Pick up from Amman 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 6 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 in Wadi Feinan, we set up our first camp of the trip. Dinner and overnight
Accommodation: Camp out
Meals included: Lunch box, Dinner
Very early morning after breakfast, we will get transferred 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 makes an ideal place to spend another magical night out in the wild.
Accommodation: Camp out
Meals included: breakfast, Lunch box and Dinner
Breakfast. 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, after reaching the Monetary you will say good bye to your local guide.
Continue visiting Petra on your own. you 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 centre marking the end of our trek.
After Petra visit, you will meet your driver and get transferred back to Amman, end of services).
Accommodation: no accommodation booked for this night.
Meals included: breakfast, Lunch box
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.
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.
Entrance fee of Petra.
All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3 are included in the holiday price.
During this trip the group will spend 2 nights camping. For the camping nights 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.