Wadi Rum Tour 1

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 145

DURATION:

2 days/1 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Guided Group

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Day 1
You head into Wadi Rum by jeep, stopping to explore the rock inscriptions. In the evening there'll be time to enjoy the sunset before you share a traditional meal with your Bedouin guides and camp out in Jordan's most beautiful desert.

Day 2 
This morning you'll hike up to the spectacular Burda Rock Bridge, which commands immense views over the desert. After a picnic lunch in the shade we'll climb one of Wadi Rum's famous red sand dunes.

 


What's included

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinners. Tea is complimentary
  • Accommodation in a Bedouin campsite in Wadi Rum Protected Area
  • Jeep transport starting at Rum village and back
  • Local Bedouin host

 

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Wadi Rum
  • Entrance fees to Wadi Rum (US$7)
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$15)
  • Tips
Rayma Baran

"What an amazing trip! We did the one-night Wadi Rum trip and it was fantastic. Wadi Rum is absolutely stunning...there aren't really adequate words to describe it. Our guide, Khaled, was knowledgeable, patient, and funny. I trusted him completely on our hike, and he pushed me to try harder when I thought I couldn't. I cannot wait to go back. Everyone we dealt with at Terhaal was accommodating and amazing, even setting up this trip on a requested day as opposed to a day offered on the site. Thank you Huda, Abed, Khaled, and Salem for a memorable experience. We can't wait to do it again!"

George Hawkins

Salam's camp was a surprise initially, as I had been expecting to sleep completely in the wild, literally where we stopped. But on second thoughts I realised that using a small camp like Salam's was exactly the right thing to do. By ensuring that there are proper toilets, and the ability to clean crockery, not to mention a fixed Zarb, the impact of the many visitors to the Wadi and to Salam's camp in particular is minimised.

Salam's camp was a surprise initially, as I had been expecting to sleep completely in the wild, literally where we stopped. But on second thoughts I realised that using a small camp like Salam's was exactly the right thing to do. By ensuring that there are proper toilets, and the ability to clean crockery, not to mention a fixed Zarb, the impact of the many visitors to the Wadi and to Salam's camp in particular is minimised. Having spent a night in the Omani desert where a particularly dunderheaded guide assured us that it would be okay just to leave the rubbish bag in a desert, it was great to see that Salam bagged up all the rubbish
and put it in the big bin in the Rum village car park.

I would suggest that Salam's camp is pictured on the website as a 'typical site' in which Terhaal guests might expect to stay. Accompanied with an explanation that this is the most responsible and sensible way of spending the night in the desert. Salam was particularly considerate as he made a big effort to get us out of the Wadi for us to begin the drive to Amman in time for our flight.

Salam was great, with a fantastic sense of humour. Our whole group of 4 had an outstanding, brief trip. We all really appreciated the extra time and effort which Layali had gone to in order to accommodate our specific requirements, tweaking the itinerary. We made it all the way up to Amman Airport with plenty of time to spare!

Tarek Koudsi

We thought it'll be freezing but it wasn't. November is another month to enjoy the serenity of Rum. Camp location was very good as it was away from mainstream.

Karamah Aweida

"The trip was great, thanks. Salem was excellent in explaining things, & being a great host & guide in the desert.

The food was fabulous & plenty. & I enjoyed a great good night sleep under the stars.

The only thing that was a bit too much, was the heat (the weather was way too hot for a desert trip) but we can't control that. :-)))

In total, it was great. I really enjoyed it."

Nadiah Bolbol

"Our journey started once with the dawn of the 16th of August, a night that seemed drowned in the shines of the stars....stars that looked more like pearls scattered on a desolate shore, and it felt like the stars are talking to us about ancient days long forgotten by history itself. Soon mountains joined the stars in their call to discover a land where first prophets lived and died....all I could do is wonder about the beauty of creation! An eternal beauty that makes you wonder whether it's all just a dream.
Reaching the Wadi was a charm which informed us about the things to come, the thought of living in a tent was not that outlandish, it suddenly all felt right.

