Dana to Petra 3 Day Trek

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 425

DURATION:

3 days/2 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Guided Group

PHYSICAL RATING:

Sorry there are no departure dates set for this trip.

 

Additional Pricing Information

The deposit for this trip is: JOD100 ($140)

Price above is for Jordanians and residents.

For non-residents a supplement of JOD85 ($120) applies to cover Petra entrance fees and Feynan Lodge's surcharge.

The minimum group size to run this trek is 6.

Maximum group size is 16.


Single Supplements

Optional Single Tent Hire: JOD15 ($20)
Optional Single Room Supplement at Feynan lodge: JOD40 ($60)

Day 1: Transfer by bus to Dana reserve. Trek to Wadi Feynan where we stay at the candle-lit Feynan eco lodge.

Day 2: Climb up into the mountains following ancient Bedouin trails. We cross two passes to reach the green valley of Reis al Feid and further up into the mountains spectacular far-reaching views before descending once more to our camp site. 

Day 3: Today's trail weaves through rock canyons and onto a high plateau area where the mountains of Petra come into view. We then descend via Little Petra and trek to Petra arriving by way of a spectacular trail along the cliffs. After exploring the magnificent site we head out and transfer back to Amman. 

 

Daily route

Day 1 - Dana to Wadi Feynan

Distance 15 km
Ascent 189 m
Descent 1127 m

Day 2 - Abu Sakakin to Shkaret Umseid

Distance 23 km
Ascent 1647 m
Descent 909 m

Day 3 - Shkaret Umseid to Petra

Distance 22 km 
Ascent 1056 m 
Descent 1067 m

TOTAL

Distance 60 km
Ascent 2892 m
Descent 3103 m

 


What's included

  • An experienced local Jordanian tour guide
  • Bedouin trekking guide
  • Transfers at the beginning and end of the trip (Amman-Dana / Petra-Amman)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the full details
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees (for Jordanians and residents only)
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve conservation fee
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

 

What's not included

  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Meal Plan

All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3 are included in the holiday price. 

 

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 1 night in Feynan Lodge and 1 night camping. Accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.. For the camping night we provide simple 2-man tents, but it is quite usual for group members to find a secluded spot (by the campfire if preferred) and to sleep out under the stars. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

The holiday itinerary set out below offers a good overview of the trip, but should be taken as a general guide only. We're continually improving these tours, and it's possible we will adjust the itinerary to take advantage of new opportunities or to avoid adverse weather or difficulties with transportation. We recommend that you print out a copy of the trip details a couple of days prior to departure, in case there have been any changes that may affect your plans.


Quick Facts

Trekking duration: 3 days
Trekking distance: 60 Km 
Max altitude: 1100 m
Maximum group size: 16
Accommodation: 1 night eco lodge, 1 night camping
Meal plan: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Physical rating: challenging 

 

Introduction

This excellent trek takes us from the Dana Reserve, southwards to the ancient 'Rose-Red City' of Petra. This trek is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the finest in the Middle East. Designed for those outdoor lovers residing in Jordan and done the fast way over 3 days covering more milage per day. With one night spend at the spectacular Feynan Lodge and one night camping out in the wild (all set up taken care of), this special adventure is a perfect getaway from the hectic city life and a fantastic way to connect with nature, increase your fitness and burn those excess calories. 

 

Holiday Summary and Grading

On this holiday we will be trekking through a desert world that has been crossed by nomadic people and their livestock for generations. Nowadays, the area is just about accessible by 4WD vehicles and there are rough ‘roads' to camping site that we will use. We will be trekking on scant trails, however, far away from the route taken by our support vehicle. The underfoot conditions will include dry wadis. There are also sections of narrow trail across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling. The tracks and trails we use are generally not difficult. We will walk an average of 20 km per day (7 to 8 hours) with a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. Keeping the fast-paced walking in mind, this will be a challenging trek, a pleasant challenge we hope. Please assess your ability based on these facts.

 

Detailed Itinerary 

DAY 1Drive to Dana and trek to Wadi Feynan

We will make an early start for the drive southwards to the Dana Nature Reserve. Here, we meet our trek crew and trekking guide set off on a first day's walk which will take 5.5 hours including a stop for lunch. The walk from Dana to Feinan is essentially downhill with the initial 800 metre / 2650 foot decent taking place in the first hour of the walk. After this, the route levels out and we can enjoy a far more gentle walk through a wide open valley flanked by the Dana Mountains. Arriving at Wadi Feynan, we get received by one of the top fifty eco-lodges in the world as rated by National Geographic magazine, Feynan's off-the-grid lodge is a special place to stay. The building is perfectly adapted to the climate and landscape of this desert, its water heated by solar panels and its rooms lit only by candles. The darkness of the night sky also makes this one of the best stargazing hotels on earth. Meals included: Lunch, Dinner (L, D)

