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Um Losa far to the south in the Wadi Rum area

Classic visit

Hiking

Scrambling

Longer visits : hiking, scrambling and camel trekking

These programmes have been drawn up in Wadi Rum by Attayak Ali and Attayak Aouda Zilabia who are specialists in adventure tours in Wadi Rum. If you are interested in one of these trips, you should apply ahead of time directly to them. These guides are competent and experienced, and all are anxious that "their" tourists should have a good time. They all speak English and enjoy doing so! For any doubters, I assure you that these are "genuine" Bedouin who belong to one of the tribes in Wadi Rum....

You can see the full list of the tours that they offer on their websites at http://www.rumguides.com and at http://www.bedouinroads.com. The text  that follows has been supplied by them.

 The prices given are all inclusive of the services offered : transport, guide services, all meals and sleeping equipment where sleeping out is part of the tour. Visitors wanting mineral water or any sort of alcohol however, should bring it with them, this is not provided by the guides.

The guides who work on these teams are among the better ones in Wadi Rum and are paid by the DAY and not by the hour. This is important to note, since it means that a shorter day's trip is nevertheless charged at the full rate. This is fair enough, since the chances are slim of their finding another contract for that day. For this reason, a request for a partial day's booking is seldom accepted.

VERY IMPORTANT : please note that the prices given here are based on two people MINIMUM. For people who are  travelling alone, we are obliged to charge extra, usually about 50% more. We are sorry, but our prices are already cut down as far as possible and we cannot absorb the extra charge.

THESE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE ENTRANCE FEE TO WADI RUM, WHICH IS AT PRESENT 5JD

CLASSIC VISIT

Wadi Rum by jeep in one day ("a day with the Bedouin")

We start in the village and drive first to Lawrence's Spring and then to the sand dunes in Wadi Um Ishrin where you can also see some Nabatean inscriptions. We continue, visiting "Lawrence's House" from where there are some great views, and then to the Barragh Canyon. Here we have lunch. In the afternoon we drive to where we have a view up the mountain of the bridge on Jebel Burdah, and then to Um Fruth Bridge and Khazali Canyon.

From there to the "sunset place" to watch the sunset and to appreciate the beauty of the changing colours of the landscape. Here we have supper, enjoy the evening and the stars and stay to sleep.

Price : 60JD per person for 2 people, 55JD/person for 3 people and 50JD/person for 4 people or more. This price includes everything, the jeep, the guide, all meals and mattresses and blankets for sleeping.

We should like to say immediately that this is not the cheapest trip around. You can find tours at the Visitors' Centre for less than this. But in Wadi Rum, you get what you pay for. Since the route takes you a considerable distance into the desert and we include all meals and an overnight, we think that we are offering something of a bargain!

Extra excursions

If you are looking for more than just one day in Wadi Rum here are a number of possibilities that can be "added on" to any of the other trips. See also below for two day programmes.

An extra day in 4x4 going far to the south into the unfrequented valleys around the beautiful and lonely Wadi Saabit. You would be unlikely to see anybody other than a few scattered Bedouin tents.

Price : 70 per person for 2 people, 65JD/person for 3 people and 60JD/person for 4 people or more. This price includes everything, the jeep, the guide, all meals and mattresses and blankets for sleeping.

A short camel ride

After a night in the desert, if you wish we can bring you back to Rum Village by camel! It would take about two hours and will cost 30JD/person as always with a mounted guide. We could also arrange this at the end of any tour.

If you are short of time the next morning, wanting to catch a bus, we could start you off on camels at the beginning of your trip, and pick you up somewhere near to the sand dunes to continue by jeep.

Extra night in the desert

An extra night in the desert can always be arranged either at the beginning or at the end of your visit. The price would be 20JD/person, including supper, breakfast and a return to the Resthouse at Rum Village.

HIKING

Hiking is the speciality of Attayak Ali at www.bedouinroads.com although Attayak Aouda also offers these trips

The problem with hiking in Wadi Rum is that just walking in sandy valleys, however beautiful, often becomes boring after a fairly short time. We therefore concentrate on short hikes of 3 or 4 hours, often less, through the narrower valleys and canyons, interspersed with jeep rides when the walking becomes monotonous. Like this you can get a maximum of sightseeing in a jeep as well as covering more ground and having a more attractive walk.

