Mansura to Petra Trek
from only $835 (US) per person
 

When thinking of Jordan many people associate it only with desert sands and the rose-red city of Petra. However Jordan has a lot more to offer than that. It abounds in natural beauty. There are a lot of places in Jordan where you can still merge with nature and have a true wilderness experience. You might walk for days without meeting a soul, something that could never happen in the crowded and busy western world.

 

This 8-day hiking tour offers you the undiscovered Jordan. It’s an excellent opportunity to 'walk slowly in this life’ and to get up close and personal in experiencing the splendid variety of Jordanian landscape and culture. If you allow yourself to experience Jordan on foot then you will enjoy a beautiful natural environment with ‘every move you make, every step you take’. 

 

In this trip we will be trekking on a desert route, crossed by the nomadic Bedouin people and their livestock for generations. Our underfoot conditions will include dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as 'hamada'.

DAY 1             ARRIVAL

You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to a hotel in Amman

DAY 2             Amman – Mansura

After breakfast we drive in air-conditioned comfort down the King's Way to Mount Nebo. This 1,000m (3,300ft) mountain is a very important Christian site, for it was here, on the edge of a ridge overlooking the Dead Sea, that Moses first caught sight of the Holy Land, having led his people from Sinai. It is said that he also died and was buried here. Mount Nebo offers fantastic views of the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea, with the West Bank city of Jericho usually visible from the summit and Jerusalem apparent on very clear days.

We take lunch near the imposing Crusader castle of Kerak. This is the largest and best-preserved of the Crusader Castles in the region. It sits on top of a steep outcrop, an almost impregnable position and, built in 1132 by Baldwin of Jerusalem, became famous at the time of the Crusades as one of the chain of fortresses used in the Holy War against Islam. We continue driving south enjoying the fantastic views over magnificent Wadi Araba before briefly stretching our legs viewing Shoubak Castle. We arrive at Mansura and walk to our campsite

4.5 hour Transfer. 0.5 hour Trek. Camping    

DAY 3             Mansura – Wadi Feinan

Today we trek along the Shara mountains. The barren landscape suddenly changes as we enter Wadi Daphna with its hot springs and palm trees. After lunch we hike down the valley passing palms, reeds and oleander bushes that blossom in the spring. The Wadi Feinan gorge possesses an interesting archaelogical landscape and was an area rich in prehistoric activity. During our walk we will view the remains of a late roman citadel, copper mines, elaborate water systems and settlements with Neolithic houses, in places preserved to two storeys.

6 Hour Trek. Camping

 

DAY 4             Wadi Feinan - El Forn

Our trek follows the outskirts of the shara Mountains and through the Wadi Araba, which is like a small steppe with scattered Acacia trees. After lunch the trail enters a small canyon and follows Wadi Barwas uphill through a green valley until we reach camp at El Forn

 6 Hour Trek. Camping

 

DAY 5             El Forn - Gabural Al Waheidat

We hike into Wadi Feith with its all year round running stream, and then turn down into Wadi Sahawa. The trail then heads up to our lunch spot at Tabqa Agla. After lunch we take a Bedouin trail with beautiful views over Wadi Araba to Gabural Al Waheidat

7 Hour Trek. Camping

 

DAY 6             Gabural Al Waheidat - El Maisra

We hike to El Farsh where the cultivated fields indicate that we are getting closer to civilization. After lunch we climb down through a wild valley and past sandstone cliffs to little Petra, giving the first taste of amazing Nabataean culture. We also visit the Neolithic village of al-Baidah before we reach our camp at El Maisra

7 Hour Trek. Camping

 

DAY 7             Petra 

A whole day to enjoy Petra including a half-day guided tour of the rose-red city ‘half as old as time’ which is one of the  New Seven Wonders of the World. Petra was carved into the Sharah mountains by the industrious Nabataeans, who grew rich through their control of the frankincense trade routes through Arabia. Petra fell into obscurity about a thousand years ago, while its existence, and location, were kept a closely guarded secret by the local Bedouin, until 1812 when the Swiss explorer John Louis Burckhardt tricked his way into the site

Our guided tour of this unique and unforgettable site commences with a walk through the Siq, the narrow and winding fissure between towering cliffs, which we exit through a tiny cleft to be confronted by the awe-inspiring splendour of the Treasury monument, Petra’s most elaborate ruin, hewn into the sandstone rock. Local legend has it that this tomb once stored the gifts of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. We progress to explore the royal tombs, a roman theatre and the colonnaded street to name but a few of the astounding attractions on view. We will also walk up the 800 steps to view the vast and impressive Monastery (Ed Deir), which enjoys fabulous views over the whole area and a mountain atmosphere.

After lunch, which we will take on site, the afternoon is free to explore one of the most impressive and exciting sites of ancient history anywhere in the world. One option is to walk up to the High Place (Attuf Ridge), once the venue for sacrificial offerings, which gives wonderful views over the Petra Basin and out towards Jebel Harun and Wadi Sabra.

We celebrate the successful conclusion of our trek with a meal and then a comfortable room at a hotel in Petra 

6 Hour Trek. Hotel

 

DAY 8             DEPARTURE

We make the drive from Petra to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman in time for check-in for our flight home

Desert paramours Trek and Travel, Petra - Jordan

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