I want to stay in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum. Do you have a recommendation?

We recommend that you contact Salem of the “Mohammad Mutlak Camp.”

The camp is based in the Wadi Rum Reserve and the starting point of the Bedouin Camp Circuit Trail. This wonderful Bedouin family business provides excellent customer service and fantastic food at an affordable price level.
Just mention our name and Salem’s family will take care of you.

I want to use a guide. Do you have a recommendation?

Trails involving climbing and trekking are not included in the guide (with the exception of the Wadi Mujib Malaqi Trail where the RSCN provides a guide and equipment to descent the 30 m waterfall). Especially climbing requires that you know what you are doing and can be dangerous as we have had accidents with fatalities in Wadi Rum (e.g., in March 2014 when three French climbers died in Wadi Rum when their rope got cut).

If you are interested in these activities, we recommend that you check out the website of Terhaal Adventure, a reputable Jordanian company specialized in adventure travel.

Terhaal is known for its customer service, eco-adventures and safety standards (the best we have seen in Jordan).
They are also familiar with the hiking areas described in the guide and can provide support if you would like someone to arrange hiking trips based on our trail descriptions and not worry about logistics.

Just mention the Hiking in Jordan Guidebook to Rakan Mehyar, the owner of the company, and the folks at Terhaal will take care of you.

www.terhaal.com

Important: What are Flashfloods

Jordan is a country with a hot and dry climate. Situated on the Arabian Peninsula, temperatures can rise above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or 50 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is limited and summers are long and hot.

Some Facts

  • According to the WHO, Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability, per capita, in the world.
  • About 70 percent of Jordan's average rainfall in the country falls between November and March while it rarely rains between June and August.
  • The average precipitation over Jordan is about 160 mm ranging from 50 mm in the Eastern Badia and 600 mm in the Northern highlands.
  • Especially in January and February, heavy rainfall can occur in Jordan. It is especially during this season that you need to be aware of flash floods.

Sources:

  • www.who.int/heli/pilots/jordan/en/index.html
  • National Report Jordan - National Center For Agriculture Research And Technology Transfer - Harnessing Salty Water To Enhance Sustainable Livelihoods Of The Rural Poor In Four Countries In West Asia And North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Syria And Tunisia - 2004

Valleys (Wadis) in Jordan

The many valleys (wadis) in Jordan are surrounded by solid rock formations that absorb not much water when it rains. Rain is channeled down through the valleys quickly and accumulates in shallow streams which may result in flash floods.

Some hikes in Jordan are in valleys (wadis) including:

  • Wadi Assal
  • Wadi Mukheiris Formation Trail
  • Wadi Karak Waterfall Trail

You should be aware of flash floods when you hike in these wadis.

What are Flash Floods?

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Definitions:

  • Flash floods are short-term events, occurring within 6 hours of the causative event - heavy rain, dam break, etc.
  • They occur often within 2 hours of the start of high-intensity rainfall.
  • You may notice the stream start to rise quickly and become muddy.
  • You may hear a roaring sound upstream that may be a flood wave moving rapidly toward you.
  • Head immediately for higher ground.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov

IMPORTANT

Do not go into a wadi after it has rained or when it rains. We have plenty of other hikes to explore when it rains in Jordan! Safety comes first, always. Indeed.


What to bring on Hiking Trips?

We have two videos on what to bring on the hiking trips.

How long did it take to produce the guidebook?

We spent three years living and working in Jordan while we recorded the trails, produced the 80+ videos and wrote the guidebook. Our work in Jordan provided us unparalleled access to hiking areas and “unlimited time” in the weekends to explore trails.

The guidebook is based on a selection of the best trails in Jordan.

How accurate are the GPS files?

Some websites offer thousands of GPS files, also known as GPS track consolidators. Often, the GPS files have not been reviewed, appear to be inaccurate or are just drawn on a map by consolidators.  Please be careful using other GPS trail file providers.

Our GPS files are accurate as accurate they can be: 

  • We have spent considerable time recording and editing the 58 GPS files in our collection.
  • We have recorded the trails several times to improve the accuracy of the data using a GPS device (the Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx) with a 12 channel SiRFstar III™ high-sensitivity GPS receiver that continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update the position in the field.

Especially in extremely narrow canyons (the Siqs), GPS readings can be limited. In rare situations when the SiRFstar III™ could not pick up the satellite signal, we have corrected the data manually.

When you download our GPS files, you are guaranteed to have high quality and accurate GPS files you can rely on in the field. As owner of the guidebook, you have free access to the GPS files. To ensure others do not mess with our GPS files, we really ask you not to post these on the Internet as we can no longer control the quality of the files. Safety is our priority.

