Heading south down Wadi Rum, the trail passes beneath the towering cliffs of Jebel Rum and Jebel Um Ishrin through the region described by T E Lawrence as “Rum the magnificent, vast, echoing, and godlike.” It passes between the cliffs of Jebel Khazali and their ancient rock art and crosses Jebel Qattar with its concealed “dripping spring,” still winding between the unique and colorful backdrops of Wadi Rum’s sandstone desert mountains. Turning west again, the trail leaves Jebel al Qiddar and its wadi to head west down Wadi Waraaqa, passing a number of cisterns dotting the route to the Bedouin village of Titen.
From Titen, the trail follows old shepherd paths, weaving its way west across desert wadis and over granite mountains striated with basalt dyke intrusions. At the last pass, hikers suddenly gain their first view of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, beyond which are the mountains of Sinai. The descent from the pass leads down to long sandy wadis reaching all the way to the welcoming and warm waters of the Red Sea – the end of the Jordan Trail – between the border with Saudi Arabia and the port of Aqaba.
Length: 112 km
Main sites in the Wadi Rum to Aqaba Region:
- Wadi Rum (World Heritage site)
- Wadi Rum Bedouin village
- Lawrence’s Spring (Ain Shellaleh) and the Nabataean Temple
- Dramatic desert scenery – sandstone domes and granite and basalt striated mountains, changing color constantly throughout the day
- Bedouin encampments
- Village of Titen
- Red Sea
- Aqaba Red Sea Resort