A lifetime of adventures await the willing in Wadi Rum. Trekking, canyoning, desert camping, rock climbing, and the Bedouin guides provide unforgettable adventures to experience.
Not a climber? No worries. There are traditional Bedouin trekking routes to tackle, and guides available to take you through the maze of sandstone domes.
It's possible to trek and climb to the summits of Jebel Rum, Jebel Um Ishrin, or the spectacular Burdah rock bridge. Jebel Khazali has an extremely adventurous canyon descent – you’ll need waterproof gear!
Wadi Rum Bedouin guides can take care of you. The Bedouin are nomadic Arab people who inhabit the deserts of the Middle East. Prices for guiding vary, but you can expect to pay a minimum of 50 dinar/day (US $70/day) per person, depending on the group size and itinerary.
There are many Bedouin camps where travelers can stay. These are open tents which are fully serviced.
However, if you want to have your own unique experience, Barrah Canyon is a remote and wildly beautiful destination. You will need your own camping gear for this.
Camel back, or 4x4 jeep tours, are the best ways to view the landscape if you have a limited timeframe. These can be organized easily once in Rum.
Rides out into the desert cost around 100 dinar (US $140) for a return trip.
Hospitality is important to Bedouins – they will do everything possible to be accommodating. Be careful, because they will go to great lengths to meet your requests, even if you change your mind.
You should dress sensibly. Men and women should wear long pants while in Rum, and tank tops are out of the question. If you’re invited to any public events by your hosts – a wedding, for example – don’t say no. Just go: it’ll be an experience to remember.
There are many accommodation providers in Rum, and booking.com has plenty of options to choose from. For the more spontaneous, it’s possible to find a family to host you once in Rum by going to the Government Rest House at the edge of town.
Fly to Amman, or Aqaba and take a bus, rental car, or taxi – depending on the size of your group. The village of Rum is a 4hr drive straight south of Amman.
A one-way taxi from the airport to Rum costs 100 dinar (US $140). The bus trip takes most of the day, and costs less than 20 dinar (US $28) – JETT and Petra are the companies you’ll go with.
Early spring (Feb-April) and late fall (Oct-Nov) are the best times to visit for trekking routes. This is the ‘just-right’ time to visit when its neither too hot, or cold.
Lightweight hiking boots, long pants, a sleeping pad and bag, a mosquito net to keep the earwigs out, high SPF sunscreen, a sunhat, and sunglasses.
Bring warm clothes: temperatures can drop below zero in the desert at night. Bring plenty of cash, there are no ATMs in Rum.
Above everything else, bring fitness, and a sense of adventure!
Nomad Jase takes a look at all the different routes you can choose from to get to Petra. Find out how much it’ll cost, and how difficult each trail is before you book.