Trekking through the Wadi Rum

Petra & Wadi Rum Trek

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Enjoy a magical desert trek

Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world is found in the south of Jordan at Wadi Rum, a place of dramatic beauty which provides an ideal environment for trekking. Millennia of erosion have formed wonderful mountains (known as jebels) that rise out of the desert sands, creating exciting terrain that we explore from the valley bottom to the jebel tops. Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local Bedouin and we shall be camping as they do, under the stars. Our trip will finish with a day visit to the ancient rock city of Petra, a must for any visitor to Jordan.


  • Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum
  • Traditional Bedouin camp
  • Famous rose-red city of Petra

Key information

  • 3 nights hotels, 1 night full-service basic camping and 3 nights semi-participatory wild camping
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Altitude maximum 1750m, average 1200m
  • Free airport transfer for any flight

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations



Approximately 3-5 hours walking per day


Low altitude; desert walking, undulating terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles

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  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    To Wadi Rum; meet the Bedouin team and venture into the desert.

    After breakfast we transfer by bus to Wadi Rum. Today we enjoy a short acclimatisation walk (2 hours) from Disseh village to the Umm el Twaggy camp, where we enjoy a dinner prepared by our Bedouin hosts and staff.

    Walking approx. 5km.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls.

    We continue the trek from Umm el Twaggy to traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls (5 hours). We camp in the area between two mountains Rakaa and Mharrak.

    Walking approx. 15km.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Trek towards Jebel Burdah; afternoon visit the arch of Burdah with optional climb.

    We begin the third day’s trek by heading to Jebel Burdah (2 hours). In the afternoon, we take a guided walk to view the arch of Burdah. Those who are comfortable with scrambling may wish to continue on and climb to the top of the rock bridge. From here there are spectacular views across this dramatic landscape. Our camp for the night will be next to Burdah.

    Walking approx. 10km.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh

    Today we head southwest to the Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh and visit the inscriptions of Siq el Khazali, before continuing to 'Lawrence House' where we camp nearby. (5 hours).

    Walking approx. 15km.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Leave the desert for Petra.

    We leave 'Lawrence House' and then walk north through Wadi Um Ishrin. We continue with a Bedouin 4x4 vehicle to Disseh village before our transfer to Petra in the late afternoon. (5 hours).

    Walking approx. 5km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    A fascinating day visiting Petra, one of the world's foremost ancient sites; to Amman.

    This morning the excitement mounts as we set off to explore the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its astonishing scale and bound to be a highlight for many. Following in the footsteps of Burckhardt down the narrow siq, you finallycatch a tantalising glimpse of El Khazneh - the Treasury - revealed in all its splendour as you come out into the open. The work involved in carving this immense façade out of solid rock defies belief.

    You have a full day to explore the site and see its many other splendours. In the centre of the city you will pass the houses and tombs of the more affluent citizens and also a Roman amphitheatre, preserved in remarkable condition. Beyond the city centre is El Deir, the Monastery. Its superb façade is carved into the rock and topped by a huge urn. After our visit we transfer back to Amman.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

Essential Info



Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst trekking all meals are included. The 3 nights spent in hotels is on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be required to buy 2 lunches on days 2 and 7 and dinners on day 1 (depending on flight arrival time), 6 and 7. Allow about US$90 or 64JOD to cover these meals. We usually eat in restaurants where traditional food is served to allow maximum flexibility of choice, and, for those who wish, to try a 'mezze' style meal. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice, however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good choice for vegetarians, usually costing approximately 15JOD or US$21 pp. Unlimited drinking water is provided free of charge whilst on the trek in Wadi Rum.


Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. We travel in the shoulder months when temperatures are cooler and conditions ideal for walking. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day - approximately 10-15ºC - but temperatures can approach freezing or below at night in the desert. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging) 

A good level of fitness is required. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. We use hotels in Amman and Petra but whilst trekking in the desert the facilities are basic so please take this into consideration when assessing whether this trip is right for you. Up to 5 hours of the day will be spent trekking and you need to be fit enough to cope with this. We will be walking on sand and scrambling over rocky terrain on days 4 and 5. At times this can be relatively steep with uneven ground and in some instances ropes will be used.

Each day your main luggage will be transported in jeeps; all you will need to carry is your day pack.

Desert temperatures can be more extreme and it has been known to get down to freezing during the night. Please be prepared for this.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:


Hotels, Full-Service Camping & Wild Camping

3 nights hotel, 1 night basic camping and 3 nights wild camping.
The infrastructure and accommodation standards in Jordan are generally good. We use comfortable hotels in Amman and Petra with en suite facilities and air conditioning. Four nights will be spent in the desert, of which 3 nights will be in wild camps without toilets or wash facilities. One night will be in our private permanent camp, where tents are equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are two plumbed toilets and basic washing facilities.

