Jordan Trail | 604- 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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Hikes in the Region


1: Dana to Wadi Malaga


2: Wadi Malaga to Ras Al-Feid


3: Ras Al-Feid to Little Petra


4: Little Petra to Petra


  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Time:   3 – 4 hours
  • Physical Challenge: Moderate
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Waymarked: No

To download the GPS track, 

Important Numbers

Tourist Police:

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



  • George: +962 7 9916 6072
  • Abdullah: +962 7 9061 8417
  • Bashir +962 7 7844 2200
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 – around 4pm). From the JETT website (, it is possible to buy return tickets from Amman.


Near Little Petra (Bedouin-style camps)


Wadi Musa (Petra)

Wadi Musa has a wide variety of accommodations, from simple backpacker dives to 5-star resorts. Most can be booked online.

Things to See:

Little Petra

  • An unusual back route through Petra
  • Monastery
  • Qasr al-Bint
  • Colonnaded Street
Food & Water:


  • Restaurants in Petra site, Wadi Musa


  • Little Petra
  • Throughout Petra site and in Wadi Musa
Tips & Safety:


  • Petra requires tickets for entry, but these can only be bought at its front entrance; this means that to legally enter by this back way via the Monastery, you (or someone else) would need to buy your tickets ahead of time. Check with a local guide or Bedouin camp near little Petra. Tickets cost 50/55/60JD for 1/2/3 days and can’t buy in advance. Explore options for Jordan pass bought in advance and entering Petra ( , but keep in mind that it is only valid for two weeks after first being scanned.
  • Paths are well established all the way.
  • If someone has a severe fear of heights, there might be a few sections that are challenging. However, the path is very solid all the way and not slippery where it’s a little exposed.
  • There is one section of exposed trail just before the Monastery – a narrow path above a drop. The path has recently been widened and stabilized.
  • The Wadi Mudthim route does not pass Petra’s iconic Treasury; the approach to the Treasury is on the next stage entering from the road to Wadi Musa. From the center of Petra, you can still easily reach the Treasury if you wish.
  • Water, snacks, and bathrooms are available at Little Petra. Wadi Musa is a full service city with hotels, shops, ATMs, etc.

Safety Info:

  • Exposed edges – Around 6.3 km, a part of the path is a little exposed above hillside below.
  • Flash flood dangers – Wadi Mudthlim (alternate route)
  • Dehydration/heat exhaustion – Most of the route is in the sun, but rest areas exist regularly in the shade of the high rock formations throughout Petra.
Local Contacts:

Guides, Luggage Transfer, and Camping Services:

Mahmoud Bdoul: 0772448166

Ammarin Cooperative Association/ Ammarin Camp (Hussein Ammarin): 078 745 2089