Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|28 October - 4 November 2018||On Sale|
Trek from the Dead Sea to Petra and raise funds for the charity of your choice on this once in a lifetime experience. The Jordan Desert Trek entails five days of trekking starting at the Dead Sea and finishing in the red rock city of Petra. Accompanied by Bedouin guides, you will trek through mountain and desert terrain using ancient trails. You will sleep under the stars in remote desert camps en route to the beautiful city of Petra. At the end of our challenge, we'll spend our last day exploring this lost city carved into the desert mountains.
The Jordan Desert Trek is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life, who will come together to do something amazing. It will be life-changing in so many ways. Achieve new personal goals, create unbeaten memories and experience all of this with like-minded people, but most importantly, you'll be making a difference for the charity you've chosen to support.
There are two ways in which you can fund your Jordan Desert Trek Challenge. Select the charity closest to your heart or one of the charities registered to our Open Challenge programme, then fundraise the minimum sponsorship amount. Alternatively, you can self-fund and cover the challenge costs yourself, choosing to fundraise in addition if you wish to.
We depart London Heathrow for Amman in Jordan, where we're met at the airport by our local guides and we transfer to the Dead Sea Hotel. On our first morning in Amman, our day starts with a chance to bathe in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Afterwards, we transfer to Wadi Arava, which connects the Dead Sea with the Red Sea. We then have a warm up hike to our first Bedouin overnight camp, which is at the site of the biblical Feinan copper mines.
Today, we undertake an eight hour trek that ascends from the low lying valley floor at Feinan (200m) to Faron in Jordan’s Black Mountains, at 1350m. Along the way, we visit Um el Amad, an ancient Roman site used for copper smelting. We trek along ancient canyon trails, before emerging into an amazing white sandstone landscape en-route to our Bedouin camp at Faron.
We remain on higher ground today, following well-trodden Bedouin donkey trails. The vistas today are vast, barren, rugged and incredibly beautiful. Occasionally, we catch a glimpse of the Crusader fortress at Shaunak, which towers over the desert. The 22 km trek eventually brings us to our camp at Um Ellada.
Today’s trek is across highland desert. We visit Beidha (‘Little Petra’), once a major caravanserai during the Nabataean period. Little Petra is described as archaeological wonderland, which will leave an everlasting impression on visitors. Our trek takes us through an awe-inspiring sandstone landscape to our final campsite at Moeesra.
Today, we trek from Moeesra to our final destination of Petra, the world renowned ‘rose coloured city’. We explore the vast archaeological site, carved from the red-rose rock and take in all the famous landmarks, including the ancient monastery, treasury and library. At the end of the day, we trek to our hotel at Wadi Musa for some well-earned rest.
You have the opportunity today to re-visit Petra or to take an optional trip to Wadi Rum, the location for numerous films, including Lawrence of Arabia and famously described in Lawrence’s autobiography. This evening, we hold our celebration dinner at a local restaurant.
Depart Amman for return flight to London Heathrow.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum amount.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked, we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
You will spend the nights that follow trekking days in Bedouin tents at desert campsites and the remaining nights in comfortable tourist class hotels.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and fuel surcharges personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses including travel to and from the departure airport in London.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can however take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Jordan. A group visa will be organised for entry into Jordan and this is included in your tour costs.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.