Dana to Petra Trek

Day Trips & Excursions, Queen Alia International AirportTraveler pickup is offered to Returns to original departure point

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Amazing scenery, untouched nature, stunning views - the Dana to Petra Trek on the Jordan Trail was rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic. Let us show you why!We will arrange all the logistics, so you can just hike and enjoy the amazing scenery.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival - AmmanStop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman GovernorateIf you arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, we will meet you and assist with immigration and then transfer you to the hotel in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is growing into a modern city, but retains its character and history.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel in Amman.Day 2: Amman - Hike: Dana Village to Wadi GhuweirStop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah GovernorateAt 7:00am we will pick up everyone from the hotel in Amman.The drive from Amman to Wadi Dana where we will begin the hike is about 2.5 hours. Once we arrive the hike will start from Dana Village, 1,200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your trekking guides.The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the Wadi Ghuweir. The reserve, Jordan’s largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on 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.Hiking Distance: 16Km, Ascent: 280m, Descent: 1420mHiking Level: ModerateDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Wadi Ghuweir.Day 3: Hike: Wadi Ghuweir to FuronStop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah GovernorateOn this day, we will leave Wadi Ghuweir and start our hike heading towards Furon.As we pass the entrance to Wadi Ghuweir we’ll ascend up through the mountains with great views behind. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. The track leads up into the mountains through a dramatic valley that offers stunning and wonderful views towards the fascinating Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon.Hiking Distance: 16.4Km, Ascent: 1320m, Descent: 390mHiking Level: DifficultDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Furon.Day 4: Hike: Furon to Ghbour WhedatStop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah GovernorateOn this day, we will start hiking from Furon past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan.Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular.We will gradually climb up the hills to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below. Then, we will proceed to our wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.Hiking Distance: 17.1Km, Ascent: 750m, Descent: 920mHiking Level: DifficultDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Ghbour Whedat.Day 5: Hike: Ghbour Whedat to Little PetraStop At: Al-Beidha - Little Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateAfter yesterday’s very remote hike, today while we approach Little Petra, we will see signs of increasing human habitation. Along the way we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots. In the region between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra we will also pass Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures.Today we will visit Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a “suburb” of Petra, and meant to house traders traveling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Touring Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.Hiking Distance: 14Km, Ascent: 610m, Descent: 560mHiking Level: ModerateDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.Day 6: Hike: Petra via the 'Back Door'Stop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateAfter breakfast it’s time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists.Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way 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. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh.Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like.Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your hotel accommodation in Petra. Hiking Distance: 13.8Km, Ascent: 496m, Descent: 519mHiking Level: ModerateDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel in Petra (Wadi Musa).Day 7: Explore Petra & Wadi RumStop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateEarly morning and after breakfast, you will head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders. You will enter through the “Siq,” a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The world heritage site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Al Aqabah GovernorateLater on this day we will transfer you to Wadi Rum. Enjoy the wilderness adventure of a 4×4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The jeep tour will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. Return back to your camp, enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum. Day 8: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - AmmanStop At: Dead Sea, Madaba, Madaba GovernorateAfter breakfast, we will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Once we arrive, we can enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great natural experiences.Floating is the right word for it; with an eye stingily high salt content it is virtually impossible to swim in the viscous waters of a sea that is 415m below ‘sea level’. After floating, trying out the “magical” Dead Sea mud and soaking up some sun, we will head back to the capital.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel in Amman.Day 9: DepartureStop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman GovernorateUnfortunately 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 for departures. Generally, we suggest leaving Amman for airport 4 hours prior to your flight or earlier.End of services.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 6x Dinner
  • 7x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Meet and Assist at Queen Alia International Airport
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Entrance Fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Free visa to Jordan for non restricted nationalities (law can change without further notice)
  • English-speaking, licensed guide on all days except for on arrival and departure (days 1 and 9).
  • Local hiking guide with a donkey on days 2-4.
  • Mattress and blankets in the wilderness camps (Note: due to hygiene reasons no sleeping bags)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (single supplement applies)
  • Entry/Admission - Dana Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Dana Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Dana Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Al-Beidha - Little Petra
  • Entry/Admission - Petra
  • Entry/Admission - Petra
  • Entry/Admission - Wadi Rum Protected Area
  • Entry/Admission - Dead Sea

What’s not included

  • Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Exit tax from Jordan (airport tax is usually included on air-tickets)
  • Hiking gear
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Amman Stop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman Governorate If you arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, we will meet you and assist with immigration and then transfer you to the hotel in Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is growing into a modern city, but retains its character and history. Duration: 4 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel in Amman.
Day 2: Amman - Hike: Dana Village to Wadi Ghuweir Stop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah Governorate At 7:00am we will pick up everyone from the hotel in Amman. The drive from Amman to Wadi Dana where we will begin the hike is about 2.5 hours. Once we arrive the hike will start from Dana Village, 1,200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your trekking guides. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the Wadi Ghuweir. The reserve, Jordan’s largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on 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. Hiking Distance: 16Km, Ascent: 280m, Descent: 1420m Hiking Level: Moderate Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Wadi Ghuweir.
Day 3: Hike: Wadi Ghuweir to Furon Stop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah Governorate On this day, we will leave Wadi Ghuweir and start our hike heading towards Furon. As we pass the entrance to Wadi Ghuweir we’ll ascend up through the mountains with great views behind. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. The track leads up into the mountains through a dramatic valley that offers stunning and wonderful views towards the fascinating Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon. Hiking Distance: 16.4Km, Ascent: 1320m, Descent: 390m Hiking Level: Difficult Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Furon.
Day 4: Hike: Furon to Ghbour Whedat Stop At: Dana Nature Reserve, Dana, Tafilah Governorate On this day, we will start hiking from Furon past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan. Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular. We will gradually climb up the hills to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below. Then, we will proceed to our wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat. Hiking Distance: 17.1Km, Ascent: 750m, Descent: 920m Hiking Level: Difficult Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Wilderness Camp in Ghbour Whedat.
Day 5: Hike: Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra Stop At: Al-Beidha - Little Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate After yesterday’s very remote hike, today while we approach Little Petra, we will see signs of increasing human habitation. Along the way we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots. In the region between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra we will also pass Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures. Today we will visit Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a “suburb” of Petra, and meant to house traders traveling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Touring Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon. Hiking Distance: 14Km, Ascent: 610m, Descent: 560m Hiking Level: Moderate Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.
Day 6: Hike: Petra via the 'Back Door' Stop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate After breakfast it’s time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists. Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way 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. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your hotel accommodation in Petra. Hiking Distance: 13.8Km, Ascent: 496m, Descent: 519m Hiking Level: Moderate Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel in Petra (Wadi Musa).
Day 7: Explore Petra & Wadi Rum Stop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate Early morning and after breakfast, you will head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders. You will enter through the “Siq,” a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The world heritage site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. Duration: 5 hours Stop At: Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Al Aqabah Governorate Later on this day we will transfer you to Wadi Rum. Enjoy the wilderness adventure of a 4×4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The jeep tour will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. Return back to your camp, enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum.
Day 8: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Amman Stop At: Dead Sea, Madaba, Madaba Governorate After breakfast, we will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Once we arrive, we can enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great natural experiences. Floating is the right word for it; with an eye stingily high salt content it is virtually impossible to swim in the viscous waters of a sea that is 415m below ‘sea level’. After floating, trying out the “magical” Dead Sea mud and soaking up some sun, we will head back to the capital. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel in Amman.
Day 9: Departure Stop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman Governorate 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 for departures. Generally, we suggest leaving Amman for airport 4 hours prior to your flight or earlier. End of services. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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