Experience Jordanian hospitality and rural life on an adventurous trek through the deserts and wadis of this Middle Eastern gem. Descend through Wadi Dana and the biodiverse Dana Biosphere Reserve, hike through Siq Canyon, and take a 4WD tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. At night you'll sleep under the stars in Bedouin wilderness camps.


  • Search for unique desert wildlife in Dana Nature Reserve
  • Take a 4WD tour of the spectacular Wadi Rum
  • Explore the ancient city of Petra
  • Bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amman Amman
Day 2 Hike through Dana Biosphere Reserve to Wadi Ghuweir Wadi Ghuweir
Day 3 Trek to Furon Furon
Day 4 Hike to Ghbour Whedat Ghbour Whedat
Day 5 Hike to Little Petra Little Petra
Day 6 Trek to the ancient city of Petra  Petra
Day 7 Explore Petra; Wadi Rum Jeep tour Wadi Rum
Day 8 Bathe in the Dead Sea Amman
Day 9 Depart Amman  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Amman

Ancient stone columns at the Citadel of Amman
Ancient stone columns at the Citadel of Amman

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Although it is now a modern city, it retains much of its historic character. Overnight in Amman.

Day 2:  Hike through Dana Nature Reserve to Wadi Ghuweir

Dana Biosphere Reserve
Dana Biosphere Reserve

Today you will leave Amman early and drive about two and a half hours to Wadi Dana. The hike starts at Dana Village, 3,937 feet above sea level. As you head west into Dana Valley, the trail descends into the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve has four distinct bio-zones and supports an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. You may see griffin vultures,  hyrax, and copper-blue lizards; if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox. Tonight you will camp under the stars at Wadi Ghuweir.

Hiking Distance: 10 miles (Ascent 920 feet | Descent 4,660 feet)

Day 3: Hike to Furon 

Blue sky over mountains around Wadi Araba
Blue sky over mountains around Wadi Araba

Today you will hike to Furon. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. The track leads up into the mountains through a dramatic valley that offers stunning views towards the Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you will reach the camp set up by the crew at Furon.

Hiking Distance: 10 miles (Ascent 4,330 feet | Descent 1,280 feet)

Day 4: Hike to Ghbour Whedat

Desert, sand and mountains
Desert, sand, and mountains

Today you will hike from Furon past Ras Al-Feid to Ghbour Whedat. Witness astonishing views of some of the most remote and wild corners of Jordan. Follow the contours of the Sharah Mountains along Bedouin shepherd paths. The towering peaks of black mountains overlooking the trail and steep drops into the canyons below make this day absolutely unforgettable. You will gradually climb up the hills to reach magnificent views over the desert below. Camp overnight at Ghbour Whedat.

Hiking Distance: 10.6 miles (Ascent 2,460 feet | Descent 3,018 feet)

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Day 5: Hike to Little Petra 

Little Petra
Carved sandstone facade at Little Petra

After yesterday's remote hike, today you will start to see signs of human habitation, such as Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots. You'll pass by Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructure. Finally, you'll reach Little Petra, believed by archaeologists to be a suburb of Petra where traders traveling along the Silk Road would stay. Stay overnight at a Bedouin camp in Little Petra.

Hiking Distance: 8.7 miles (Ascent 2,000 | Descent 1,837 feet)

Day 6: Hike to the Ancient City of Petra

The Treasury at Petra
The Red Rose Treasury at Petra

Today you'll enter Petra through the "back door," avoiding most of the crowds. Follow a Nabataean route through Wadi Ghurab out of the valley. The trail skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace, which has been improved for the safety of walkers. Even so, it narrows slightly before coming to a hidden plateau high above the awe-inspiring chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just ahead is The Monastery, carved into the cliff face. Follow the Nabataean steps into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa. Overnight in Petra.

Hiking Distance: 8.5 miles (Ascent 1,627 feet | Descent 1,703 feet)

Day 7: Explore Petra and Wadi Rum Jeep Tour

World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum

After breakfast, you'll again head to the Nabatean "Red Rose City" of Petra. Enter through Siq Canyon, a half-mile long, narrow gorge, flanked by 260-foot cliffs. Explore the hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, the treasury, sacrificial altars, Roman-style theaters, temples, and colonnaded streets of this massive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later you will be transferred to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 Jeep adventure, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. Discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes, and narrow gorges. Overnight at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

Day 8: Bathe in the Dead Sea

Thunderstorm over the Dead Sea
The mineral-rich Dead Sea

After breakfast, you will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.  With its high salt content, it is virtually impossible to swim in the viscous waters of this sea, which is 1,461 feet below sea level.  After floating, pamper yourself with some Dead Sea mud and soak up some sun before heading back to Amman.

Day 9: Depart Amman 

Ancient Roman Theatre in Amman
Ancient Roman Theater in Amman

Unfortunately, all great things must come to end. Make your way to the airport in Amman for your departing flight. 


Map of Trekking the Jordan Trail from Dana to Petra – 9 Days
Map of Trekking the Jordan Trail from Dana to Petra – 9 Days