Dana to Petra Trek

  • Min group size: 2
  • Max group size: 14
  • Days: 5
  • Price: $995
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateChallengingTough

Dana to Petra Trek

Days 5

Price $995 

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Summary

This 5-day Mini Adventure includes the core part of our best-selling Dana to Petra (Package) 9-day Full Adventure.

You'll join up with the group doing the Full Adventure in Amman. Then upon finishing the 5-day trek through Petra, this tour ends at the Petra Visitor's Center. This Mini Adventure is designed for those wanting to do the famous trek with the added flexibility of a shorter trip and lower total cost than the Full Adventure.

Itinerary

At 7:30 am right after breakfast, the group will be picked up from the hotel in Amman. The drive from Amman to the starting point of the trek takes about 2.5 hours – time to get to know your fellow hikers or to take a nap. Our trekking journey starts with hiking through the diverse landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve includes four distinct ecozones and is thus accommodating an astonishing diversity of plants, birds, and other animals. First, 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

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Mansoura

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 15 Km
Ascent: 260m
Descent: 690 m

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.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Furon

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 16 Km
Ascent: 563 m
Descent: 170 m

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 comprised of smaller, 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 climbing up the hills, you will uncover more spectacular views over the barren desert below. Then, as you proceed towards the wilderness campsite, the landscape slowly becomes softer, with mushroom-like rock formations lining the way.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Ghbour Whedat

Hiking Distance: 17.1Km
Ascent: 750m
Descent: 920m

After yesterday’s very remote hike, we will see signs of increasing human habitation while approaching Little Petra today. Passing Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots you can gain an impression of the living environment of part of Jordan’s population. We will also pass the first Nabataean ruins, including wine and olive presses, aqueducts, and other ancient water infrastructures.

Finally, we will climb up through a canyon walled with soft sandstone rocks, 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 traveling along the Silk Road. After some time to explore, we’ll head on to our home for the night – hot showers are waiting!

Overnight: Bedouin Camp near Little Petra

Hiking Distance: 14Km
Ascent: 610m
Descent: 560m

On our last trekking day, we will enter Petra ‘via the Back Door’, avoiding most other tourists.

Amidst high sandstone mountains, a good track leads down Wadi Ghurab. The way then 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.

After walking the last meters to the impressive structure, we can rest for a bit, taking in the view There also is a Bedouin café for refreshments. Then, more Nabataean steps will lead us down into the main site. We’ll make our way through a colonnaded street, past rock-cut tombs, temples, and a Roman-style theater, to finally arrive at Petra’s probably most famous building – the Treasury. Take your time to marvel at the façade’s detailed artworks. After a final look, we’ll leave the site through the Siq a narrow, high-walled canyon, and then head back to our Bedouin camp for the night.

Overnight: Not included. You can arrange with us or on your own extra time in Petra, transportation back to Amman or Aqaba, or other customized extensions.

Hiking Distance: 13.8Km
Ascent: 496m
Descent: 519m

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Private Tour Option

*The prices below represent the tour base price for a private group. Prices may change due to other factors, such as holidays.

Group Size: Price per Person

2-5 people: $1,495 / person

6+ people: $995 / person

 

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FAQs

  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) from on days 1-5.
  • Transportation as per itinerary.
  • Luggage transfers.
  • English-speaking licensed guide on days 1-5.
  • Local hiking guide with a donkey for safety measures on days 1-3.
  • 3 nights ‘wilderness camping’.
  • 1 night accommodation in Bedouin Camps.
  • Jordan Pass – “Jordan Wanderer” (Visa & Entrance Fees)
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Airfare.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Hiking gear.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Starting Location: A hotel in Amman (Exact location to be sent to you upon reservation)

Ending Location: Petra Visitor’s Center

Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch

Notes:

  • Day 1: Meet the group in Amman in the hotel lobby in the morning for transportation to the start of the hike.
  • Day 2-5: While on this tour all meals are provided. The tour ends at the visitor’s center during the afternoon.

  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Day 1: Wilderness Camp
Day 2: Wilderness Camp
Day 3: Wilderness Camp
Day 4: Bedouin Camp (twin-share)
Day 5: N/A

Notes:
Wilderness Camps:
All single travelers will be provided with their own tent for free.

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 will reveal the locally made feast.

In the tents, we provide foam mattresses, sheets, and blankets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own.

A shower tent and a bathroom tent are 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 Camps:
Rooming on a twin-share basis. So travelers booking together will share a room.

These are fixed site, touristic Bedouin Camps, staffed by locals, in Little Petra. Bathrooms are normally off-suite, with a women’s and men’s public bathroom.

We are running these trips during the best times of year to trek in Jordan.

Throughout the year, at the camps during the night you will want to have long pants, and a light jacket or sweatshirt.

During November, December, and February, you may also want warmer clothes like a bigger jacket, hats, gloves, and a light rain jacket.

This is a 5-day trek with each day covering 14-17+ kilometers (8.5-10.5+ miles). That is five days in a row with 5-7 hour hikes.

So you should be reasonably fit to be able to enjoy this hike.

Shoes
The ideal shoe for this hike is light-weight 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.

Hiking Sticks/Poles
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.

During Wilderness Camping, you should not expect to have access to electric charging.

After leaving Amman on Day 1, your first good charging opportunity will be at the Bedouin Camp in Little Petra on night 4. You can charge your devices there until around 10pm when the camp turns the generator off for the night.

If you want extended access to electronic devices, we recommend bringing battery packs or you can also bring solar recharging devices.

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