Trekking through the Wadi Rum

Petra & Wadi Rum Trek Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Jordan
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TXR
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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
  • Not suitable for vertigo suffer (Day 4)
  • Free airport transfer for any flight

Trip Highlights

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

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 6 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.

Whilst trekking the facilities are very basic (no toilets and showers) so please take this into consideration in assessing whether this trip is right for you.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

There will be either one or two (depending on group size) local leader/drivers who will escort you for the whole tour.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Jordan

Land Only

Start City:
Amman
End City:
Amman

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Our trip begins in Amman. In the following morning, the guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and answer any question. 

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

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

    After breakfast there is an opportunity to exchange money and purchase snacks for the upcoming desert trek. We then transfer by bus to Wadi Rum (4 - 5hrs). Before embarking on our desert trek, we visit Wadi Rum visitor centre and take in the sight of The 7 Pillars of Wisdom’, a spectacular rock formation with seven fluted turrets. It is a short transfer to the start of our introductory walk where we walk to Um Al Bdoun, a private campsite run by the local Bedouin people. In the evening, we enjoy a dinner prepared in a traditional way known as a zarb. A cooking pot is dug into the sand and left for most of the day to slow cook meats and vegetables. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 5 km / 3 miles
    Activity (hours):
    1
  • Day 3

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

    We continue our trek from our campsite to traverse across Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls. The trek is through open desert and there is a tangible sense of wilderness as we pass sandstone mountains and rocky outcrops. We set up the camp beneath the cool shade of two rocky mountains, Rakaa and Mharrak.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 23 km / 14 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 4

    Trek to the arch of Burdah with optional climb

    We begin today by heading to Jebel Burdah. Burdah Bridge is a striking rock formation that arches from one rock mass to another. The route has sections of scrambling and some of them involve the use of ropes, especially the optional ascent to the top of the bridge. There are panoramic views throughout the trek. In the afternoon, we continue our trek through the desert. Our next campsite is atop sand dunes nearby Jebel Umm Fruth in the south east corner of Wadi Rum Desert. 

    Basic Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

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

    Today we head to Umm Fruth Rock Bridge. The rock bridge is situated just a short walk away from our campsite. Umm Fruth requires some easy level scrambling. The ascent is steep and short and the sandstone is firm with good underfoot grip. We continue our trek to the ruins of Lawrence House. In the afternoon, we traverse across remote red sand dunes with spectacular views throughout. There is an opportunity to see historic rock inscriptions before we set up camp tonight in the crook of a desert mountain.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 6

    Leave the desert for Petra.

    Our last morning in the desert starts with a walk or optional camel trek through Wadi Umm Al Ishrim. We transfer to Petra at approximately lunchtime. In the afternoon, we have the option to visit Little Petra, a smaller but still impressive version of the main Petra site. 

    Duration of walk: 3-4 h.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 5 km / 3 miles
  • 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 finally catch 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
    Distance covered: 4 km / 2 miles
  • Day 8

    End Amman

    End Amman, following breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels, Full-Service Camping & Wild Camping

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 1 night in a standard hotel in Petra,  1 night at a permanent camp and 3 nights wild camping.

Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort.  Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and general plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

 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 traditional tents are equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at the permanent camp in Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.



 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £80.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

For airport transfers and days when we are not trekking we use one air-conditioned mini or minibus depending on group size, with local drivers. Occasionally we will use 2 vehicles for the group. In Wadi Rum we use basic 4-wheel-drive vehicles that are owned by a local Bedouin family. The vehicles are appropriate for local desert travel, but may fall below normal vehicle safety standards expected on our trips. As there are no other vehicles available and as we are not travelling by road we feel that they are adequate for the job.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Royal Jordanian Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Those on the group flight will be met before immigration by an Airport Co‐ordinator who will collect your passport to get it stamped with the group visa. Please be aware in high season this process may be subject to delays. The Airport Co‐ordinator will be holding an Exodus sign, please make yourself known to him. You will then be directed to the baggage collection point and then to the arrivals hall where your group leader will meet you. It is at this point that the Airport Coordinator will return the passports.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Amman

