The Jordan Trail: Wadi Rum to the Red Sea

  • Distance 64.9km
  • Duration Three days

Hiking and scrambling opportunities abound in Wadi Rum, and it's tempting to add extra days to this itinerary to fully explore the desert. From Rum village (or a Bedouin camp in the protected area), you head south in the shadow of Jebel Rum past Lawrence's Spring to the dunes around Wadi Waraqa. You'll wild camp with a local Bedouin guide, and hopefully enjoy dinner cooked in a zarb (buried sand oven) under the stars. From Wadi Waraqa, you turn east towards the tiny village of Titin, past quartz mountains to another campsite. This is at the last line of hills before you reach the Red Sea. From here, you follow another dry wadi towards a pass that gives you your first view of the Gulf of Aqaba. Descending through scree, you briefly come across an industrial depot before veering back on to sandy ridges and your last taste of solitude on the hike. As you approach the highway, there's a tunnel you pass through; you know you've reached your final destination when you reach the cluster of hotels and dive shops that dot the beaches south of Aqaba. If you've done this as the final section of a through hike, congratulate yourself as you cool your feet in the Red Sea – you've just completed the most epic hike in the Middle East.

Visit the Jordan Trail (www.jordantrail.org) for route maps, GPS waypoints and detailed breakdowns of daily hikes.