DAY 2: Trek from Wadi Abu Sakakin to Shkaret Msei'd 

Very early morning, we will transfer by jeeps (the only necessary transfer in this trip avoiding a long flat walk through an arid desert landscape) to the trail head of today's hike. Leaving the stony ‘hamada' desert behind, there is a steep ascent across rocks and small boulders which eventually leads to a twisting goat herder's track. The initial uphill section takes approximately 3 hours. The track leads up into the mountains through a narrow and dramatic valley with wonderful views eastwards towards the Wadi Araba Desert. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding, as we finally reach the top of a high saddle. The descent to the river valley beyond is on a well-defined trail through rocky surroundings. On reaching the dry river bed, we turn upstream traversing a rocky valley side, gradually ascending by way of dry wadis and indistinct cols. Look out for the elusive ibex in this remote area. The trail continues along the wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale coloured sandstone mountains of the Petra region. The climb from the valley to the escarpment (where Petra is situated) is gentle and beautiful with a slight uphill climb towards the end across bare rock slabs. We camp at the col of Shkaret Msei'd. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: Trek to Petra

Leaving the campsite at Shkaret Msei'd the scenery changes dramatically. We leave the narrow, confining wadis behind and find ourselves amongst wide-open sandstone hills that have something of the feel of a moonscape. The rock is smooth and soft and despite there being no apparent trail the terrain is easy to negotiate, with wide tracks and walkways. The Nabatean influence is apparent here and the first cut steps can be seen. The trail passes through Bedouin encampments, before reaching another rocky area where the track once again becomes indistinct, with interesting route-finding and easy scrambling. We descend into Beidha. The walk from here to Petra will take between 2 and 3 hours, with the initial walk across open farmland. The route then follows a well-defined mountain track with fantastic views across to the Araba Desert, some 100 km / 60 miles away. The views are impressive and with the exception of one short (2 metre) section a head for heights is not necessary. The walk into Petra is magnificent and is the culmination of 3 days of hard walking. The initial glimpse of the top of the Monastery, as it comes into view through the mountains, has a similar effect of the first glimpse of the Treasury from the Siq. We will then trek down from the Monastery and explore the sites along until we reach to the beautiful Treasury monument. From there we walk out of the Siq and reach the visitors center marking the end of our trek.

Our transfer back to Amman will take 3 hours with a rest en-route.  (B, L)

 

Joining Arrangements and Transfers

An early morning transfer will be arranged from Amman to Dana Biosphere Reserve. At the end of the trip there will be a group transfer from Wadi Musa to Amman. Expect to be back in Amman no earlier than 8 pm on day 3. 

 

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems (and nor should you!) but if for any reason you are unable to begin your trip as scheduled, please contact us immediately at one of the following numbers: 
+962(0)7 7751 5919+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9755 9290+962(0)7 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351+962(0)7 9553 6351

 

Services included

An experienced local Jordanian tour guide
Bedouin trekking guide
Transfers at the beginning and end of the trip (Amman-Dana / Petra-Amman)
All land transport involved in the itinerary
All accommodation as described in the full details
Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
Sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees (for Jordanians and residents only)
Dana Biosphere Reserve conservation fee
A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

 

Services not included

Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

 

Meal Plan

All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3 are included in the holiday price.

Food

Breakfasts on trek consist of bread, a variety of cheese, honey, jams, yoghurt, fruit, tea and Nescafe. Lunch consist of packed sandwiches, vegetable and fruit to be carried along. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by barbeque or pan fried meat and vegetables with plenty of bread, yoghurt, and humus followed by fresh fruit and tea or coffee. Mineral water is provided. Vegetarians can be catered for.

 

Spending Money

Approximately JOD20 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. You should also allow a total of approximately JOD40 for driver, guide and trek crew tips.

 

Guidance on Tipping

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you' to your local guide, drivers and other support staff. They do not form part of their wages. Terhaal pays its crews at the fair rates of pay. We advise our local staff that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We recommend that you pay tips only where you receive good service. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of JOD40 for tipping your crew. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be provided by your guide.

 

Group Leader and Support Staff

The group will be led by an experienced, English speaking Jordanian tour guide. On trek, there will be a Beduoin trekking guide and a support crew of one or more drivers who will assist with the cooking and the camps setups.
Equipment

We provide an Equipment List for each of our holidays. These highlight any specialised equipment you will require and also act as a packing check list. You can find the Equipment List at the end of this page.

