Jordan

Description

Jordan, Wadi Rum

If it weren't for the port of Aqaba on its southern tip, the Middle-Eastern Kingdom of Jordan would be landlocked. It is surrounded by Israel and the West Bank, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Most of Jordan lies on a plateau at an altitude of over 700 m, with some mountain ridges and large expanses of sandy desert and salt flats. On the western edge of this plateau is one of the country's most distinctive geographical features: the Jordan Valley, known locally as Al Ghawr. Coming from the north, the River Jordan runs to the Dead Sea at 400 m below sea level, and marks Jordan's border with Israel and the West Bank. Jordan's climate is Mediterranean, but as you travel eastwards inland summers get hotter and winters more harsh with ever less rainfall. Highest mountain is Jebel Umm al Dami (1854 m) in the far south.

Although a largely arid desert country, Jordan has some interesting hiking options. There is the large and diverse Dana Biosphere Reserve along the face of the Great (Jordan) Rift Valley, the Mujib Nature Reserve with its rugged mountains bordering the Dead Sea, or the lush Ajloun Forest Reserve in the highlands north of the capital Amman. To get an idea, take a look at the nice website of the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) featuring the nature reserves, their hiking trails, lodging, campsites etc. In some reserves hiring a guide is compulsory.

If you are in for hiking through a truly dramatic desert wilderness, head south for the protected area of Wadi Rum, a landscape of huge sandstone mountains, deep canyons and granite outcrops like Jebel Rum.

Nowhere as remote, but historically interesting is the Petra Archeological Park, which offers some short day-hikes in the area surrounding the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. If you start out early, you can hike up the nearby Jebel Haroun (1350 m).

Finally there are the countless "wadi's", valleys with a dry riverbed or with an intermittent stream, making for some beautiful hiking, often through canyons past waterfalls and ponds. When hiking through wadi's, or even in the desert, do beware of flash floods which may occur after rain. Always protect yourself from the sun, wear a hat, and carry plenty of drinking water.

