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Join a small group of Experience Jordan Adventures on the Dana to Petra Trek - rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic!
Welcome to Jordan! Take some time to arrive, check into your hotel room, and have a first experience of the delightful Jordanian cuisine. Depending on when your flight arrived, you will even have some time to explore Amman by yourself.
Amman is Jordan’s capital, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city has grown into a modern city with all that you might expect. Despite this amazing growth, Amman has retained its character and traditions, and the culture of hospitality and generosity is still very present across the city.
Overnight: Hotel in Amman.
In the early morning 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 have another 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 at Mansoura.
Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 15 Km
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 at Furon
Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 14 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
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 archaeologist 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
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 round 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: Bedouin Camp near Little Petra
Hiking Distance: 13.8Km
After a relaxed breakfast, we leave the mountains of Petra behind, and move on to Wadi Rum. Are you ready for a desert adventure?! We will meet our Bedouin hosts and set out on a 4x4 jeep safari to explore valleys and narrow gorges, discover ancient rock inscriptions, climb sand dunes and rock bridges, and generally enjoy the majestic desert landscape. At each step you have the opportunity to hike, scramble and explore at your own pace. After viewing one of the most magical sunsets in the world, we’ll return to our camp for, dinner, an experience of the famous Bedouin hospitality, a night under the starlit sky, and - of course - countless cups of tea.
Overnight: Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum.
Today, we will leave the desert and proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. You can spend some time floating in the salty waters, try out the ‘magical’ Dead Sea mud, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with some spa treatments – the perfect cure if your legs are still tired and sore from all the hiking. In the late afternoon we will hop on the bus for a last time, and follow the long, winding road up to Amman - to return to where the adventure began…
Overnight: Hotel in Amman.
Sadly, all great things must come to an end. For those flying out already, it is generally recommended to leave Amman at least 4 hours prior to your departure. We wish you a safe flight, and hope you will return back home with many wonderful memories of your time in Jordan!
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I did the November Dana to Petra hike with Mahmood Attal. It was awesome!!! I could not recommend the hike with Experience Jordan more highly. There was scenery, there was history, there was culture and a great group. A once in a lifetime experience. The organisation by Experience Jordan was exemplary. Do it!!!
The Dana to Petra trek was so amazing!! Incredible views, welcoming Bedouin hosts and such a great experience. Our guide Mahmood Attal was fantastic, always looked after anything we needed! Everything was so well organised and we didn’t have to worry about a thing - just enjoyed the trek. Walking in to Petra was such a highlight. Would highly recommend this trek and anything else organised by Experience Jordan!
We have traveled extensively and we always choose a local-based tour company to plan our trips, when possible. Experience Jordan is hands-down the best local company that we have ever encountered. They have a perfect balance of customer service, friendly and personable staff, amazing English-speaking guides (Jawad and Taz) and attention to detail. From the moment we landed at the airport right up to when we were dropped off again we felt welcomed and supported. We were always able to contact our Experience Jordan representative or our guides through WhatApps if we had questions or even just needed a restaurant recommendation. The trek from Dana to Petra was flawless. Everything from great food, to extra blankets due to the cold weather, to unending patience when we were a bit slow getting out of bed. The hotels in Petra, the camp at Wadi Rum and the resort at the Dead Sea were well selected and exceeded our expectations.
If you are thinking of going to Jordan - GO. If you are a fun loving, adventurous person wondering what tour company to use - Experience Jordan. We couldn't recommend them more.
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Our wilderness camps provides a nice escape from everyday life, great views, and good service. Some people may refer to it as "glamping."
Our 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 bedouin tea. Then when dinner is ready, our Bedouin support will reveal the locally made feast.
We provide private or 2-person tents depending on your preference. In the tents we provide foam mattresses, sheets, and blankets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own.