32 – Seven Pillars of Wisdom

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trail, nestled in the stunning expanse of Wadi Rum, stands out as a favored hiking destination in Jordan, offering an array of diverse landscapes and experiences.

This trail presents hikers with a rich tapestry of natural wonders, from the serene walk through a dry riverbed in a wadi to the challenge of ascending a massive sand dune, all set against the backdrop of the open desert. 

Wadi Rum, often referred to as the Valley of the Moon, encapsulates the majestic beauty of the Jordanian desert, with its towering sandstone mountains, vast sandy plains, and ancient rock carvings. It is a landscape that has captivated travelers and explorers for centuries, including the renowned T. E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia."

Lawrence's deep connections with this region and its people during the Arab Revolt are immortalized in his autobiographical work, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph." His writings provide a vivid account of his wartime experiences and offers insights into the culture and spirit of the Bedouin tribes, particularly the Howeitat tribe, whose descendants still inhabit the area today.

The trail's setting within the Wadi Rum World Reserve, a site recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding natural and cultural significance, adds to the allure and importance of this hiking experience.

The trail's name, inspired by Lawrence's writings, evokes the rich history and enduring legacy of the Arab Revolt, adding a layer of historical depth to the hiking experience.

For those seeking a more adventurous route, the GPS trail collection offers extended e-trail versions that involve rock scrambling across more challenging terrains.

These alternative paths provide an opportunity for hikers to engage more intimately with the rugged beauty of Wadi Rum, challenging their physical limits while immersing themselves in the breathtaking landscapes that have shaped centuries of history and culture.


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