"The Khasch Route" : a two day jeep and hiking tour

We start with a full day in 4x4 following the classic "Day with the Bedouin" route. The second day, after a night in the desert, we drive south, through the largely deserted southern valleys to Jebel Khasch, a high ridge stretching east to west for several kilometers. We shall walk along the top of the ridge for three to four hours, admiring the views of Wadi Rum to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. This is a magnificent walk, along a clearly marked path, and is always very popular. After lunch, we can take another shorter hike, or if you prefer it, make a leisurely return to Rum Village in the jeep at the end of the afternoon. A second night in the desert can be added on if you wish.

Price : for the two days for 2-3 people 120JD per person. This includes all meals, sleeping equipment and the guide for the hiking.

The "Small Three Bridges" trip

Starting from Rum village, we follow much the same route as the "classic trip". You can hike (alone) through the Barragh Canyon, and enjoy the silence there.  We have lunch in this famous valley.

Later we drive to a place where you have a view of the bridge high on Jebel Burdah, and you can take another hike in the afternoon through a very attractive narrow valley towards another rock bridge. You can climb this one as well if you wish - it is much easier than Burdah - before sleeping in the desert and returning to Rum for the early buses the next day.

This is in fact a less taxing version of the very popular "Three Bridges Trek" to be done in one day, omitting the more difficult passage through the Rakebat Canyon and the climb to the Burdah Bridge.

It offers about two and a half hours in a jeep and the same amount of time walking. The walks are straightforward and do not need an accompanying guide. The jeep will go on ahead and wait for you about three quarters of the way down, just in case you prefer to ride the last bit.

Price : 60JD per person for 2 people, 55JD/person for 3 people and 50JD/person for 4 people or more. This includes all meals and sleeping equipment .

CAMEL TRIPS

There are basically two ways to visit Wadi Rum with a camel : the first is with somebody (usually a young boy) leading the camel. The second is to have a mounted guide with you. While most people arriving at the Resthouse take the first option, we always prefer to offer the second one to our clients.

It is certainly a bit more expensive, since the camel for the guide has to be taken into account, but in our experience there is no comparison in the enjoyment felt. With a mounted guide, you go faster, you therefore cover much more ground, and since the basic technique of camel riding is easily and quickly mastered, within an hour or so you will be guiding your own camel and will feel much more independent. Your guide will only keep the leading rein if you are unhappy about being in charge.

A camel is not like a horse and few people have any problem with one. Although they look decidedly unfriendly, in fact this is deceptive, and most people come quickly to appreciate their qualities. They make little noise and you will be able to experience the complete silence of the desert.

We offer camel trips lasting from one to five days, but here we are only giving the "combined" trips where you can visit Wadi Rum in several different ways.

A two day jeep and camel trip

We start off with the "classic jeep tour" as described higher up. This takes us to the principal sights of Wadi Rum with the exception of the Barragh Canyon, which we shall leave for the next day.

After a night spent in the desert we start off on the camels for a 4 to 5 hours trip which will take you to some places you did not visit the day before. If you have any special suggestions about where to go we should be happy to hear them. We are not offering an itinerary, since it can vary with each client.

We shall come back to Rum Village before sunset.

This is about a 5 hours' ride on the camel which gives you the time to learn how to control it yourself without the help of the guide. You will enjoy the tour much better like this.

Price for the two days : 130JD for 2 to 4 people. This includes all meals, equipment for sleeping, the camels and the guide with his own camel

A three day jeep, hiking and camel trip

We start off again with the "classic jeep tour" as described above. This takes us to the principal sights of Wadi Rum with the exception of the Barragh Canyon, which you will visit later on the camel.

The next day we shall drive south for nearly an hour to a long ridge stretching approximately east to west across the desert. This is Jebel Khasch.

It is easy to climb up and we shall walk the length of the ridge for three to four hours. There are fantastic views to the north over Wadi Rum and to the south over Saudi Arabia. We come down again in the distant valley of Nogara where the jeep will be waiting for us. We drive back to the previous day's camp.

After a night spent in the desert we start off on the camels for a 4 to 5 hours trip which will take you to some places you did not visit the day before. If you have any special suggestions about where to go we should be happy to hear them. We are not offering an itinerary, since it can vary with each client.

This is about a 5 hours' ride on the camel which gives you the time to learn how to control it yourself without the help of the guide. You will enjoy the tour much better like this.

This is a programme with - we hope - something for everybody who loves the wild places and the desert. Certainly you see something of everything in Wadi Rum.

