Trek to Petra on this once in a lifetime experience. The Jordan Desert Trek entails five days of trekking starting near the dead sea and finishing in the city of Petra. This challenging and adventurous trek takes us through unique landscapes in one of the friendliest countries in the world, ending at the impressive rock-hewn facades of Petra’s red canyons, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Accompanied by Bedouin guides we will trek through mountain and desert terrain using ancient trails. We will sleep under the stars in remote desert camps en route to the beautiful city of Petra. At the end of our trip, we’ve earned a well-deserved treat and we spend our last day exploring this lost city carved into the desert mountains.
The Jordan Desert Trek is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life who will come together to do something amazing. It will be life-changing in so many ways; achieve new personal goals, create unbeaten memories and experience all of this with like-minded people, but most importantly you’ll be making a huge difference by raising much needed funds for Jersey Cheshire Home.
Flights, accommodation, transfers, first aid support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals.
What’s Not Included
Travel insurance, Visa, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
Day 1, 5th Oct: London – Amman
Fly Jersey via Gatwick & Heathrow for a a very late arrival at QueenAlia International Airport Amman. Flight times will be confirmed once airline schedules have been updated. Pick up from airport and drive to hotel in Amman.
Day 2, 6th Oct: Dead Sea region, Wadi Mkheres and Dana Biosphere Reserve – approx 18km (6 hours)
Pick up from Amman and drive to the head of Wadi Mkheres, located in Madaba, approx. 40 km from Amman. Hike 18 km to arrive at the mouth of the wadi situated in the Dead Sea region. Along the hike we will stop to enjoy a lunch in the wadi.
Afterwards, we will drive along the Dead Sea Highway, enjoying views of the sea before turning into the mountains headed towards Dana Biosphere Reserve. We will spend the night at the Dana Tower Hotel, situated in the 300-year-old beautiful village of Dana, before continuing with our trek south to Petra. The night includes dinner, sweet tea and a peaceful night of stargazing.
Day 3, 7th Oct: Shobak, Wadi Ghuweir, and Wadi Malaga – approx. 19 km (7 hours)
Wake up for an early breakfast at Dana Tower Hotel, to then drive from Dana to Shobak to hike one of the most spectacular wadis in Jordan. Hike 16 km from the beginning of Wadi Ghuweir to arrive at Wadi Malaga. Along the way we will stop to prepare and eat a traditional lunch by the natural springs and waterfalls. Once at the mouth of Wadi Ghuweir we will continue for 3 km to reach Wadi Malaga, offering a great sunset lookout, dinner and camping.
Day 4, 8th Oct: Wadi Malaga to Ras El Feid – approx. 14 km (6 hours)
From Wadi Malaga campsite, trek over small hills, past Jabal Al-Hamra, Jabal Mahzan and Jabal Barwas. Gradually continue ascending across several wadis, with Wadi Araba to the west and the mountains to the east. Continue uphill to reach Ras Naqb Sheid, offering stunning views in all directions. Follow a steep downhill to reach Wadi Feid, be prepared to wade through shallow river sections, while enjoying the shifting geology to dark purple and red sandstone cliffs. Continue walking to finally reach the campsite, where an impressive Juniper tree wraps itself around the rock of the wadi floor. Enjoy dinner, tea and night of camping under the stars. Lunch boxes will be provided.
Day 5, 9th Oct: Wadi Ras El Feid to Beida (Little Petra) – approx. 22.8 km (6-8 hours)
Breakfast and set off from Ras El Feid along rocky sandstone terrain, hiking down into Wadi Al-Fied, followed by a pleasant ascend to Jabal Al-Safaha, to see some of the most spectacular views of the region. Continue walking on the ridge of mountain, descending through some small sandstone canyons, to finally arrive to the site of Beida. Potential surprise encounters with wild animals and vegetation along the way. At Bedia we will stay at the Ammarin Bedouin Campsite, which offers wonderful accommodation, great food and a spectacular night of music and sweet Bedouin tea. Lunch boxes will be provided.
Day 6, 10th Oct: Bedia to Petra – approx. 13 km (5-6 hours)
Wake up and have breakfast at Ammarin Camp, and explore the Neolithic remains at Beida UNESCO Heritage site before starting the day’s hike. Start at Beida from Seig Al-Bared, following a good back-trail through sandstone mountains to reach the monastery of Petra (referred to as Al-Deyer), and from there spend the day exploring and visiting the Ancient Sites of Petra, including the famous Treasury and Royal Tombs. Pick up from Petra main site and drive back to Ammarin Campsite for your last night. Lunch boxes will be provided.
On the last night, we will have a celebratory evening at the Ammarin Camp, dinner, wine, dancing and live music.
Day 7, 11th Oct: Petra
Wake up and have breakfast at Ammarin Campsite, and spend the day exploring and visiting the numerous sites in Petra. You can choose to hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice (500 steps to reach the top), followed by a hike up Mount Khobtha, to catch a bird’s eye top-view of the Petra Treasury, referred to as Al-Khazneh. At your own time enjoy lunch in Petra and some more time visiting the ancient sites, before driving to the Dead Sea.
You will be dropped off to your hotel at the Dead Sea, for a sunset dip in the sea, dinner and time to relax. You can even book yourself a massage!
Day 8, 8th Oct: Amman – London
Breakfast included at hotel and then drop off to airport for a very early morning flight back to Jersey via Heathrow and Gatwick.
- Jordan Pass & Visa
- We recommend purchasing the Jordan Pass (JOD 70) before you arrive at the airport, which includes the visa fees to enter Jordan (JOD 40), as well as Petra’s entrance fee (JOD 50) and other major sites around the country www.jordanpass.jo . Otherwise you can purchase the visa alone once at the airport for JOD 40.
