At the southern end of the Dead Sea, the ancient boundary between the lands of Moab and Edom is unmistakeable – the great gorge of Wadi Hasa, which spills its water onto the arid plains and shallow salt pools in the rift. This is also the southernmost of the truly giant wadis that flow in from the east.
Ancient Moab and Edom were separated by more than just culture, language and rulership; the terrain is also different. As hikers proceed south, granite mountains begin to dominate the lowlands; and the enormous, snaking wadis carved into the thick limestone layers further north disappear.
Like the other canyons in the area, Wadi Hasa is filled with sheltered streams and the lush growth around them, as well as waterfalls and other beautiful, challenging features. As is the case with most wadis, the upper ranges are filled with agricultural land and grazing goats while the lower portions are narrower, more rugged, and more isolated. Wadi Hasa is less forbidding than many others as the entire canyon can be navigated without using ropes, but it is still an adventurous experience for hikers who know what they are doing and are willing to make their way through cold water!