Jordan

Description

Jordan, Wadi Rum

If it weren't for the port of Aqaba on its southern tip, the Middle-Eastern Kingdom of Jordan would be landlocked. It is surrounded by Israel and the West Bank, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Most of Jordan lies on a plateau at an altitude of over 700 m, with some mountain ridges and large expanses of sandy desert and salt flats. On the western edge of this plateau is one of the country's most distinctive geographical features: the Jordan Valley, known locally as Al Ghawr. Coming from the north, the River Jordan runs to the Dead Sea at 400 m below sea level, and marks Jordan's border with Israel and the West Bank. Jordan's climate is Mediterranean, but as you travel eastwards inland summers get hotter and winters more harsh with ever less rainfall. Highest mountain is Jebel Umm al Dami (1854 m) in the far south.

Although a largely arid desert country, Jordan has some interesting hiking options. There is the large and diverse Dana Biosphere Reserve along the face of the Great (Jordan) Rift Valley, the Mujib Nature Reserve with its rugged mountains bordering the Dead Sea, or the lush Ajloun Forest Reserve in the highlands north of the capital Amman. To get an idea, take a look at the nice website of the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) featuring the nature reserves, their hiking trails, lodging, campsites etc. In some reserves hiring a guide is compulsory.

If you are in for hiking through a truly dramatic desert wilderness, head south for the protected area of Wadi Rum, a landscape of huge sandstone mountains, deep canyons and granite outcrops like Jebel Rum.

Nowhere as remote, but historically interesting is the Petra Archeological Park, which offers some short day-hikes in the area surrounding the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. If you start out early, you can hike up the nearby Jebel Haroun (1350 m).

Finally there are the countless "wadi's", valleys with a dry riverbed or with an intermittent stream, making for some beautiful hiking, often through canyons past waterfalls and ponds. When hiking through wadi's, or even in the desert, do beware of flash floods which may occur after rain. Always protect yourself from the sun, wear a hat, and carry plenty of drinking water.

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2008
  • Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons
  • This guidebook to Jordan describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons in this wonderful landscape, based around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Covers Jordan's newly created nature reserves. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2008
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2008
  • Jordan Walks, Treks, Climbs, Canyons & Caves
  • Jordan - Walks, treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons is Di Taylor and Tony Howard’s Cicerone guide to the outdoor possibilities in one of the Middle East’s most remote landscapes. The guide describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons base around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Many of the routes that... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2008
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • A guide to treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, one of the world's leading desert climbing and trekking areas. The book includes thorough visiting information and an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • A guide to treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, one of the world's leading desert climbing and trekking areas. The book includes thorough visiting information and an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2002
  • Wandelgids Treks & Climbs in Wadi Rum - Jordanië | Cicerone |
  • The guidebook covers treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, the area is one of the world’s leading desert climbing and trekking areas. Guidebook has thorough visiting information, plus an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Wadi Rum is tucked... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys Into the West Bank
  • Walk the plains and hills of Burqin, Jenin and Zebabde; experience the the cool springs of al-Bidaan; explore the tides of empire at charming Sebastia; indulge in Palestinian food, beer and hospitality in Taybeh and Birzeit; wander about in Palestine’s most colourful wadis around Aboud; descend through spectacular wadis towards the lows of the... Read more
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Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Al Ayoun Jordan - Walks, Treks, Climbs and Caves
  • Jordan - Walks, treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons is Di Taylor and Tony Howard’s Cicerone guide to the outdoor possibilities in one of the Middle East’s most remote landscapes. The guide describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons base around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Many of the routes that... Read more
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Netherlands
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Germany
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Catherines
  • Double-sided, indexed street plan of St. Catherines, including Beamsville, Dunnville, Fonthill, Lincoln, Jordan, Port Colborne, Thorold, Smithville, Vineland, and Welland.Street plans from the MapArt / Canadian Cartographics Corporation / JDM Géo publishing group are usually produced at scales around 1:25,000 to 1:35,000 with smaller towns... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Jordanië - wandelvakantie
  • Jordanië is wandelparadijs bij uitstek: ontelbare kloven en wadi's vormen groene, paradijselijke slingers in een steil berglandschap. In het Dana natuurreservaat verblijft u in een unieke ecolodge. Samen met een Bedoeïenengids trekt u door de mooiste woestijn van het Midden-Oosten: Wadi Rum. En natuurlijk ontdekt u de verborgen stad van de... Read more
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