The Wadi Rum Region’s seemingly endless expanses of orange-colored desert and purple-red sandstone mountains have long captivated the imaginations of travelers and explorers. Perhaps the most well-known among these was T.E. Lawrence, who described Wadi Rum as “vast, echoing, and god-like.” Lawrence of Arabia, the 1962 film documenting his adventures in the Middle East, was predominantly filmed in the region; and, in the following years, a significant number of films and TV shows have taken place against the same landscapes – many of which, notably, are set on distant planets. Indeed, the vast red stretches of the deserts of Wadi Rum are at times eerie in their other-worldliness; and at night, the unobstructed desert skies and countless stars do seem to overwhelm the observer.
The trek through the Wadi Rum Region is one of breathtaking desert solitude and landscapes. From the sandy deserts it probes the Aqaba mountains – less well-known, but even more rugged and wild – and concludes with the option of a refreshing dip in the Red Sea and some relaxation on one of the beautiful local beaches.
The Abraham Path in the Wadi Rum Region follows the Jordan Trail, a long-distance hiking trail crossing the whole of Jordan. Find more information at www.JordanTrail.org.
Two Days: Rum to Titen: Hike through the majestic sandstone cliffs of Wadi Rum to the remote Titen Village.
Two Days: Titen to Red Sea: Trek from the sandstone cliffs around Wadi Rum through the harsh granite mountains above Aqaba before arriving at the Red Sea.
Four Days: Challenge yourself with a true wilderness trek through deep wadis and rugged mountains before rewarding yourself with a dip in the Red Sea.
There are few developed accommodation options in this region outside of Rum and Aqaba. There are several accommodation options near the trail end south of Aqaba (listed below), and many different options in Aqaba. Wild camping is generally an option on most day stages (see day stage notes for more details). Check jordantrail.org for contact information for local contacts who may have additional information on accommodation, transportation, and other services in the region.
|Stage||Location||Name||Type||Price||# of beds||Contact Information (+###) [country code]||Amenities|
|1||Wadi Rum||Rum Village Rest House||C||Own tent – 2JD/$2.80
Provided tent – 3JD/$4.20
|1||Wadi Rum||Bedouin Lifestyle||T||25JD($35)/person – includes dinner, breakfast, tea, and water||+962 77 9131 803
|meals, electricity, toilets, showers, tours|
|1||Wadi Rum||Rahayeb Desert Camp||T||Single tent – from $49
Double – from $68
Triple – from $102
|50||+962 3 205 8557
|meals, tours, bathrooms, laundry|
|1||Wadi Rum||Salman Zwaidh Camp||T||Bed in shared tent – from $17
Single tent – from $21
Double tent – from $28
Triple tent – from $35
Quad tent – from $42
Family tent – from $56
|Via secondary booking websites||restrooms, meals, shuttle service, tours|
|1||Wadi Rum||Bedouin Guides Camp||T||+962 777 359 856; Contact||Hiking tours; jeep tours; camel tours|
|1||Wadi Rum||Bedouin Directions||T||+962 7 7688 6481;||Hiking tours; jeep tours; camel tours|
|1||Wadi Rum||Bedouins of Wadi Rum||T||+962 795 902 127; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook|
|4||Aqaba, South Beach||Movenpick Resort||H||115JD ($160) and up||306 Rooms||+962 3 209 0300;||Meals; wifi; air conditioning; pool|
|4||Aqaba, South Beach||Bedouin Moon Village||Hs||+962 3 201 5525; Trip Advisor||Meals; wifi; pool|
|4||Aqaba, South Beach||Bedouin Garden Village||Hs||+962 7 9560 2521||Breakfast included; free parking; free internet; pool|
F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)
T – Bedouin Tent (usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent)
S – Shelter (a few areas have free hiker shelters, which are a simple room with cots that hikers can use)
C – Camping (a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities)
Getting to the Abraham Path in the Wadi Rum Region
Jordan’s main airport is Queen Alia International Airport, located 35km from Amman. Jordan has a good system of affordable taxis and an inexpensive system of basic buses, though buses tend to leave when they are full and thus can involve a lot of waiting and uncertainty regarding the availability of return journeys. Rental cars are available in Jordan, though roads are not always clearly marked in English—a good road atlas is advisable.
