The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trail is one of our favorite hikes in Jordan.It is a fine walk with plenty of variety, including a dry riverbed walk through a wadi, a massive sand dune and open desert in Wadi Rum.
This hike is located inside the Wadi Rum World Reserve, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Register.
"The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph” is an autobiographical work of T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) who served as a British liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks from 1916 to 1918. The forebears of the Bedouins here, part of the Howeitat tribe, were fierce warriors in the Arab Revolt. As Lawrence wrote about his book:
It does not pretend to be impartial. I was fighting for my hand, upon my own midden. Please take it as a personal narrative piece out of memory. I could not make proper notes: indeed it would have been a breach of my duty to the Arabs if I had picked such flowers while they fought.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, 1922
The alternative - extended E-trail versions of the trail add rock scrambling in interesting but more demanding terrain. See the hiking guide for more details.
Soundtrack: Dark Sword, White Snow - Album: Mission #1 by DJ Fridance
Licensed Under: CC BY-SA 3.0
The videos are part of the "Hiking in Jordan Collection" by Grant & Maassen published by Wandel Guides. With 3D trail animation and trail statistics. Produced with Nasa World Wind Under NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.3. The videos are distributed under: CC BY-SA 3.0.
NASA is not affiliated with this project. We use software released under NASA's World Wind program for 3D trail rendering.
Opening title music for videos: Aulendia II, Album: Aulendia By: Terepin. Licensed Under: CC BY-SA 3.0.
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- T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1922, unabridged Oxford text.