Jordan is very famous for the site of Petra one of the wonders of the world. Not too many people are aware of the fact that some of the most beautiful canyons and gorges are located in the kingdom. Take the landscape of Petra, with the narrow Siq carved in sandstone, add flowing water to the river bed, dripping water from the walls of the canyon and hanging gardens of date palms, orchids and lush vegetation, and you get sheer paradise!
Hiking in the Jordanian Mountains of Edom: The Rajef Inselbergs
(Photos: Orna Kaiden)This special region is stretched south of the famous site of Petra, however it is not known to most hikers and offers rewarding trails and views! Our gear would be carried to the campsite by a pickup truck, where we will enjoy the famous field-gourmet cooking.
On the edge of Jebel Juleif, looking down into
Wadi Abu el Uruk
Day 1: Jebel Juleif and the Tajra Canyon, including the drainpipe waterfall.
Day 2: Wadi Abu el Uruk and the Maze of Domes in Jebel Barza, including a dramating descending into the Hurma canyon.
Day 3: The Dark Gorge and the White Canyon.
Please check the News section for Rajef treks which are open for registration, or contact me for arranging a private tour over there!
Three-Day Hike in the Canyons of Jordan: (3J)
Day 1: Cross the border at the Jordan River Border Crossing (or land in Amman Airport). Drive to the Dead Sea valley and hike in two-three short trails, as time permits. Camp outdoors or in one of the luxurious hotels by the Dead Sea.
Day 2: Hike up the Ibn-Hammad gorge, God's model for the Garden of Eden.
Day 3: Hike the Mujib (Arnon) gorge. Optional longer trail combining rappelling in the waterfall is available for additional cost. Back to Israel, or continue to Petra.
Petra - The Alternative Hike
Most visitors to Petra share the same routine tour that combine all of the Must See sites in an efficient way that can fit in six or so hours. They all begin in the visitors center, continue to the Siq, experiencing a surprising appearance of the Treasury, walking by the Theatre, and if time and energy permit, ascend to the Monastery.
A much better way to experience Petra, is to approach it in a more comprehensive way. Not in a hurry, we will take our time and spend two, three or even four days in the area, having not only a thorough visit to Petra itself, but paying attention to its surroundings as well. That will only increase our astonishment and the admiration to that magical combination of natural wonders and human achievements.
A Four-Day Visit to Petra:
Start the trip in Siq El Barid, also known as Little Petra. Visiting the shrines, including a cave with one of the most beautiful wall paintings in the area. Exiting through a special passage, including climbing down a tree and some rocks... Walk to Wadi Tahune and having a beautiful observation over the ancient trails leading towards the Arava Valley in the west.
Day two will find us walking on a scenic old path to The Monastery. We will reach it from the north, probably not encountering a single tourist on our way.. Continuing west, we will use an alternative path towards the center of Petra, with nice views of the canyon of Wadi Siah carved in the igneous rocks. We will pass through the Columned Street and the Royal Tombs, reaching Wadi Mudhlim. This narrow gorge is still used to divert the flashflood water and prevent it from flowing into the famous Siq, risking the lives of those who walk there. The trail will lead us through an ancient tunnel to reach the 2000 years old diverting dam. We will continue via the Siq, joining the flow of tourists, down to the Treasury and back to our campsite (or hotel).
On day three we will climb Jebel Harun, traditionally the burial site of the prophet Aaron, brother of Moses. A most beautiful panorama is the bonus of our effort.
We will conclude our tour by ascending Um el Biara peak and the Place of Sacrifice on Jebel Madbah. Alternatively we will hike to the secret theatre of Wadi Sabra and continue to the village of Taybeh.