The single supplement is available on request. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Expert Blog Entries

Since the dawn of human consciousness, we have gazed up at the stars and wondered: what are these mysterious lights t

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Nicholas Kemp

    Magical Jordan

    Go to Jordan- many people expressed concerns when I mentioned my up coming trip, I can confirm my experience was full of warm friendly welcoming people and at no time did it feel unsafe. The Wai Rum was stunning and gave me a sense on peace that I have not found else where. The trek was well planned and at time's informative with our guide providing useful information and a tale or too. My companions were diverse from all backgrounds and experiences, and wonderful company as we explored the desert. Walking on sand at times was challenging and the firm patches were welcomed when they returned. The distances quoted on the itenery were short on some days that might catch a few people out if 20-23k is no your idea of fun. I really enjoyed the scramble to the rock bridge but I don't think the trip note's captured the heights involved which will catch out the average walker.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Wadi Rum and the wild camping is an experience of a lifetime Petra was everything I had hoped for

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was informative and helpful and had tales to tell round the fire at night

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Brilliant experience and I recommend a hike through the desert, walking on sand is challenging as is the scrambling for beginners
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Andy Nash

    A desert adventure

    A great trek in stunning desert scenery, followed by the amazing ruins of Petra.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to pick a single moment but the relaxed tranquility of desert evenings around the campfire, with the stars shining brightly above, was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Zuhair was excellent: knowledgeable, thoughtful and entertaining.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring warm layers to sleep in as the desert is cold at night.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Margaret Naughtin

    Petra and Wadi Rum trek

    The trek was just what we expected - spectacular scenery, nutrious food and good company! Our guide Zuhair was knowledgeable and fun all the time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The climb to the Burdat(?) rock bridge - fantastic rock scrambling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    knowledgeable, considerate,

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    prepare for sand walking!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    the equipment used needs an upgrade - better tents, sleeping bags and more blankets
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Timothy Lewis

    Sand and rocks

    It was only after my first few steps into the desert that I remembered how much I dislike walking on soft, moveable sand, but I guess that is to be expected in the desert! The chef worked miracles to produce huge portions of tasty food, seemingly out of nothing. The downside at the camp sites (for three nights) was the lack of a mess tent and somewhere to sit comfortably (we sat on cushions in a square around the fire, with no back support), and the toilet facilities: ladies to the left, gents to the right, dig your own hole and cover it up with sand. Ironically the longest day of the whole trek was the tour of Petra (20km). This is a hugely impressive place, tombs and houses hewn out of the solid rock and approached through a narrow canyon. We were taken past/into all the main sites, then returned by way of the High Place of Sacrifice, from which you get a stunning view of the whole site, but the downside was being constantly hassled by people trying to sell you things, and having to leap out of the way of passing pony and trap combinations, and passing camels. The hotels in Amman and Petra were fine, although it would have been good to know that the one in Amman was 'dry'

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlight of the trek for me was the two hour scramble to the rock bridge near the top of Jebel Burdah (which the trip notes had implied was a brief scramble at the end to get to the bridge), returning the same way. Seeing and hearing about various aspects of Lawrence of Arabia's life was very interesting too. And the Turkish bath in Petra/Wadi Moussa is highly recommended!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We trekked for 50km in a strange, lunar landscape, with a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide, Zuhair Alzou'bi, who was a fantastic story teller, a great skill to have when you are sitting found the camp fire at night with nothing else to do. I have nominated him as tour leader of the year.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't go if you don't like sand! Personally I much prefer mountains, but the trip was a last minute replacement for a trek through the Simien mountains in Ethiopia and I'm glad I did it for the experience of the desert it gave me
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Alison Cabrelli


    The guide Zuhair was so very knowledgeable and open about Jordan its history,people and culture so the trip was mosr enjoyable thanks to his input.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking and camping in the desert and the ancient city Petra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb. Careful of and attentive to his charges' needs and capabilities. Nothing was too much trouble for Zuhair, our enjoyment of all Jordan had to offer was his objective.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the long bus journey to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the return journey Petra to Amman.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip was my second choice( the first Ethiopia had to be cancelled ...state of emergency ) but I am so glad I didn't miss it !
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Sian Hayward

    An amazing trek in beautiful scenery.

