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Wadi Dana

General information:
Beautiful sorroundings, typical of the diverse landscapes of Dana reserve.

Route:
One-way

Rating:
Easy

Best time of the year:
Spring and Winter. Be aware of flash floods during Winter. It can get really hot during the Summer

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
900 meters descent. The trail starts at Dana village at 1223 meters above sea level and ends at the Faynan lodge at 325 meters above sea level

Distance:
16 kilometers

Walking time:
7 hours including resting times

Approach:
Take the Dana exit on the desert highway and follow the signs to Dana village.

Water:
It is a long hike in an exposed wadi. Consider carrying a minimum of 3 litres each



Wadi Dana

Wadi Mujib's Siq Trail

General information:
A short, fun-filled water thrill. Great for a hot summer day

Route:
One-way and back

Rating:
Easy, but involves climbing up 2-3 meter high waterfalls.

Best time of the year:
Summer. The trail is open from the first of April to the 31st of October

Special equipment and skills:
None. It is better to walk light. However, a waterproof bag or containers can be useful if you want to carry camera and valuables. No swimming is involved but you have to have no fear of water.

Altitude difference:
About 100 meters ascent and descent. The trail starts and ends at the Mujib Bridge (N31 27.934 E35 34.355) at 386 meters below sea level

Distance:
800 meters to the 20 meter high waterfall

Walking time:
2-3 hours

Approach:
Drive south along the Dead Sea highway to the Mujib Bridge (39.5 km from Swaymeh intersection). Turn left just before the bridge into the visitors center parking.

Water:
Not recommended for drinking. The gorge is shaded during most of the day. Carrying water is not necessary.



Wadi Mujib

Wadi Karak

General information:
A running stream, waterfalls, dripping springs, hanging gardens and a breath-taking surprise at the end

Route:
One-way and back

Rating:
Easy. No major obstacles except for few boulders that are easily negotiable

Best time of the year:
Any time. The waterfalls provide cooling showers in hot days. Be ware of flash floods in the Winter

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
150 meters. The trail starts at 150 meters below sea level and ends at 0 level

Distance:
4.6 km each way

Walking time:
5-6 hours including ample resting time

Approach:
Drive south on the Dead Sea highway. 5 km north of Mazra'a junction turn left (N31 16.788 E35 31.796). Bear right and drive 600 meters then turn left. Keep driving for 8 km. The road is narrow but well maintained and runs alongside a water pipe. It ends at a fenced water reservoir. Park your car. This is the beginning of the trail (N31 16.178 E35 35.208)

Water:
A perennial stream. It is advisable not to drink from it. Consider carrying 2-3 liters each.



Wadi Karak

Wadi Ghuweir (Wadi Shobak)

General information:
A wonderful wadi right from the beginning to the very end. The most amazing hanging gardens in a 3 km long narrow gorge.

Route:
One way. The trail starts at the Mansoura village near Shobak and ends at the Feinan lodge.

Rating:
Easy to moderate.

Best time of the year:
All year round. Be ware of flash floods in the winter

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
500 meters descent (830 meters to 320 meters above sea level)

Distance:
15.5 km

Walking time:
7 hours

Approach:
Drive south on the Desert Highway. Exit to Petra (Shobak). Drive 22 km and turn right to Mansoura village. Drive 10.6 km and turn right. Drive 2 km. This marks the end of the paved road and the beginning of the hike.

Water:
The stream water is not potable. Dripping spring water found along the wadi is potable. However, it is recommended to carry 2-3 litres of liquid.



Wadi Ghuweir

Wadi Weida'a

General information:
A lovely wadi. Short and easy but has it all. Take your kids.

Route:
One-way and back

Rating:
Easy. Expect wet shoes

Best time of the year:
All year. Be aware of flash floods in the winter. A waterfall at the end of the track will give a nice treat

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
50 meters ascent and descent. The trail starts at 10 meters below sea level and ends at 41 meters above sea level

Distance:
1.55 k each way

Walking time:
Minimum 1.5 hours.


Water:
A perennial stream. The water is not recommended for drinking. Consider carrying 1 litre each.



