What is the Jordan Trail?
The Jordan Trail is a national hiking trail. It crosses the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba and the Red Sea in the south. Offering 40 days of trekking and more than 600 kilometers of trail, it connects diverse landscapes and stunning views with the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage.
Along the trail, you will witness the rolling hills of the north, the rugged wadis and cliffs overlooking the Jordan Rift Valley, the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the rose-red rock structures of Petra, the dramatic sands and towering mountains in Wadi Rum, and the colorful corals of the Red Sea. It is also a journey through the layers of Jordanian history, and an encounter with the country’s people and their cultures, traditions, and cuisine.
Best Sections of the Jordan Trail
Below are some of our favorite sections of the Jordan Trail. If you would like one or several sections with us, you can either click on one of the buttons or have a general look at our Trek & Walk Tours.
Section 6: Dana to Petra
The crown jewel of the Jordan Trail is the famous Dana to Petra Trek. There are various options in how to do this part – e.g. in 4-, 5-, or 6-days, or with transfers mid-route to bypass steep ascent or descents. The trek passes a rich variety of Jordan’s most beautiful landscapes, stunning views, and important historical and cultural sites.
The Dana to Petra Trek was recently named one of the best 15 multi-day hikes in the world by National Geographic, and we’d love to show you why! Depending on your fitness level, time availability, accommodation requirements, we can put together a custom package that suits your needs, or reserve you a spot on one of the group tours on the Trek that we offer nearly every month – we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Section 7: Petra to Wadi Rum & Section 8: Wadi Rum To Aqaba
In the south, for the desert lovers, there is the longer Petra to Aqaba route, passing through the martian landscape of Wadi Rum. There are lots of options for extension in Wadi Rum, including scrambling or climbing, camel tours, horse riding tours, and the opportunity to live with the bedouin, experiencing their local way of life.
Whatever your fitness level, time availability, budget, and comfort preference, we can customize a tour for you.
Section 1: Um Qais to Ajloun
This section of the Jordan Trail offers unique chances to explore Jordan’s green north. It passes through light forests, fields, vineyards, age-old olive groves, dams, and cave springs. Hikers also don’t miss out on the Ayoun region’s rich cultural and historical heritage – from the Roman ruins in Umm Qays to the Crusader Castle in Ajloun, there are many sites to discover.
It is part of our company’s philosophy to support the growth of local community-based tourism service providers across the country. In the Ayoun region, we worked closely with local hikers to help them develop as guides for our groups, and establish family homestays. We have run workshops for their owners to educate them on the standards expected by tourists wanting to stay in their homes, and regularly send individuals and groups to these families for overnight accommodation.
We have also supported local providers to develop new products that they can use, such as developing a story-telling visit. We worked with one of the local families to help them develop a range of local stories they could share with incoming groups, shared over a meal, to educate and inform groups about local life. We tested this with a local international school from the capital, bringing Jordanian and international students to hear the stories.
Hike the Jordan Trail with us!
Currently, many sections of the Jordan Trail are still difficult to hike independently. This is mostly due to various logistical challenges, such as transportation, accommodation, water, and food. But, don’t worry. In recent years several tour companies in Jordan have developed a wide range of hiking tours throughout the country.
One of these tour companies is Experience Jordan Adventures. Our experienced team has spent years hiking Jordan from north to south to be ready to help you plan your walk along the trail.
Find out more about how the Jordan Trail came to be in Our Projects.