Jordan's Dana to Petra Trek

Trekking the new `Inca Trail` of the Middle East




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Holiday Overview


  • Walking amongst sculpted sandstone canyons of Jordan
  • Explore the wonders of the `Rose-Red City` of Petra
  • Walk in amongst ancient rock-hewn tombs of ancient Jordan
  • Camping Bedouin style under the desert stars

This excellent trekking holiday in Jordan takes us from the Dana Reserve, southwards to the ancient 'Rose-Red City' of Petra. This trek is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the finest in the Middle East. Six days of trekking takes us through the most rugged country in Jordan, straddling the edge of the great Rift Valley. Starting out from Wadi Feinan in the Dana Nature Reserve, this exploratory trek takes us on hunters' trails through deep gorges and across high ridges, climbing gradually from around 300 metres at Feinan to around 1100 metres at the high viewpoint above Petra. Nights will be spent camping Bedouin-style with the local guide and crew. Crossing a final escarpment, we reach the spectacular ‘Monastery', which heralds our arrival at Petra - recently voted for inclusion amongst the world's ‘New 7 Wonders'. This great adventure follows in the footsteps of many explorers and is a magical week of discovery, walking and above all, Jordanian hospitality.

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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?

On this holiday we will be trekking through a desert world that has been crossed by nomadic people and their livestock for generations. Nowadays, the area is just about accessible by 4WD vehicles and there are rough ‘roads' to the various camping places that we will use. We will be trekking on scant trails, however, far away from the route taken by our support vehicle. The underfoot conditions will include dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as ‘hamada'. There are also sections of narrow trail across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling. The tracks and trails we use are generally not difficult. We will walk for an average of 5 to 6 hours on each of days 2 to 6, covering as much as 15 kilometres each day and with a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. This is a relatively short trekking holiday and at low elevation.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Dana Village. Meet Bedouin trek crew and hike to Wadi Feinan.
  • Trek to the dry canyon of Wadi Barwas passing through Byzantine ruins along the way.
  • Follow ancient Bedouin trails to the lush valley of Reis al Feid.
  • A spectacular day of desert mountain trekking to camp at Shkaret Umseid.
  • Trek through rock canyons to Little Petra. Onward descent to Beidah.
  • Trek into Petra via a spectacular cliff side trail. Guided tour of Petra.
  • 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.

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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 from Amman Airport to the group hotel in Madaba or Amman is provided. 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Dana Village. Meet Bedouin trek crew and hike to Wadi Feinan.

    We will make an early start for the 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 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Trek to the dry canyon of Wadi Barwas passing through Byzantine ruins along the way.

    This is another 6-hour walking day, which will take us across classic ‘hamada’ landscape – dry, rock-strewn desert, with little sand. The route is quite level and there are spectacular views of the high mountain ranges to the east and the expansive Wadi Araba Desert stretching out to the west. Although the terrain is essentially flat, there are several small wadis (dry valleys), that must be crossed throughout the day. We pass both Byzantine and Nabatean ruins during the course of today’s walk and our local guide will point these out. We set up camp for the night in Wadi Barwas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Follow ancient Bedouin trails to the lush valley of Reis al Feid.

    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. There are views ahead of the next day’s route. On reaching the dry river bed, we turn upstream for half an hour to our camp at Ras el Feid.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 5 hours

  • A spectacular day of desert mountain trekking to camp at Shkaret Umseid.

    We retrace our route along the riverbed, before turning off on a Bedouin trail that traverses a rocky valley side, gradually ascending by way of dry wadis and indistinct cols. This part of the path is particularly challenging, becoming less well-defined, with some easy scrambling to overcome the largest obstacles. This section lasts approximately 2 hours and eventually descends to a riverbed with perennial water. 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. We camp at the col of Shkaret Msei’d.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Descent 600m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Trek through rock canyons to Little Petra. Onward descent to Beidah.

    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 Little Petra using a little used route. The splendour of Little Petra provides an insight into what lies ahead at the main Petra site. From the main entrance of Little Petra, we make our way towards Beidha with evidence of modern human settlement in the form of jeep tracks.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 450m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Trek into Petra via a spectacular cliff side trail. Guided tour of Petra.

