Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

24th November 2019
  • Amman – Transfer to Wadi rum (L, D)

    Note: If you are arriving by flight on Day 1 of the tour, your flight needs to arrive no later than 8am. We recommend booking pre-night accommodation in Amman. We will pick you at 08:30am either from hotel in Amman (overnight is not included) or from the airport accordingly.

    Welcome to Jordan! We begin with a pickup from Amman airport or your hotel in Amman at 08:30am by Rahhalah representative and transferred to Wadi rum.

    After arriving Wadi rum by 2pm, make a visit to visitor centre to get the tickets (Valid passports & ID’s needed).
    We then will arrive via the Jeeps to our Wadi Rum camp for check-in and a night time relaxation after a delicious dinner on site. We will enjoy a night under the stars.

    Overnight: Bedouin tourist camp - modern tent containing a bed and campsite. There is electricity, modern bathrooms, running water. (twin share)

    Driving distance: Amman to Wadi Rum - approx. 3-4hours
    Meals: Snacks / Lunch / Dinner

Day 02

25th November 2019
  • Wadi Rum/ the Arab Merchant Route (B, L, D)

    8:00 am: Breakfast at campsite

    10:00 am: we meet with our Bedouin team and our convoy of camels and, together, we embark on our adventure. Our first hike (which will last around 3 hours) takes us through the old merchant path that has been used by the Bedouins for over a thousand years. On the path, we have ample opportunity to explore the ecosystem of the gorge, learn about its flora and fauna, as well as get more information about the history of old Arab Merchants, why they used this trail and how they managed to survive such challenging conditions.

    1:00 pm: Lunch. We will set up a temporary campsite, light a fire and cook our first authentic Bedouin meal.

    2:00 pm: After our meal, we will continue our hike on the path of merchants and, after three (3) hours, we will reach the siq of Burra, where we find water springs. Due to the water source, this location was a preferred camping site for all Arab caravans traveling on this route.
    We will stay overnight in front of the Romeia Dam (sad al roumeia). While there is no water here today, this name is still used from thousands of years ago when water existed in the location.

    7:00 pm: Dinner. Tonight, be prepared for a treat: you will be introduced to the famous mansaf, the Jordanian national dish, a Bedouin delicacy that, despite its simplicity, you will undoubtedly enjoy. Afterwards, our Bedouin team will be keen to share their war dances and songs, so expect a local “party” to unfold.
    As the night falls and shadows begin to conceal the barren landscape, the sky comes alive. The stars seem brighter and closer than ever. While we stargaze and warm up around the fire, our Bedouin leader shares stories of his tribe and the tales with which they educate the younger generations, passing on their oral traditions and history. As his voice fades away, we retreat to our sleeping bags under the stars.

    Overnight: Camping - Durable 4 seasons tents (twin share) No electricity, running water, or modern bathroom facilities. A toilet tent and hand washing station is provided

    Activities duration: hiking- approx. 6hrs; mostly flat terrain, sandy desert, off-trail
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 03

26th November 2019
  • The Arab Revolution route (B, L, D)

    5:00 am: We will wake up – like the Bedouins – at sunrise. If we are lucky, our alarm clock will be the rhythmic grounding of the coffee beans in the mortar, or the aroma of the fresh coffee. Our reward for our early rise will be a stunning sunrise that will highlight the beauty of Wadi Rum.

    We follow the Bedouin breakfast ritual, baking our own bread and eating a traditional breakfast, sitting cross-legged around the fire.

    8:00 am: Today’s journey will take us through a more modern section of the country’s history: the revolution of the local populations against the Ottoman Empire, which took place around 100 years ago. Following another ancient path, we approach Alburda, one of the most beautiful mountains to climb in Wadi Rum , our hiking objective tomorrow. This trail is the one that the Arab army used to cross Wadi Rum traveling from Alhejaz, a region in the west of present-day Saudi Arabia, to the Ma'an train station in Southern Jordan. Ma'an has been an important transport hub situated on the ancient King's Highway and also on the modern Desert Highway. Walking hours approx. 4

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch

    1:00 pm-5:00 pm: After lunch, we will continue our hike for another 4 hours to reach Alburda Mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset from our camping spot.

