The Best Hiking Trails In Jordan

Posted On : 28/05/2024 Egypt Travel Blogger 50
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Jordan, a land steeped in history and natural beauty, offers some of the best hiking experiences in the Middle East. From the rugged landscapes of Wadi Rum to the verdant valleys of Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s diverse terrains provide hiking trails that cater to both seasoned trekkers and casual hikers. Here’s a detailed guide to the best hiking trails in Jordan, highlighting their unique features, difficulty levels, and what you can expect along the way.


 1. Dana to Petra: The Jordan Trail


Distance: 80 kilometers (50 miles)  

Duration: 5-7 days  

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging


The Dana to Petra section of the Jordan Trail is arguably the most famous and scenic hiking route in Jordan. This multi-day trek takes you through a diverse range of landscapes, including arid deserts, lush valleys, and towering sandstone cliffs. The trail starts in the Dana Biosphere Reserve and ends in the ancient city of Petra, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance.




- Dana Biosphere Reserve: Start your journey in one of Jordan’s most biodiverse areas, with stunning views and rich flora and fauna.

- Wadi Feynan: Walk through this beautiful wadi, known for its copper mines and Bedouin camps.

- Little Petra: Explore the lesser-known but equally fascinating sister city of Petra before reaching the main site.




- Ensure you are well-prepared with sufficient water, as the trail can be very dry.

- Hiring a local guide is recommended for navigating the terrain and enhancing your understanding of the area’s history and culture.


2. Wadi Rum: The Valley of the Moon


Distance: Varies by route (from 5 kilometers to multi-day treks)  

Duration: 1 day to several days  

Difficulty: Easy to challenging


Wadi Rum, often called the Valley of the Moon, is a dramatic desert landscape renowned for its red sand dunes and towering sandstone mountains. It offers a range of hiking options, from short day hikes to extensive multi-day treks.




- Jebel Umm ad Dami: Jordan’s highest peak offers a challenging climb with spectacular views of the surrounding desert.

- Burdah Rock Bridge: A natural rock arch that provides a thrilling climb and stunning panoramic views.

- Lawrence’s Spring: Named after T.E. Lawrence, this spring is a refreshing stop in the desert.




- The desert can be extremely hot during the day and cold at night; dress in layers and protect yourself from the sun.

- Consider taking a guided tour to learn about the Bedouin culture and navigate the vast desert safely.


3. Ajloun Forest Reserve


Distance: 8 kilometers (Ajloun Castle Trail)  

Duration: 2-3 hours  

Difficulty: Easy to moderate


Located in northern Jordan, the Ajloun Forest Reserve offers a refreshing contrast to the arid south. The lush green hills and forests are ideal for shorter, more leisurely hikes.




- Ajloun Castle: This 12th-century castle offers historical insights and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

- Oak, Pistachio, and Strawberry Trees: Enjoy the diverse flora as you hike through the forest.




- The reserve is especially beautiful in spring when wildflowers are in bloom.

- Combine your hike with a visit to the local villages to experience traditional Jordanian hospitality.


4. Mujib Biosphere Reserve: Siq Trail


Distance: 2 kilometers  

Duration: 2-3 hours  

Difficulty: Moderate (seasonal and dependent on water levels)


The Mujib Biosphere Reserve, located near the Dead Seais home to the thrilling Siq Trail. This water hike takes you through a stunning sandstone canyon, where you’ll wade through water, climb waterfalls, and scramble over rocks.




- Wading and Swimming: Enjoy the unique experience of hiking through water, perfect for cooling off in the hot Jordanian climate.

- Scenic Canyon Views: The high canyon walls create a dramatic and beautiful environment.




- The trail is open only from April to October due to water levels.

- Wear suitable water shoes and quick-drying clothing.


5. Wadi Mujib Canyon Trail


Distance: 16 kilometers  

Duration: 5-6 hours  

Difficulty: Challenging


For those looking for a more strenuous hike, the Wadi Mujib Canyon Trail offers an adventurous experience through rugged terrain and along the Mujib River.




- Mujib Dam: Start your hike near the dam, enjoying views of the reservoir and surrounding cliffs.

- Wildlife Sightings: Keep an eye out for Nubian ibex, various bird species, and other wildlife.




- This trail requires a good level of fitness and comfort with climbing and scrambling.

- Ensure you have a reliable map or guide, as the trail can be tricky to follow in places.


Practical Tips for Hiking in Jordan


- Best Time to Hike: The ideal seasons for hiking in Jordan are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when temperatures are milder.

- Stay Hydrated: Carry plenty of water, especially for longer hikes in desert areas.

- Respect Local Culture: Dress modestly, particularly in rural areas and when passing through villages.

- Safety First: Inform someone of your hiking plans, carry a mobile phone, and consider hiring a local guide for remote or challenging trails.



Jordan’s hiking trails offer a rich tapestry of experiences, from the ancient paths leading to Petra to the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Whether you are seeking a challenging multi-day trek or a leisurely day hike, Jordan’s diverse terrain and cultural heritage provide endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.


To make the most of your hiking adventure in Jordan, consider booking one of these fantastic tours:

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These tours ensure a safe and comfortable tour, with air-conditioned transfers, WiFi, and the most affordable prices. Happy hiking!

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