Our monotone life turned in something overwhelming. Sleeping was a waste of time n those charming lands, thus we spent a good deal of time watching the shooting stars performing on a serene sky.

The next morning revealed a new flavor of our , after meeting our guide Salem, a name that fits him so perfectly...a man who is at peace, so rare in our days....Once I started stepping on the rocky oranges mountain, I stepped in another dimension, I suddenly started to have contact with nature, I felt the heat of the rocks through my shoes, sunrays embraced us form all directions giving us a warm welcome. As minutes passed getting upper and upper I suddenly realize the importance of water and my senses wake up from a deep sleep, I could hear silence, I could smell and taste water like I never did.

Being at the peak brought tears to my eyes and tranquility to my soul. After so much effort,lunch time was just perfect....being there in the depth of the desert felt so overwhelming,its once of those moments that you would like to last forever... My should was nurtured with so much stillness and tranquility ...thanking the Lord for this amazing blessing.

The nobility of the bedus is rare and not easy to understand, it is only the purity of the heart that can make you taste a bit of it. It is in their black eyes and deep look that peace is reflected. It is ironic, our busy lives seem so empty...but the bedu's life is simple and content. I could have never though tat the desert could be so fascinating......as hours pass I could not but wish to be part of that desert, this experience, as good things do ended very fast leaving deep marks on my mind and thought. I can proudly say that "I am a bedu trapped I an european body".

A part of me wishes to tell every bedu that their lives are full of inspiration, beauty and peace, things that we definitely need in our lives, I want to let the person of the desert know that their lives are testimonies of prophet hood. Noah, Abraham, Hud, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all) as all prophets were people of the desert leading modest lives.

It would be great if this message gets to Salem as well and to all your team.

Best regards from our family.

Bolbol Nadiah"

Anthony

"Thank you for a wonderful time in the desert which my family very much enjoyed. My daughters had a great time.
Need to let guests know to bring our torch and sufficient water. Bed linen was not provided."

Abrantes

"It was an amazing experience."

Vanessa Evans

"An awesome trip that left us wanting more adventure. Wadi Rum was spectacular and Salem, the guide, made the experience even more authentic.

Tor Kristian Strand

"Our compliments to our guide who was great!"

Brooke Lane

"Our trip was great. Experience of the guides was obvious. We felt confident in our safety and the guides ability the entire trip.(2 women travelling with 2 young children) I look forward to taking more trips with Terhaal in the near future. Terhaal went above and beyond in helping make this trip possible - from meeting at my convenience to make financial arrangements to making sure our airline lost bags made it to our next hotel. Thanks for a great trip. The pics were great!"

Anita Gossmann

"Overall was a great trip. being that i do not have very much experience in scrambling, i found the course a bit hard at times. regardless it was challenging and enjoyed it very much. however, i would suggest a similar two-day long trip in which there is less scrambling and more general hiking/walking through the desert for the somewhat less experienced. while the jeep tour is great and a must, I would also suggest more hiking time overall."

Estelle and Serge Perez

"Thank you for your professionalism and for the trip we had in the desert. We loved Jordan and the people, and this trip was the best part of our 2 weeks travel.
We really didn't want to leave the desert and our guide Salem. And we were almost alone in the camp, so it was perfect.
We are back in Paris now, with rain, and we miss Jordan a lot.

Shukran"

 

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Welcome to Terhaal adventures. We've designed these journeys to help you explore the very best of Jordan. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the trip - we're here to help. Enjoy!


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.


Meeting Point

Wadi Rum Bedouin village


Finishing Point

Wadi Rum Bedouin village


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 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351


Detailed Itinerary 

Wadi Rum
Every guide to Wadi Rum repeats the description written by T.E. Lawrence of Arabia almost century ago, and with good reason. "The Arab armies would have been lost in the length and breadth of it," he wrote, "and within the walls a squadron of aeroplanes could have wheeled in formation. Our little caravan grew self-conscious, and fell dead quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of such stupendous hills. Landscapes, in childhood's dream, were so vast and silent."