    7:00 pm: Dinner. Tonight, we will experience another Bedouin culinary class: the famous BBQ of the desert. Nothing tastes like the meat that is cooked under the stars! While devouring our hard-earned meal, our Bedouin leader shares more stories of the local history, the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire, the evolution of the regional dynamics, and the particularities of the new cluster of countries that emerged. Don’t be surprised if the spectre of Lawrence of Arabia joins us!

    Overnight: Camping - Durable 4 seasons tents (twin share) No electricity, running water, or modern bathroom facilities. A toilet tent and hand washing station is provided

    Activities duration: Hiking approx.8 hrs, mostly flat terrain, sandy desert, off-trail
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / BBQ dinner

Day 04

27th November 2019
  • The Burdah Rock Arch (B, L, D)

    5:00 am: Another early rise and beautiful sunrise – which you will miss when back to civilization!
    Once again, you will bake your bread and enjoy your traditional Bedouin breakfast around the fire.

    8:00 am: The Alburda mountain (or Jabal Burdah as the locals call it) awaits us.This is one the most rewarding hikes in the whole Wadi Rum, so you will definitely not regret the effort. The hike generally lasts a total of ~4 hours (~2 hours uphill and ~2 hours downhill). Jabal Burdah is home to several species of plants that the Bedouins use for medicinal purposes. Our guides point them out to us, sharing their names, and the way to use them efficiently. Standing on the Burdah rock bridge you will enjoy an absolutely stunning view of the yellow and red desert and its mystical landscape. This is the moment you may just fall in love with the land!

    IMPORTANT: The hike moderately difficult and can be done by anyone who has good physical fitness. However, it has some technical sections requiring rock scrambling (use of hands and feet to ascend and/or descend), some of which is steep and exposed. If you have a fear of heights, experience vertigo, or do not like the idea of walking along the edge of cliffs, it is recommended you skip this the scramble sections of the hike.

    Lunch by afternoon

    After lunch, we will walk towards Kharobah Campsite passing by UM Maqur mountain.

    Dinner on campsite.

    Overnight: Camping - Durable 4 seasons tents (twin share) No electricity, running water, or modern bathroom facilities. A toilet tent and hand washing station is provided

    Activities duration: trekking 3-4 hours up and down in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 05

28th November 2019
  • The highest Peak in Jordan Um Al Dami ( 1875 m) (B, L, D)

    5:00 am: Our early-breakfast tradition never fails us so, once again, we start the day early, driving to Um Al Dami, the starting point of our hike.

    7:00 am: We will hike to the summit of Jordan’s Highest Peak – Um Al Dami– at an elevation of 1,854 m. The hike is of a moderate level; the path starts from the foot of the mountain, and it takes 2-3 hours to reach the top. At the summit, gaze upon the vast rocky desert mountains of Jordan and into northern Saudi Arabia. Spot a border crossing far below.
    Note: This hike contains a few sections where you may need to use your hands for balance to ascend and/or descend.

    12:00 pm: We transfer by jeeps to a lunch spot in Wadi rum with a traditional Bedouin family ( approx 1 hr 15 mins driving to the lunch spot)
    We then arrive to our Wadi Rum tourist camp for check-in and a night time relaxation after a delicious dinner on site. We will enjoy a night under the stars.

    Overnight: Bedouin tourist camp - modern tent containing a bed and campsite. There is electricity, modern bathrooms, running water. (twin share)

    Activities duration: trekking time is approx 2-3 hours up and down , elevation gain and 440 meters/1,444’
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 06

29th November 2019
  • Wadi rum - Amman (B)

    07:00 am: Breakfast and checkout from the camp and we drive back to Amman International airport for your departure flight back to home.
    Depend on your flight time we take a tour of Downtown Amman if time allows.
    Note: Departure flight has to be after 6pm or stay overnight in Amman and depart next day. Extra night in Amman can be arranged at additional cost.

    Driving distance: Wadi Rum to Amman- approx. 3-4hrs
    Meals: Breakfast & Sandwiches