In the Wadi Rum Region, Wadi Rum and Aqaba are transportation hubs. Aqaba and Wadi Rum are accessible from Amman by public transport. Wadi Rum is also accessible from Aqaba by public transport. Between Wadi Rum and Aqaba, the trail is not accessible by public transport.
Airport Transport to the Wadi Rum Region:
Shuttle buses from Queen Alia International Airport to downtown Amman depart every half hour between 6am and 4:30pm (50min, 3JD, 06-4453200). Private taxis have posted prices depending on destination, with an average cost of 20JD to downtown Amman.
From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart regularly for Aqaba and less frequently for Wadi Rum. JETT buses also run multiple times daily to Aqaba.
Alternatively, travelers can choose to travel from Amman by private taxi; a taxi from Amman to should cost from 50-80 JD ($75-120). As always, be sure you have agreed on a price with the driver before beginning your journey.
The Amman airport and city center also offer numerous rental car companies (average cost of $75/€60 per day, gas/petrol €0.89/liter, $4.20/gallon).
Arriving from land or sea borders:
To/from Israel/Palestine: Jordan shares three border crossing points with Israel/Palestine: Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein in the north, Allenby/King Hussein in the center, and Aqaba/Eilat in the south.
An advance visa is necessary if crossing via the King Hussein/Allenby crossing; this visa can be purchased at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv or the Jordanian consulate in Ramallah. The northern and southern borders do not require advance visas.
- Crossing at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein (central): Advance visa required for Jordan. Shared taxis to/from Jerusalem (Damascus Gate) leave regularly for the border (38 NIS/ ~$10 per person). Taxis from the Jordanian side of the border to/from Amman cost 20-25 JD. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8am-midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8am-1pm.
- Crossing at Beit Shean/Sheikh Hussein (north): A direct bus connects Nazareth to Amman via the northern border (+972-(0)4-601-0458, 75 NIS/~$20). The Israeli side of the border can also be accessed from Beit Shean by taxi (5 min, 30 NIS/$8). Taxis on the Jordanian side have fixed prices; a journey to Amman should cost 40-50JD. This border is open Sunday-Thursday from 6:30am-9pm (last entrance 8pm) and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) – view current details.
- Crossing at Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba (Eilat/Aqaba – south): The Israeli border is accessed by taxi (1km, 40NIS) from Eilat. From the Jordanian side, take a taxi to Aqaba (12JD) and take a bus or taxi from Aqaba to your desired destination (see JETT buses, daily for around 8-10JD). A taxi to/from the Jordanian border costs 50-80JD to Amman. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6:30am – 8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm.
From Egypt: A fast ferry from Nuweiba operates once a day Sunday-Friday, leaving at 1pm from Aqaba and at 4pm from Nuweiba (http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/). The journey takes about 1 hour and costs $70 USD one-way or $140 USD round-trip. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars in Nuweiba, while dollars and dinar are both accepted in Aqaba. Several private ferry companies can arrange transport for groups. The ferries are notorious for delays and complications, so it may be advisable to travel overland through Eilat and avoid the ferry.
A 30-day single entry visa costs 40JD (about $56 USD); a double-entry, 90-day visa costs 60JD ($84); and a multiple-entry, six-month visa costs 120JD ($170). Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival, but check online to see if you need to purchase your visa in advance.
The visa cost is waived if entering by land via Aqaba (free trade zone) or when entering in a group of five or more with a licensed Jordanian guide when you will stay at least two nights in Jordan. The exit fee for leaving Jordan is 10JD ($15) per person.
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