Bike Jordan Dead 2 Red

Bike from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea




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Holiday Overview


  • A sensational mountain biking holiday in Jordan
  • Spend a night with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum
  • Free day to explore the `Rose Red City` of Petra
  • Ride down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth

A thrilling journey, awash with geographical and cultural splendour, as we cross the amazing kingdom of Jordan. On this superb mountain bike ride we encounter many of the ‘must see' locations of this engaging country and also experience its warm and traditional hospitality. From the spiritual site of Mount Nebo we'll witness the stunning views across to the ‘Promised Land', before a descent to the shores of the Dead Sea - an incredible 400 metres below sea level!  This is the lowest point on earth and it's a truly unique experience to climb back up to sea level and beyond. On a mix of tarmac and jeep trails we then traverse one of the longest canyons in Jordan, arriving at the high mountain plateau of Dana, where the magnificent panorama includes the Wadi Araba desert, far below. Following a chain of impressive Crusader fortresses, including the magnificent Karak Castle, we enjoy exhilarating biking as we descend through the Valley of Moses to Petra, where we have a welcome rest and exploration day at the ancient 'rose-red city'. Moving on from Petra, we discover the majestic grandeur of the desert landscapes at Wadi Rum, once home to Lawrence of Arabia. After a night under the stars with our Bedouin hosts, it's a short ride to the Red Sea, where we will be ready for a well-earned drink and swim to end this action-packed week of adventure biking.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

SEMI SLICK ADVENTURE - This is a holiday for regular bikers, with reasonable technical skills and good endurance levels. Most of the riding on this trip is straightforward on quiet tarmac roads or dirt roads used by 4WD vehicles. A little less than a third of the route is on dirt roads or more basic off-road tracks. There are short sections of village footpaths and pockets of soft sand when crossing the desert on days 7 and 8, but very little that could be described as technical. There are, however, some longish days involving a considerable amount of ascent, most notably on days 3, 4 and 5. Factor in the likely hot and dry conditions and this bike ride is not to be underestimated. By fitting this biking holiday into a one-week break we have created a fairly challenging route that provides perfect winter and early season training. Having said that, the support vehicle is available pretty much throughout. This allows for groups of mixed ability and also provides the option (for those who are finding the going tough) to skip the most testing of the uphill grinds. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.
  • Cycle to the spiritual site of Mt Nebo and onto Mukawir for locally hosted evening.
  • Ride to Earth’s lowest point – The Dead Sea. Onwards challenging climb to Karak Castle.
  • Cycle through Al Hassa Canyon. Contour Jabal Ata’ta (1600m) and on to Dana Village.
  • Cycle south to Castle of Shobak. Off road ride to Valley of Moses ending at gateway of Petra.
  • Day tour of the ancient rock-hewn UNESCO city of Petra.
  • Ride into the desert landscape of Wadi Rum for a night of Bedouin Camping.
  • Desert sunrise and onwards cycle to the Red Sea for a quick dip. Transfer to Madaba.
  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Amman. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Amman International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details. Royal Jordanian and British Airways have flights to Jordan.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. A single group transfer will be provided from Amman Airport to the group hotel in Madaba. This transfer is normally in the late evening and a representative of our local agent will accompany the group on the 30 minute journey to the hotel.

  • Cycle to the spiritual site of Mt Nebo and onto Mukawir for locally hosted evening.

    After breakfast this morning, we have time to assemble our bikes before setting off on the first stage of our unique mountain biking journey. Bike bags and boxes will be left in storage at the hotel for those bringing their own bikes. Riding straight from our hotel, we follow quiet back roads leading westwards to Mount Nebo. Reputedly the place from which Moses viewed the 'promised land', Mount Nebo does offer a fantastic view across the Dead Sea and the Jordan River to the West Bank. On a clear day, it is even possible to see the holy city of Jerusalem, some 45 kilometres away. Heading south from Mount Nebo, we follow a minor road between isolated farms to the village of Main, then join the 'King's Highway' (an ancient route linking Madaba with Petra, which is actually a little-used local road). After just a few kilometres, we drop off onto a dirt track and follow this to Libb, where we meet a narrow and hilly road that takes us back westwards to the ruins of King Herod’s palace, where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. We stop off at this viewpoint and enjoy another striking panorama across the Dead Sea. The day's ride ends at the nearby village of Mukawir, where we stay in simple 'homestay' accommodation run by the village cooperative. Whilst this homestay is basic, the food is great, there are minimal facilities including a hot shower and there are 4 sleeping rooms which will be shared appropriately by the group. There really is no alternative accommodation in this area and being able to take our dinner with a local family does allow us a fascinating glimpse into life in a Jordanian household.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 70km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Ride to Earth’s lowest point – The Dead Sea. Onwards challenging climb to Karak Castle.

