Event information

Event date:2nd - 9th November 2024
Cost:£350 deposit (see costs)

Often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, Petra is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, it is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans.

Petra view
Petra view
Petra view

We have our Petra Trek information evening taking place on Wednesday 26th April at 7pm via Zoom. It's a great opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the trip and how we can help you fundraise. Please let the events team know if you would like to attend.

This stunning and remote trek takes you on an adventure following an ancient Bedouin migration route to Petra, experiencing some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Jordan along your journey. This trek is voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s best hikes and it is growing a reputation as the ‘Inca Trail of the Middle East’. We will be covering up to 10 miles a day over 5 consecutive days of walking. Besides the stony desert landscape, there are sections of narrow trail across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling.

How challenging will the trek be?

A moderate to challenging trip for someone of a good fitness level. You will be trekking for 5 consecutive days, averaging 6 hours each day. The terrain is largely rocky, dry and uneven. Although some of the days trekking have a very gentle increase in elevation some days have very challenging sections with steep uphill and downhill gradients. Temperatures pose a specific challenge with temperatures historically reaching up to 30°C. You must be of a good fitness level before departure, to ensure fast recovery each day.

Costs

There are two options to pay for the cost of the trip.

1. Self-Funded Only – £2750

£350 deposit and a second instalment of £1,440pp* to be paid directly to Different Travel by July 2024. Final balance of £960 to be paid directly to Julia’s House by September 2024.

2. Fundraising - £350 deposit and fundraise £2,500pp

50% (£1250) target to be met by March 2024, 80% (£2000) target to be met by July 2024, 100 % by Friday 6th December 2024**.

3. Self-Funded and Fundraising - £1,790 and fundraise £1000

£350 deposit and a balance of £1,440* to be paid directly to Different Travel by July 2024. Plus a commitment to raise a minimum of £1,000. You will be required to meet 80% of your target (£800) by September 2024**.

*The final trip costs are subject to change dependent on the final group size.

** If you do not meet your fundraising target you will be required to cover the cost.

Trip cost includes
  • Flights from London (including all current airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges
  • All transfers & transport in Jordan
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels, lodges and tents on trek,
  • All meals & drinking water
  • Welcome dinner
  • Celebration Farewell dinner with certificates
  • Local guides and support crew on trek,
  • All entrance fees, conservation fees and permits
  • Different Travel Tour Manager
  • Full admin and pre-departure support
  • Presentation evening and pre-departure trek briefing
Trip cost does not include
  • Personal expenses (such as drinks, laundry etc)
  • Any visas and vaccinations required
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional tips
Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 2 November 2024):

Fly to Jordan
Fly from London to Jordan and transfer to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay. Depending on airline schedules we will either stay in Aqaba or Amman.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday 3 November 2024):

Wadi Feinan – Wadi Barwas
Transfer to Wadi Feinan for our first day’s walk across ‘hamada’ landscape – dry, rock-strewn desert, with little sand. The terrain is fairly flat all day but there are spectacular mountain views and expansive wadis (dry valleys) as well as Byzantine and Nabatean ruins to be seen. Tonight, you will set up camp in Wadi Barwas.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 14km / 6 hours.

Day 3 (Monday 4 November 2024):

Wadi Barwas – Ras el Feid
Leaving the stony hamada desert behind this morning, we walk around the foot of the mountains to reach an ancient Bedouin migration path that ascends steeply across rocks and small boulders, going high into the mountains. This section is very challenging and can be loose underfoot and involve scrabbling rocks taking around 4 hours, but the reward is amazing views over the stunning Wadi Araba desert.
We eventually descend into Wadi el Feid for a well-deserved dip in its cool waters—a perfect place for lunch and a rest. We then walk upstream through dense foliage before reaching a dry river-bed surrounded with colorful sandstone outcrops to reach our camping spot.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 9.5km / 6-7 hours.

Day 4 (Tuesday 5 November 2024):

Ras el Feid – Shkaret Msei’d
This morning we retrace our route along the riverbed and gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherd paths to discover some of the most spectacular scenery in Jordan. This path is particularly challenging, becoming less defined and involving some easy scrambling to pass large boulders and other obstacles. The trail continues along the wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale coloured sandstone hills with incredible views across the surrounding mountains and canyons until we reach our camp at Shkaret Msei’d.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 16km /8-9 hours.

Day 5 (Wednesday 6 November 2024):

Shakret Msei’d – Beida – Little Petra

The scenery changes dramatically today from deep wadis to wonderful wide open sandstone hills that feel almost moonlike. The trail passes agricultural fields and some Bedouin encampments before our trail once again becomes indistinct with some more scrambling. We descend into Little Petra to visit this fabulous site for a taster of the main site which we will encounter tomorrow. A short walk then takes us to a permanent campsite, uniquely located in the midst of the sandstone mountains in Beidha.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 14km/ 5 to 6 hours.

Day 6 (Thursday 7 November 2024):

Petra
Today our trail takes us across open farmland for the first two hours, and then contours around the mountain ridge to enter Petra itself. The views across to the Araba Desert some 100km away are impressive and after 5 days of hard trekking, the first glimpse of the top of Petra’s Monastery is jaw-dropping. Our route takes us into the main site and the heart of Petra, exiting via the Dark Siq to enable us to re-enter the site through the Main Siq, and experience the most famous view of Petra – the Treasury. We then proceed with a full sightseeing tour, including the Facades Street, Urn Tomb, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Royal Tombs and Qasr al Bint, before leaving the site and heading to our hotel in nearby Wadi Musa for a comfortable night’s sleep in a guesthouse.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 16km / 5 to 6 hours to the

Day 7 (Friday 8 November 2024):

Sightseeing*
Spend the day visiting more highlights of this fascinating country.  You will either visit Wadi Rum* on a jeep tour to explore this spectacular desert including Lawrence of Arabia’s Spring and the natural rock bridge of Jebel Um Fruth or you will head north towards the Dead Sea* for an opportunity to have a float in the waters! If time allows, you will also visit Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land and the ancient town of Madaba. N.B. Sightseeing today will depend on flight schedules and is subject to change.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 (Saturday 9 November 2024):

Return to London
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Depending on flight schedules we will either depart from Aqaba or Amman.
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to flight schedules, weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes that occur outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.

"It was such an incredible experience, definitely one on my bucket list and the fact that we were doing it for such a great cause, to raise money for Julia’s House, made it even more rewarding. I only knew one person before going on the trip but the group became so close so quickly. We all spurred each other on and the camaraderie was amazing, we all felt part of a team."

Past overseas trekker, Lucy Mander

 

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Past overseas trekker, Lucy Mander

 

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