How far are the Bedouin camps from Wadi Rum Village?

Most camps in the Wadi Rum Reserve are located some 30-40 minutes by car from the parking lot in Wadi Rum village. You need a 4WD to reach the camps.

The Bedouins normally provide a Jeep ride to their camps included in the price of one overnight. Alternatively, you can also book a camel safari to reach the camp.

Do you also have a Hiking in Jordan app?

Our website is based on what is called "responsive design." This means that it automatically adapts to the screen size of your device, ranging from large HD TVs for the HD videos to small handheld devices. Especially on smaller devices, the website behaves as an app, as information is grouped in easy to navigate menus. This is the main reason we have not developed a separate app.

Can I copy the CDs?

Trail video and animation are accompanied by a soundtrack licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA or CC BY license. 

Can I use the photos for my project?

You will find over 1,200 trail photos on the website. The photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA. This means that you can copy and share the photos with your friends. Please contact us if you would like to use the images under a different license.

What is your trail classification?

  • Easy: These routes are appropriate for novice users. They are usually easy to follow, being along a wadi, track or road, but do not expect any trail signs. Grades are gentle and relatively few obstacles will be encountered.
  • Moderate: These routes are appropriate for intermediate through advanced users. Terrain is steeper and more obstacles may be encountered. Do not expect any trail signs or obvious trail paths you can follow.
  • Advanced: These routes are recommended for advanced hikers. Terrain may be steep and routes are not obvious. You should be able to navigate and must be self-reliant.

Do I need a GPS device to hike the trails?

Several trails require a GPS device because of the complexity of the terrain. For example, it is difficult to describe a trail in a desert with few landmarks or when no clearly marked trail paths have been established. In these cases, we strongly recommend that you use a GPS device with our E-trails.

Can I use the GPS files with Google Earth™ on my computer? 

Yes, you can explore the hiking trails using the Google Earth™ KML files. These files are useful for virtually exploring an area before heading out. The Google Earth™ KML files are available on the website to owners of the hiking guide.

Which GPS file formats are available?

The GPS E-trails are available on the website to owners of the hiking guide in GPS eXchange Format - GPX, Google Earth™ and Garmin™ formats.

Do I need a 4WD vehicle?

Most likely not. The vast majority of trails can be reached with a normal rental car as we have designed the guidebook for independent travelers. Only if you go deep inside the deserts, will you need a 4WD vehicle.

In Wadi Rum, the Bedouins provide transport to their camps in 4WD vehicles, so you do not need to rent one to reach the hiking area. In Rahma and Disi, you can reach the hiking area with a normal car adding some extra time to the hike as you need to walk to the starting point.

Where are the hiking trails located?

The trails in the hiking guide have been grouped into four regions:

  • The North: This covers the area north of Amman including Pella and Ajloun.
  • The Dead Sea: Most trails near the Dead Sea are located in valleys (wadis), including the famous Wadi Mujib.
  • Petra and Central Jordan: This area covers the central part of Jordan including Petra, Dana, Mukawir and Feynan.
  • Wadi Rum and Southern Jordan: The trails are located in the deserts of Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba south of the Dead Sea.

What about cell phone reception?

It is worth either bringing a mobile phone or buying one locally if you can. Having a SIM card of the main mobile phone carriers improves but does not guarantee your chances of getting phone reception while you are in remote areas.

I want to plan a day trip from Amman. Do you have any in the book?

Absolutely, we have included an overview of day trips in the guidebook starting from Amman and Aqaba.

How many data points are in a typical GPS track?

To avoid GPS tracks are truncated by older GPS devices, we have included a maximum of 500 data points per file. This ensures that you have data for the entire trail while the number of data points is more than sufficient to find your way on the trail.

I want to order the full-color PDF on your website. How safe is it to use my credit card?

The safety concerning your wallet is as important to us as your safety on the hiking trail. We use Paypal through a service called E-junkie if you purchase the full-color PDF version of the hiking guide. It is perhaps not the best name in town for an online shopping system, but it is certainly the best. We have never experienced any problems with the payment processors backed by Paypal and major credit card companies.

We do not collect any credit card information. We will receive a notice from the system that a purchase was concluded that does not include credit card details. All payments are automated.

Are trail descriptions measured in kilometers or miles?

To serve hikers from the US, Europe and other countries, we have included trail descriptions using the metric and the English systems.

Do you have any questions for us?

Please email hikinginjordan@gmail.com and we will respond normally within two business days. Thanks for using the Hiking in Jordan website. You rock!

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