    Mukawir is at around 800 metres and the start of today's ride will take us rapidly down to the lowest point on earth, on the banks of the Dead Sea, at an amazing elevation of 400 metres BELOW SEA LEVEL. We will have an early start and make this descent on a minor road with little traffic. Cycling along the shores of the Dead Sea, we arrive at the Mujib Nature Reserve and have the opportunity to take a dip and test the incredible buoyancy of the salty waters (10 times as salty as normal sea water). The Jordan River flows into this vast inland sea, but it has no outlet and this factor, together with a high rate of evaporation, is responsible for the extreme saltiness and lack of animal or plant life. After our swim, we can take a shower, before continuing our ride southwards beside the sea for around 20 kilometres. Reaching a junction, we turn off to begin the challenging 25 kilometre climb back up onto the Eastern Plateau at an altitude of over 900 metres. If you don't want to tackle this amazing 1300 metre ascent, the support vehicle is on hand. Arriving at Karak, we should just have time to visit the magnificent Crusader fortress before checking into our hotel. Situated in a commanding position on the King's Highway, this fort is an excellent example of 12th century Crusader architecture.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1800m

    • Distance 90km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs cycling

  • Cycle through Al Hassa Canyon. Contour Jabal Ata’ta (1600m) and on to Dana Village.

    Today's ride takes us southwards along the Eastern Plateau. After a short transfer away from the traffic of central Karak, we will follow the quiet King’s Highway again, passing agricultural fields, ruins and several small villages, until we reach the edge of the Al Hassa Canyon. We will stop to admire the views, before making our descent into this impressive rocky chasm. What goes down, must go up? It's an 800 metre climb back out of the wadi, but we are spurred on by the thought of our picnic lunch and the chance to rest once the 22 kilometre ascent is over. After lunch, it's back on our bikes for the continuation of our southward ride. We avoid the town of Tafila by contouring around it’s east side on minor farm roads and gain height steadily, en route to a high point at around 1600 metres, close to the rocky summit of Jabal Ata'ta. A final descent of 400 metres takes us to the village of Dana (1250m) and our basic but friendly hotel. Here, we are on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s largest reserve area, comprising hundreds of square kilometers of spectacular mountains and wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1900m

    • Distance 90km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1900m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs cycling

  • Cycle south to Castle of Shobak. Off road ride to Valley of Moses ending at gateway of Petra.

    Dana village has been the home of the Al Ata'ata tribe for 400 years. This morning, we will have the chance to look around this tranquil settlement, before setting off on our bikes towards Shobak Castle. This is another of the great chain of Crusader fortresses, which stretches across Jordan and was built in the year 1115. Beyond the castle, an initial steep climb through small villages leads us to an excellent off-road track that contours around the edge of the Eastern Plateau and provides us with magnificent views down to the desert of Wadi Araba. Regaining the King's Road, we cruise down to Wadi Musa (the ‘Valley of Moses’) which is the little town that acts as a gateway to the 'Rose-Red City' of Petra. Here, we check in at a comfortable hotel for 2 nights.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 80km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2100m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Day tour of the ancient rock-hewn UNESCO city of Petra.

    A day off the bikes today, as we have arranged for a sightseeing visit to the ancient city of Petra, accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. Making an early start, we will walk to the Visitor Centre, pick up our tickets and set off through the narrow 'Siq' which leads to the heart of this site. The Petra fees, which are included in the trip cost, allow you to ride a horse for the first few hundred metres of the approach to the site - it's up to you whether you want to take advantage of this! Petra was created by the Nabataeans, an industrious people of Arab descent who came to this part of Jordan some 2000 years ago. Ancient Petra was occupied for around 400 years at around the time of Christ. It appears that the city lay entirely deserted and forgotten for a period of approximately 300 years before its more recent rediscovery in 1812. Approaching through the gloomy kilometre-long chasm of the Siq provides a dramatic contrast as we reach arguably the most spectacular of the city's rock-hewn buildings, the magnificent Treasury, with its intricately carved facade. There are over 800 individual monuments at Petra, including temples, tombs, arched gateways and entire streets, carved from the colourful native sandstone. Other highlights are the High Place of Sacrifice, which offers views across the whole area, and the Monastery that is even bigger than the Treasury and is reached by way of 800 steps. The guide will be with the group for 3 hours or so, after which time you are free to continue your exploration independently.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Ride into the desert landscape of Wadi Rum for a night of Bedouin Camping.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we have a short transfer south on the King's Highway to Rajif (1565m), where we mount up and start the day's ride with a swift descent to the village of Delagha, where we find an off-road track that takes us south-east through an amazing desert landscape (and by way of scattered Bedouin camps) to Al Humaimah. This is an old stopping place on the 'Spice Route', once used by camel caravans. We stop here for lunch and for a rest, then cross the Desert Highway (Jordan's main north-south link) and head out into the desert towards Wadi Rum. On this part of our ride, we will be aware of the changing desert landscape, as the sandstone mountains start to get bigger and even more colourful. We will cross the 5 kilometre-long dry mud flats of Disieh, surrounded by amazing sandstone formations, to finally arrive at Rum Village (950m), between the towering peaks of Jebel Rum and Jebel Um Ishrin. Here, we will meet our Bedouin host and transfer by 4WD into the heart of the Wadi Rum Protected Area. Our overnight accommodation is in a traditional Bedouin camp and we will be able to watch the spectacular desert sunset, before sitting down to enjoy a well-deserved 'zarb', a traditional Bedouin dish of meat and vegetables cooked beneath the embers of the campfire. Wadi Rum has a unique desert landscape, described by T.E. Lawrence as 'vast, echoing and god-like'. Much of David Lean's movie, Lawrence of Arabia, was filmed in Wadi Rum.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 100km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs cycling

