Hiking in Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum

8 Days | Step off the beaten track on a trekking adventure through Jordan

4.8 out of 5 based on 61 reviews submitted.
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Experience the beauty and culture of Jordan on this exhilarating 8-day trekking adventure. Wander the streets of modern Amman, marvel at Little Petra, get off the beaten track around ancient Petra, be dazzled by the famous Treasury building, join the Bedouins for a magical desert adventure, admire the Byzantine mosaics in Madaba and float in the famously salty Dead Sea. This is Jordan at its active, action-packed best.

Trip overview

Map of Hiking In Jordan: Petra And Wadi Rum including Jordan
Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Madaba, Jordan
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Jordan
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
EEXA
This trip generates 25 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Visit Little Petra and hike the lesser known back-road into iconic Petra, spending a day exploring the secret hiking trails of this awe-inspiring ancient treasure.
  • Explore the spectacular Dana Reserve on foot – this unbelievably diverse reserve was established to protect wildlife and provide local communities with employment.
  • Wadi Rum is a world unto itself. Hop in a jeep and experience its twisted rock scenery and watch the sun set on a trek through this rugged moonscape
  • The semi-nomadic Bedouins are renowned for their hospitality, so you're in for a treat. Learn about their culture over an earthen oven-cooked feast before sleeping under the stars
  • Experience the best weightlessness this side of outer space with an effortless float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea

Is this trip right for you?
  • There is good amount of hiking involved in this trip and also when visiting Jordan's historic sites, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Most of the time there is no shade, so remember to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes.
  • The distances that you will be trekking vary from 14 kilometres to 20 kilometres over a range of terrains, we recommend you consider packing trekking poles for the hikes.
  • The desert camp in Wadi Rum is basic but incredibly memorable. There are tents and shared western bathroom facilities. While the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night, so remember to bring some warmer layers, especially if visiting outside of the summer months.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2025 to 31 December 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2024

Map of Hiking In Jordan: Petra And Wadi Rum including Jordan

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Jeep, Van

Accommodation

Permanent camp (1 night), Desert Camp (2 nights), Hotel (4 nights)

Activities
  • Dana Nature Reserve guided hike
  • Little Petra visit
  • Petra - Leader-led tour of Petra
  • Little Petra Backdoor guided hike
  • Madras Trail guided hike
  • High Place guided hike
  • Wadi Farasa guided hike
  • Wadi Rum desert jeep excursion
  • Sunset hike including Um Fruth Rock Arch
  • Desert guided hike including lunch
  • Madaba visit including St George's Church
  • Dead Sea sunset swim

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Important notes

1. You'll need a good level of fitness for this trip.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 5 & 6 (Desert Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Due to local weather conditions we may have need to changes some of the advertised walks. This decision is made by the local authorities and only occurs from time to time, should this occur then a substitute activity will be planned and advised.
4. Travellers only have to carry their essential items in a small backpack when hiking, while the main luggage will be transferred.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 61 reviews submitted.
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Anita · Traveled May 2024
Jordan is an amazing country to explore and has been on my list of places to visit for a very long time, the trip exceeded my expectations. Jordanian's are friendly and helpful and made my trip one to remember, I would encourage you to book a visit now.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2024

April · Traveled May 2024
Jordan was amazing. As were the views... but, I've lost trust in people and intrepid. Three main reasons - 1) after being repeatedly reassured that we could leave our things, including our valuables with our drivers, myself and another client had money stolen from our bags, 2) I ended up having to regularly buy my own food because my dietary limiations werent handled properly, and, 3) the fitness level of some group members was so low that it detracted from the hikes.
Review submitted 28 May 2024

Joanne · Traveled May 2024
Visiting Jordan with Intrepid was an excellent way to see so much in a short time. Such an excellent variety of experiences and the guides were wonderful. Small group set up was perfect and the accommodation brilliant. This trip exceeded our expectations and a trip to remember. Would highly recommend if you like a mix of culture and hiking.
Review submitted 19 May 2024

Sarah · Traveled May 2024
The landscape is simply marvellous and the hikes were very beautiful and varied. This trekking trip required a physical rating of 4 out of 5. This criterion was not met. Some group members were definitely below this fitness level. This was not "cool" for them or for the others. For this kind of trip and after reading the description, I've expected people with a similar fitness level. The accommodation was good and the food very tasty. Dinner was usually not included (mentioned in the travel programm) and a restaurant was reserved for the whole group, where we were allowed to order our own food. I personally liked that. Our guide looked after us well and was friendly, but could be a bit more enthusiastic. He was a bit sleepy sometimes. In summary, I have many positive memories of my time in Jordan and had great, nice people in the group. The mixture of culture and more challenging, extended hikes is ideal for getting to know this country at its best and slowly immersing yourself in it.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Ethel · Traveled May 2024
A fantastic active way to see a good selection of sights in Jordan. Definitely worth having a couple of days extra planned to see sights not included in the trip.
Review submitted 15 May 2024
Hiking in Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum
From
AUD $2,785