Wadi Numeira

General information:
A downhill delight and a stunning exit

Route:
One way

Rating:
Easy to moderate. Expect wet shoes

Best time of the year:
Spring and summer. Be aware of flash floods, especially during winter

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
The trail starts near the village of Iraq at 750 meters above sea level and ends at the Dead Sea road at 333 meters below sea level for an altitude difference of 1083 meters

Distance:
15 kilometers descent

Walking time:
9-10 hours

Approach:
From Amman take Kerak exit on the desert highway. Drive for 32 k and turn left at the first traffic light in the direction of Mu'tah. Drive for 6.8 k and bear right at the roundabout. Drive for another 2.6 k and turn right at the traffic light. Drive for another 1.4 k and turn right at traffic light. After about a 100 meters make a U turn and continue straight to the village of Iraq. Drive for another 5 k and turn left (a blue road sign with clear directions is located at the roadside. A breath-taking view of the mountains, wadi Numeira and the Dead Sea comes into display. Continue on this downsloping winding raod for another 4.6 k and turn right into a small paved road. A small mosque on the left side of the road 50 m before you make the turn provides a good landmark. Drive for another 500 m then turn left into a dirt road. Continue driving for another 1.6 k then bear right and drive for aother 800 meters. The road contours south then west above an escrapment, around the head of Wadi Baidah .Shortly afterwards the road beyond becomes unpredictable with deep ditches and gravel. The trail starts from this point.

Water:
A perennial stream. Drinking its water is not recommended. Consider carrying a minimum of 3 litres.

Guide:
Finding the beginning of the trail is tricky. We were able to locate it after 2 failing attempts. The mountain edges are very steep and can be dangerous. We dont advise you to make any random attempts to get down to the valley. However once you locate the trail going down becomes easy and not dangerous at all. A GPS is extremely helpful



Wadi Numeira

Wadi Attun

General information:
A short but physically demanding wadi. A real hot thermal spring and cool waterfalls at the end.

Route:
One way and back

Rating:
Moderate. Huge boulders all over that warrant negotiating. Expect wet shoes

Best time of the year:
Year-round. Be aware of winter flash floods.

Special equipment and skills:
A 10 meter long rope is handy when climbing up the first and second waterfalls.

Altitude difference:
58 meters ascent and descent. The trail starts at 380 m below sea level ends at 322 m below sea level

Distance:
1.3 kilometers each way

Walking time:
Four hours including ample resting time. Enjoy the thermal spring and waterfalls

Approach:
Drive south along the Dead Sea highway. At exactly 8.6 km south of Wadi Zarqa Ma'in bridge and just before another bridge turn left into a dirt yard overlooking the wadi outlet. The trail starts and ends there (N31 32.726 E35 33.402)

Water:
A perennial stream. The stream water is not recommended for drinking. Consider carrying 2 litres each



Wadi Attun

Wadi Ibn Hammad

General information:
A stunningly beautiful wadi and a superb day out.

Route:
One-way and back

Rating:
Easy. Expect wet shoes.

Best time of the year:
Year-round. The wadi offers plenty of cooling shade even in hot summer days. Be aware of winter flash floods

Special equipment and skills:
None needed

Altitude difference:
160 meters descent and ascent. The trail starts at "Hammam Ibn Hammad" at 50 meters above sea level and ends at the waterfall at 90 meters below sea level

Distance:
3.25 km to the waterfall. Total distance 6.5 km

Walking time:
5-6 hours

Approach:
From Amman drive south on the Desert Highway and turn right at Kerak exit. Continue for 32 km and turn right at the second traffic light (N31 10.197 E35 43.817). Drive north for 7 km and turn left in the direction of the villages of Rakeen and Bateer (N31 13.632 E35 44.307). Continue for 2.7 km and turn right at the roundabout. Drive for 700 meters and turn right at T junction. Drive for 3.57 km and bear right at Y junction. Continue driving through the village of Bateer. Once you leave Bateer you will have a full view of wadi Ibn Hammad and its olive groves on your right. Continue driving on this steep down sloping zigzag road (Good idea to shift to low gear) for another 2 km and turn left at T junction. Drive for 1.2 km and bear left (watch for a brown road sign ”Wadi Ibn Hammad Hot Springs”). Drive carefully and slowly on this steep and narrow but well-paved road for another 7.5 km. Cross over the water of the wadi and drive for another 120 meters. Park your car. This is the beginning of the trail (N31 18.045 E35 37.595).

Water:
A perennial stream not recommended for drinking. Consider carrying 2 litres each



Wadi Ibn Hammad

Wadi Rum

1- Half day tour
Duration of 4-5 hours with a break and a meal hidden.

2- Full Day Tour
Duration of 7-8 hours with a break and a meal hidden.

3- full day jeep tour with 2 hours walking
Duration of 7-8 hours with a break and a meal hidden.

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