  • Desert sunrise and onwards cycle to the Red Sea for a quick dip. Transfer to Madaba.

    After breakfast and time to enjoy morning in the desert, we will start our last ride of the trip at the foot of the peak of Al Qattar. Crossing the western edge of the Wadi Rum reserve, we bike on hard desert trails with areas of soft sand, which can be challenging. After a couple of hours we reach a tarmac road that soon takes us to the main road that we follow into Aqaba. We bike right to the edge of the sea to mark the completion of this very special journey. We have a quick lunch at a popular local hangout in the town, then head to Aqaba’s South Beach to spend a couple of hours in a beach resort by the Red Sea. Whether you’d like to swim, snorkel or just relax on beach with a cold drink in hand, the choice is yours. After a shower and change, in the late afternoon, we transfer back to the group hotel in Amman, where we will repack our bikes for the journey home.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 55km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end with the early morning transfer to Amman Airport for the homeward flight. Should you wish to extend your stay at Jordan's Red Sea coast, please talk to one of our adventure travel consultants.

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Holiday Information

  • A locally based English speaking bike guide
  • A single group transfer from Amman Airport on Day 1 and back to the airport on Day 9
  • One or more support vehicles and drivers
  • Guided tour of Petra
  • Entrance fees to Karak Castle / Petra / Wadi Rum / Aqaba beach
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Tips for the guide and local support crew
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Two group transfers will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Madaba. These transfers will meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian and British Airways flight from the UK. At the end of the trip there will group transfers from the group hotel in Madaba to Amman Airport timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian and British Airways flight back to the UK. These transfers will be in the morning of Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If these transfers do not work with your flights, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Amman Airport. The airport is 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the town of Madaba. Fixed price tan-coloured airport taxis are readily available outside the terminal exit doors. They charge a standard fare of JD20 for the one-way trip to Madaba. Airport taxis are preferable to the yellow taxis, which are metered but usually entail some sort of haggling with the driver. There is an ATM and money changing facilities in the airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this trip the group will spend 6 nights in hotels, 1 night in a basic homestay and 1 night in a Bedouin camp. Most of the accommodation is arranged on a twin-share basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. At the homestay, the 4 available rooms will be shared appropriately by the group.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts can vary a little with the accommodation, but typically consist of labaneh (thick sour creamy yoghurt), hummus, cheese, beans, eggs, olives, za’atar (a mixture of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt), tea and coffee. Lunch on days 2, 3, 5 and 6 will be a packed lunch (sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and juice and tea). Lunch on days 4 and 7 will be a picnic lunch, with a simple hot meal such as Jordanian fresh tomato cooked with garlic, onion and olive oil. Lunch on day 8 will be at our favourite hummus / falafel cafeteria in Aqaba town. Dinner will again vary with the location, but we will aim to sample a variety of traditional Jordanian meals. Salad, rice, chicken, vegetables and yoghurt are usual dinner ingredients. In Wadi Rum, we’ll get to try the Bedouin 'zarb', a meal of meat and vegetables cooked under hot sand. Complimentary water, biscuits, cakes and fruits will be offered during the rides.

All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9.

Approximately £100-£125 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses and the cost of your visa. You should carry your travel money in the form of currency rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling, US dollars and euros can easily be exchanged. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You should also allow a total of approximately £40 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) for driver, guide and trek crew tips. The cost of the Petra visit is included in the trip price. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of drinks or other refreshments, you should allow for this.

