Jordan Trail | 4- Little Petra to Petra
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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  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Time:   3 – 4 hours
  • Physical Challenge: Moderate
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Waymarked: No

To download the GPS track, click here.

Basic Info:

Petra via ‘The Back Door’! Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ by the PAP for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. (Bedouin café). Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra, through which the route goes before exiting past ‘The Treasury’ and though the famous ‘Petra Siq’ to the shops, cafés and hotels of Wadi Musa.


Regular minibuses run between Wadi Musa and Amman (from Amman’s south bus station) and Ma’an, as well as a daily (but inconsistent) bus to Wadi Rum. One JETT bus a day also runs from Amman to Wadi Musa (6:30am) and back (late afternoon)

Wadi Musa has countless hotels; there are several Bedouin camps near Little Petra (Ammarin, Rock, Seven Wonders)
Things to See:
Little Petra; Neolithic village ruins; Petra ruins: Monastery, Qasr al-Bint, Colonnaded Street, and an unusual back route through Petra (Note that entry to Petra requires a pass, which can only be purchased at the front entrance.  Because this route approaches Petra from the other direction, a pass must be purchased in advance.)


Water, snacks, bathrooms at Little Petra; water, snacks, restaurants, bathrooms, donkey rides at Petra; all city amenities in Wadi Musa (including ATMs)


Local Contacts:

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


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


Mahmoud Bdoul: 0772448166 (Local Guide from Petra)