Trekking in Dana Nature Reserve | Jordan
FROM: USD $1,605 pp
Dana to Petra Trek - 8 Days map

TREKKING HOLIDAY: Trek for six days through Jordan's beautiful and rugged countryside, following the 'Jordan Trail' from Dana Nature Reserve to the ancient 'Rose-Red City' of Petra, and camping Bedouin style. Enjoy a wonderful week of discovery, walking and Jordanian hospitality.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Follow the most famous section of the 'Jordan Trail' from Dana to Petra
Walk amongst sculpted sandstone, through deep gorges and across high ridges, climbing gradually up to 1100m at the high viewpoint above Petra
Explore Petra - UNESCO-listed Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812
Explore Dana Nature Reserve
Camp Bedouin style under the desert stars
Visit 'Little Petra' via the secret route and the Baidha Neolithic village


One group departure transfer from Petra to Amman airport on day 8
2 nights 3 star hotels and 5 nights camping
Entrance fee for Dana Reserve
A Bedouin trekking guide
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
5 days of trekking - Full service on trek including baggage support and camping equipment (excluding personal equipment)
Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
Escorted by a licensed Jordanian tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa (see Trip Notes for further information about visas)
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Upon arrival into Amman airport, you will be met and transferred to our start hotel in Madaba. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Madaba

Day 2

The Dana Nature Reserve

Madaba - Wadi Feinan. After breakfast we drive south to Dana Nature Reserve. We meet our Bedouin trek crew and guide and begin our first day of trekking, approximately 6 hours, which includes a lunch stop. From Dana to Feina it's mostly downhill and then route levels out and we enjoy a more leisurely walk through the valley, flanked by the Dana Mountains. On arrival in Wadi Feinan we set up camp for the night.
Overnight: Dana Nature Reserve (camping)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Trek to Wadi Barwas Canyon

Wadi Feinan - Wadi Barwas. Today we walk for 6 hours as we head across classic hamada landscape - dry, rock-strewn desert with little sand. There are spectacular views of the mountain ranges to the east, with the expansive Wadi Arabia desert out to the west. Mostly flat terrain and several small wadis we must cross during this day trekking. Tonight we set up camp in Wadi Barwas.
Overnight: Wadi Barwas (camping)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Follow ancient Bedouin trails

Wadi Barwas - Ras el Feid. Today we leave behind the hamada desert and start with a steep ascent across rocks and small boulders to a twisting goat herder's track which leads us up into the mountains through a dramatic valley, with views eastwards towards Wadi Araba Desert. While it is steep and at times challenging, the views when we reach the top of a high saddle are extremely rewarding. Our descent is on a well defined trail before we reach the dry river bed, where we will turn upstream to our camp for tonight at Ras el Feid.
Overnight: Ras el Feid (camping)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Trek to Shkaret Msei'd

Rasi el Feid - Shkaret Msei'd. Today we join a Bedouin trail to traverse a rocky valley, gradually ascending by way of dry wadis and cols. Lasting approximately 2 hours we eventually descend to a riverbed with perennial water. We will continue along the wadi floor before a gentle climb up to the pale colored sandstone mountains of the Petra region. Tonight we camp at the col of Shkaret Msei'd.
Overnight: Shkaret Msei'd (camping)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Trek through rock canyons to Little Petra

Shkaret Msei'd - Beidha. The scenery changes dramatically today as we leave the narrow wadis behind and come upon the wide open sandstone hills that have the feel of a moonscape. With smooth and soft rocks the terrain is much easier to negotiate, with wide tracks and walkways. We pass through Bedouin encampments before reaching another rocky area as we descend into Little Petra. From the main entrance of Little Petra we make our way towards Beidha where we will camp overnight.
Overnight: Beidha (camping)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Explore Petra

Beidha - Petra. We bid farewell to our local trekking guide and crew this morning. Then, we continue with our guide to Petra (approx. 2-3 hours) starting across open farmland, we follow a well defined mountain track with views across the Araba Desert. After 5 days of walking, entry into Petra is magnificent as you first glimpse the top of the Monastery as it comes into view through the mountains. We trek down from the Monastery and re-enter Petra through the main Siq, to get the most famous view of the iconic Treasury - as though you are entering Petra for the first time. Tonight we stay at a hotel in the nearby village of Wadi Musa, which is the gateway to Petra.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Petra - Amman. After an early breakfast we travel by private vehicle (3hrs) to Amman International Airport where our tour comes to an end.

Is This Holiday For You?

On this holiday we will be trekking through a desert world that has been crossed by nomadic people and their livestock for generations. Nowadays, the area is accessible by 4WD vehicles and there are rough ‘roads' to the various camping places that we will use. We will be trekking on scant trails, however, far away from the route taken by our support vehicle. The underfoot conditions will include dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as ‘hamada'. There are also sections of narrow trails that across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling. The tracks and trails we use are generally not difficult. We will walk for an average of 5 to 6 hours on each of days 2 to 6, covering as much as 15 kilometers each day and with a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. This is a relatively short trekking holiday and at low elevation. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further information relating to this walking holiday, including the distance covered and the time spent trekking each day.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room/tent. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room / their own tent.

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The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Mosaic City Hotel, Madaba

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Cosy and modern, two words to describe the Mosaic City Hotel in Jordan's vibrant Madaba. Guest rooms are comfortable and simply furnished and the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all guests. The restaurant serves a range of dishes on request. The hotel is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.

At a Glance

Trip Type
Amman Airport
Sept - May
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 star hotels & camping
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
A single group transfer
Click to play videoOne of the beautiful mosques that make up the city of Madaba
Rugged, mountainous landscape of the Dana Nature Reserve
Click to play videoThe carved rock structure of Petra
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