Explore the Jordan Trail during a multi-day trek along this legendary trade route. Hike through the desert, canyons, mountains, and oases, and follow the life of the Bedouin tribe. End your journey in the breathtaking Petra, one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

Hiking in Jordan

A journey to Jordan is a voyage filled with ancient history, unparalleled adventures, and breathtaking views. Jordan is the welcoming heart of the Middle East, warmed by the sun that constantly showers its rays upon the land. In the distance, you can see camels meandering through the desert, while the scent of wild sage fills the air and the sound of a shepherd calling his goats echoes in the shade. Countless events have unfolded here throughout history, yet the same impressive mountains and vast valleys remain, giving life to the stories found in sacred books. Some even say that it feels like the largest small country in the world. Nothing is far away, yet its starry sky and deserts are infinite.  

Shobak to Petra

The Jordan Trail was selected by National Geographic in 2018 as one of the "must do" hiking trails in the world. This caravan route transported goods from Egypt & Syria to Saudi Arabia in Classical Antiquity and consists of 8 sections. Each day, you'll find yourself in a different Eastern landscape, hiking through mountains, canyons, oases, and deserts. All accompanied by stunning views.

During a 6-day journey, we trek from one Nabataean campsite to another, where you can spend the night in a tent. After the hike, you can relax and enjoy the delightful Bedouin hospitality. The daily hiking distance ranges from 14 km to 18 km.

The weekly schedule

In just one week, you'll hike along the most impressive and remote trails of Jordan. You'll discover Bedouin culture, Middle Eastern hospitality, and stunning mountain ranges. Depending on the weather conditions, routes and distances may change during the season.

Practical information

When?

In spring 2024, we will be traveling to Jordan again from March 24th to May 12th. In spring 2024, we are organizing The Jordan Trail with the following departure dates:

  • Sunday, March 24th to Sunday, March 31st
  • Wednesday, March 27th to Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Sunday, March 31st to Sunday, April 7th
  • Wednesday, April 3rd to Wednesday, April 10th
  • Sunday, April 7th to Sunday, April 14th
  • Wednesday, April 10th to Wednesday, April 17th
  • Sunday, April 14th to Sunday, April 21st
  • Wednesday, April 17th to Wednesday, April 24th
  • Sunday, April 21st to Sunday, April 28th
  • Sunday, May 5th to Sunday, May 12th
Price?
The base price for this trip starts at €570.

Included in the base price:

  • 4 nights of camping
  • 1 night in a hotel (Shobak)
  • 1 night in a hotel (Petra)
  • All internal transportation by shuttle - excluding airport transfers
  • Luggage transport between camping spots
  • Water supply at each camping spot
  • Guidance from guides
  • The Jordan Trail app
Optional?
  • Entrance for Petra €74
    If you choose to book your flights yourself (and your visa is not included), we strongly recommend purchasing a Jordan Pass, which you can do here. The entrance fee for Petra and your travel visa are included in the Jordan Pass. This is cheaper than buying your visa and Petra entrance fee separately (Jordan Pass ± €99). Choose the option with two-day access to Petra when purchasing the Jordan Pass.
  • Optional: Round-trip Flight (airport transfers included).
  • Optional: Checked Baggage €55
  • Optional: Airport Transfers €65 (bus to the trail and bus from Amman to the airport) - This option is included when booking your flights through The Jordan Trail.
  • Optional: Bedouin Cuisine: Food & Water €150
  • Optional: Camping Equipment Rental €65
  • Optional: Trekking Poles €12
  • Optional: Cancellation Insurance €69
  • Optional: Travel Assistance Insurance €49
  • Optional: Last Night in Amman - hotel €27/pp
Flights

If you book your flights with The Jordan Trail, it includes:

  • Visa for Jordan (± €55)
  • Airport transportation to and from the airport (± €65)

If you prefer to book your own flights, that's definitely possible for people who want to arrive earlier, stay longer in Jordan, or continue their travels. Contact info@thejordantrail.org to find out if you can join our shuttle.

How are the hikes organized?

In Jordan, you will be accompanied by experienced Dutch-speaking guides and locals. At the beginning of the trip, you will receive a detailed trail app that extensively documents tips, tricks, and points of interest. There is no signage along the trail, so it is strongly discouraged to undertake this trip on your own.

The Accommodation

During The Jordan Trail, you will mainly be sleeping in a tent. You can rent a 3-season tent from us along with a sleeping mat and sleeping bag (+€65), so you don't have to purchase and bring them on the plane yourself. The rental equipment will be ready in the jeep at the first stop.

