Petra through the Back Door Trail

  • Destination: Jordan
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: $990


A unique journey in the Kingdom of Jordan that will take us through biblical history and along one of the world’s most beautiful hikes as listed by National Geographic to the rose-red city of Petra through the back door then continues to explore Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea basin with several adventurous twists along the way.


- Mount Nebo and its superb views over the Holy Lands
- Trek one of the worlds best hiking trails
- Enter Petra through the back door
- Explore the rose-red city of Petra with its unique rock-cut architecture
- Explore the alien-looking landscape of Wadi Rum
- Hiking & Scrambling to Burdah rock bridge in Wadi Rum
- Camping under the starlit sky in Wadi Rum
- Canyoning in Wadi Mujib Siq Trail
- Swimming in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Touchdown Jordan

Touchdown Jordan

Arrival in Amman airport, pickup and transfer to Dana Reserve. On the way to Dana, we will visit the biblical town of Madaba which is famous for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and home of the earliest surviving original map of the Holy Land, which was made around A.D. 560. Afterwards we will visit Mount Nebo (817m) which is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land which includes the Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River, and, on a clear day, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: D

Day 2: Trek to Wadi Malaga

Trek to Wadi Malaga

Today we embark on one of the world’s most amazing hikes as listed by National Geographic which will take us from Dana reserve to the ancient city of Petra while crossing several climate zones, diverse ecosystems and dramatic labyrinths of hills and valleys displaying the full spectrum of the region’s geology.

Our first day will start from Dana reserve (1200m) then descend through the sandstone gorge of Wadi Dana to Feynan Canyon, famous for its ruins and copper mines then continue to Wadi Malaga for overnight.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: BLD
Trekking Time: 7-8 hours (24km)

Day 3: Trek to Ras AlFeid

Trek to Ras AlFeid

Wakeup early and after a good breakfast load up our equipment and set off on our day’s trek. Our route today takes us around several small hills before we head out across an open desert towards Wadi Barwaz at the foot of the mountains for lunch. After lunch and a brief rest we head south-west into the desert. We gradually descend into a region of small sand dunes in Wadi Araba. The views are awe-inspiring and we will have a true sense of the wonderful desert landscape. After lunch we will leave the sand dune desert behind us and head back into the mountains. First we have a gradual ascent across the desert to Abu Sakakin, lying at the foot of the mountains. From here we start a steeper ascent across small boulders and rocks to the foot of a steep and twisty track. This track takes us high into the mountains and provides a particularly challenging section! This is a remote but beautiful region with spectacular views west into the desert. We continue up to the high saddle from where we have good views into the heart of these stunning mountains then start our steep descent down to the river valley. Once down on the valley floor our route takes us through the beautiful Sakakin canyon before making camp above the river at Ras Al-Feid.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: BLD
Trekking Time:  6-7 hours (14km)

Day 4: Trek to Little Petra

Trek to Little Petra

After breakfast we will start our today’s trail which will take us through rock canyons and onto a high plateau area where the mountains of Petra come into view. We then continue to Little Petra while passing desert vegetation and many Bedouin camps along the way.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: BLD
Trekking Time: 7-8 hours (22km)

Day 5: Trek to Petra

Trek to Petra

Today we finally make it to the legendary city of Petra! We will enter the city via the backdoor along an ancient Nabataean route and as we get closer the impressive structure known as ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into the view. Afterwards we will hike down several steps which will take us into the ancient city of Petra. After touring this world wonder we will be transferred to Wadi Musa for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BLD
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours (12km)

Day 6: Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

After breakfast we will drive to Wadi Rum village then switch to 4×4 vehicle to explore the alien-looking desert of Wadi Rum. First we will drive to Burdah mountain and spend 2-3 hours of hiking and scrambling to the famous Burdah rock bridge then drive to Khazali canyon, famous for its ancient Bedouin inscriptions then drive to our camping spot, have a special Bedouin dinner and camp and sleep under the starlit sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: BLD

Day 7: To the Dead Sea

To the Dead Sea

Breakfast then leave Wadi Rum behind and drive to Mujib nature reserve, the lowest natural reserve on Earth. Wadi Mujib Siq Trail will take us along the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs and across many mountain pools to the base of a beautiful waterfall. After our canyoning adventure we will drive to the Dead Sea for a well-deserved relaxation by the shores of earth’s lowest point. (430m below sea level) Afterwards we will drive to Amman for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 8: Departure


Transfer to the airport for our final departure

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- Accommodation in Standard Hotels for 3 nights
- Camping Accommodation for 4 nights
- 4 Days guided trek from Dana to Petra
- All mentioned meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All camping equipment and support vehicle to transfer our luggage during the trek
- All transfers in a private A/C vehicle
- All tickets and permits
- Airport transfers

Price Excludes

- International Flights to Amman
- Visa Expenses
- Tips and Gratuities 



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