Join a small group with Experience Jordan Adventures on the Dana to Petra trek, rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic.
If you arrive at Queen Alia International Airport near Amman, our representative will meet you and assist with the immigration process. After that, you will be transferred to the hotel in Amman.
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.
At 07:00 AM the group will be picked up at the hotel. The drive from Amman to Dana Village, the starting point of the trek, takes about 2.5 hours – time to get to know your fellow hikers, or to take another nap.
Dana Village is situated at 1,200 m above sea level. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and towards our campsite. The reserve includes four distinct ecozones, which means that Dana accommodates an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see griffon vultures circling overhead, and hyrax and copper blue lizards darting over the rocks. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Wadi Ghuweir
Hiking Distance: 16Km
Well rested, we will leave Wadi Ghuweir in the early morning, and head towards Furon.
After a less strenuous warm-up, our ascend up through the mountains begins. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. Don’t forget to look around you every now and then: The track leads into the mountains, through a dramatic valley that offers wonderful views towards Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon. Enjoy a cup of tea and the great view from the camp site while passing the time until your well-earned dinner.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping at Furon
Hiking Distance: 16.4Km
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.
Unfortunately all great things must come to end. For all of those flying out on this day, we will offer transportation from the hotel to Queen Alia International Airport. Generally, we suggest leaving Amman for the airport at least 4 hours prior to your flight.
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Recent customer reviews on TripAdvisor:
I highly recommend Experience Jordan. They crafted a Dana to Petra trek for us that was outstanding. We hiked by day and every afternoon, we would trek to a fully set up camp. Mahmoud the guide was full of knowledge and patient as we took photos. Mahmoud and Jamal the chefs made some delicious dinners.
Mohammed at the office easily dealt with our on-the-fly logistical changes, and we really appreciated his flexibility.
Fort Worth, Texas
The contrasting landscapes and biodiversity of the mutli-day hike from Dana Reserve to Little Petra is an attraction in and of itself, but what really makes the journey unique is the range of historic sites along the way. The walk begins in the recent ruins of Dana Village, providing a picture of village life in Jordan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The trail leads you down through Feynan, this site of ancient copper mines dating back 3,000 years and speculated by some to be the source of Biblical King Salomon’s great wealth. As you continue on your journey the path leads you past watchtowers from the Roman Empire until you finally reach the impressive facades built by the Nabatean’s in Little Petra.
Experiencing the landscape through knowledgeable guides from Experience Jordan provides for a rich journey through time with the benefit of learning the context for the places you pass. Besides the interesting sites along the way, the three day hike was supported by vehicles and wonderful cooks who kept us well fed and greeted us with a welcome cup of tea at the end of every day’s hike. Altogether a wonderful experience.
Terms & Conditions:
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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 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 and sheets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own.