Trek

Trekking in Wadi Rum is the best way to experience our beautiful desert.

you can see all details of the rocks, the plants and flowers at spring time, follow and recognize animal tracks on the sand, from large camel to small round running fox!

There are many ways to organize trekking in Wadi Rum, and you can find very different ones here. sleeping places, equipment, food, water are many points you should check before choosing your trek.

For example, if you look carefully, you can notice that more than half of trekking programs presently proposed in Wadi Rum mention "back to our camp" at the end of each walking day. That simply means that you will spend each night in the same place, and walk by rounds centered on this location. Interesting..
You may also be given a simple "lunch box" (Petra style).. jerrican water to drink (water in Jordan is not drinkable water, especially for sensitive persons), etc..

Our treks are all "itinerant", meaning you will sleep each night in a new place, usually a sort of cave inside the rock, choosen by your bedouin guide for it's beauty, the view.. and of course sheltered from the wind. we provide mineral water during all the trek, and salads plus warm cooked dishes even at lunch time.
After lunch, matresses will be waiting you for a pleasant rest..
Washing ? Why not, but with a little water, as bedouins always used to do.. 

About programs:

Fixed programs are almost impossible to define, our desert being so rich and full of amazing spots !
First we adapt our treks to your walking and scrambling (easy climbing) talents : maybe you like to walk 6 or 7 hours in a day, maybe 5 or 6.
Then the season is important also : summer or wintertime bring differences in the ways we choose, the day schedule (walking/resting time).. in case of raining (yes, it does happen in the desert !), climbing may present some risks.
Then the high or low season also interfers such places as the Barrah canyon or other spots on the North East side of the desert become invaded by a lot of tourists, then we priviledge the Southern parts, far from the mouvement and totally quiet.
But in all cases you will see the main famous spots, plus quantity of narrow canyons and breathtaking views (most of them being our "very special", even in the very center of the desert !)

How many days do you want to walk?

5 or 6 days are the best durations for a trek in Wadi Rum, for it allows you to see much of the desert.
You will enjoy very different landscapes in various areas, and take the time to climb several mountains for astonishing views on each one.
But in case you have less time, you can also make a great trek, the minimum number of days required being around two and half days.
Anyway, you can be sure you will see lanscapes and walk along ways where you will never meet anyone, because they are simply ignored by most guides

  • The program described below is adapted to 5 days.
  • A 3 day program would consist mainly in it's 3 first days. 

5 day program:

Many programs can be done in 5 (or 6 days (or more !). The one described below is only an example out of many possibilities, 

Day 1:
Starting from Rum village to the Red Sand dune, the Infishieh Inscriptions, we stop for lunch and continue by a nice southern view near Lawrence House (that consists in a simple stone wall and we may stay away from it in high season if too many cars !), then turn East to sleep in an area called M'Zelge (fantastic sunset view from nearby rocks)

Day 2:
We cross a large valley with small rocks (one of them being funny shaped as a "mushroom", and continue toward south, after seing a marvellous landscape from the top of an easy small mountain.
A narrow canyon, and the Burdah arch appears, on the left top of the big jebel Burdah, where we stop for the night.

Day 3 :
Starting north west, we walk down and up again, for a beautiful landcsape (a whole range of colors ending by jebel Rum in the dark red-violets !), and down again on the other side, then two narrow siqs, followed by a third one, and west to jebel Um Fruth.
Who do not fear the height can climb on it's top, the others take the photo.. We may not be alone there for it's one of the most famous spots of Wadi Rum !
Then we  leave everybody for a secret sheperd path who takes us to the top of the jebel, for one of the most amazing views of the desert.
Heading north, we cross the large plain to camp in the Um M'Gur mountain.

Day 4 :
After the siq Um M'Gur, we go South West, through a wide valley where sand change colour, to Um Khatha, a group of red mountains in red sand, and stay there for the night.

Day 5 :
Back North East to Um Sabatah, then a narrow siq crossing a small jebel brings us to a very nice view, to West and to East, from the top of the rock.
We continue North through Wadi Khashrash, then we end our trip by the siq of Khazali (*), showing old Tamudean inscriptions, before the last night or going back to Rum.