Jordan Trail | 1- Dana to Wadi Malaga
The Jordan Trail is a continuous route crossing the entire country of Jordan, offering over 600 kilometers of trail and 36 days of beautiful hiking through diverse
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Hikes in the Region

 

1: Dana to Wadi Malaga

 

2: Wadi Malaga to Ras Al-Feid

 

3: Ras Al-Feid to Little Petra

 

4: Little Petra to Petra

DAY 1: DANA TO WADI MALAGA

  • Distance: 23.5 km
  • Time:   6 – 8 hours
  • Physical Challenge: Moderate
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Waymarked: No

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Distance
Waypoint        
 Walking Notes
0m 601-0 From Dana visitors Center (Dana Lodge), head uphill along the road.
85m 601-0.09 Turn L on to the dirt road with boulder on R. Follow the footpath down passing a doorway in the rock on your R.
160m 601-0.16 Cross over the stone bridge through the buildings.
0.2km 601-0.2 At T turn L, walking along the clay cobbled road that bears R.
0.3km

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601-0.3 Join 4X4 track down, overlooking the Wadi on L.
0.5km 601-0.5 At Y turn/Stay L, continuing downhill.
1km 601-1 At T turn L, continue on 4×4.
2.3km 601-2.3 Continue straight down passing a farm gate on R. (Ahmad Na’an’a’s farm)
2.7km 601-2.7 Continue past sign “Dana Biosphere Reserve” (this sign marks the boundary of the reserve).
3.2km 601-3.2 Continue on footpath as route becomes flatter and opens out.
3.7km 601-3.7 At stream bed, go straight across and up to the right.
5km 601-5 Stay R, ignoring the footpath on L.
5.5km 601-5.5 Cross over a seasonal stream (Ein Hrez) following a narrow footpath. (Lunch stop if your coming from Madaba)
6.8km 601-6.8 Continue straight crossing dry stream bed.
7.6km 601-7.6 Continue straight with Tamarix trees on R.
8.4km 601-8.4 Continue straight crossing wide dry stream bed.
8.8km 601-8.8 Continue straight crossing dry stream bed.
9km 601-9 Continue past a tree on L.
9.1km 601-9.1 At Y turn R.
9.1km 601-9.15 Walk through bushes across dry stream bed.
9.2km 601-9.2 At Y turn L, passing an Acacia tree.
9.5km 601-9.5 Continue straight with (Jayfeh Spring) stream on your left.
9.6km 601-9.6 Path meets stream bed, continue along stream bed. Then exit stream bed on L uphill. 
9.7km 601-9.7 As path widens, continue straight across small dry river bed.
10.6km 601-10.6 At Y turn L uphill, leaving the stream bed on R.
10.8km 601-10.8 Continue straight crossing dry stream bed.
10.9km 601-10.9 Join stream bed and continue along.
11.1km 601-11.1 Exit stream bed, following the footpath on R uphill.
11.4km 601-11.4 Cross wide dry stream bed passing concrete pipes, exiting the stream bed on L uphill.
11.5km 601-11.5 Continue straight crossing dry stream bed with gorge on left.
12km 601-12 At stream bed turn L and continue along.
12.1km 601-12.1 Exit stream bed on L uphill, past a clean water tap and seasonal Bedouin camp.
12.6km 601-12.6 Water tap
12.9km 601-12.9 At Y turn R.
13km 601-13 Follow 4×4 to the L, continue down to stream bed.
13.3km 601-13.3 Cross stream bed straight uphill.
13.7km 601-13.7 Cross small dry stream bed next to jujube tree.
13.8km 601-13.8 From Feynan Eco Lodge, go straight south following 4X4 track.
14.8km 601-14.8 Mosque on R.
15.7km 601-15.7 At junction continue straight.
15.75km 601-15.75 Keep going straight, ignoring the road on R.
15.9km 601-15.9 Continue past Feynan village ruins on L (Roman Tower & Monastery).
16.1km 601-16.1 Cross wadi Ghwair stream bed.
16.2km 601-16.2 Camp site on L.
16.2km 601-16.2 At Y turn R.
16.3km 601-16.3 At T turn R, along 4×4.
16.4km 601-16.4 Exit wadi, following 4×4 on L (Seasonal Spring).
16.6km 601-16.6 Continue straight past black water pipes on L.
16.8km 601-16.8 When 4×4 bends L and hits T junction, turn R on 4X4 track heading West.
17.1km 601-17.1 At Y junction where one road joins from L and the main road curves R, turn L following 4X4  towards the hill in the horizon.
17.3km 601-17.3 Just after crest of hill, at Y turn R on 4X4 going down across stream bed and uphill again.
17.5km 601-17.5 Keep following same track down hill past 2 trees.
17.7km 601-17.7 Continue straight across plateau, heading towards 2 trees on L of a rocky ridge.
17.8km 601-17.8 As 4X4 track curves R, turn L onto footpath towards trees L of ridge.
18.1km 601-18.1 As you pass the edge of ridge on R, continue straight on footpath.
18.2km 601-18.2 Follow  4X4 straight/slightly R.
18.4km 601-18.4 Cross dry stream passing a tree on R, continue straight on sandy path.
18.6km 601-18.6 Continue straight following stream bed.
18.7km 601-18.7 Continue straight following stream bed with rocks on R.
19km 601-19 Continue on same path passing trees.
19.2km 601-19.2 Continue on same path as it leads L out of stream bed.
19.3km 601-19.3 Cross dry stream then turn R on 4X4 uphill.
19.4km 601-19.4 On reaching open path, continue straight on bearing 210.
19.5km 601-19.5 Continue straight taking L off 4X4 towards stream bed on bearing 210.
19.7km 601-19.7 Continue on bearing 210 up out of wadi.
20.2km 601-20.2 Cross dry stream bed and join path going L, then R on bearing 200.
20.5km 601-20.5 Turn L into 4X4 (building surrounded by trees visible on far R)
20.8km 601-20.8 At T turn L, then after 50m turn R at Y.
21km 601-21 At Y turn R along 4X4.
21.3km 601-21.3 Continue on 4X4 towards the middle of hill on front.
21.4km 601-21.4 Reaching the foot of hill, cross stream bed following the same 4X4.
22km 601-22 Wadi Malaga Campsite.
Basic Info:

