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Trek To Ancient Petra

Jordan Trek DEMANDING
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About the Challenge

Trek to ancient archaeological sites which are among the oldest in the Middle East. We journey along traditional trails of the Bedouin to the ancient and stunning capital of the Nabateans, or Petra as we know it today. With its huge rock-hewn tombs and buildings set amongst strange red sandstone formations and spectacular desert, it is a truly unique place. We will be camping enroute and travelling with the local Bedouin. This is a fantastic challenge and a great adventure!


Trek To Ancient Petra

9 DAYS
  • Arrive and transfer to hotel in the centre of town, approx 45 minutes away. Night hotel.
  • After an early breakfast we visit RedR UK’s Training Base in Amman to learn about the work the charity supports. That afternoon we have a detailed trip briefing, we drive south through a varied desert landscape near the small village of Dana. The village lies within a relatively new 320km² nature reserve of the same name. The park is very diverse, with mountains, valleys, plateaux and desert, and is strikingly colourful. We pass through different eco-systems with varying flora and fauna, eventually reaching our campsite on the desert floor next to the ruins of Feinan, an ancient Byzantine church dating back to 4000 BC. Night camp.


    Drive approx 3 hours

  • We wake early and, after a good breakfast, load up the equipment and set off on our day’s trek. Our route today takes us across hamada, rough stony desert, with beautiful jagged mountains rising up to 1400m to the east. To the west and northwest, open desert descends towards the Dead Sea, which lies 400m below sea level. The morning’s route takes us around several small hills before we head out across open desert towards Wadi Barwaz, which lies at the foot of the mountains, for lunch. Wadi is the name given to a dried-up river bed or water course, a regular feature in this dry landscape. After lunch and a brief rest we head south-west into the desert. We gradually descend towards Wadi Araba, first crossing hamada and then an area of small sand dunes. The views are awe-inspiring and we gain a true sense of the wonderful desert landscape. We camp again under amazingly clear, starry night skies. Night camp.

    Trek approx 8 – 9 hours / 18 km

  • Today we leave the sand dunes behind us and head back into the mountains. We have a gradual ascent across the desert to Abu Sakakin, lying at the foot of the mountains. From here we start a steeper ascent across small boulders and rocks to the foot of a steep and twisty track. This track takes us high into the mountains: a particularly challenging section! This is a remote but beautiful region with spectacular views west into the desert. After a break for lunch, we continue up to the high saddle (720m), from where we have good views into the heart of these stunning mountains. We follow a steep, narrow track which winds its way down to the river valley; once on the valley floor our route takes us through the beautiful Sakakin canyon before making camp above the river at Ras Feid. Overnight camp.

    Trek approx 8 – 9 hours / 14 km

  • We leave camp behind us and enjoy a pleasant walk back through the Sakakin canyon. Our route then becomes tougher as we gradually climb back up into the mountains. This trail is used by the Bedouin as they move their animals from the desert to the higher and cooler regions for the summer. The views are outstanding. Our track is tough, with some steep climbs and rocky descents, but the rewards are superb! Eventually we climb up to a pass, where we have tremendous views across the mountain range and the desert beyond, and to our day’s destination: Shkaret Msei’d. We descend to the river valley and continue along the valley floor to Shkaret Msei’d, where we make camp. This is a tough day in some challenging terrain. Night camp.

    Trek approx 8 – 9 hours / 18 km

  • After another night sleeping under the stars, we head inland, away from the mountains and desert landscapes, towards the ancient site of Little Petra. Our route follows an undulating path through low-lying hills and a couple of small settlements before suddenly arriving amongst the simple rock-hewn temples and strange sandstone formations of the site itself. These ruins are some of the oldest in the Middle East, dating back 9000 years, and will whet our appetite for the sights that await us tomorrow at Petra. After touring the site, we will continue weaving our way through the valleys to our campsite set amongst the rock formations. Night camp.

    Trek approx 8 hours / 16 km

  • Today is what we have all been waiting for: the trek into Petra itself! The huge tombs and buildings of Petra, carved out of the rock, are testament to the one-time wealth of the ancient capital of the Nabateans. The trek takes us initially to the Monastery, an impressive carved building standing an immense 43m high and 50m wide. We continue on our guided trek to the centre of Petra, before heading around Jebel al-Khubtha and the amazing red-striped sandstone rocks to Wadi Mataha. We then walk through the As-Siq to see the Treasury, the most famous and impressive sight at Petra. A further half-hour trek back through the Siq takes us to our waiting transport, which whisks us off to the Dead Sea coast for two nights of relaxation and a hotel with showers and comfortable beds! Night hotel.

    (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx 7 hours / 18 km; Drive approx 4 hours

  • A full day to relax and enjoy the delights of the scenic Dead Sea coast. The Dead Sea is at least 8 times more salty than the ocean, and having a relaxing float in the salty waters is too good an opportunity to miss! We meet up again in the evening for a big celebration to mark our achievements. Night hotel.

    (Lunch and dinner not included)

  • Drive to Amman for our return flight back to London.


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Detailed Information

  • Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

    On some nights we are likely to sleep in more communal accommodation such as dormitories, huts, local homestays or monasteries, depending on the trip, and you may be sharing with a larger number of participants or the whole group; this type of accommodation cannot always be single-sex.

  • We camp in large tents for 6-8 people, though sleeping out under the stars for at least one night is highly recommended! We use good hotels at the start and end of the trip.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. 

    Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in many countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

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Easier for accessing gear than a rucksack (especially when camping) this is probably the most cost-effective way to take your luggage on a Discover Adventure challenge!

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GRADE | demandING (2)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

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