    We will say goodbye to our local trekking guide and crew this morning and we continue with our guide. 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 5 days of hard walking. The initial glimpse of the top of the Monastery, as it comes into view through the mountains, has a similar effect of the first glimpse of the Treasury from the Siq. We will then trek down from the Monastery and exit Petra by the secondary Siq before re-entering the site through the main Siq so you get to see the most famous view of Petra as though you are entering for the first time. After our sightseeing visit to Petra, we overnight at a hotel in nearby Wadi Musa.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

    After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle (3hrs) to Amman International Airport. KE Land Only package services end on arrival at the airport. However if you would like to extend your visit in Jordan to visit the Red Sea, the Dead Sea or Jerash, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants

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Holiday Information

  • Local Jordanian tour leader
  • Bedouin trekking guide
  • Amman Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
  • Entrance fee for Dana Reserve
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

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.

A single group transfer will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Amman. This transfer will meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian flight from the UK and will normally depart from the airport at around 0100 hours (the early hours of Day 2 of the trip itinerary). At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Wadi Musa to Amman Airport timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian flight back to the UK which departs in the late morning. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 8 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, 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. On day 8, should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the KE office for prices.

At around 7 a.m. breakfast will be under way and you will be able to make your way to the centre of the desert camp to pick up that all important first cup of tea or coffee. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely in the support vehicle to our next camping place. Bottled mineral water is provided throughout the time in the desert and you will need to grab a couple of bottles and your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking, through cool canyons and across open rocky terrain and we will find a suitably shady spot to stop for a long lunch. Usually we walk for around 4 hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon. On arrival at camp, we can relax on mattresses around a central area covered by matting and take a cooling drink, with tea or coffee also available. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. and is served around the camp fire. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

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

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Madaba (or in Amman) at a tourist hotel. We will also have a night in a tourist hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra). Whilst on trek there are 5 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.. When camping in the desert, we provide simple 2-man tents, but it is quite usual for group members to find a secluded spot in the dunes (or by the campfire if preferred) and to sleep out under the stars. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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

Breakfasts on trek consist of bread, a variety of cheese, honey, jams, yoghurt, fruit, tea and Nescafe. For lunch there will be a variety of salads, spicy humus, breads and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by barbeque or pan fried meat and vegetables with plenty of bread, yoghurt, and humus followed by fresh fruit and tea or coffee. Mineral water is provided. Vegetarians can be catered for.

All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 8 are included in the holiday price. Dinner on the first evening in Madaba is not included. Most clients will arrive late in the evening having taken a meal on the plane. For those arriving earlier the hotel has a restaurant or there is a wide range of dining options nearby (allow £10 - £15 for a dinner).

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 cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling, Euros and US dollars can easily be exchanged in Jordan. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You should also allow a total of approximately £40 for tips to your drivers, local guides and trek crew. 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 group will be led by an experienced, English speaking Jordanian Tour guide. In addition during the trek, there will be a Beduoin trekking guide and a support crew of one or more drivers who will assist with the cooking.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. Tips do not form part of the wages of local staff but are seen as a personal thank you from group members. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that tips be given from the group as a whole rather than individually and as a rough guide we suggest a contribution of £40 from each group member should provide an adequate 'pool' for tipping your crew.

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage limit is that which is imposed by your airline. However, Jordan is a hot country and you will not require any heavy clothing, nor are you required to bring a camping mattress. Travelling light will also make transiting airports a much more pleasant experience for you.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

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.

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 checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • 2/3 season sleeping bag *
  • Hiking boots/Approach shoes
  • Water bottles – 1 litre/1 quart x 2 (2 litres total)
  • Training shoes or sandals for sightseeing and camp use
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Travel pants
  • At least 1 long sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm jacket (eg. Fleece)*
  • Lightweight windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (for chilly evenings in the desert)
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack of approx. 30 litres / 1800 cubic inches capacity
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Lighter/matches – for burning toilet paper
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Insect repellant
  • Antibacterial handwash (note that washing water can be limited in the desert)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts**
  • Small towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (a foam mattress is provided)
  • Trekking poles
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Swimming shorts/costume (if extending at the Red or Dead Sea)
  • Spare laces


*For the November - February trips when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag, a warmer jacket such as a down-filled jacket, and thermal baselayers.

**As Jordan is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended. Knee-length shorts are OK once on trek.

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Know before you go

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.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 5 or 6 hours each day for several days continuously. There are some easy scrambling sections during this trip and although these not difficult or dangerous you should be coomfortable also with a degree of exposure. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to departure. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging, squash and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

The best period for trekking in Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season, from October through to mid April. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures, rising to 40°C in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperature is likely to be in the high twenties or low thirties °C, falling as low as 10°C at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 - 15 °C falling as low as 5°C at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

Treks & Climbs in Wadi Rum. Tony Howard. Cicerone. Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons. Taylor and Howard. Cicerone Press. Jordan. Lonely Planet.

Reise Know-How Verlag 1:400,000

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)

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