Scrambling on the bedouin roads for one week
This is a wonderful trip, through the heart of the former
bedouin hunting territories and will appear as holidays you
will remember for the rest of your life.
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
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
prefere, we can also spend a last night in some bedouin camp
in the desert, as you wish.
Price for 1-3 people: 65JD/person/day.
Price for 4-6 people: 50JD/person/day.