Jordan Trail | 1- Humeima to Jabal Kharazeh
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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DAY 1: HUMEIMA TO JABAL KHARAZEH

  • Distance: 19 km
  • Time:   6 hours
  • Physical Challenge: Moderate
  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Waymarked: No

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Distance            Waypoint            Walking Notes
0 801-0 STAGE STAR: Leave Rum village heading towards the gap between the mountains south. (Jabal Rum on R).
1.3 801-1.3 Lawrence Spring on R.
5.2 801-5.2 Rock road built for filming Lawrence of Arabia.
7.3 801-7.3 Qattar Spring on R near palm trees and square wall.
7.37 801-7.37 Aim to the R side of low dark hill.
9.8 801-9.8 Past the dark hill, continue straight south on bearing 180 towards low rocky mound in the middle of 2 pale hills.
11.7 801-11.7 Rock room with door on the face of R mound. Continue straight entering the canyon.
13.1 801-13.1 1.4 km from the begininng of canyon, start heading South West, walking through the gap on R.
14.1 801-14.1 Walk in direction of high nob in the middle of gap.
14.6 801-14.6 Where gap widens, turn L south south west (Small mounds in the middle of canyon).
15.6 801-15.6 Continue straight, passing hanging rock on mound on L.
17.6 801-17.6 Where sand dune is in the middle and wadi splits (Y shape), turn R and walk out of the wadi
17.9 801-17.9 STAGE END: West of Al-Qidr
Basic Info:

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”).

Transportation:

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

Accommodations:

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

Amenities:

Water from Shakriya; food and supplies in Rum village

Things to See:

The “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” Jebel Rum, Jebel Um Ishrin

Local Contacts:

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