Dana to Petra Trek

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The Dana to Petra Trek is a part of the national Jordan Trail, and considered as one of the most beautiful hikes worldwide.
Let us show you why! We will arrange all the logistics – just hike and enjoy the amazing scenery.

Highlights

up to 6 DAY TREK

HIKING

ADD ANY SIGHTS

PRIVATE

Discover Jordan off the beaten paths

Witness the stunning nature of the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Enter the ancient city of Petra via the ‘Back Door’.

Enjoy the traditional hospitality of our Bedouin guides.

Add any other sight you would like to visit.

Itinerary suggestions

Itinerary suggestions

We can fit this tour into a variety of days/schedules depending on your time frame, fitness level, choice of accommodation and sightseeing interests.
You can see some options below, but we will of course adjust the tours completely to your wishes and needs.

7-Day Option:

Meet and assist at 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.

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 (optional you can also spend the night at our wilderness camp site in Wadi Ghweir nearby).

 

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 in Feynan.

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.

Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan, following 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 the hike 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.

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 the 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.

 

Towards the end of the hike, we will also 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 facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.

 

Overnight at a Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.

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.

 

Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa, the modern town adjacent to Petra.

 

Overnight in a hotel in Wadi Musa (or, depending on your flight arrangements, in Amman).

Unfortunately all great things must come to end.

Transfer to Amman / the Airport. End of services.

 

(Additional nights accommodation and private airport transfers on any other day can be arranged for extra cost.)

10-Day Option:

Meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Amman. Depending upon your flight arrival time, we can offer additional activities for the day.

 

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.

After breakfast, you will head to the old downtown for a city tour in Amman. Explore the historical side of the city, starting with the Citadel, then visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Jordan Folklore Museum. Then walk through the old markets, viewing Al-Husseini Mosque you can also stop at a local restaurant to sample authentic Falafel and Hummus.

 

Then head south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Kerak was the capital of Moab and was also used by the Greeks and Romans. The castle lies on the ancient caravan routes that used to connect Egypt to Syria, and its commanding position almost 1000 meters above the Dead Sea Valley made it a strategic asset of great importance. The castle provides an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders. Drive on to Dana to enjoy one of most dramatic and diverse landscapes in the whole region.

 

Overnight in Dana.

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 (optional you can also spend the night at our wilderness camp site in Wadi Ghweir nearby).

 

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 in Feynan.

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.

Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan, following 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 the hike 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.

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 the 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.

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.

 

Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra. Your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to your hotel accommodation in Wadi Musa, the modern town adjacent to Petra.

 

Overnight in a hotel in Wadi Musa.

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.

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.

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.

 

End of services.

Click on the icons in the map for pictures and more information.

Dana Guesthouse

A Great option for this trip is to stay at Dana Guesthouse the night before you start the trek. This allows you some more have some more time to get settled and enables you to start the hike early the next day.

 

Don’t miss the sunset. There are a limited number of rooms at this cliffside hikers retreat, so be sure to book early and secure your spot!

Feynan Ecolodge

Feynan Ecolodge is located along the conveniently along trail and is one of the top ecolodges in the world. The Ecolodge is candlelit at night, saving electricity and providing a romantic atmosphere.

 

Feynan Ecolodge is the only fixed accommodation in the area and also has limited availability. If planning a hike during peak season, we recommend booking around a year ahead.

Wilderness Camping

Our wilderness camps provides a nice escape from everyday life, great views, and good service. Some people may refer to it as “glamping.”

 

Our local bedouin support sets up the campsite during the day, so everything is prepared when you arrive. Upon arrival, enjoy some time to sit down, relax and have some bedouin tea. Then when dinner is ready, our bedouin support will reveal the locally made feast.

 

We provide private or 2-person tents depending on your preference. In the tents we provide foam mattresses and sheets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own.

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.

Krader907
Fairbanks, Alaska

We are running these trips during the best times of year to trek in Jordan. For some information about the expected weather during the trek, see below. (You can also click on the images for links to even more weather information)

Start of Hike

Middle of Hike

Petra / End

Download the Dana to Petra Travel Guide 2018  (containing packing list, and other relevant information):