SECTION 401: WADI ZARQA MA’IN TO WADI HIDAN

  • HIKES IN THE REGION

  • DAY 1: WADI ZARQA MA’IN TO WADI HIDAN

  • Distance: 17.2 km

  • Time: 6 hours

  • Physical Challenge: Difficult

  • Trail Challenge: Difficult

  • Waymarked: No

  • Route Map
  • Google Map
  • GPS
  • Elevation Chart

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The Jordan Trail is a newly established trail, and is not marked. It is therefore our strong recommendation that you hire a local guide for your safety as many sections are remote with limited water sources and at times no connectivity.
By downloading these maps/GPX you take full responsibility for their use and accuracy; Jordan Trail Association does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, materials or the reliability of any maps as they provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement ;You acknowledge that any reliance on any such maps, shall be at your sole risk and responsibility as Hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities all have potential hazards involving risk of injury or death. Outdoor activities have inherent risks and you should ensure you have the skill level and abilities suitable for the activities in Jordan to partake in them and to take all precaution measures.  Check the data on Google Earth or other Apps or Programs before using them.  The Jordan Trail Association shall not be held responsible for any incidents that may occur during your participation in any activity and/or by using any of the maps/GPX.
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The Jordan Trail is a newly established trail, and is not marked. It is therefore our strong recommendation that you hire a local guide for your safety as many sections are remote with limited water sources and at times no connectivity.
By downloading these maps/GPX you take full responsibility for their use and accuracy; Jordan Trail Association does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, materials or the reliability of any maps as they provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement ;You acknowledge that any reliance on any such maps, shall be at your sole risk and responsibility as Hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities all have potential hazards involving risk of injury or death. Outdoor activities have inherent risks and you should ensure you have the skill level and abilities suitable for the activities in Jordan to partake in them and to take all precaution measures.  Check the data on Google Earth or other Apps or Programs before using them.  The Jordan Trail Association shall not be held responsible for any incidents that may occur during your participation in any activity and/or by using any of the maps/GPX.
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Tourism Police:

Hotline: 117777
What’s App: +962 7 7099 1814

* When contacting Tourism Police for emergency identify that you are hiking the Jordan Trail, state your nationality, location and map name & number.

JTA:
Bashir +962 7 7844 2200

BASIC INFO

The day starts with the long ascent of a pleasantly undulating ridge with the old Roman road sometimes visible nearby. There are great views down to the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley, the cliffs and hills in Palestine. Beyond the nice summit ridge a path leads to the road, which is followed a short way to the SW before descending a long wadi to meet a track. After crossing the valley a path then goes down past dolmens to the verdant depths of the hugely impressive Hidan Gorge with waterfalls and pools in its river.

TRANSPORTATION
  • Buses go from the Amman’s southern bus station to Madaba. From Madaba, take a taxi to stage start/end points.
  • Road access exists near the stage beginning (a few hundred meters from Zarqa Ma’in) by 4×4, halfway (Atruz/Beni Hamida) and at the end (Wadi Hidan). Access to 4×4 roads is possible for most of the route.
ACCOMMODATIONS

Wild camping is possible anywhere along the stage. There are a few good spots near Wadi Hidan along stream. Fill up on water at the nearby Jardela spring before reaching Wadi Hidan

THINGS TO SEE
  • Wadi Hidan
  • Atruz & the Beni Hamida Tribe
  • Machaerus (Mukawir Castle)
  • Roman Road & Ruins
  • Ridge overlooking the Dead Sea
FOOD & WATER

Food:

  • Small minimarket with water and food in Beni Hamida / Atruz directly along the route.

Water:

  • Flowing water year-round can be found in Wadi Zarqa Ma’in and Wadi Hidan (purification required).
  • Jardela Spring before Wadi Hidan
TIPS & SAFETY

Tips:

  • The climb out of Wadi Zarqa Ma’in follows a well-graded Roman Road for much of the way.
  • Get a snack and cold drink at the minimarket in Beni Hamida.
  • Take a break from camping at Abu Saif’s home stay, not far from the midpoint of the route.
  • Road access: beginning (Zarqa Ma’in), halfway (Atruz) & at the end (Wadi Hidan)
  • Limited shade
  • Mobile service available most of the time except for the last quarter
  • Wild camping possible anywhere along the stage

Safety Info:

  • Exposed edges – There are some boulders and short ledges to walk around in wadi below Atruz, and a short and slightly exposed edge along stone-built steps right at end before Wadi Hidan.
  • Flash flood dangers – Wadi coming down from Atruz
  • Loose footing – First part up to roman road, coming down from Atruz, last descent from higher part of 4×4
  • Dehydration/heat exhaustion – Shade is limited, and it can be very hot at lower elevations along the bottom of the wadis.
LOCAL CONTACTS
For local contacts in this section please contact JTA
 
Abu Majed – 0776501901 (Transportation around Wadi Zarqa Ma’in)

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION

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