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The Bedouin Trail

Jun 8, 2023 | News

The Bedouin Trail is a new intercontinental trail, the Arab world’s longest, which is now open to hikers.  Launched in May 2023, the Bedouin Trail links Africa and Asia through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Egypt and Jordan. 

Bedouin Trail map

This route connects the Sinai Trail (opened in 2015) and Red Sea Mountain Trail (opened in 2019) in Egypt with the Wadi Rum Trail in Jordan (opened in early 2023), combining and extending these trails into a 1200 km route.  

The northern terminus of the trail is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan, the wondrous ancient city carved out of rock, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  The southern terminus is Luxor, home to some of Egypt’s most famous temples and ancient sites.  In between, the trail goes through the Sinai and Red Sea mountain ranges, where Egypt’s highest peaks can be found, including Mount Catherine and Jebel Shayib el Banat.  The route involves taking a sea passage and one has the opportunity to take a break from walking to wade into the Red Sea waters where the awe-inspiring sights of the colorful coral reefs lie just below the surface.

As with the Sinai, Red Sea Mountain and Wadi Rum Trails, the Bedouin Trail project is led by a Bedouin collective made up of several tribes, working together to showcase the beauty and cultures of the regions the trail goes through. The goals of this project are to not only make these beautiful regions accessible to tourists, but to show the challenges faced by nomadic tribes in modern times, and boost local economies.  As this is a guided hiking route, trekkers will have the benefit of the knowledge and experience of Bedouin guides while traveling the trail.

There are plenty of opportunities to do sections of the entire Bedouin Trail for those that don’t have the two months it would take to complete the whole thing.  The best times to hike this trail are in the spring (Mar – May) and fall (Sept – Nov), to avoid the heat of summer and the cold/snow of winter.  Read more about the Bedouin Trail here: Bedouin Trail

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