Day 1
In the early afternoon Bedouin guides from the Howeitat tribe (the same tribe that guided Lawrence) will meet you at Rum Village and drive you by jeep into this spectacular desert. You'll explore Wadi Rum's mountains and sand dunes, stopping to take in the views and to look at the inscriptions chipped into the rock over thousands of years. In the late afternoon you'll arrive at your camp in the heart of the protected area, where there'll be time to relax and take in the sunset before enjoying a Bedouin feast of meat and vegetables cooked in the zerb, an oven of fire-heated sand and stone. If you're still not tired out by the day's adventures you can stay up round the fire, talking with your Bedouin hosts and watching the night sky.

Your accommodation is a simple but comfortable Bedouin campsite, with a traditional goat hair tent divided into twin ‘rooms.' There are proper toilets and showers on the site (go easy on the water), as well as shaded seating areas for relaxing and dining. (D)

Day 2
By the time you wake up to the desert silence your guides will already have the kettle on the fire. We'll share an early breakfast and head off in the jeeps for a short drive to Burda rock bridge, one of Rum's most impressive geological formations. You'll follow your guide up across the warm sandstone, using your hands but never having to really climb. From a small plateau we drop into a hidden gulley and get a wonderful first view of the bridge above us. The next section is a short rock wall where your guide will use a rope to make sure you get up safely. From here you'll walk out onto the bridge (1360m) and take in views across the whole of Wadi Rum. You'll descend via a different route, crossing open slabs of sandstone and scrambling down a steep groove back to the desert floor. After the three-hour round trip we'll find a shady spot to rest and eat together. After lunch, followed by a cup of tea and a siesta, you'll head off again by jeep towards the red dunes. On the way there's a chance to see one of Rum's oldest works of rock art, a depiction of a camel caravan crossing the desert. When you reach the dune you can kick off your shoes and run down the soft, warm sand.

We transfer back to Rum village at the end of the tour. (B, L)

Summer Variation on Day 2
In the extreme heat of June, July, and August, we'll avoid the exposed Burdah Rock Bridge and hike down the shady, spectacular Barrah Canyon. This is a narrow ravine whose vertical sandstone walls attract rock climbers from all over the world. There's a good chance that you'll see Griffon Vultures here, circling on the thermals that form as the sun rises and the desert heats up.

 

Activities

Jeep tour and short walks around the highlights of Wadi Rum
Hike and scramble to Burda Rock Bridge
Camp at Bedouin campsite inside Wadi Rum Protected Area


What's included

Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinners. Tea is complimentary
Accommodation in a Bedouin campsite in Wadi Rum Protected Area
Jeep transport starting at Rum village and back
Local Bedouin host


What's not included

Transportation to and from Wadi Rum
Entrance fees to Wadi Rum (US$7)
Travel insurance
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$15)
Tips


What to Take

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage weight limit is that imposed by the airline. However, we ask that you restrict your luggage to one main bag plus a small daypack. In general we recommend that you travel as light as possible as this will make transiting between airports and carrying your bag to hotel rooms a lot easier for you. You may find that wheeled luggage is more convenient on a trip of this nature.

Temperatures in Jordan can be hot, with little rain from late spring through until late autumn. The heat can become extreme during the summer months of July and August. In the months of November to March it can be cool at night, particularly in the desert where the temperatures can drop to 5C or even less. Even in the hot months out in the desert it can get cold at night.

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country and tends to be quite conservative, so you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders and knees should be covered at all times.

A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is essential. From mid November to late February, a sleeping bag is essential for your nights in the desert. At other times a sleeping sheet will suffice. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the heat.


