Scrambling on the Bedouin roads for one week

This is a wonderful trip that trawls through the heart of the former bedouin hunting territories, definitely an experience that will leave an imprint in your memory for a long time.

Day 1: we start from the village and go through the Rakebat Canyon to cross the massif of Jebel Um Ishrin. It will take us about 2 hours and a half. We arrive in the lovely valley of Wadi Um Ishrin, where we’ll take a break, and drink some tea. We continue by jeep to the Barragh Canyon (famous for its long and difficult climbing roads), passing on the way by the sand dunes in Um Ishrin, some Nabatean inscriptions and Laurence of Arabia’s house (not interesting for itself, but you can have there a really nice point of view). We will have lunch in the Barragh Canyon, where we will show you some famous climbing roads.

In the afternoon, we cross from the canyon to Rad el Beidha by scrambling, including an easy abseil of 20 meters. This is a great trip, all in the shade, and will take us about 2 hours. At the end of the canyon, a jeep will pick us up and drives us to Jebel Burdah where we will see the bridge on the top. On the way, you’ll notice how the landscape changes colour when the evening comes. We camp down near Burdah and admire the moon and the stars before sleeping.

Day 2: after breakfast we go up the Burdah Arch. The scrambling is quiet easy exept one short part near to the top, where your guide will off course help you, and make you safe with some rope, even if this part is not dangerous. It will take us about 1 hour and a half to reach the bridge from where you can admire the mervellous view of most of Wadi Rum. If you want to continue to the top of the mountain, it would take us an extra hour. Alternatively, you can go down by a different road. Back in the camp, we’ll have lunch and tea off course.

Afterwards we continue by jeep to the Khazali Canyon where we will see some Nabatean and Thamudic inscriptions. Out of the canyon, we’ll drive you to a special spot where there is an amazing view of the sunset. We will camp near the beginning of the Sabah’s road up Khazali (this road was opened by the first licensed guide in Wadi Rum, Sabah Atayek).

Day 3: we go up Sabbah’s road to the top of Jebel Khazali. We will eat our lunch bag on the summit, while we admire the different points of view from there, and off course look if we can see any ibex. There is still a lot of fauna around, even if Jebel Khazali is quite close from Rum village. We’ll come down at sunset, and sleep in the same camp than the night before.

Day 4: we drive south to Jebel Um Adaami, the highest mountain in Jordan we shall climb on the south eastern side of the country. The climb is straightforward, a simple uphill walk on the usual path. We’ll come down the other side, which is less popular than the one we went up the top. You’ll see that the countryside is much starker than the soft red of the sand and the sandstones in Wadi Rum itself. The bedouins are not used to pasture their herds, neither to make cultivation of any sort. We might meet a rare hunter, this area is outside of the Protected Zone of the Natural Reserve, but even this is unusual.

When we are down, we will have lunch together and continue our trip by jeep. Then we’ll walk another uphill until we reach a beautiful valley, far less than 300m of the Saoudian border, which is still far below us. We will camp and sleep in this valley.

Day 5: bringing lunch bags with us, we will go up into the No man’s Land area. This climb involves some serious scrambling (no rope is really required, but the guide will pick one with you anyway). This is a mountain walk with great views from the north to the south. We’ll have lunch in a valley among the red sand dunes there. We continue along another crest passing by more and more usual views and will arrive in the night’s camp where we will watch the sunset and have dinner before spending the night in the desert.

Day 6: we climb Jebel Rum. This is serious scrambling, it will take us all day to go up and down and abseiling down requires experience of steady nerves. If you don’t like the idea of big abseils, we can off course go down by another road if you prefere. You can find more information about climbing Jebel Rum in our treks.

Day 7: this day we tackle Jebel Um Ishrin, walking from east to west. We should take the Assaoud’s road to go up the top, and go down by the Hadjaj’s road.

In the afternoon, we return to the Rum village, but if you prefer, we can also spend a last night in our bedouin camp in the desert, as you wish.

Price for 1-3 people: 65JD/person/day.
Price for 4-6 people: 50JD/person/day.

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