Dana to Petra Trek


Join a small group with Experience Jordan on the Dana to Petra trek, rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic.


Tour Highlights:

  • 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.
  • Explore the wild desert of Wadi Rum.
  • Relax by the Dead Sea.

Day 1: Arrival at Airport – Amman

If you arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, we will meet you and assist with immigration and then transfer you to the hotel in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.


Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is growing into a modern city, but retains its character and history.


Overnight at a hotel in Amman.


Day 2: Amman – Hike from Dana Village to Feynan/Wadi Ghuweir Area – 16Km.

At 7:00am we will pick up everyone from the hotel in Amman.


The drive from Amman to Wadi Dana where we will begin the hike is about 2.5 hours. Once we arrive the hike will start from Dana Village, 1,200m 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 Wadi Ghuweir. The 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 may 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 wilderness camping in Wadi Ghuweir.

Hiking Distance: 16Km, Ascent: 280m, Descent: 1420m


Day 3: Wadi Ghuweir – Hike from Wadi Ghuweir to Furon – 16Km

On this day, we will leave Wadi Ghuweir and start our hike heading towards Furon.


As we pass the entrance to Wadi Ghuweir we’ll ascend up through the mountains with great views behind. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. The track leads up into the mountains through a dramatic valley that offers stunning and wonderful views towards the fascinating Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon.


Overnight wilderness camping in Furon.


Hiking Distance: 16.4Km, Ascent: 1320m, Descent: 390m


Day 4: Furon – Hike from Furon to Ghbour Whedat – 17Km

On this day, we will start hiking from Furon past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan.


Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular.


We will gradually climb up the hills to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below. Then, we will proceed to our wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.


Overnight wilderness camping in Ghbour Whedat.

Hiking Distance: 17.1Km, Ascent: 750m, Descent: 920m


Day 5: Ghbour Whedat – Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra – 14Km

After yesterday’s very remote hike, today while we approach Little Petra, we will see signs of increasing human habitation. Along the way we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots.


In this region between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra we will also pass Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures.


Today we will visit Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a “suburb” of Petra, and meant to house traders traveling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Touring Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.


Overnight at a Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.


Hiking Distance: 14Km, Ascent: 610m, Descent: 560m

Day 6: Little Petra – Hike from Little Petra to Petra – 14Km+

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.


Nabataean 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 in a hotel in Petra.

Hiking Distance: 13.8Km, Ascent: 496m, Descent: 519m


Day 7: Petra – 2nd Day Exploring Petra – Wadi Rum Jeep Tour – Wadi Rum

Early morning and after breakfast, you will head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders. You will enter through the “Siq,” a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The world heritage site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.


Later on this day we will transfer you to Wadi Rum. Enjoy the wilderness adventure of a 4×4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The jeep tour will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. Return back to your camp, enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins.


Overnight at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.


Day 8: Wadi Rum – Dead Sea Visit & Lunch – Amman

After breakfast, we will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Once we arrive, we can enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great natural experiences.


Floating is the right word for it; with an eye stingily high salt content it is virtually impossible to swim in the viscous waters of a sea that is 415m below ‘sea level’. After floating, trying out the “magical” Dead Sea mud and soaking up some sun, we will head back to the capital.


Overnight at a hotel in Amman.


Day 9: Amman – Queen Alia International Airport – Departure

Unfortunately all great things must come to end.


For all of those flying out on this day, we will offer transportation from the hotel to Queen Alia International Airport for departures. Generally, we suggest leaving Amman for airport 4 hours prior to your flight or earlier.


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All Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 9. 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. Luggage transfer is included.



Accommodations in a variety of forms: hotels in Amman and Petra, Bedouin camps in Little Petra and Wadi Rum, and tents at campsites set up during the walk. We will provide sheets, blankets and mattresses in all tents.



English-speaking, licensed guide on all days except for on arrival and departure (days 1 and 9). Local hiking guide with a donkey for safety measures on days 2-4.


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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.

Donfrom Texas
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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