With this detailed guide, you save valuable time when you plan your hiking adventure in Jordan. Over a period of three years, the authors have explored and recorded over 400 km (248 miles) of astonishing hiking trails and walks in amazing landscapes.

Most trails can be completed in 4-6 hours as day trips from Amman, Wadi Rum village or Aqaba and are in and around Jordan’s main tourist attractions including Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea area.


High quality trails

Trails include the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the Lawrence of Arabia Spring trails with magnificent views in Wadi Rum and the High Place of Sacrifice Trail with more monuments than most tourists see in Petra. Other highlights include the Wadi Ghuweir to Feynan Trail with its remarkable oasis and narrow canyon and the Wadi Mujib Malaqi Trail that has a waterfall near the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea.


Easy to understand custom-made hiking maps, trail descriptions and travel directions

The book provides easy to understand custom-made hiking maps, trail descriptions and travel directions. Users of the book also have access to a unique collection of 80+ tutorials, trail animations and hiking videos in HD format and interactive maps.

Although most trails can be completed without a GPS device, owners of the book can download 58 carefully recorded E-trails to maximize their time on the trail using GPS enabled smart phones and tablets.


Advanced planning tools

Users of the book also have access to the Day Trip Finder and the Itinerary Planner. These interactive planning tools provide hikers easy access to trail descriptions based on a large number of search criteria including hot springs, waterfalls, sand dunes, palm trees, historic sites, and other interesting places on the trail.


Next generation guidebook

The guidebook has been written with the independent traveler in mind, but is also a valuable source of hiking ideas if you plan to organize your holiday with a travel company. Travelers will find Hiking in Jordan and its multimedia resources an invaluable “next generation” resource guide to explore the country from a truly unique perspective.


The Hiking in Jordan Project

The guidebook was developed as part of a long term effort to support sustainable tourism in Jordan. The goals of the project are:

  • Promoting the hiking industry in Jordan and Jordan as a tourist destination;
  • Promoting the cultural heritage of Jordan;
  • Providing unbiased and accurate information about hiking trails (day trails only) in Jordan;
  • Educating the public on hike safety in Jordan;
  • Raising awareness of the beauty of the wadis and the importance of nature conservation;
  • Providing visitors unique and sustainable ways of exploring the country;
  • Producing the world's largest HD video collection on hiking in Jordan;
  • Producing a high quality and affordable hiking guide that is distributed internationally.


About the Authors

Chris Grant, Bsc (Hons)/LLB, is a biologist and was for two years senior advisor in the Wadi Rum Reserve in Jordan. He has traveled extensively hiking and wildlife spotting. He currently lives in Australia and works in environmental conservation.



Gregory Maassen, Ph.D., is a development professional who has implemented long-term technical assistance programs in Armenia, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, Macedonia, Botswana and Jordan. He was based in Aqaba, Jordan for three years where he frequently organized hiking trips to Petra, Wadi Rum and Rahma. He currently lives in South Africa and is working on a new hiking guide.