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Amman in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE arrival transfers on all flights for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. To receive this free transfer Land Only clients must arrive on the trip start date or have booked pre-tour accommodation at the start hotel. Exodus must receive full flight details in advance. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.  Detailed instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

 

Location start:
Amman
Location end:
Amman

What to Take

Essential Equipment

3/4-season sleeping bag 

Lightweight trekking boots with good a quality sole

Fleece or jacket suitable for cold nights

Daypack, hat, sun cream

Insect repellent

Sunglasses

Head torch

Toilet tissue

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Please remember that Jordan is a Muslim country and so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites, and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered).

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Waterless hand cleaning gel

Tissues Flannel

Wet wipes

Earplugs

Walking poles

Gaiters

Reading List

TE Lawrence: Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Practical Information

Passport

Jordan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Jordan

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:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Jordan

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

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Jordan's Timezone:
Asia/Amman EET (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Jordan's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types B,C,D,F,G & J; establishments often take UK plugs and/or two round pin plugs.

You will need a round 2-pin plug. This type of plug is very common in most universal adaptor sets. Power is generally 230V and 50Hz frequency. It will only be possible to recharge equipment on the nights when you will be staying in hotel accommodation.

Money

Jordan's Currency

The national currency of  Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 0.9 to the GBP,  0.7 to the USD, 0.54 to the CAD, 0.79 to the EUR, 0.54 to the AUD and 0.51 to the NZD.

The Dinar (JOD) is divided into 1,000 fils. Ten fils is referred to colloquially as 1 piastre, and quite frequently prices of small items are given in piastres.

ATM Availability

You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at Amman airport. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureau de Change. ATMs can also be found in the major towns and cities, such as Petra and Amman. However not all ATMs will take British/ European style card. Your leader will be able to advise you. Larger shops in the cities may take credit cards, but do not rely on this.

You can take your money in Sterling or US$. You may want to take some in cash and some in Travellers Cheques, with a mix of denominations. However, we should point out that changing Travellers Cheques in Jordan can be quite difficult as very few places now accept these.  If you do wish to take them we advise using those issued by either Thomas Cook or American Express, as you may find others even more difficult to change. Small denomination cash dollars are useful for times when you want to change a small amount of money outside the major towns or cities.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Optional Excursions

There are a number of optional excursions on offer throughout the trip. Your leader will provide details of these on arrival. Whilst at Wadi Rum you may encounter local Bedouins selling camel rides, these rides are taken at your own risk as is the horse ride at Petra. Please note that all prices are subject to change.

Little Petra: A smaller but still impressive version of the main Petra site. A taxi ride and late afternoon visit will cost 15 JOD pp.
Petra by night: Follow the trail from the Siq to the Treasury in candlelight where you will be offered tea and traditional music by the local Bedouins 17 JOD pp. Please note this is not possible every evening and it can get crowded.
Turkish bath: 22 JOD pp.
Camel rides in the Wadi Rum: Camel rides provided by the local Bedouins. A trek from the camp to the local village will take approximately 1hr 20 and will be 20 JOD pp.
Amman Entry fees: Citadel 3 JOD pp, Theatre 2 JOD pp, Mosque Abdallah: 2 JOD.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is at your discretion for both the leader and the local staff. Tipping in Jordan is part of the culture that has developed with tourism due to the low income of most people. If you wish to tip, we have found it useful for the group to have a kitty for tipping (the leader can advise how much to tip), this can ease confusion and embarrassment by not knowing how much or how little to tip the local staff. If you do not wish to join in on the group kitty, do not feel pressured. Many clients also wish to tip their leaders and driver at the end of the trip, we suggest around 25 US$ or 18 JOD shared between the guide and Bedouin staff and 8 US$ or 6 JOD for the driver. Most groups prefer to present the money to the leader at the end of the week with two separate envelopes (one for the leader and one for the driver). This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.