    This was a trip arranged at very short notice as my trip to the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia was cancelled. I viewed it as a consolation prize but it turned out to be the exact opposite. The desert scenery was stunning, the walking was pitched at the right level and the itinerary was superb. The icing on the cake was that the whole group was lovely.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the desert scenery. I was expecting sand.... but I got beautiful imposing sandstone mountains and rocks which looked strangely like melting chocolate in places. So, the most inspirational part of the trip for me was the day spent scrambling up the hills to a rock bridge where a bit of a climb enabled me to stand on the bridge to make the most of the views. I also slept outside with amazing clear sky's full of stars.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was superb. Very knowledgable about the history and culture of Jordan but also had an amazing ability to check out how the group were feeling. He made the trip run very smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You may wish to take a little more money than the trip notes advise. All meals were usually less than 15 dinars, but with snacks and tips I spent £150 altogether. Not a lot for a week away, but if I had wanted to buy presents (I didn't) I could have been left short of cash. Be aware that debit or credit cards are not widely used at all.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Two things to look out for - 1. I hate animals at any tourist sites as they are rarely well treated. This was evident in the desert with the camels having sores around straps and fixings and with one camel having barbed wire around it's neck. The same went for the horses at Petra who were worked too hard. If you're an animal lover you will need to look away sometimes. I know the culture is different to the British way of life, but informing local people that you won't use the service unless they treat the animals well may eventually have an impact. 2. The desert was covered in litter and plastic bottles. Jordan may not have a recycling policy but tour companies may wish to collect obvious litter at the camps in order to make it more comfortable for people as well as protecting the environment.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Graham Tully

    Petra Wadi Rum Trek

    A great intruduction to the Wadi Rum Region of Jordan with the added bonus of visiting Petra.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in the desert and Petra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really nice guy , strugelled a bit with being assertive with his team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wild camping is exactly that - wild ; not glamping. So if you need running water and bathroom facilities this trip is not for you. On the other hand if you enjoy stepping out under the stars , book your place.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    New tents are needed and the scouting out of camp sites ahead of the group arriving would be beneficial. One camp was in a sorry state , foul smelling garbage and broken glass .
  • Reviewed April 2016
    JIll Marquis

    Amazing - I loved the desert

    What an experience - trekking in the desert is like nothing I have ever done before. I loved the space, the quiet and the rhythm of the actual walking. The stars at night were unbelievable. The food for us veggies was excellent and really varied and tasty. I felt that I had grown by this whole experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved it all - but the actual walking in the desert was really the highlight for me - I didn't want to leave the desert on day five! Burdah Bridge was fun ( when I had struggled to get to the top). Petra is huge and awe-inspiring.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a very knowledgeable group leader who was passionate about his country. At Petra he was an excellent guide with all the historical facts at his fingertips. He also had a wicked sense of humour at times!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a large hat, suntan lotion, walking trousers with legs that can unzip, a good camera, numerous changes of clothes and a sense of adventure.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Julia Dolan

    What a great trip

    This was such a brilliant trip and exceeded my expectations. We had perfect weather with blue skies and sunshine but it wasn't too hot for trekking. The desert scenery is simply stunning and takes your breath away - it really is spectacular. Petra is amazing but for me trekking in the desert and sleeping out under the stars was the highlight.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I've got so many highlights from this trip. Sleeping out under the stars (who needs a tent) and getting up early to watch the sunrise was so much fun and I loved sitting around the campfire of an evening. Spending 4 days and nights in the desert is just an amazing experience and i really enjoyed every minute of it. The 800 step climb up to the monastery at Petra is well worth it for the views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Zohair, was very passionate about his country, its people and culture and this came through in all his stories. He was a good leader and even treated us to a guided tour around Little Petra even though this wasn't part of the itinerary.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    They've underestimated what you need for tips and meals and things so I'd take more money with you than what's been recommended - or you can use the ATMs at the airport or at Petra. A visit to the cave bar in Petra is well worth it - try the local Petra beer.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Petra by night event is overpriced for what it is.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Jonathan Bergwerk

    Great place, wrong time of year

    Petra is fantastic. A must see and awe inspiring sight. Wadi Rum at the end of May was too hot. It was in the high 30s and low 40s which meant we had to spend hours resting in the shade and much of the walking felt like a route march at times - something to be endured and survived rather than enjoyed. People were exhausted. No other tour company was trekking at the end of May. So go, but go earlier in the year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?


    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was experienced and personable. He worked hard. Very individualistic. He told stories rather than was a typical tour guide. He was very pushy when it came to asking for tips for the driver and beduins

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The prices quoted in the Exodus material are misleading. You are taken to places to eat which are a lot more expensive than we expected. Think £20 for a basic lunch. Also the tips are more like a tax than being voluntary. The culture is such that they expect a tip regardless of the level of service. It got quite unpleasant when some people didn't feel this was appropriate. The total tips expected was about £60. The desert camping is very basic. No washing water is provided. The camps are well used so with the lack of toilet facilities there are is considerable mess which takes away from the enjoyment of the experience. I think having 1 or 2 nights in the desert would have been sufficient. Four nights was a slog. The walking we did each day varied considerably and did not follow the notes. Its worthwhile walking around the back of Petra on the way back rather than going in and out the same way.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

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