately 5 hours.

Language: Jordan's official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken.

Visas: All British citizens require a visa which can be obtained on arrival at Amman airport.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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