Trails

Regions

Mountains

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2008
  • Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons
  • This guidebook to Jordan describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons in this wonderful landscape, based around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Covers Jordan's newly created nature reserves. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2008
  • Jordan Walks, Treks, Climbs, Canyons & Caves
  • Jordan - Walks, treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons is Di Taylor and Tony Howard’s Cicerone guide to the outdoor possibilities in one of the Middle East’s most remote landscapes. The guide describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons base around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Many of the routes that... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2008
Bol.com
Netherlands
2008
  • Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons
  • This guidebook to Jordan describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons in this wonderful landscape, based around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum and covers Jordan's newly-created nature reserves. It describes 150 routes in Jordan - half- to one-day walks and multi-day treks, including 30 canyon... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
Bol.com
Belgium
2008
  • Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons
  • This guidebook to Jordan describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons in this wonderful landscape, based around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum and covers Jordan's newly-created nature reserves. It describes 150 routes in Jordan - half- to one-day walks and multi-day treks, including 30 canyon... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • A guide to treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, one of the world's leading desert climbing and trekking areas. The book includes thorough visiting information and an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport, at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • A guide to treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, one of the world's leading desert climbing and trekking areas. The book includes thorough visiting information and an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Wadi Rum is tucked away in the south of Jordan, close to the Red Sea port of Aqaba, remote and splendid in both landscape and culture, yet only a five-hour flight and a short onward journey from Europe.It was brought to the world's attention by Lawrence of Arabia, and the subsequent film of that name was responsible for the author's visit with... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2002
  • Wandelgids Treks & Climbs in Wadi Rum - Jordanië | Cicerone
  • The guidebook covers treks and climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, the area is one of the world’s leading desert climbing and trekking areas. Guidebook has thorough visiting information, plus an extensive selection of explorations, treks and climbs both trad and sport at all grades. Includes all massifs in Rum plus outlying areas. Wadi Rum is tucked... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Wadi Rum is tucked away in the south of Jordan, close to the Red Sea port of Aqaba, remote and splendid in both landscape and culture, yet only a five-hour flight and a short onward journey from Europe.It was brought to the world's attention by Lawrence of Arabia, and the subsequent film of that name was responsible for the author's visit with... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Al Ayoun Jordan - Walks, Treks, Climbs and Caves
  • Jordan - Walks, treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons is Di Taylor and Tony Howard’s Cicerone guide to the outdoor possibilities in one of the Middle East’s most remote landscapes. The guide describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons base around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum. Many of the routes that... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys Into the West Bank
  • Walk the plains and hills of Burqin, Jenin and Zebabde; experience the the cool springs of al-Bidaan; explore the tides of empire at charming Sebastia; indulge in Palestinian food, beer and hospitality in Taybeh and Birzeit; wander about in Palestine’s most colourful wadis around Aboud; descend through spectacular wadis towards the lows of the... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Hiking in Jordan
  • Trails in and Around Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea Area - With GPS E-Trails, Tracks and Waypoints, Videos, Planning Tools and Hiking Maps Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hiking in Jordan
  • Plan your next holiday with Hiking in Jordan.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 described in detail 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... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hiking in Jordan
  • Plan your next holiday with Hiking in Jordan.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 described in detail 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... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Jordan - Jordanië | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet A safe haven in a region of conflict, Jordan has... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Jordan Guide
  • Marco Polo Jordan: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips! Most travellers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the moment they arrive at their holiday destination - that's what Marco Polo Guides are all about. This new series will appeal to all types of travellers, including those who haven't bought a travel guide in the past! Marco Polo's... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Jordan Guide
  • Marco Polo Jordan: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips! Most travellers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the moment they arrive at their holiday destination - that's what Marco Polo Guides are all about. This new series will appeal to all types of travellers, including those who haven't bought a travel guide in the past! Marco Polo's... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Jordan
  • - the dirt on the best archaeological sites, plus background information on Jordan - helpful, user-friendly Arabic language chapter - comprehensive coverage of the ancient city of Petra - the lowdown on outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing and swimming in the Dead Sea Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Jordan
  • - the dirt on the best archaeological sites, plus background information on Jordan - helpful, user-friendly Arabic language chapter - comprehensive coverage of the ancient city of Petra - the lowdown on outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing and swimming in the Dead Sea Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Jordan - Jordanië | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Ideaal om je reis goed te plannen. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! A guide to Jordan that includes information on the essential places such as the rock city of Petra, the desert plains of Wadi Rum, the coral reefs off Aqaba and the Dead Sea. This book contains hundreds of... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • What do Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? They are all basketball legends, and the only five NBA players ranked higher on the all-time points list than Dirk Nowitzki. The giant man from Unterfranken is the only non-American in this elite group. And then came March 7th, 2017: in... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • What do Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? They are all basketball legends, and the only five NBA players ranked higher on the all-time points list than Dirk Nowitzki. The giant man from Unterfranken is the only non-American in this elite group. And then came March 7th, 2017: in... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Jord of the Jungle
  • “Jord of the Jungle is the real-life tale of a lifelong city boy who wound up living in the biggest, densest rainforest in the world.Jordan Flagel, a former dual-sport collegiate athlete, had just finished his lone season of international football and was looking to make a change. He wanted to use his hard-earned degree in environmental... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Jord of the Jungle
  • “Jord of the Jungle is the real-life tale of a lifelong city boy who wound up living in the biggest, densest rainforest in the world.Jordan Flagel, a former dual-sport collegiate athlete, had just finished his lone season of international football and was looking to make a change. He wanted to use his hard-earned degree in environmental... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Alun Evans' the Golf Majors Book, 2017
  • Alun Evans' now annual addictive chunk of Golf Majors facts and figures covers the epic events of the 2016 Grand Slams, as well as the usual pot pourri of results and player CVs going back to 1860; comparison tables; venues; and then 40 pages of records of all kinds associated with golf's most important Championships. In 2016, all four Majors... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Alun Evans' the Golf Majors Book, 2017
  • Alun Evans' now annual addictive chunk of Golf Majors facts and figures covers the epic events of the 2016 Grand Slams, as well as the usual pot pourri of results and player CVs going back to 1860; comparison tables; venues; and then 40 pages of records of all kinds associated with golf's most important Championships. In 2016, all four Majors... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Losing Isn't Everything
  • A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat—those on the flip side of an epic triumph—and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Losing Isn't Everything
  • A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat—those on the flip side of an epic triumph—and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong
  • Step into my office if you want to run faster, stronger, and pain-free. Whether you're a new runner training for your first race or an experienced marathoner, this cutting-edge book will keep you on the road and running faster.With comprehensive, illustrated information on running health and injury prevention, this book also includes access to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong
  • Step into my office if you want to run faster, stronger, and pain-free. Whether you're a new runner training for your first race or an experienced marathoner, this cutting-edge book will keep you on the road and running faster.With comprehensive, illustrated information on running health and injury prevention, this book also includes access to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Losing Isn't Everything
  • A refreshing and though-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat those on the flip side of an epic triumph and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or... Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
» Click to open
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Losing Isn't Everything
  • A refreshing and though-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat those on the flip side of an epic triumph and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Catherines
  • Double-sided, indexed street plan of St. Catherines, including Beamsville, Dunnville, Fonthill, Lincoln, Jordan, Port Colborne, Thorold, Smithville, Vineland, and Welland.Street plans from the MapArt / Canadian Cartographics Corporation / JDM Géo publishing group are usually produced at scales around 1:25,000 to 1:35,000 with smaller towns... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Jordanië - wandelvakantie
  • Jordanië is wandelparadijs bij uitstek: ontelbare kloven en wadi's vormen groene, paradijselijke slingers in een steil berglandschap. In het Dana natuurreservaat verblijft u in een unieke ecolodge. Samen met een Bedoeïenengids trekt u door de mooiste woestijn van het Midden-Oosten: Wadi Rum. En natuurlijk ontdekt u de verborgen stad van de... Read more
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