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Best Hiking Trails in Jordan

Overview

The majority of this Middle Eastern country is flat, but there is a thin mountainous strip running almost the entire length of the western part of Jordan.  The country is famed for the iconic archeological site of Petra, from which there are plenty of hiking trails. As well, the Jordan Trail (taking in the whole country) and Wadi Rum Trail (taking in the beautiful Wadi Rum desert) are two well known long distance hiking trails. There are lots of opportunities for hiking as many of the sections of the Jordan Trail can be explored as day hikes.  The best months to hike in Jordan vary according to the region, but usually it’s best to avoid the summer heat.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Jordan. 

Capital: Amman

When To Hike in Jordan?

October – May: In the north, April – May and October – November are the best months, and in the south, November – April are the best months.  Both areas avoid the summer heat.
June – August; December – March (north); May – September (south): Too hot in the summer, cold in the north in the winter
Climate: Subtropical arid – cold winters due to altitude.  All the rains occur from fall to spring, but usually small amount and more in the north. Grows more arid as you go from north to south

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are a few hiking guidebooks, along with maps especially for the Jordan Trail but it still might be challenging to hike independently. 

Transportation required: Most hiking trails require a vehicle to access

Where to stay in Jordan for hiking: 

  • Umm Qais
  • Aqaba
  • Amman
  • Wadi Musa
  • Al-Qadisiya

Top Places to Hike in Jordan

The main area for mountain hiking is along the western border of the whole country. The Jordan Trail features many of the major hiking areas in the country. Highest Mountain: Jabal Umm ad Dami (1854 m) in Wadi Rum, near border with Saudi Arabia.

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Umm Qais

  • Start of the Jordan Trail

Mount Nebo

Wadi Mujib

  • Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Jordan’; Mujib Biosphere Reserve

Wadi Rum Protected Area

  • Known as Valley of the Moon, lots of hiking here

Jordan's Long Distance Trails

  • The Jordan Trail – 650 km trail running the length of Jordan from Um Qais to Aqaba – Jordan Trail
  • Wadi Rum Trail – new, 120 km trail through Wadi Rum – Wadi Rum Trail
  • Aritayn Trail – no information on this trail other than this article: Aritayn Trail
  • The Bedouin Trail – combining the Sinai Trail, the Red Sea Mountain Trail of Egypt and the Wadi Rum Trail in Jordan, 1200 km trail – Bedouin Trail

Jordan's Walking & Hiking Resources

Jordan Hiking Books:

  • Hiking in Jordan: Trails in and around Petra, Wadi Rum, Wadi Mujib, Wadi Araba, Rahma and the Dead Sea, by Chris Grant and Dr. Gregory F. Maassen, 2014, Wandel Guides
  • Hiking in Jordan: Trails in and around Northern Jordan, Petra and Central Jordan, by Chris Grant and Dr. Gregory F. Maassen, 2014, Wandel Guides
  • Hiking in Jordan: Trails in and around the Dead Sea Area, by Chris Grant and Dr. Gregory F. Maassen, 2014, Wandel Guides
  • Jordan: Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs, & Canyons, by Di Taylor and Tony Howard, 4th Edition, Cicerone Guide, 2008, Cicerone Press
  • Lonely Planet Jordan, by Jenny Walker and Paul Clammer, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications
  • The Rough Guide to Jordan (Travel Guide Ebook), by Rough Guides, 2019, APA Publications

 

Jordan Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Jordan:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Jordan Trail
  • Wadi Rum Trail
  • Mount Nebo
  • Wadi Mujib Canyon Trail
  • Dana Trail
  • Muheros Canyon

Easy Hiking Trails in Jordan:

  • Back Trail to Petra
  • The Shepherd’s Trail

 

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Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Petra 
  • Dead Sea 
  • Other ancient ruins

Other Important Points

  • Be aware of sudden heavy rains which can make getting around difficult