Equipment

For this trip you will need to bring the following equipment: 

> Shoes suitable for hiking
> Sleeping bag liner (mattresses and blankets are provided but if you prefer you can bring a 3/4 season sleeping bag)
> A warm sweater for the nights for tours between November and March.
> A headlamp or a torch
> A travel towel
> A water bottle 

You may also find this checklist helpful -

> Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
> Personal medicines
> Money - credit card / travelers cheques / cash
> Money pouch
> First aid kit
> Camera
> Alarm clock and torch/flashlight (headlights are best)
> Tampons / sanitary pads can be difficult to buy in rural areas
> Lock for your bag
> Small travel towel
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Foot powder or vaseline can be useful against blisters
> Sunhat
> Sunglasses
> Sun protection lotion
> Insect repellent


Health

This is an active trip, and it is highly recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to arriving in Jordan. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand.

Group leaders reserve the right to exclude (without refund) clients from the trip if the group leader believes that that client's own health may be endangered by the journey, or if the group leader thinks that the client's participation might compromise the enjoyment, health, or safety of the group as a whole.

Physical Preparation

This is an active trip. It involves hiking in hilly country. That will require a decent level of fitness to be enjoyable. We recommend you objectively assess your fitness level in conjunction with reading the itinerary to ensure this trip is right for you. 


Single Travelers

Our trips are designed with shared accommodation in mind whereby single travelers are paired with individuals of the same sex in twin shared accommodation. Forced singles are free of charge.
Single accommodation is available on request pending availability.
 

Safety

Jordan is generally considered a safe country. There is very little petty crime here, especially in rural areas. However, we recommend you take normal precautions to ensure your safety and that of your belongings, as you would for any other destination. Take good care of your passport, wallet, and other valuables. In crowded streets, keep your bag closed and in front of you. There will be free time during this trip - you can always ask your local guides for their advice about where to go and what to avoid. Please make sure you have adequate footwear and clothing for the hiking trips you will be taking.


Hospitality 

Jordanians are famously friendly and welcoming towards guests, especially in rural areas. It is quite normal for Jordanians to invite foreigners in to drink tea or have a meal in the family home. Meeting the local people in spontaneous encounters of this sort is one of the great pleasures of travelling in Jordan.


Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. Business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours [except in 5-Star Hotels] and many restaurants will be closed. While you definitely need to expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month of Ramadan is a fantastic time to travel to Jordan as you'll be able to participate in the feasting and holiday atmosphere that follows the breaking of the fast as sunset each day. You'll also get to taste special sweets that are only baked for Ramadan. You do not have to fast, and no-one will expect you to; however, you should try to eat and drink discreetly, if possible, rather than in crowded public places.


Visas

Most nationalities are able to obtain a single-entry visa at the airport, at the land borders, or at the port in Aqaba, valid for 14 days and costing JOD 40. However, you should consult the Jordanian embassy in your home country to make sure you are not subject to any special visa requirements.


Departure tax

You will be required to pay a JOD 5 Departure Tax upon leaving Jordan (does not generally apply when exiting through airports, but travellers on some budget airlines may be required to pay it).


Money Exchange

The Jordanian Dinar is fixed at a rate of JOD 0.709 against USD 1.

Spending Money

It is difficult to say how much spending money you should bring as each person is different! However, you'll need some cash for any meals not included in the itinerary, plus snacks, drinks, gifts etc.


Emergency Funds

It is a good idea to have access to extra funds in case of any emergency (urgent healthcare / travel costs etc.). This is highly unlikely, of course, but best to be prepared.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance (and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number) has been seen by your trip leader. If your insurance is provided through your credit card, your tour leader will require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with the credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.


Emergency Contact

In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on -
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com


Your Fellow Travelers

Group trips entail all the pleasures and occassionally some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the group's needs and preferences. Patience and flexibility really help to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere. Please remember that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, please don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and again that the best trips are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Many thanks in advance!


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

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.