From the village a good track goes down into the long valley of Wadi Dana amidst splendid sandstone scenery. Follow it pleasantly down the valley eventually arriving at the award winning Feynan Eco Lodge which is in an area of Roman copper mines. If you are not overnighting there, continue down as the valley opens out, reaching Bedouin camps where camping facilities are available. Roman ruins and copper smelting sites not far away. Good sunset spot.

Transportation:

From Feynan Ecolodge, a taxi (12.50JD) can be arranged to take you to the Feinan Reception Center; from there, you can try to find private transportation to nearby Gregra village; from here there are daily buses to Amman (6JD) and Aqaba (3JD). Danavillage can be reached by private transport from nearby Tafila or Qadisiya, which have bus connections with Amman and other major towns. Dana Reserve can help arrange a taxi from there

Accommodations:
Dana GuesthouseFeynan EcolodgeDana Tower Hotel (also offers cheap rooftop camping in summer), Dana HotelDana Moon Hotel. All have meals available or included. Camping forbidden inside Dana Reserve (from just below the village to beyond Feynan lodge); otherwise, camping is possible at the base of the mountains, with a good spot near Wadi al-Malaqa.
Things to See:
 Dana Village ruins, Wadi Dana (spectacular views, diverse wildlife, three of Jordan’s four climate zones), remains of copper mines (slag heaps), Feynan Ecolodge, Feynan Roman/Byzantine ruins, Khirbet al-Nahas mine ruins near Feynan.

 

Amenities:
Water available at Dana village. Seasonal streams throughout wadi; two reliable water taps near Bedouin encampments near Feynan. Feynan Ecolodgewill only give water if you are buying their reusable soft bottles (7JD). Bathrooms available at Feynman Ecolodge.
Local Contacts:

Eid Al-Azazmeh: 0779265511/0797075683 (Guide & Moving Support)

Abu Lu’ay Nawafleh: 0772177133/0772609093 (Guide & Moving Support)