Price for the three days : 175JD per person for 2 to 4 people.  This includes all meals, equipment for sleeping, the camels and the guide with his own camel.

"SCRAMBLING"

"Scrambling" is what Attayak Aouda at www.rumguides.com enjoys guiding the most although Attayak Ali is also very experienced at this. It is a bit more energetic than simple hiking. You should be in fairly good physical form and not be nervous of heights. A rope is sometimes necessary, but there is no other technical difficulty in these routes. They are for the people looking for something a bit more adventurous!

By Jeep to the Burdah Arch

A very good compromise between scrambling and touring the whole of Wadi Rum lies in our programme "Jeep to Burdah Arch".  This programme is offered by both guides.

Burdah Arch is deservedly one of the best known and the most spectacular sites in Wadi Rum. It is situated about 300meters above the sand and the views from it are magnificent.

We include it in a number of our scrambling tours, (see Wadi Rum Adventure) but this time we are also offering it as an addition to our normal jeep tour, to be followed by an overnight in the desert.  You will lose a bit of the jeep tour, granted, but very little, except in the winter.

As usual we start in the village and drive first to Lawrence's Spring and then to the red sand dunes in Wadi Um Ishrin and to Jebel Anafishiya where you can also see some Nabatean inscriptions. We continue to the Barragh Canyon. Here we have lunch.

As usual we start in the village and drive first to Lawrence's Spring and then to the red sand dunes in Wadi Um Ishrin and to Jebel Anafishiya where you can also see some Nabatean inscriptions. We continue to the Barragh Canyon. Here we have lunch.

After lunch we proceed to Jebel Burdah and climb to the Arch. We come in from the back, and cross a rocky plateau (see the top left hand photo which can be enlarged) before reaching the Arch itself. The climb is not a hike - you will need to use your hands over the rocks and you will be happier if you have a fairly good head for heights, but it is straightforward with no real need for a rope. Any adult who is reasonably fit can do this climb, but it is not suitable for children under 16 years old (please see the page on Wadi Rum for children). The climb and the descent normally take about 3 to 4 hours. The continuation to the summit of the mountain is much more difficult and is not included in this trip.

When we come down we shall usually return to the camp for supper, since it will probably be close to sunset. In the summer, if we have time we can call quickly at the Um Fruth Bridge, but I think you will find it rather dull after Burdah!

Footwear : obviously boots are better here, but they are not essential. Good walking shoes with cotton socks will do quite well. Trekking sandals or even sneakers would do in a pinch.

You will also need a rucksack or shoulder bag for water, and such oddments as your camera, sunscreen, a light sweater according to season and perhaps some biscuits for a snack.

Price

Price : for 2-3 people 75JD per person, for 4 people or more 70JD/person.  This includes all meals and sleeping equipment for the overnight in the desert.

Two days/two nights walking and jeep riding
(The "Three Bridges" Trek)

Again we start through the Rakebat Canyon and shall be picked up by jeep to transfer towards the Barragh Canyon where we shall do some more walking. We shall spend the night either near to Barragh or towards Jebel Burdah.

The next morning we start with a climb to the Burdah Bridge before continuing the hike in the afternoon through a very attractive narrow valley towards another rock bridge. You can climb this one as well if you wish, but it is much easier than Burdah. We sleep near the "sunset place" before returning to Rum for the early buses the next day.

Incidentally in 2006, this trip was selected by Royal Jordanian Airways as one of the five best adventure trips in Jordan - it even came in number two!

Price : for 2-3 people 135JD per person. This includes all meals and sleeping equipment and the guide for hiking and climbing to Burdah.

Hiking and Scrambling

Using the routes already described here, and adding a few new ones, at your request we can organise 5 or 6 day treks. We are always delighted to do this, to be honest, we enjoy these longer trips more than the short ones !

To get into contact with the guides, you should send an email to :

Attayak Aouda - phone +962.795.834.736 email attayak@rumguides.com

Attayak Ali  - phone +962.795.899.723  email to  info@bedouinroads.com

 

By the rules of the Nature Reserve we can only take you if we have a written (fax or email) reservation a minimum of 48 hours ahead of time. If you can manage a few days before this, it would be better.

You can see details of these tours and some others for which I have no space here on their websites. There are also some answers to FAQs and some general information about Wadi Rum. See http://www.rumguides.com and  http://www.bedouinroads.com which give full details of their programmes together with up to date prices. I do try to keep them up to date here, butI might miss something..

 

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