The Dana to Petra Trek of the Jordan Trail was rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic. Let us show you why! We will arrange all the logistics, so you can just hike and enjoy the amazing scenery.
Note: We can fit this tour into a variety of days/schedules depending on your timeframe and fitness level. Add on sightseeing or more adventure to sights like Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Jerash, and Amman!
5 day trek from Dana Nature Reserve to the ancient city of Petra.
Walk through the 4 biosphere climates of Dana.
Enter Petra via the back route past the Monastery.
Enjoy the hospitality of our Bedouin guides.
You may want to add Feynan Ecolodge, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and/or other sights to your tour. Just let us know and we can incorporate your sightseeing & accommodation wishes into your trip.
Day 1 – Arrival
Collection from the airport and transfer directly to your hotel in Dana village. Depending upon your flight arrival time, we can offer additional activities for the day.
Overnight in Dana.
Day 2 – Dana village to Feynan. 18 km.
From the irrigated gardens around Dana to the scorching sand dunes of the Great Rift Valley, today’s walk takes you through one of most dramatic and diverse landscapes in the whole region. You’ll begin at Dana, 1200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your trekking guides. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco-lodge at Feynan.
Dana Reserve, Jordan’s largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you’re likely to see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks; if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust.
Overnight at Feynan Ecolodge or wilderness camping at Wadi Ghuwair (Feynan area).
Day 3 – Feynan to Ras Al-Feid. 18 km.
From Wadi Feynan through the historic landscape around Feynan, where copper has been mined for some 3000 years. Mining reached it peak under the Romans, when thousands of slaves died here working the mines and furnaces, and millions of tonnes of ore were smelted into a metal that was exported all over the empire. As you walk out of Feynan, you will see the mountains of slag that are the waste product of this ancient industry, as well as ruined buildings from the Nabatean and Roman periods.
Beyond Feynan you cross a flat and stony desert, with the red ranges Jebel Sharah to your east and broad expanse of the Wadi Araba to your west. The terrain is essential flat, but you’ll need to cross several dry wadis or river beds as you make your way south. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Ras Al- Feid.
Overnight wilderness camping at Ras Al-Feid.
Day 4 – Ras Al-Feid to Gbour Whedat. 16 km.
Along the river bed through dense vegetation, and will gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherds paths, to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below.
Overnight wilderness camping at Gbhour Whedat.
Day 5 – Gbhour Whedat to Little Petra. 14 km.
Between Gbhour Whedat and little Petra you will pass many sites such as Ba’ajah ruins, siq Ba’ajah,the Nabataeans wine, olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabatean rock carved facades and then on to Little Petra.
Overnight, camping at little Petra. (Wilderness or Bedouin camp options)
Day 6 – Little Petra to Petra. 14 km.
After breakfast it’s time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists.
Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirts round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh.
Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Nabatean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your hotel accommodation in Petra.
Overnight at a hotel in Petra.
Day 7 – Departure.
Transfer to Amman / the Airport. Additional nights accommodation and private airport transfers on any other day can be arranged for extra cost.
All our tours are private tours, so we run it whenever you want. Just tell us the time and date you want to start.
All meals from dinner on day 1, to breakfast on day 7. Breakfast and dinner in hotels are buffet meals. Lunch is a pack lunch with all your water provided.
Transportation is provided in private, air-conditioned vehicles, with excellent drivers starting and ending in Amman. Some short local transfers will be in an open back 4×4 vehicle. Luggage transfer is included.
Accommodations in a variety of forms: hotels at the start and a Bedouin camp at the finish, with tents and campsites set up during the walk. You just need to bring your own sleeping bag, or sheets, and we can provide blankets and mattresses.
We provide English speaking local Bedouin guides for the 5 days hiking, as well as a licenced tour guide for the 2 days inside Petra. If you want a licenced tour guide for the whole trip, we can arrange that as well.
Terms & Conditions:
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The cost is of this trip varies depending on the number of people and also the services included. Usually, we like to provide an expert-licensed tour guide to hike with you and explain all the history and culture of Jordan on the way. Also we can hire a local bedouin from to show you the route. There are various options for accommodation on route, from basic wilderness camping, to transfers out to camps and even 5-star hotels. Please get in touch with us and we can discuss creating the best tour for you.
Add Feynan Ecolodge for a trip of a lifetime! Feynan Ecolodge was rated as one of the best 25 Ecolodges in the world be National Geographic.
Recent customer reviews on TripAdvisor:
I highly recommend Experience Jordan. They crafted a Dana to Petra trek for us that was outstanding. We hiked by day and every afternoon, we would trek to a fully set up camp. Mahmoud the guide was full of knowledge and patient as we took photos. Mahmoud and Jamal the chefs made some delicious dinners.
Mohammed at the office easily dealt with our on-the-fly logistical changes, and we really appreciated his flexibility.
Fort Worth, Texas
The contrasting landscapes and biodiversity of the mutli-day hike from Dana Reserve to Little Petra is an attraction in and of itself, but what really makes the journey unique is the range of historic sites along the way. The walk begins in the recent ruins of Dana Village, providing a picture of village life in Jordan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The trail leads you down through Feynan, this site of ancient copper mines dating back 3,000 years and speculated by some to be the source of Biblical King Salomon’s great wealth. As you continue on your journey the path leads you past watchtowers from the Roman Empire until you finally reach the impressive facades built by the Nabatean’s in Little Petra.
Experiencing the landscape through knowledgeable guides from Experience Jordan provides for a rich journey through time with the benefit of learning the context for the places you pass. Besides the interesting sites along the way, the three day hike was supported by vehicles and wonderful cooks who kept us well fed and greeted us with a welcome cup of tea at the end of every day’s hike. Altogether a wonderful experience.
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