From Gaa’ Mriebed, head southwest downhill on the paved road, entering Wadi Abu O’rouq by turning right before a small bridge where the paved road crosses the wadi. Continue downhill in the wadi, through beautiful colorful sandstone, walking along the rocky wadi bed and through oleander plants. At around 3km, a larger wadi joins from your left, stay straight in main wadi. Pass through large sandstone boulders, and reach the underground-fed spring Ain al-O’Rouq, with water all year. If just a trickle, dig down into the wet sand. Continue along the wadi as it widens.
After a square cement cistern on your right, turn left and head west, then south, winding through a maze of rocky areas and gullies to reach a donkey track heading south. Continue on this better path until reaching a wadi entering from the east near a large shade tree and terraced wall at 9.8km.
Head west to a path that reaches the much wider Wadi al-Saif, where you’ll footpath will lead you into the wadi in a southbound, upstream direction. Continue south along a 4×4 in Wadi al-Saif until you reach a large boulder in front of a huge vertical cliff of white and red sandstone, where this wild campsite spot marks the end of the stage. On the top of the rock are old (Nabatean era) carvings of animals including camels, gazelles, and sheep.
Mobile Phone Coverage: Some coverage at higer areas around kilometer 8, and on top of at the end of the stage in Wadi al-Saif.
Mahmoud Bdoul – 0772448166
Habu – 0778332061