The route goes across fairly flat terrain in the direction of the mountains of Wadi Rum. We head towards modern Humiema which is now on the Desert Highway; with a chance to buy water and supplies. We cross the highway and start heading across the sands with increasingly large sandstone outcrops dotting the landscape.
Head generally south from the camp, crossing mud flats and passing under the Disi road before joining the Rum Visitor Centre road. (Visit the Centre for tickets, also shops, café etc.) Then head down the spectacular Rum Valley towards Rum village which is visible on the horizon, under the huge cliffs of Jebel Rum. If you stay left (E) close to the huge mountain of Jebel um Ishrin there is optional shade and a chance to see Thamudic period inscriptions at the big rock of Dims Hajaj. Further on, at the foot of the screes, you may find Neolithic upright stones forming squares of unknown purpose. And in the mouth of the huge Makhman canyon there is a large granite boulder called Musa’s Slab, popular with climbers, after which the village is soon reached. (Rest House, shops, cafés, camping, homestays and “some of the world’s best desert climbing”).
No public transport to Shakriya; Wadi Rum is reached by irregular buses from Aqaba. You can also take a bus running along the Desert Highway, disembark at the Rashidiya junction, and attempt to find private transportation to Rum. Further details can be found on the Jordan Jubilee website: http://www.jordanjubilee.com/visitjor/rum1.htm
Rum Village Rest House offers tents for 3JD or camping with your own tent for 2JD. Dinner costs 10JD and breakfast 3JD. Showers (may not have hot water) are included. Wadi Rum has dozens of Bedouin camps, which vary greatly in price and quality; inquire at the Visitors’ Center or make arrangements ahead of time to stay at one
Water from Shakriya; food and supplies in Rum village
The “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” Jebel Rum, Jebel Um Ishrin
Abu Lu’ay Nawafleh: 0772177133/0772609093 (Guide & Moving Support)