“Jebel Rum is 1754m above sea level – Rum village is 1000m above sea level”
There we will climb to the summit of Jebel Rum, for long supposed to be the highest mountain in whole Jordan. First a quick warning: this is more serious climbing than Jebel Burdah! You are definitly into “climbing” instead of “scrambling” here.
There are many roads up Jebel Rum ranking from the high grade technical roads to serious scrambling. The price of each road is different according to the difficulty and the length of the road. The easiest (which is still pretty difficult!) and shortest is the Thamudic road, which nevertheless will take most of the people 8 hours to get up and down. Usually, we abseil down from Hammad’s road into Wadi Shelaala, but this entails an abseil of something like 45 meters which many people find off-putting. In this case, we return by the same way we have climbed up. You will be asked at the beginning which alternative you prefere.
We start in the village and take a jeep for half an hour to the west side of Jebel Rum where we will start climbing the mountain by the tradition bedouin road. This road is rated grade 3 on the french scale. We will take some special equipment for our safety. It is likely to take us about 3 or 4 hours to get to summit.
Price for Thamudic road:
200JD for 1-3 people. 230JD for 4-6 people. More than 6 people will need two guides and will cost more. These prices do not include food or overnight accomodations.
If you like, you can take two days to climb Jebel Rum. Bring your sleeping bags with you and a little bag with all what you need for your night up the mountain. The guide will of course carry the ropes, but the food will be shared by everybody. We will hike to the top where we will enjoy the amazing view and the sunset, will have dinner and spend the night there. After sunrise, we take a breakfast alltogether and start to go down, arriving to the east side of Jebel Rum, just near the Rum village. This will include some abseils.
Price for 1-3 people:
250JD for the two days. Price for 4-6 people: 280JD for the two days. More than 6 people will need two guides also and cost more. These prices include the guide service, and the meals. This has to be shared between the group.
This time we don’t stop at the bridge but keep going until we reach the summit. Please take note that this is more difficult than the climb to the bridge, and novices in the mountains should not attempt it.
Going up and down this mountain will take you 5 hours to the top. You will cross the bridge on the way, but you will come down by a different route. For a reasonably fit person, this climb is no more than a scramble with a couple of more difficult bits (grade 3 on the French scale) just before and just after the bridge, but it is very easy to miss the right way. Provided you have a properly qualified mountain guide with you with a rope, this is a marvellous and exciting outing and the views from the top are among the best in the whole Wadi Rum area.
Price: 75JD/person for 2-3 people and 65JD/person for 4-6 people. This price includes the guide and the jeep ride to get there.
If you want food and an overnight in the desert in addition to the climb, you should add on 20JD/person, making the price 95JD/person or 85JD/person.150JD.
We can also sleep there overnight! This is a wonderful experience, especially when there is a full moon. All of the mountains of Wadi Rum are spread out underneath in the moonlight. You would need to bring sleeping bags if you want to do this. The guide will carry the safety ropes and the food will be shared between everybody.
Please note that the overnight option is not offered during the winter or during the month of Ramadan whenever this falls.
The price of an overnight on Jebel Burdah is 110JD/person for 2-3 people or 90JD/person for 4-6 people. This includes supper on the mountain and the guide sleeping up there with you. Please bring sleeping bags with you.
Staying in Rum Village
We can provide accomodation for climbers staying overnight in Rum village. we have rooms and a big tent, shower and toilets are available. Hot meals can be cooked, and we also offer transportation to the main climbing spots.