Trekking in Wadi Rum is the best way to experience our beautiful desert. You can see all of the rocks, plants, and flowers at spring time. You also can follow and recognize animal tracks on the sand, from large camel to small fox!
There are many ways to organize trekking in Wadi Rum, so you should consider sleeping places, equipment, food, and water 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 loops centered on this location. Interesting…
You may also be given a simple “lunch box” and a jerry can of 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, chosen by your Bedouin guide for its beauty, the view and of course, shelter from the wind. We provide mineral water during all the treks along with meals of salads plus warm cooked dishes- even at lunch time!
After lunch, mattresses will be waiting you for a pleasant rest.
Washing? Why not? But with a little water, as Bedouins always do.
About the 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 winter bring differences in the ways we choose the schedule (walking/resting time). In case of rain, (yes, it does happen in the desert!), climbing may present some risks.
Then the high or low season also interferes with such places as the Barrah Canyon or other spots on the northeast side of the desert which become invaded by a lot of tourists. At those times, we prefer the southern parts, far from the crowds and totally quiet.
But in all cases you will see the main famous spots, plus plenty of narrow canyons and breathtaking views.
How many days do you want to walk?
5 or 6 days is the best durations for a trek in Wadi Rum because it allows you to see much of the desert. You will enjoy very different landscapes and take the time to climb several mountains for astonishing views on each one.
But in case you have less time, you can still make a great trek; the minimum number of days required is around two and half.
Anyway, you can be sure you will see beautiful desert landscapes 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 of its first 3 days.
Many programs can be done in 5 days (or 6!) (or more!). The one described below is only an example out of many possibilities,
Starting from Rum village, we go to the Red Sand dune and the Anfasheih Inscriptions. We stop for lunch and continue by a nice southern-facing view near Lawrence House that consists of a simple stone wall (that we may stay away from in high season if there are too many visitors!). Then we will turn East to sleep in an area called M’Zelge, which has a fantastic sunset view from nearby rocks.
We cross a large valley with small rocks (including a funny one shaped like a small mushroom) and continue towards the south after seeing a marvelous landscape from the top of a small, easy mountain.
Finally, a narrow canyon and the Burdah arch appears on the top left of the big Jabal Burdah, where we stop for the night.
Starting northwest, we walk down and up again, admiring a beautiful landscape (a whole range of colors ending with Jabal Rum in the dark red-violets!), and down again on the other side. Then we will pass through three narrow siqs and head west to Jabal Umm Fruth.
Anyone not afraid of heights can climb on its top, while the others take the photo. We may not be alone there for it’s one of the most famous spots of Wadi Rum!
Next, we leave everybody for a secret shepherd path which takes us to the top of the Jabal for one of the most amazing views of the desert.
Heading north, we cross a large plain to camp at Um M’Gur.
After the siq Um M’Gur, we go southwest, through a wide valley where the sand changes color to Um Khatha, a group of red mountains in red sand, and stay there for the night.
Finally, we head back northeast to Um Sabatah and then through a narrow siq, where crossing a small Jabal brings us to a very nice view, looking west to east from the top of the rock.
We continue north through Wadi Khashrash, then end our trek at Khazali canyon, which has ancient inscriptions, before the last night or going back to Rum.