The trip will be led by an experienced, English-speaking local bike guide. There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guide, drivers and other support staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE pays its local crews at the best rates of pay. We advise our local staff that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We recommend that you pay tips only where you receive good service. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £40 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) for tipping your crew.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend SEMI-SLICK tyres for this trip. Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage - providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made bike bag or hard bike case. If you are using a softer bike bag, then you may need to add further protection to the bike when packing it. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape - ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, if you are using a softer bike bag, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

Please note that bike bags or bike boxes will not travel with us during the course of the trip. Bicycle transportation bags or boxes will be left in secure storage.

Throughout this trip (with the exception of one very short section) we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. This means that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when you are out of sight of other group members, vehicle support and the biking leader. However, our regular stops mean that it is never long before the group reforms. The support vehicle can pick up anyone who chooses to take a break from cycling at any time.

One idea is to use your own bike for this holiday. It is, after all, the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, another option is to hire a bike from our local agent. He has a mix of new Trek 4400, 4300 and 3700 mountain bikes (sizes 14, 16, 18, 19.5, 21 and 22.5 inches), with front suspension, V-brakes and Shimano gearing. The 14 and 16 inch sizes have a single bottle cage. The larger sizes have 2 bottle cages fitted. The cost of hiring a bike for the duration of the trip, including insurance against accidental damage is US$120 (March 2014 and subject to change). This must be paid directly to our agent on arrival in Madaba in US dollars cash. We must stress that your hire contract will be with our local agent and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from your bike hire. Please note that the hire bikes have flat pedals. You will need to take your own SPD (or similar) shoes and pedals, as well as your own saddle, which will go a long way towards making the hire bike feel like your own bike. You will also need to take your own helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) and a current Jordanian Visa are required for this trip. Nationals of certain countries - including all Western European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - can obtain visas on arrival at the airport in Amman. There is currently no visa fee if you spend 2 consecutive nights in Jordan. Nationals of countries not mentioned above should check the visa situation with the Jordanian embassy or consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


  • Feet
  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s
  • Torso
  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)
  • Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
  • Thin buff/neck scarf
  • Hands
  • Regular biking gloves
  • Legs
  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tracksters
  • Baggy overshorts for modesty
  • Overshoes
  • Head
  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet – mandatory
  • Trek Bag Contents
  • Travel and apres biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Handwash
  • Swimwear


Sheet sleeping bag (bedding is provided at the fixed camps)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Headtorch or small torch
  • Daypack and contents

    • Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
    • Water bladder - min. 3 litres
    • Lightweight waterproof top
    • Multi-tool
    • Puncture repair kit
    • Inner tube
    • Pump
    • Camera
    • Sun cream
    • Small roll of gaffer tape


    Lightweight loose trousers to wear for modesty in villages

    Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    Please note

  • At the time of our November and December departures it can be quite cold early and late in the day, especially in the desert. You should make sure you have a warm fleece jacket or even a lightweight down jacket or gilet and also take some warmer full-fingered biking gloves and overshoes.

    Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of standard 26 x 2 to 2.25 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.

    • If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
    • Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry tarmac/dirt road conditions.
    • Pump
    • Plastic tyre levers
    • Spoke key
    • 2 x inner tubes
    • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
    • Multi-tool with Allen keys
    • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
    • 2x puncture repair kits
    • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train
    • Spare chain links
    • Spares specific to your bike if applicable

    KE tools and spares

    • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares, which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

    Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

    • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your holiday. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The best period for biking in Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season, from October through to mid May. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures, rising to 40 degrees centigrade in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperatures are likely to range between 25 and 33 degrees Centigrade, falling as low as 10 degrees centigrade at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 to 15 degrees centigrade, falling as low as 5 degrees centigrade at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

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    Double-sided and detailed map, dividing the country horizontally just underneath al-Karak. Combines clear road and tourist detail with general relief indicated by contours, altitude tinting, mountain passes and peak heights.

    Extend Your Holiday

    Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea Extension

    Private transfer from Petra to Wadi Rum. Arriving at Wadi Rum, you will meet your Bedouin hosts and have the rest of the day to soak up the desert atmosphere, before settling down to camp under the stars. Day 2 is a full day of trekking in the region with a second night under canvas in the Wadi Rum National Park. On Day 3, we leave the desert for the salty-low of the Dead Sea. With free time to soak in the salty waters, we head onto Mount Nebo before continuing onto our accommodation in Madaba. The final morning requires an early start for our 30-45 minute private airport transfer to Amman for our flight home.

    Wadi Rum & Dead Sea Extension (join Petra)

    From $585 per person

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