The sleeping locations are all in the middle of nowhere. This means that there are no sanitary facilities or running water available. However, you can freshen up at the campgrounds using the carried water. On the first evening, you will sleep in a lodge with basic comfort, in Petra you will stay in a hotel, and on the last evening in Amman, you can optionally book a hotel stay through The Jordan Trail. Participants who register alone (or in an odd-sized group) will share a room with another Jordan Trailer for these overnight stays. We always do our best to assign trailers of the same gender to the same room.

The food

During the hike, you won't come across any restaurants or supermarkets. The only place where you can buy something is in Petra itself on the last day. So you need to bring enough snacks for the entire route. We recommend bringing some cereal bars, energy bars, or glucose tablets to get through the more challenging parts of the trail.

You can join us for daily meals and enjoy the local Bedouin cuisine (+ €150).

BREAKFAST: Naan bread, hummus, jam, eggs, dates, coffee, and tea

LUNCH PACK: Naan bread, tuna, cheese, cucumber or tomato, fruit

DINNER: The local chef will prepare a delicious traditional Bedouin meal. Lots of fresh vegetables, chicken, rice, salads, and salsas.

You are welcome to bring your own food on the trip. But we highly recommend joining the cozy and delicious traditional Bedouin dinners.

FAQ's

You can always send us an email for more information about this trip, below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions.

Who is this trail for?

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 with good fitness, health, and a dose of determination should be able to complete this trail. Be aware that it is a challenging trail in an environment you have (most likely) never encountered before. Therefore, make sure you are adequately trained to embark on the trail.

Sanitary facilities

During your time on the trail, you won't come across any sanitary facilities. You will have to go to the toilet the way our ancestors did thousands of years ago. You can freshen up at the end of the day with the water brought by the jeeps. This water is also your drinking water, so don't expect a shower.

Am I allowed to bring my drone to Jordan?

It is not allowed to bring a drone to Jordan. It will be confiscated upon arrival at the airport in Amman, so please leave your drone at home.

Do I have to carry my backpack myself?

Every morning, you can drop off your backpack at the jeeps (backpacks of maximum 60 to 80 liters), and they will transport it directly to the next accommodation. However, it is very important that you bring a sufficiently large daypack to carry the water, food, and equipment you need during the day. We recommend a daypack of approximately 30 to 35 liters for this purpose.

What should I bring?

Bring sturdy hiking shoes (type B) that you feel comfortable enough to embark on a long trek. The terrain can be rough at times, and it can quickly wear out the soft soles of sports shoes or other unsuitable footwear.

Be prepared for changing weather patterns. Make sure to bring protective rain gear and a warm clothing layer. Especially in the evenings, it can get quite chilly. While it doesn't rain often, when it does, it can be a heavy downpour.

Depending on the individual, you will need 3 to 4 liters of water per hike. So make sure you can carry this amount, a camelbag is ideal for this purpose.

Bringing your own tent

If you choose to bring your own tent, you should also bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag (at least 2-season rated).

Jordan Trail camping gear option

If you opt for the Jordan Trail camping gear option, you will receive a tent, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag at the beginning of the route. This equipment is made from the most weather-resistant materials.

Visa for Jordan

If you book your flights with The Jordan Trail, the visa is included in the price of your flight.

The visa for Jordan costs approximately €55 and can be purchased upon arrival at the airport in Amman. It is also possible to purchase the Jordan Pass (± €99), which combines your visa with your entry to Petra. The Jordan Pass can only be purchased online in advance, it is important that you choose the option with 2 days in Petra. You can purchase the Jordan Pass here.

What about water?

It is very important to stay hydrated in the heat of Jordan, especially during hiking. You will be able to refill your water supply every evening and morning, so make sure to bring a camelbag/water bottles with a total capacity of about 4 liters! This should help you get through the day without any issues.

Note: Tap water is not drinkable in Jordan.

The route signage

There are no arrows or trail markings on the trail itself. So it is very important to listen to the guides and keep a close eye on the route. You always follow the guides while hiking.

Give back to nature by offsetting your CO2 emissions.

The planet provides us with so much beauty to admire, but if we want to continue enjoying it in the future, we need to protect it today. That's why we make extra efforts to minimize the impact of our trips, and in the booking form, you can reliably contribute to a climate project by Greentripper, which offsets the CO2 emissions of your transportation. By supporting their certified project "Wildlife Cambodia," you help protect beautiful forests and the wildlife within them, support local communities, and reduce the CO2 emissions of your transportation. If you choose to contribute to the emissions of your transportation, Travelbase will also make additional contributions to the on-site emissions. After your trip, you will receive an official carbon credit certificate.

Learn more about our efforts at travelbase.eu/impact.

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