- The ground agent has a Treks store in Amman, from which a range of hiking and camping equipment can be hired or bought. Please ask if you would like further information about this service.
- Wild Camping & Hotels.
- Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don’t know anyone else in the group don’t worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible.
- Cultural Differences
- For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow participants and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!
- Spending Money
- How much spending money you take is entirely up to you and depends on how many souvenirs you want to take home. We suggest around £100 spending money for short haul events and £200 for long haul challenges to cover sightseeing, drinks, gifts, optional tours etc.
- Extending my trip
- Yes if you wish you may extend your trip, though you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we will deduct the cost from your balance). Please get in touch for further details.
- What is the average age?
- Our charity challenges appeal to people from all age groups. Those aged 16 and 17 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian, although a minimum age of 18 may apply to the more challenging destinations. If you are over 65 you must obtain a signed medical form from your doctor.
- What type of person takes part?
- Everyone who signs up for a charity challenge has two things in common – a sense of adventure and the desire to help support the residents of Jersey Cheshire Home. There are people from all walks of life which makes for an interesting and diverse group of fellow participants. Most people who sign up don’t know anyone else beforehand but we do also get friends, couples and groups taking part.
- How many people take part?
- This varies a great deal from year to year, as some destinations have a limit but on average each challenge is made up of 20 – 30 participants plus staff.
To confirm your place on this trek we advise you to register at your earliest convenience.
Please download and print the registration form from the below link. The completed form must be signed and returned to Jersey Cheshire Home, along with a deposit to confirm your place on the trek.
Please ensure you have read and understood the Conditions of Entry which can be downloaded here Conditions of Entry.pdf
To request a printed copy of the forms to be posted to you, or to further discuss any of the details please contact us on 01534 285858.
How to prepare & FAQ’S
- Training Regime
- You don’t have to be super fit to take part and it’s not a race. However, our challenges are fairly strenuous therefore you should be of average fitness and enjoy reasonable health. We strongly recommend that you do regular training in the months leading up to the event. If you are over 65 you must obtain a signed medical form from your doctor. It is essential that we are made aware of any medical conditions that may be affected by participating in the event.
- Once you have signed up to the challenge a specific training regime will be advised.
- We will endeavour to meet regularly as a group to discuss kit requirements, training and fundraising plans. Offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about the challenge and about achieving their target.
- There is also regular email communication the group and you can share tips on kit, training and fundraising via our Facebook Community group, which is also a great forum for photo sharing after the challenge.
- Packing List
- This recommends the type of clothing and equipment you will need. But be aware a comfortable pair of worn in boots is a must! Click here to view & download.
- WHAT THE CHALLENGE INCLUDES: This varies by challenge but in general the following is included: all transportation (flights, ferry, train, coach etc depending on the event), shared accommodation, full board (on challenge days), water and snacks whilst undertaking the activity, luggage transfer, all necessary back-up including support vehicles, Tour Manager, mechanics, doctor or medic and guides.
- NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHALLENGE: This varies by challenge but in general the following is not included: travel insurance, vaccinations, spending money, visa, some meals on non-challenge days (varies by event) and optional tours.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T RAISE THE SPONSORSHIP MONEY? All money raised is a charitable donation until you have paid the minimum sponsorship money to the charity – usually 10 weeks before departure. At this point your place on the charity challenge will be confirmed. If you do not raise the required amount you are liable to forfeit your place on the challenge. All sponsorship forms and sponsorship money should then be forwarded to the charity who will return it to your sponsors where requested. You can however make up the shortfall yourself in order to still take part. If you are having problems raising money do let the charity know well before the sponsorship deadline so that they can offer help and advice.
- HOW MUCH OF THE MONEY I RAISE WILL DIRECTLY HELP THE CHARITY? The full £1600 sponsorship money raised will go directly to the charity.
- DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? You must be insured to take part .When your own policy please make sure your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. You will need to provide proof of your insurance 10 weeks before the challenge.
- Are TREKS guides First Aid Certified?
- Yes, all TREKS guides are first aid trained. Our first aid and response procedures are based on international standards. We also use the guidelines set forth by the British Standardization Institute (BSI) code BS:8848 for the creation of our Risk Assessment and Management System, as well as the general management of the itineraries.
- Are the bathrooms/toilets on the trek?
- If we are staying in lodges, homestays or official campsites, then toilets will be provided, and at times showers. Otherwise, if we are wild camping then toilets are not provided.
- Where is the drinking water coming from?
- Bottled water will be provided throughout the entire duration of the trek.
- What kind of food will we eat?
- Vegetables, fruits, dates, eggs, rice, bread, meats (we can accommodate food based on the clients’ preferences and dietary restrictions).
- Is there support along the trail? What will they be carrying?
- Full-support will be provided.
- Is tipping the local guides required?
- It is not mandatory, but recommended.
- When is it best to visit?
- April or October are the best months to hike across the south of Jordan, with moderate temperatures and a chance of showers. Bring a poncho or raincoat in case.
- Is it safe?
- Hiking is not a dangerous activity, but a certain degree of caution is required. You simply need the right mindset and gear.
- The thought of fundraising can be a daunting one – do not panic! Fundraising can be as challenging as the trek itself, but it can also be as much fun and as rewarding. Please ask should you need some ideas and information to help you generate sponsorship support and set you on your way to fundraising success!
- We meet regularly with the participants to discuss fundraising plans, offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about achieving their target.