 

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 1 night in Feynan Lodge and 1 night camping. Accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.. For the camping night we provide simple 2-man tents, but it is quite usual for group members to find a secluded spot (by the campfire if preferred) and to sleep out under the stars. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

 

A Typical Day

At around 6:00 a.m. breakfast will be under way and you will be able to make your way to the centre of the camp to pick up that all important first cup of tea or coffee. You will have little time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely in the support vehicle to our next meeting place. Bottled mineral water is provided and you will need to grab a couple of bottles and your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking, through cool canyons and across open rocky terrain and we will find a suitably shady spot to stop for a quick lunch. Usually we walk for around 4 hours in the morning and 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon. On arrival at camp, we can relax on mattresses around a central area covered by matting and take a cooling drink, with tea or coffee also available. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. and is served around the camp fire. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

 

Preparing For Your Holiday

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 7 or 8 hours each day. There are some easy scrambling sections during this trip and although these not difficult or dangerous you should be comfortable also with a degree of exposure. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to departure. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging, squash and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

 

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should includethe items listed in the equipment list at the end of this page.

 

Climate

The best period for trekking in Jordan is in autumn through to late spring season, from October through to early June. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures, rising to 39 degrees centigrade in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperatures are likely to range between 25 and 33 degrees Centigrade, falling as low as 10 degrees centigrade at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 to 15 degrees centigrade, falling as low as 5 degrees centigrade at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

 

Emergency Contacts

In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on +962 6 581 3061+962 6 581 3061

On weekends or off office hours, please contact one of the following mobile phones:
+962(0)7 7751 5919+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9755 9290+962(0)7 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351+962(0)7 9553 6351

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com

 

Adventure Travel Insurance

Important notice.

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs,
air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out holiday cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable. Please ensure that your insurer is aware of your itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken. You will then need to advise us of your policy details and complete an Insurance Declaration Form.

CAMPBELL IRVINE DIRECT travel insurance is available to EU residents and will cover the majority of KE Adventure holidays. It has been designed to provide cover for activities normally excluded by other insurers such as trekking, mountain biking and climbing. Please note that certain activities may attract a higher premium.

TRAVELEX is a USA based insurer offering travel insurance which can be used by US citizens and US residents only. We, gernerally, recommend the "Travelex Select" package for our holidays. If your holiday involves using mountaineering equipment (ropes, harness or crampons), for climbing, you should consider the "Adventure Plus Pak" optional upgrade on the Travelex Select Plan. Please refer to the 'Description of Coverage' for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.

 

Responsible Travel

We believe in low impact or ‘positive impact' tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit, while maximising the positive aspects of the encounter. Jordan is a small country with few natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region, so please go easy on the water. Terhaal designs these tours in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities. Whenever possible we hire local staff in the areas where we operate, and our guests stay in locally owned hotels. We also include some volunteering activities where appropriate, such helping farmers to harvest their olives. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and the environmental education of Jordan's children.

 

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make your destinations such special places. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession. It is also unsafe to drink alcohol while out hiking / cycling, so please wait until you're back at the hotel to enjoy a drink.

 

Feedback

After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. Your feedback not only helps us to improve the trips, but also helps other travelers to decide on the right tour for them. We would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our feedback form, just follow this link: http://www.terhaal.com/feedback-form

 

Our blog

Our blog - ‘Treks & Trails of Jordan' - is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan. It is also a great way to give feedback and to share your Jordan experience with others. All you need to do is write one or two paragraphs about your trip with Terhaal, attach some photos if available and send it to us at this email: team[at]terhaal.com. You can find the blog here - blog.terhaal.com

 

Equipment

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

2/3 season sleeping bag *
Hiking boots/Approach shoes
Water bottles - 1.5 litre/1 quart x 2 (3 litres total)
Training shoes or sandals for sightseeing and camp use
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Underwear
Travel pants
At least 1 long sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
T-shirts
Warm jacket (eg. Fleece)*
Lightweight windproof / waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat (for chilly evenings in the desert)
Sunglasses
Daypack of approx. 30 litres / 1800 cubic inches capacity
Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Lighter/matches - for burning toilet paper
Washbag and toiletries
Insect repellant
Antibacterial handwash (note that washing water can be limited in the desert)
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional

Shorts**
Small towel
Sleeping bag liner
Thermarest (a foam mattress is provided)
Trekking poles
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit - (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
Swimming shorts/costume (if extending at the Red or Dead Sea)
Spare laces

Notes

*For the November - February trips when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag, a warmer jacket such as a down-filled jacket, and thermal baselayers.
**As Jordan is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended. Knee-length shorts are OK once on trek.

 

Disclaimer

The information in this document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and Terhaal.