Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|19 October - 26 October 2019||On Sale|
Trek from the Dead Sea to Petra and raise funds for the cancer 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 trip, we've earned a well-deserved treat and we 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.
We catch a flight from London Heathrow and arrive in Amman, Jordan in the late evening/early morning. After a short coach transfer we reach our overnight accommodation by the shores of the Dead Sea. Contrary to its deceptive name, the Dead Sea is not a sea but a magnificent Salt Lake and the lowest place on Earth, at 410 m below sea level. The Dead Sea is renowned for being nearly ten times as salty as the ocean and for thousands of years, has attracted visitors and tradesmen alike.
We enjoy a relaxed start to the day with the opportunity to acclimatise. This morning, we have the chance to bathe in the Dead Sea, which also has hot sulphur springs and mud deposits that are reputed to have healing properties. After lunch, we’re transferred by coach along the shore of the Dead Sea and enjoy stunning views of canyons and waterfalls. Our coach drops us off at Wadi Araba, the valley connecting the Dead Sea with the Red Sea. This marks the starting point of our challenge and we embark on a comfortable warm-up hike, passing some Bedouin camps and settlements. This walk will give us a first ‘feel’ of the vastness of the area (and the sheer amount of sand) and will lead us to our Bedouin overnight camp, located next to the archaeological side of the biblical Feinan copper mines, right in the middle of the desert valley.
Today, we trek from the low-lying valley floor at Feinan (200 m) to Faron in Jordan’s Black Mountains at 1350 m. Our desert adventure takes us through a number of climate zones and across a variety of rock formations and strata. The trail leads us through wild Bedouin country, using ancient canyon trails that occasionally offer views over the Wadi Araba border area. Half way through our trek, we reach the ancient Roman copper smelting site of Umm el Amad, part of the biblical Feinan complex. From this point on, the scenery changes. We leave the sheer walled canyons behind and enter an amazing landscape of beautiful, white sandstone domes, often dotted with patches of Juniper trees, the last remnants of the ancient Juniper forests that once covered this landscape. We start to see Bedouin encampments as we climb higher and get a real feel for the lifestyle here. After this memorable day of trekking through Jordan’s Black Mountains, we reach our own campsite and are rewarded with an incomparable view of stars, free from light pollution.
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 Shaubak that towers over the desert. The 22 km trek eventually brings us to our camp at Um Ellada.
Today, we trek across highland desert. After several hours of trekking we arrive at Beidah, the archaeological site known as Little Petra. Petra's little sister is believed to have been the major caravanserai, a fortified roadside resting place, of the Nabataean capital. We plunge into this valley and get an impression of what awaits us in Petra. Amidst white sandstone domes, on either side of the hidden valley lies an archaeological wonderland. The views in this area are of unforgettable beauty. From Little Petra, we trek along the awesome sandstone rocks until we reach our final night campsite at Moeesra.
We reach the hidden city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven modern wonders of the world. We enter Petra from the lesser used eastern approach, close to the ancient monastery, a 40 m high monument carved from one massive rock. The views from this ridge towards the valleys beneath are absolutely staggering. We explore this vast site on foot, visiting all of Petra’s famous landmarks, including the ancient monastery, treasury and library. We leave Petra via the famous 1200 m long canyon, a crack in the impenetrable cliff, barely wide enough for man and beast to pass through. We reach the village of Wadi Musa where our trek is completed..
Today, we have a free day. You can re-visit Petra or take an optional tour to Wadi Rum, a place of great natural beauty, which also finds itself high on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Wadi Rum was famously described as “The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom” by Lawrence of Arabia. This evening, we enjoy our well-deserved celebration dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning, we transfer by bus to Amman airport, where we catch our flight back to the UK.
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum amount.
Minimum sponsorship target
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.
On the trekking days, we'll be spending the nights camping in the desert. You can choose to sleep in the tents we provide or most of our challengers choose to sleep under the stars. On our firs, sixth and seventh nights, we'll be staying in hotels. The hotel near the Dead Sea is luxurious, the one in Petra more modest but certainly adequate. It will feel like a 5-star hotel after 5 nights under the stars!
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 the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
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. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Jordan, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.
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.